Is there a crisis in ‎HR, People and Change?

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What is happening to Human Resources departments? They’ve lost all shape and structure. Not 20 years ago organisations might expect to have a head of pensions, a head of benefits, and an administration team covering hiring, firing, and payroll. However things seem much less straightforward today. … Read More

Bob Dylan and the accelerators of change

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LONDON – Last week they handed out ‎a special award at the Grammys in the USA. It was called the MusiCares Person of the Year Award. And it went to Bob Dylan. His 30+ minute speech can be read here and is a good one for anybody … 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

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

Change is everywhere

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  LONDON — It’s already been a week of change.  Google has announced it’s going to take on the iPhone.  Meanwhile Facebook’s entry into the phone market, Facebook Home, hasn’t landed that well.  Inside all those businesses you can imagine people scrambling to adjust their plans … Read More

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