December 16, 2014

The head and the heart can both rule

In the 20th Century, there appeared to be a settled choice in setting priorities for business management: either you managed for profits, or for your staff and society. You prioritized commercial ambition, or you had a conscience. You managed with your head, or with your heart. Evidence has been building […]
November 17, 2014

The value of timeless values

I wrote in an earlier blog that the choice between ‘head’ and ‘heart’ in business management is false. A linear, narrow, short-term focus on maximising profits – prioritising ‘the head’ – is often bad for business, as well as society. If we reorient our understanding of ‘the company’ away from […]
November 6, 2014

Ripples of hope

  Does your manager treat you as a valued human being, with skills, a career and aspirations? Or does he or she just ask you to meet deadlines, offering criticism twice a year at an appraisal? Despite all the research over the years showing the benefits of engaged employees and […]
October 15, 2014

Financial returns from Level 4 emergent leadership

Does an empowering leadership style, aimed at getting the best out of all the people employed, get the best business returns? In many ways, it is an illogical question to ask. It makes perfect sense that engaging people across the organisation with strong leadership is always going to create the […]