Holding Up The Mirror. What does that even mean? How would you do it?

Here’s a thing. Have you ever had a conversation where someone says; “let’s hold the mirror up to that one”, you make agreeable noises and nod your head in a seriously earnest way? However, deep down you are wondering; “what on earth does that even mean?”, “how do we stick a project review action plan […]

Blowing Up Hospitals Deliberately – Change Doesn’t Get Much Bigger

How about this for an act of ‘transformation’. Publicly blow up (yes, with explosives) one of your cherished Civic Buildings. Not some ugly multi-storey concrete carpark. No, go for a Hospital; a large, relatively new one, in the middle of a City. Now that screams ‘TRANSFORMATION’…….things will never be the same again. I know that […]

Minimum Viable Transformation: Change should be Small and Imperfect

Speeches you never hear at a Corporate Conference: “….. Our Transformation Programme is going to be small and imperfect. We are going to do many small things that probably won’t work straight away.  However, we will learn lessons from these ‘experiments’ and apply the learning to a better next small thing, making sure we progressively move forward, […]

Corporate Amnesia: Deliberately Forgetting Failure Can Be Hard Work

The recent VW emissions scandal has brought together two interesting ideas, corporate amnesia and learning from failure. Instead of learning lessons from failure and retaining them in the corporate memory (so you don’t make the same mistakes in the future), what if organisations adopted the opposite approach? What if an organisation took action to deliberately […]