“Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.” — Studs Terkel, Working, 1974
The pandemic has confronted us with both the fragility and strength of the human condition. But it has also taught us that we can respond with courage, fortitude, compassion; and that we have the ability to change, to transform our lives into something we had barely previously imagined.
For me, the greatest gift of the…
‘Remember your humanity. Forget the rest…’ — Bertrand Russell
In the world of organisational change, there are two things we hear all the time. Firstly, that change is inevitable, that organisations are, in fact, changing all the time. Secondly, that most change initiatives fail. If we put these together then it seems our organisations are constantly failing to change. Seems about right.
Change is necessary. But change is also difficult, so we don’t do it unless we have to. Covid-19 provides a powerful example of a necessary change. …
“If you don’t stand up for your values when they are tested, then they aren’t values, they are hobbies” Jon Stewart.
There are lots of ways of modifying the word leadership to emphasise particular approaches to the challenge of being a leader. Almost all of these emphasise a positive, benign sort of leadership — the Servant Leader, the Compassionate Leader, the Tireless Leader perhaps even the Mindful Leader (we’ll save that one for another time).
But there is one adjective that seems to hold more power than most in summarising a type of leadership for modern times and that is…
Why are so many organisations such dreadful places to work and what can we do about it?