How Hands-On Should Management be?

How Hands-On Should Management be?

How close are you getting to your staff? Can you sense their mood? The video embedded below shows Evernote CEO, Phil Libin, working as a barista in the coffee shop in Evernote’s reception. Every employee is expected to take a turn at the machine and does on...
The “Fish Test” to getting integrity right

The “Fish Test” to getting integrity right

It can be hard to get it right all of the time. So much regulation, so many pressures in work – revenue to deliver, costs to trim, organisations to deal with, people to manage. Too often there can be pressures to cut corners, and in those grey areas, well they are a...
What if you could choose your own boss?

What if you could choose your own boss?

I am writing this the day after the 2015 general election and the news that leaders of three of the opposition parties, namely Ed Miliband (Labour), Nick Clegg (LibDems) and Nigel Farage (Ukip), have all resigned. This means the three parties will all be looking for a...
Where Louis Van Gaal got it wrong

Where Louis Van Gaal got it wrong

For those who aren’t football fans (soccer if you are reading in the US), Manchester United recently lost to Chelsea 1-0 in the English Premiere League having dominated much of the game.  Louis Van Gaal gave a post-match interview to Guy Mowbray of the BBC’s which has...