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25 02, 2016

The A to ZZZZZZZ of leadership

2017-02-13T10:55:52+00:002016/02/25 at 4:42 PM|

A recent paper from McKinsey shows not only that a lack of sleep (unsurprisingly) leads to poor decisions and negative business outcomes, but also that almost half of leaders are in denial about the impact of their own lack of sleep.

Amusingly, this is probably because they can’t think straight due to a lack of sleep!

LIW’s own work with […]

11 02, 2016

Do you have a PICNIC problem?

2017-02-13T10:55:53+00:002016/02/11 at 5:06 PM|

An LIW colleague this week requested tech support for her PC which had started to display some random behaviours.  She was told that unfortunately it was a PICNIC issue.

Apparently, it stands for ‘Problem In Chair, Not In Computer’.  Very funny.


What does this mean for leadership?

In the same way that we often blame technology woes on our devices, […]

4 02, 2016

We are all going to be equally dead

2017-02-13T10:55:53+00:002016/02/04 at 12:27 PM|

Marshall Goldsmith opened the UK HRD Business Summit by throwing down a large leadership gauntlet: ‘we will all be equally dead so let’s do some good’.

It seems that we get busy and put off our potential awesomeness for some time in the future that never arrives. Other speakers from the worlds of business, music and psychology built on […]

28 01, 2016

Don’t let the paperwork get in the way of good conversation

2017-02-13T10:55:53+00:002016/01/28 at 12:23 PM|Tags: , , |

You can run but you can’t hide.  Your performance review is just around the corner.

James Adonis said in ‘The Age’: “Managers dread them. Employees resent them. They only come around once a year, or if you’re really unlucky, twice a year. I’m talking about performance appraisals.”

Many organisations are questioning the value of this process but companies and employees […]

20 01, 2016

Dances with wolves

2017-02-13T10:55:53+00:002016/01/20 at 11:27 PM|Tags: , |

There was a replay of ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ last week at ANZ Banking Group.

Two senior traders were sacked for misbehaviour and then fought for compensation alleging being influenced by a toxic culture. It’s claimed that senior leaders were slow to react, turning a ‘blind eye’ to behaviours that clearly didn’t meet basic ethical standards.

They are not […]

14 01, 2016

It’s time to scrap the pecking order

2017-02-13T10:55:53+00:002016/01/14 at 3:04 AM|Tags: , , , , , |

heffernanDon’t miss this great TED talk.  In it, Margaret Heffernan talks about an experiment in chicken productivity that didn’t end well.

Specifically, the specially-chosen top-performers mostly pecked each other to death: they had only achieved their success by suppressing the productivity […]

16 12, 2015

New research on high-performing teams shows that they are teams

2017-02-13T10:55:54+00:002015/12/16 at 11:55 PM|Tags: , , |

The clever people at Google just spent two years researching what makes a high-performing Google team.  They discovered that these teams did not necessarily have an optimum make-up of talented people but that the teams as a whole had certain conditions for success:

  1. Psychological safety
  2. Dependability
  3. Structure and clarity
  4. Meaning of work
  5. Impact of work

(They seem to be saying “Leadership, not just leaders”…   Thank you, […]

10 12, 2015

Slowing down to speed up

2016-01-19T03:19:58+00:002015/12/10 at 5:37 PM|

“The pace of change is accelerating,” say Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg in their book ‘How Google Works’.  Which of us has not said or thought something similar?  But is it right?

An article in the The Economist has challenged this idea.  The data says that when we look at output, things are not that much faster.

What does this […]

2 12, 2015

Caring really is sharing

2017-02-13T10:55:54+00:002015/12/02 at 3:59 PM|Tags: , , |

The Wall Street journal reported last week that Sanofi and AstraZeneca are sharing their compound libraries to accelerate new drug development.

This is a rare and exciting move in a world where compounds are traditionally the ‘secret sauce’ of the next breakthrough.


What does this mean for leadership?

First, in today’s post-blockbuster world, pharma companies will have to […]