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The Opportunity and Challenge of the Four-Day Working Week

Idea posted: December 2019
  • CSR & Governance
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
Institutions: Henley Business School

More employers are discovering the benefits of the four-day working week, including increased productivity and employee satisfaction. Many employers, however, continue to express concern over the difficulty in implementing and managing the four-day working week, as well as its impact on customers. 

Idea #759
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Kirsty Bashforth on Culture Shift

Kirsty Bashforth is a non-executive director for two leading international corporations - the public services provider Serco, and the construction and property group Kier - as well as leading her culture advisory consultancy QuayFive Ltd. She spent most of her career at the international oil group BP, becoming the Group Head of Organizational Effectiveness in 2011.

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Conquering Digital Overload

Book Published: January 2018
  • Leadership & Change
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • CSR & Governance
Authors: Peter Thomson, Mike Johnson, J. Michael Devlin (editors)

In a world where digitalization is increasing the speed and volume of every business process and activity, many workers, and almost all knowledge workers, find themselves constantly drenched by a firehose of new data whether that be simple emails or WhatsApp messages, or management analytics created by bots, or news and views from customers or suppliers. This torrent of information is overwhelming - and creates an unsustainable environment for people to work effectively. This book explores that dilemma, and perhaps errs more in highlighting the issues than providing solutions. But that is...

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When Founders Go Too Far

News Analysis: November 2017
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership & Change
  • Strategy
Analysis from: Stanford Graduate School of Business

The November issue of Harvard Business Review carries an article by Steve Blank that explores how start-ups can go off the rails if their founders are not reined-in. Typically founders are good at driving businesses forward, taking...

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Out of Our Minds

Book Published: October 2017
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Sir Ken Robinson

As Robinson notes in his preface to this 3rd edition (the first was published in 2000) "The more complex the world becomes, the more creative we need to be to meet the challenges". This book is aimed at reigniting that creativity and persuading people that they are more creative than they believe.

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Digital Transformation

Book Published: October 2017
  • Strategy
  • Operations
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Leadership & Change
Authors: Lindsay Herbert

Digital Transformation' is a common buzzphrase today, that many executives use as a catchall to cover the complexity of what is needed without really understanding what it means. Herbert defines it as "your company's ability to react and successfully utilize new technologies and procedures - now and in the future".

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The Strategic Storyteller

Book Published: August 2017
  • Marketing
  • Leadership & Change
  • CSR & Governance
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Learning & Behaviour
Authors: Alexander Jutkowitz

As the world around us becomes ever more complex, the need for people to make sense of it and then explain it becomes ever greater, this applies as much to organizations as to individuals. Jutkowitz says that "information is abundant; but stories are rare". We know that people react emotionally to stories differently to facts - their impact is greater and more enduring.

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Good Profit

Book Published: August 2017
  • Leadership & Change
  • CSR & Governance
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Boards Roles Responsibilities
Authors: Charles G. Koch

The book is a personal manifesto around Koch Industries 'Market-Based Management' approach. MBM is, at root, an extension of the old philosophy argument personified by Locke and Rousseau vs Thomas Hobbes; are people generally good and community spirited, or mean and self-serving? Koch's approach is that left to our own devices (by which he means minimal government interference) people will seek out what is best for the wider eco-system they live in.

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Parable of the Unjust Steward, Jan Luyken, c.1680

Stewardship Climate Scale Highlights Stewardship Behaviours in Family Firms

Idea posted: March 2017
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership & Change

New survey research lays the framework for a new Stewardship Climate Scale that, in one of its first applications, reveals that stewardship is more likely (and more potent) in family firms than in non-family firms.

Idea #648
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Corporate Psychopaths: A Menace to Your Organization

Corporate Psychopaths: A Menace to Your Organization

Idea posted: February 2017
  • Leadership & Change
  • Learning & Behaviour

Corporate psychopaths destroy morale, cause the best employees to flee and even commit whole-scale fraud, yet often use blatant lies and cheating to fool their bosses into believing they are valuable assets.

 

Idea #644
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