In A Post-COVID World The Manager Is The Weak Link


In an increasingly remote and distributed world of work the employees who will have the biggest impact on the most people will rarely be the official leaders at the top.

Ending Our Obsession With Leadership


Organisations need to completely rethink what it means to lead. It’s not about one person or even those residing at the top anymore. In today’s world, everyone has to adopt a leadership mindset. We have to think of ourselves as members of a leadership community  — Patty McCord, former chief talent officer, Netflix Leadership worship … Continue reading Ending Our Obsession With Leadership

How To Find And Kill Zombie Projects


According to Clayton Christensen , of the 30,000 new consumer products that are launched each year – 95% fail. Compare this with the public, voluntary and non-profit sectors – where hardly anything fails. The social sector must either be fantastic at launching new initiatives, or there’s a lot of things going on that shouldn’t still be living. … Continue reading How To Find And Kill Zombie Projects

How your culture can promote innovation


“Organisational culture is the sum of values and rituals, which serve as ‘glue’ to integrate the members of the organisation.” – Richard Perrin I spent a wonderful day in Belfast this week with a group of Housing Organisations. It was refreshing as I got to talk not about tech and social media – but of leadership … Continue reading How your culture can promote innovation

Get Social, Embrace Disruption: Serving the Connected Customer


I’m thinking it’s about 6 minutes to midnight on the Digital Doomsday Clock. Time is running out on the organisations who are yet to board the bus. Yet to start the journey to being different businesses serving changed customers on a multiplicity of screens. 1 in 4 Executives from around the world believe the time … Continue reading Get Social, Embrace Disruption: Serving the Connected Customer

20 Things They Never Told Us About Going Social


 ‘Pecha Kucha’ (literally – “Chit Chat” in Japanese) is a short presentation of 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each. The 20×20 format allows the presenter to talk for six minutes and 40 seconds – no more, no less – on a personal passion, project or interest of their choice.  I was recently asked to … Continue reading 20 Things They Never Told Us About Going Social

How Social Is Your CEO?


Last week I ran a workshop for a number of Chief Executives. Whilst preparing my slidedeck (which is featured above) I spoke to a friend who is the Managing Director of a medium sized business. They have a very basic website. No media links. When I asked why he doesn’t use social media , he answered simply: Paul … Continue reading How Social Is Your CEO?

Adapt or Die: 3 Challenges To Going Digital


Yesterday was a significant day. The sector in which I work put on a huge show of newly found digital awareness. My Twitter timeline nearly melted. As Shirley Ayres correctly observed: This , just one year after the 2012 Northern Housing Consortium Social Media event – which was the first mainstream housing conference to promote … Continue reading Adapt or Die: 3 Challenges To Going Digital

How Your Social Media Policy Could Kill Your Culture


I love Social Media. But really, it’s not that important. Not compared to some things. I’ve begun to see a few posts suggesting that companies need to take more control over their employees social media output. That word – ‘control’ – has actually been used on more than one occasion. An unwelcome trend. It’s obvious … Continue reading How Your Social Media Policy Could Kill Your Culture

Let’s make job descriptions inspirational….


About 3 months ago I posted a blog/rant about why most Job Descriptions are complete rubbish. You know what I’m talking about. You read the one for the job you are doing now. Uninspiring: Although you said it was really really exciting at interview. Impenetrable: You had to search the web to understand some of … Continue reading Let’s make job descriptions inspirational….

Social Media: A Trust Thing


I’m lucky. I’m part of an organisation where everyone has access to social media. Anyone can set up a Facebook or Twitter account. Anyone can blog. Without restriction. No Policy. One Rule – “If you wouldn’t say it out loud in the cafe area – don’t put it on social media.” So it’s shocking to … Continue reading Social Media: A Trust Thing

It’s our Birthday – Top Learnings of Bromford Social Media Year One


Last night – at our Board – the Chair opened the meeting with a question that I was utterly unprepared for. “Does anyone have an objection to people tweeting during this meeting? As long as they keep the comments relevant to the items being discussed?”. A couple of eyebrows were raised. But nobody objected. This … Continue reading It’s our Birthday – Top Learnings of Bromford Social Media Year One

Job Descriptions are rubbish…..My Top 5 new rules


Did some work on some JD’s this week. I’ve been messing around them for some time – really struggling to articulate what I wanted. On Wednesday morning at 9:40am it struck me. Somebody , somewhere , about 50 or 60 years ago – decided what a JD should look and feel like. A lot of … Continue reading Job Descriptions are rubbish…..My Top 5 new rules