Mining for hidden human potential: The cost of ignorance

In organisational life we learn "on the job" and it comes with "practice". Well, it's time to change that view

Mining for hidden human potential: The cost of ignoranceLet us ask a few simple questions to help illustrate our point. How many hours of driving school does the average teenager need before they get a licence to take your car onto the road? How many hours of flying time does a pilot need before they are fully licensed to fly an Airbus or…

Mining for hidden human potential

Prospecting and accurately evaluating potential are critical to long-term success

Mining for hidden human potentialThe mining industry has long known the importance and value of good geology and sound prospecting. It understands how operating performance is inevitably linked to the location of the ore body and the "grade" of the ore being mined. The same thinking, skill and science need to be used by every organisation in order to…

What to do about bad leaders

Your real concern, however, shouldn't be with leaders who are bad but with those who just aren't very good

What to do about bad leadersThe world is full of bad leaders. Luckily for the rest of us, they are pretty easy to spot and tend to have limited impact because they generally do not have much influence or staying power. The real concern should be with leaders who are not bad – they just aren't very good. These are…

Culture drives an organization to superior results

Attitudes and beliefs correspond with character, while values and competencies correspond with competence

Culture drives an organization to superior resultsSitting just alongside the attitudes and beliefs of an organization is a companion set of attributes that round out the cultural blueprint. It is represented by: The Values: espoused and held to be important. The Competencies: nurtured to drive performance and build talent. It is a pretty simple formula – so simple that many seem…

The secret to high-performance organizations

We develop our bad habits in good times and our good habits in bad times

The secret to high-performance organizationsThe preponderance of environment news in the media today started me thinking of how important the "environment" is in the corporate world as well. You see, the quality of the environment (i.e. the culture) really does matter. Business leaders must take ultimate responsibility for shaping the environment within which their people live and must be…