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My imperfect thoughts about the profession of management

Objectives Are About What You Create

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The word ‘objective’ is relatively new in the sense we use in business, emerging as a French military term in the mid 19th Century. It originated as an adjective, which meant it needed a noun to make sense. An ‘objective’ is relative to the object. It took on a noun sense in the mid 18th Century where the...
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My Pi-Spective on Authenticity

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(A pi-spective is where you write about something in 314 words) There's a lot of this word 'authenticity' going around in leadership circles at the moment. In management if something is worth doing, then someone will overdo it. There's an influential school of leadership thinking that promotes the power of positive thinking. I'm into that. Being intentional is...
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A Business Decision is an Exercise in Humanity

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We all like to be successful. Being successful in business makes us feel fantastic. We want more success in life as a general rule. Because of this we tend to try and do more of what made us successful. But when we repeat what we gave us success yesterday, we make ourselves less successful tomorrow. This is because...
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My Pi-Spective on Humility

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(A pi-spective is where you write about something in 314 words) Humility is such a hard thing to get right. We place ourselves in the centre of the events of our lives. Often times we're simply bit part players. But we don't like the implications of this and rewrite the story. Sometimes we just happen to be in...
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Senior Leaders Have One Decision to Make

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Business organizations are decision making networks. To ‘organize’ is to construct or establish. The word comes from ‘organ’ which has a confused etymology. It surfaces in the Greek as an ‘implement, a tool for making or doing’. It had a strong association to musical instruments. Which is helpful because the metaphor of a business organization as a machine...
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