What Chris Hadfield, Pomplamoose and Toyota can teach Chief Operating Officers about culture and competitive advantage

You might know of Chris Hadfield for his series of fascinating and frankly, just cool videos he posted from the International Space Station. He’s a real life Major Tom and speaks compellingly here on managing fear and the NASA maxim that “there is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse”. We see […]

“If you get the environment right, every single one of us has the capacity to do remarkable things.”

In this TED talk on Why good leaders make you feel safe, Simon Sinek distills some powerful ideas in just 12 minutes, principal among them, that you cannot control external variables affecting your business. The only variables you can are the conditions inside the organisation.

“If the conditions are wrong [the environment is such that people do not feel safe], we are forced to expend our own time and energy to protect ourselves from each other – and that inherently weakens the organisation.”

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Five revealing questions about company culture

Company culture is such a nebulous, dynamic and organic thing that trying to capture and define it in neat answers from a survey is a bit like trying to hold a cube of custard in your hands: messy and quixotic. There may be times however when you need to assess your organisation’s capability strategically. In […]