Archive for category Management
Let me tell you how I see it: Too often the key functions in an organisation are held by incompetent managers who really have no idea what they are doing. Owing to this lack of knowledge and experience these leaders employ people below them to delegate tasks to. These 2nd tier employees then employ people below them to do the same. None of these individuals are trained properly, given proper job expectations and will ever have the strength of character to challenge the bosses decisions. Off course the boss knows all of this as its the reason why he employed them in the first place…
I often talk about the incompetence of civil service, but today I want to give a big thumbs up to how the home affairs department is pulling itself together. Long the bane of many South African’s life, home affairs used to be a non-stop queue of bureaucracy, procedure and running around in circles. It appears as though things have changed…
This is a post form Steve Dennings blog entitled ‘What Values are Driving Your Organization?’
Corporate IT departments need to realise what technology is available, how easy it is to use and the myriad different applications that are tailormade specifically to enhance how we operate.
To what extent do we really understand what is noise and what is fact? So often, we read and listen to things sporadically and assume that we understand the core of the issue. This is so true for many business leaders who pick up on their industry news by reading a newspaper and having a conversation. The problem with this is that it’s often all hearsay coming from the noisy players. Business managers and leaders need to make certain that they are running their businesses on fact, truth and diversity of educated outlooks as opposed to making up their minds based on market rabble rousers who spew forth erudite opinions.
Organisations lack market insights because they assume the information that they can get from desk research is sufficient.
This is a blog post written by Graeme Codrington, which accurately sums up my thoughts and perspective on the BP Oil Disaster as well as the oil industry in general.
The Future Arrived Yesterday – The rise of the Protean Corporation and what it means for you. A précis of the book by that name by Michael S. Malone
“An organisation is in rapid decline when the mental models (paradigms) of the leadership team are depreciating faster than their relative level of authority.” – Gary Hamel. When I saw this quote by Gary Hamel, I automatically thought back to a blog I wrote a few months back entitled: Can You Teach Old Dogs New Tricks? It questioned how often senior executives take steps to keep progressing the foundations of their paradigms and how up to date they are with the developing world.
How in touch are the senior executives with the repercussions of their comments both within and outside of the organisation?
This last week, BP Chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg, stated that “we care about the small people. I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies or greedy companies that don’t care, but that is not the case at BP. We care about the small people.”