Better you, Better me

Many workplaces play people off against each other, creating a culture of what they call ‘healthy competition’ – with rewards for meeting targets, pitting each member of the team against their peers and showcasing the stars who perform best.

Many workplaces play people off against each other, creating a culture of what they call ‘healthy competition’ – with rewards for meeting targets, pitting each member of the team against their peers and showcasing the stars who perform best.

Hidden costs of the people dimension in M&A

[fusion_text] [An edited version of this article appeared in the June 2016 edition of Training Journal] It’s boom time again for Mergers and Acquisitions. 2015 set a new record for global M&A activity, according to MergerMarket’s Global and Regional M&A: 2015 report, with a total value of $4.3 trillion, a 30% increase over 2014. Activity … Continue reading “Hidden costs of the people dimension in M&A”

Change: it’s about why as well as how and what

  Change comes attached to a quite a range of adjectives nowadays : inevitable, constant, accelerating, stimulating… ‘Big’ comes up a fair bit too. Despite Darwin’s efforts, discussions in the fifth floor and above favour revolution (although the chosen word is ‘transformation’) over evolution. But a recent blog posting by Neil Morrison, Group HR Director at … Continue reading “Change: it’s about why as well as how and what”

Ambition, aspiration and ability: matching the table and chairs

Maybe it’s one of life’s lessons – albeit one of the ones that takes a little longer to sink in than, say, simultaneous equations or how to lie while smiling – that rewards and promises are far from the same thing, and that the things we see as being our longed-for ‘just desserts’ can quite often turn out to be, … well, just deserts. And life has a way of putting the sand into sandwiches.

Maybe it’s one of life’s lessons – albeit one of the ones that takes a little longer to sink in than, say, simultaneous equations or how to lie while smiling – that rewards and promises are far from the same thing, and that the things we see as being our longed-for ‘just desserts’ can quite often turn out to be, … well, just deserts. And life has a way of putting the sand into sandwiches.

The future’s bright, the future is …

As an employee, my main concern while reading PwC’s The Future of work – a journey to 2022 report was not so much that the two other alternative worlds that it envisages as co-existing with a ‘Green’ scenario’ were less attractive (the Blue World represents an amped-up corporate world that I found reminiscent of the backdrop painted in the film Rollerball, while the Orange World combines organisational fragmentation and outsourcing with a hefty dose of networking and technology), but that the prevalence of opportunities to locate oneself in a specific world would most likely be arbitrary.

As an employee, my main concern while reading PwC’s The Future of work – a journey to 2022 report was not so much that the two other alternative worlds that it envisages as co-existing with a ‘Green’ scenario’ were less attractive (the Blue World represents an amped-up corporate world that I found reminiscent of the backdrop painted in the film Rollerball, while the Orange World combines organisational fragmentation and outsourcing with a hefty dose of networking and technology), but that the prevalence of opportunities to locate oneself in a specific world would most likely be arbitrary.