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The fun theory

From Rob Freeth via Dave Snowden, here’s a strategy for engaging others in creating change – change by design if you like – that doesn’t require control, rules, regulations… or consultants for that matter.

Opening the doors to new ideas

Destination Open Innovation may sound like a space shuttle mission but it was actually a unique event held at the University of Hull which aimed to encourage cross-business idea-sharing. Run in collaboration with Castleton Consulting, the University of Hull, Yorkshire Water and the Environmental Technologies Centre of Industrial Collaboration (ETCIC) at the University, the project […]

Time to stop paying for performance?

Here is Dan Pink chipping away at management, paying for performance and making the case for “There’s a mismatch between what science knows and what business does”. 18 minutes long but well worth a view…

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Here is why the world needs change consultants: ‘Deregulation of the chicken’s side of the road was threatening its dominant market position. The chicken was faced with significant challenges to create and develop the competencies required for the newly competitive market. Andersen Consulting, in a partnering relationship with the client, helped the chicken by rethinking […]

It is the taking part that counts

An animation showing edits to the www.OpenStreetMap.org project during 2008. OpenStreetMap is a wiki-style map of the world and this animation displays a white flash each time a way is entered or updated. Some edits are a result of a physical local survey by a contributor with a GPS unit and taking notes, other edits […]

We’re all learners now

How come, after decades of help from change consultants, people have hardly moved forward in understanding how their organisation sustains and/or develops itself in the midst of a dynamic environment? Could it be that we (as change consultants) are failing to accurately grasp the nature of the contexts in which we attempt to peddle our […]

Quick wins – or sustained change?

Bob Sutton posted this back in December about the hollow language – bullshit, basically – used in business. Top of my queasy list is quick wins and I think it’s the veneer of cheerful plausibility and success without effort that gets my stomach churning. I suppose quick wins aren’t entirely evil – if you are […]

One year in 40 seconds

Thanks to Mark Earls for stubbing his toe on this: One year in 40 seconds from Eirik Solheim on Vimeo.

The surprising power of feedback as a conversation

Funny old thing connections – in the past couple of weeks I’ve been part of several conversations with clients that have each identified a new management technique that seems to work in all sorts of situations; whether making a difference to health and safety, improving performance or highlighting potential areas for innovation. This new technique […]

If only it was Microsoft’s iPod

There’s an internal debate raging in Castleton at the moment as to whether we should switch to Mac as our platform of choice. I’m hoping this will convince the skeptics – it’s a bit old but still worth a view…

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