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7 Tips for Success in Your Next Off-Site

I have facilitated, led, and designed many ‘off-site’ meetings over the years. These meetings range from annual ‘kick-off’ meetings, to strategic planning sessions, to crisis management. It is very easy to get your team excited about leaving the office and going somewhere different in order to unplug from the day-to-day and focus on what you need to do next or differently. But why do we get so energised when we leave these meetings – ready to change the world – only to find

2 More Points about Innovating in Large Organisations

I spoke to a class of graduate students at MIT today on the subject of Innovating in Large Organisations. As always, the students raised insightful questions and made me think more deeply about my own content. I published a post a few weeks ago entitled “5 Tips for Innovating in Large Organisations”, which is essentially the content I covered in the class. You can find the link to that post at the bottom of this article. In short, I believe Large Organisations CAN Innovat

5 Tips for Innovating in Large Organisations

In April 2015, I was asked to speak to a class at MIT on the subject of Innovating within Large Organisations. I have been asked to reprise this talk again next month, so I dusted off my notes and have prepared my thoughts. Large organisations CAN innovate – In spite of all the people saying large organisations can not innovate, I disagree. Sure, there are many reasons why they struggle: It is difficult for large organisations to innovate in an ongoing manner They are good at

Stabilizing a Team

On several occasions in my career, I have been brought into lead a team that was in various states of turmoil – from dysfunctional to downright chaos. The functioning of an organization is very dependent (some would say completely) on the functioning of the teams in the group. Before you can lead a team to success, you have to stabilize it. My key steps to establishing leadership and stabilizing a team are: Establish clear Mission, Vision, and Values – No matter where peop

Thoughts on Leadership

In my career in the US, Europe and now Asia, I have been very fortunate to be a part of and even lead diverse teams in and from most parts of the world. I have had the honor to work with many great leaders (and some terrible ones) and watch and admire many others from a distance. Here are my key thoughts on leaders and leadership. I hope you don’t find these thoughts too basic or repetitive, or even see some as aphorisms; they are what I use to judge others and, most impor