Productivity: People are the last link in the chain

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  LONDON — Productivity seems to be the word of the moment. It’s in newspapers, annual meetings and reports, worthy business studies, even politicians seem to be talking about it with great sincerity. It’s worth noting that it is being used to mean different things to … Read More

Private Equity and Change Management

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LONDON  – Can we talk about money and business? In an honest way? Whether it is “activist investors” like Pershing Square, Third Point and the Blue Harbour Group or private equity firms like Blackstone, KKR and the Carlyle Group, our point of view is the same: It’s a good … Read More

How do Agile and Organisational Change Management work together?

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LONDON, Monday 02 OCtober 2017 — Last week we talked about what was to come in OCtober. Today we start the month off for real. In this OCtober — Organisational Change month — we will explore a different topic each week, beginning with Agile Methodologies. We hope … Read More

5 top tips at the end of OCtober 2016 (Organisational Change Month)

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It’s the 31st of October 2016 which sadly means the last day of our first ever Organisational Change Management Month… also known as OCtober. It’s been quite a month at Able and How. We’ve spent 31 days posting, tweeting and chatting about change. We’ve heard many … Read More

Change is hard, but soccer moms and US soldiers may have the answer…

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LONDON – A great article about parents and sports has got the conversations going at the school gate in my neighbourhood. Citing British research this Australian lady explains that 70% of 13 year-olds quit sport. And that it’s not for reasons we might think. WHAT do … Read More

From today make Flexible Working a valuable business change programme

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LONDON 30 JUNE 2014 — If you were to be told that you could cut your office overhead by 30% and raise your productivity in the next 6 months, would you do that? Perhaps more importantly, if you were told that one of your team had … Read More

Pfizer and AstraZeneca learn about the need for Change Management

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LONDON — Fifteen years ago I worked on the merger of Astra and Zeneca pharmaceuticals. In those days the companies were riding high. Largely driven by strong patent controls and very generous US marketplace. The development, marketing and sales of “blockbuster” medicines, such as Losec (or … Read More

Mega-mergers and the opportunities they provide

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LONDON — The merger of Omnicom and Publicis, announced yesterday, will undoubtedly be causing their combined 120,000 global employees some head-scratching today. These two great firms include such commonly known brands as Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, and MSL Group (Publicis) and BBDO, DDB and Ketchum … Read More

“Google becomes GE”: The changing shape of businesses

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LONDON — This morning’s Financial Times asks whether Google has become our century’s GE. Is Google really “emerging as the dominant consumer technology company of the early 21st century”?  And if so, what does that mean for business in the 21st Century. 1. Transient megastars Although … Read More

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