To Survive and Grow Organisations need the Evolutionary Power of the Leadership Lab

"It is the function of science to discover the existence of a general reign of order in nature and to find the causes governing this order." Dimitri Mendeleev, 1901 THE URGENT NEED FOR SCIENTIFIC METHODS IN ORGANISATIONS  An HR department is like an appendix.  Nobody knows why it is there.  Organisations are in bi...
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Leadership Development and the End of Witchcraft

"We live in a real world of science and technology, but in our organisations we live in an imaginary world of witchcraft." John Raddall IT'S TIME TO INJECT INTELLIGENT THINKING AND ACTION... Let's examine some facts.   Approximately 400 Billion dollars are spent annually on leadership development.  Research shows that this is largely...
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POSIWID -The Purpose of a System is what it does

"There is no point in confusing everyone with imaginary and hypothetical purpose statements that are oxymoronic, unless the purpose is to confuse." John Raddall Understanding purpose in the real world of rivers, trees and lions. Stafford Beer was a pioneer of systems thinking and management cybernetics.  A maverick and a revolutionar...
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The day our world changed forever. Unlocking nature's greatest secret. A lesson for organisations

"It was around three o'clock in the morning when the final results of my calculations were before me.  I felt profoundly shaken.  I was so agitated that I could not sleep.  I left the house and began walking slowly in the dark.  I climbed on a rock overlooking the sea at the tip of the island, and waited for the sun to...
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Understanding the real DNA of Organisations

"Hierarchical systems evolve from the bottom up.  The purpose of the upper layers of the hierarchy is to serve the purposes of the lower layers."   Donella H Meadows THE IMMINENT DANGER OF LEADERSHIP WHACKADOODLE!  Our understanding of organisations is in desperate need of an upgrade. Social media, journals, HR departments and academ...
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Silence of the Lambs. A Lesson for Leaders!

Watch the video.... Now, take a moment.... What exactly did you feel? Excitement? Energy? Fear? Frozen? Quickening of your pulse? How did this happen? You know it is a movie with Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. How can it possibly make you feel anything? But I bet it did make you feel something. An answer lies in a ne...
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Leadership and teams. Making the invisible, visible. Plato's solution

"The world is awash with endless prose of 'good' leadership, projected infinitely onto Plato's cave wall.  And about as useful." by John Raddall LEADERSHIP ON THE CAVE WALL - OUR SHADOWY CRISIS The current pandemic has magnified the weaknesses in our traditional approach to leadership and team development.  Organisations are fai...
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The Organisation as a Probability Wave

"Each organisation is but a story, an imaginary fantasy that exists only in the minds of men.  And like Schrodinger's cat, it may be either dead or alive." by John Raddall Every organisation has its own Probability Wave Function, the product of every individual leader's probability wave.  (See my last blog post, 'Discovering you...
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Discover your REAL why

"Human behaviour is dependent in every instance on two things.  Potential energy and probability.  And if you know these two you will have a distinct competitive advantage." by John Raddall Humans are complex and often unpredictable creatures.  No wonder organisations are trying to eliminate them through technolog...
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The Black Box - Quanta's Scientific Toolkit for Generating High Energy Leaders and Teams

"Scientific thinking methods generated revenues forty times higher than the group not trained in scientific methods." by Adam Grant Download the PDF article below.  Authors John Raddall and Michelle Hoffman Download PDF File Here
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Demystifying EVP

Demystifying EVP and Transforming for the 21st Century by John Raddall, Michael Taylor, Michelle Hoffman EVP or the Employee Value Proposition is nothing new.  In fact it is as old as the hills.  Well at least the pyramids.  And that's 3000 years ago. And now it needs an urgent overhaul. The underlying principle of EVP is simple. &nb...
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Planet Ponzi. Is Stakeholder Value the Solution?

And seriously, do you expect the likes of Coca Cola, Amazon, Walmart, Google, Facebook and all the global banks to be trusted with reducing consumption to save the planet? Davos 2020.  The elite gathering of CEO's and bankers agreed in principle that if they don't do something soon to alleviate the destruction to society and the environment, t...
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Roger Penrose on Quantum Consciousness

Quantum Consciousness  The world is awash with new-age and woo woo books claiming to connect quantum mechanics and consciousness. If this brand of magic is insufficient for you, listen to Roger Penrose, recent Nobel Prize winning physicist (for his work on black holes) discuss consciousness from a fascinating perspective as he pursues the conn...
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Evolution. The Dreaded E-word

We need to end the dangerous linear organisational lexicon of 'change management' and 'cultural transformation'. It's evolution. by John Raddall EVOLUTION. THE DREADED E-WORD AND WHY IT'S TIME TO PUT SCIENCE IN THE BOARDROOM The recent FT article highlighted that over nine out of ten boardroom members are climate and environmentally illiterate...
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Correlating Potential and Kinetic Energy

The science shows us that our behaviour is based on our predictive brains, based on past experience, and not our rational or cognitive brains.  by Linda Feldman Barrett PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP DIAGNOSIS AND DEVELOPMENT Organisational growth and profitability are wholly dependent on strategy and system energy. The latter a direct product of lea...
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The Leadership Energy Generator

Energy... is the 'fuel' that converts a 'C' level manager into an 'A' level manager. by Author CONVERTING 'C' LEVEL MANAGERS INTO 'A' LEVEL MANAGERS Energy is the fuel that drives life, the universe and everything. And it is the 'fuel' that converts a 'C' level manager into an 'A' level manager. We also know that there are two types of energy, pote...
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Science Denial - Extreme Existential Threat

