Category: Relevance and Responsiveness

Relevance and Responsiveness

Personal Branding – A Blazingly Simple Guide For Managers

Whether you like the term personal branding or not, it’s here to stay and most people know what it means. It means crafting and creating a brand for yourself, and then living up that brand. It’s not about self promotion, it’s about carving out a place in our noisy world and then fulfilling your promise …

Cultivated Management, Cultural and Societal Impact, Relevance and Responsiveness

Department of generating cool

I wonder what would happen if every single company had a department dedicated to creating cool stuff? Ideas, products, workplace initiatives, new ways to promote, new HR idea, new market ideas, new marketing ideas, new product communications. If their only job was to improve the business, generate cool ideas. It wouldn’t even need to be a …

Cultivated Management, Cultural and Societal Impact, Education and Personal Development, Relevance and Responsiveness

Credit for work done rarely flows where it should

It’s a sad reality that many managers face but credit for work done rarely flows to where it should. People forget who originated the idea. Egos get in the way. Communication often breaks down. Ideas merge and ownership of initiatives can be blurred. People find it hard to say thank-you. Try to be the manager …

Cultivated Management, Relevance and Responsiveness

Security will become a differentiator in the market

Secure it. Security will be a defining feature for almost all products and services in the future. The security of your customer information and data will be a differentiator in the market. People will choose a company who take security seriously. People will demand a secure process. People will ask how you approach security. Are …

Cultivated Management, Education and Personal Development, Relevance and Responsiveness

10 Ways To Initiate Change In An Organisation

I get lots of questions from people who want to initiate change in an organisation that doesn’t want to change. It’s a very common question as many employees find themselves working in a culture that sees change as something that is scary and to be avoided at all cost, or simply not required. In order …

Cultural and Societal Impact, Relevance and Responsiveness

The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is

The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is. – Jim Carrey – Commencement Speech You can help, support, care for others, look after them, boost them up and encourage them. You will have a positive effect on others and your work place. Or you can hinder, turn your back on them, …

Cultivated Management, Relevance and Responsiveness

How do you want to measure yourself?

One challenge you may face as a manager is how you measure yourself and your effectiveness. Your business results is a good measure, but it’s often your team that deliver those, not you directly. Of course, you have an impact on that, but does that measure you directly? Throughout my career I’ve never been able …

Cultivated Management, Cultural and Societal Impact, Education and Personal Development, Productivity, Relevance and Responsiveness

A Blazingly Simple Guide To Turning Around a Team

Turning Around a Team This guide is about turning around a failing or fledgling team (or growing a new team) in just 6 months. This could be turning around a failing team, changing a team’s direction (say from Waterfall to Scrum) or fixing a dysfunctional team process. 6 months’ sounds like a long time to turn …

Cultivated Management, Relevance and Responsiveness

The importance of processes, mapping and improving

The importance of processes, mapping and improving

A core aspect of your job as a manager should be to understand your processes and improve them. Your success lies partly in having the right processes in place. When I talk about processes at conferences and events I always get push back from managers who state they value people over process, or they don’t like …