Monthly Archives: August 2010

Implementing change is damned difficult

The Economist has a review of Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble’s book The Other Side of Innovation: Solving the Execution Challenge. The book has just come out and looks like it is well worth reading. Organisations often put huge resources into producing ideas … Continue reading

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Conflict avoidance and defensive routines

Ron Ashkenas wrote a piece on conflict avoidance for the Harvard Business Review earlier this week. Conflict avoidance, together with its pernicious twin, embarrassment avoidance, is behind a lot of the dysfunctional behaviour in organisations. Most people will go to extreme … Continue reading

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Gordon Brown’s legal landmines may slow the Coalition’s advance

Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mark Hoban crashed and burned on Radio 4 this morning. When asked whether he had conducted a formal study of the impact of the government’s spending proposals on disadvantaged groups, he didn’t have a clue what … Continue reading

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Social media – the end of conversation

Something unusual happened yesterday; this blog had a lot more comments than it normally gets. That’s surprising for this time of year, given that many people are on holiday. Over the last year or so, I have noticed two seemingly … Continue reading

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UK spending cuts – the view from Taiwan

This is a Taiwanese view of the government’s Spending Challenge and some of the bonkers ideas people have come up with. Hat Tip: Liberal Conspiracy

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Immigration cap under pressure from business

The government is coming under increasing pressure from business to drop its immigration cap, as I predicted in a somewhat flippant post back in May. Now the Law Society has waded in saying that City law firms might relocate if they can’t recruit the … Continue reading

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If management consultants are so bad, why are they still around?

It was open season (again) on management consultants this weekend after it was revealed that the NHS spent £313 million on them last year. The Independent’s Johann Hari climbed aboard the bandwaggon with this amusing polemic which seems to have been based on … Continue reading

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