David Novak, the former CEO of Yum! Brands, was asked in an interview, “what’s the secret to great leadership?” “I’ll tell you the secret to great leadership,” Novak said. “It’s to never have a certain type of person working for your organisation. These people should never exist in your company. For me, it was a […]

Michelangelo is often quoted as having said that inside every block of stone or marble dwells a beautiful statue; one need only remove the excess material to reveal the work of art within. Imagine if we were to apply this concept to the education system. It would be pointless to compare one child to another. […]

You can buy a person’s time. You can buy a person’s physical presence at a given place. You can even buy a measured number of skilled muscular motions per hour per day. But you cannot buy enthusiasm. You can’t buy initiative. You cannot buy loyalty. You cannot buy the devotion of hearts, minds and souls. […]

I have recently found myself doing a lot of talks and workshops on and around the subject of ‘change’. Not that surprising really. ‘Change’ is the Zeitgeist of our time, defining the mood, the attitude, and the outlook of companies and people. The brief I get is always along the lines of, “Change is a […]

Brand as culture

Rule #6

6 October, 2017

Two Prime Ministers are sitting in a room discussing affairs of state. Suddenly a man bursts in, apoplectic with fury, shouting and stamping and banging his fist on the desk. The resident Prime Minister admonishes him: “Peter,” he says, “kindly remember Rule Number 6,” whereupon Peter is instantly restored to complete calm, apologises, and withdraws. […]

In Japan, 10% of male deaths are job-related. They even have a special word for it, karōshi, death by overwork. Yep, death by overwork. Karōshi was invented in 1978 to refer to an increasing number of people suffering from fatal strokes and heart attacks attributed to overwork. In an International Labour Organization article about karōshi, the […]

In his book Good Work, the economic thinker E.F.Schumacher describes the ‘longing for freedom’ that has become so widespread in society today: I don’t want to join the rat race. Not be enslaved by machines, bureaucrats, boredom, ugliness. I don’t want to be a moron, robot, commuter. I don’t want to become a fragment of […]

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