My Blog Posts

Thriving in Times of Change: The Magic of Synergy

Everyone is talking about the new normal, but nobody knows what that really means for individuals and businesses. All we know is that much of what we took for granted has changed and that we need to change too. This is part two of my reflections on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, one…

Managers: Why Your Job Matters

Managers sometimes get a bad press, often get blamed when things go wrong. But managers are (obviously) essential to the operation of an organisation. Managers plan, coordinate people and resources, guide, monitor and control. Managers create the conditions necessary to get things done. Mary Parker Follett put it most succinctly: “Management is the art of…

The Human Side of Enterprise

Favourite Management Book #1 – The Human Side of Enterprise I first came across Douglas McGregor’s ideas early in my management career and they resonated deeply. Douglas McGregor, then professor of Industrial Management at MIT, wrote his highly influential book in 1960 and it has become a management classic. His Theory X and Theory Y…