How to create the right conditions for crazy ideas

When I heard Safi Bahcall on Harvard Ideacast talking about his new book “Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries”, there was no turning back. A book about how to foster innovation and breakthrough ideas is simply a must have. A loonshot is an innovation that essentially changes… Continue reading How to create the right conditions for crazy ideas

How to achieve unique coherence

Anyone in a leadership or managerial position knows how difficult it is to manage teams. You need to take into account the different skill sets and specific expertise, the personalities, and also different understandings of what needs to be prioritised and when. Yet, at the same time, we are increasingly told that we need to… Continue reading How to achieve unique coherence

How to immediately boost organisational performance

Countless books, podcasts and articles tackle this fundamental question: how do you boost an organisation’s performance and do it quickly and effectively. Google gives 7,430,000 results for "how to boost organisational performance". We often look for different metrics across organisations, and make decisions how to run things more effectively in the hope of increasing performance.… Continue reading How to immediately boost organisational performance

How to guard your time (and be smart about it)

Do you ever get contacted by people outside your organisation asking you to donate your time and expertise for free but you end up feeling like they are doing you a favour? I do a lot of media engagement and communication in my current role because I am passionate about what I do, and I… Continue reading How to guard your time (and be smart about it)

Leadership and alter egos: making peer review more humane?

I have been attending this week sessions Manager as a Coach, a support program provided by the university for the staff in trying to get us to think more coach-like in how we manage people. My key takeaway messages are that power is something that is shared, that good leaders and managers focus on giving positive… Continue reading Leadership and alter egos: making peer review more humane?