Scotland, referenda, business units and change management

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  LONDON — Clearly there is a disturbance in The Force. Our old ‘sovereigntist’ leader of Quebec, Jacques Parizeau, has called it out thus: “Sovereigntists today stand before a field of ruin,” Mr. Parizeau said in excerpts obtained by Radio-Canada. “There is confusion in their spirits … Read More

Human Factors: Why your change and transformation programme failed

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LONDON 30 MAY 2014 — Why do change programmes ‎fail to deliver the intended value? Why do so many good programme managers and technically gifted change managers continue to under-perform when it comes to delivering the benefits of transformations? People. That’s the simplest of answers. People … Read More

Managing change in a world that is both changing and is not

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LONDON — With every day comes a new mix of the hurtling pace of change and the underlying “sameness” of everyday life. And while change is so prevalent in business discussions that people blush to say it is a constant, there remains a fundamental, underlying constancy … Read More

Our unique proposition

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LONDON — When organisations set out to improve their operations they can project how the changes will add real value to their business. However in most cases they do not achieve all the benefits that the changes promised. This is the story in almost every business … 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

Windows 8 changes Microsoft — have they learned from New Coke?

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LONDON — In newspapers this week Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is quoted on his “bet the company” moment.  Last year, his firm, Microsoft, launched Windows 8, a new operating system, and didn’t include the company’s well understood “start” button. This week they’ve announced that they’ll redress … Read More

Pope Francis: The opportunities of a new CEO

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LONDON — This past 10 days we saw the investiture of both a new Pope and a new Archbishop of Canterbury (the heads of the Catholic and Anglican Christian churches).  That doesn’t happen very often. In both instances they run traditional institutions facing substantial challenges and changes. … Read More

The origins of branding

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LONDON — Some of us at Able and How have been spending a lot of the last few months in the desert. Our host country also contains the remarkable Museum of Islamic Art.  A beautiful building designed by I. M. Pei. Its remarkable collection is made … Read More

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