The bottom line. For every dollar of consumption, 50 cents goes directly to irreversible environmental destruction. by John Raddall SCIENCE DENIAL - EXTREME EXISTENTIAL THREAT The perfect extinction triad. Stupid people. Corrupt people. And the most dangerous people, science deniers. Let's look at the numbers. We are consuming the resources of clos...
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Probability of our survival

Enter heading here... Probability of our Survival at less than the odds of being trampled by a cow. by John Raddall WHAT IS THE PROBABILITY OF OUR SURVIVAL?Like me, you may be confused by the bombardment on the one hand of economic growth data and environmental and climate warnings on the other.Many years ago scientists looked at the possibility of...
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Fixing the Triple Bottom Line's Fatal Flaw

It requires no great Malthusian intellect to recognise the impossibility of maintaining economic growth at the direct expense of the planet.  by John Raddall THE FATAL FLAW IN THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE CONCEPT Twenty five years ago John Elkington suggested the Triple Bottom Line should incorporate not just profitability, but people and the planet...
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7,5 Lessons about the Brain

Enter heading here... Everything you have been taught about the brain is fundamentally wrong. No lizard brain. No limbic system. No prefrontal cortex. by Lisa Feldman Barrett Lisa Feldman Barrett is one of the world's top neuroscientists and she has a very important message for every manager, HR practitioner and academic who may be interested in ch...
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3D Assessments

Enter heading here... 3 EASY STEPS TO CONVERT SHAMBOLIC ASSESSMENTS INTO A SCIENTIFIC PERFORMANCE GENERATING REALITYOrganisations have been fiddling with assessments for decades, sometimes as a random, pointless and shambolic exercise. However there is light at the end of the tunnel thanks to the existential philosopher Jean Paul Sartre who showed ...
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Thinking in Evolutionary Terms

Enter heading here... ....we are biologically 'unfit for purpose' in our city-based, sitting-on-our-backsides-all-day modern lifestyles. by Adam Grant FIFTY SHADES OF ORGANISATIONAL MUMBO JUMBO AND WHY IT'S TIME TO TRANSMOGRIFY HR'transmogrify - verb, to transform in a surprising or magical manner'Two hundred thousand years of biological evolution ...
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Future Performance Indicators in Practice

Enter heading here... REDUCING BUSINESS RISK WITH FUTURE PERFORMANCE INDICATORSMany managers simply get lost in the noise and confusion in the engine room. When push comes to shove there are only two types of organisations. Sublinear and superlinear.Sublinear organisations are subject to diminishing returns where each additional unit of capital inv...
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Future Performance Indicators

Enter heading here... If you are a professional athlete you know that your survival and performance is wholly dependent on your continual honing and evolution of your mental and physical skills.Every aspect of your fitness and future potential energy is measured and managed together with the aid of the finest sports scientists and the latest techno...
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Physical Intelligence

Enter heading here... Real leadership in a post pandemic world will be based on a new and deeper understanding of physical intelligence and its critical role in our successful evolution. by John Raddall Scott Grafton shows us how physical intelligence has been the foundation of our biological evolution for the past 200,000 years. We are surrounded ...
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Mystery of the P and L

Enter heading here... ...human energy is by far the most valuable asset in any organisation by John Raddall Human energy, the ability to think and act intelligently and competitively, is the primary 'fuel' that drives evolutionary survival. #leadership#organisationalculture #innovationstrategy#gcisouthafrica 
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Intelligent Assessments

Consciousness operates at three levels: My inner world How I view the outer world and How the outer world views me. by jean Paul Sartre Assessments have taken a bad rap in recent years. From perfidious 'garbage from all directions' 360's and artery throttling engagement surveys to the inevitable 365-days-too-late customer satisfactio...
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Why many organisations have a faulty gene pool

Enter heading here... ....innovation thrives wherever there is freedom in society by Matt Ridley Matt Ridley has recently published an important book How Innovation Works, tracking the evolution of innovation, highlighting it as a 'bottom up' and natural process, rather than a 'top down' controlled process. Importantly he stresses the ongoing battl...
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Freedom versus Totalitarianism

Enter heading here... Tesla saw human energy as a form of movement governed by the same physical laws that govern the rest of the universe. by Nikola Tesla Matt Ridley has recently published an important book How Innovation Works, tracking the evolution of innovation, highlighting it as a 'bottom up' and natural process, rather than a 'top down' co...
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Nikola Tesla on Human Energy

Tesla saw human energy as a form of movement governed by the same physical laws that govern the rest of the universe. by Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla was undoubtedly one of the greatest game changing geniuses of the past century. What is not generally known beyond his work on electricity and alternating current is his thinking on human energy, the ver...
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Is your CEO smart enough? Or is it time for someone new in the cockpit.

Enter heading here... They are obsessed with finding new and better ways of doing things every day. by The Right Stuff, John Raddall Leaders create the climate or context for all organisational performance. Period. Your future therefore, post Covid19, is largely dependent on whether your leaders are made of the right stuff for this current moment i...
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Will Covid 19 lead to an intellectual decline?

Enter heading here... In reality a Zoom meeting is really a telephone call with many people on the same line. With faces. by John Raddall Something to think about over the weekend. Let's assume that evolution is the journey from molecule to amoeba to mankind and is a measure of the emergent journey of intelligence and consciousness. Let's also acce...
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Is Homo Sapiens smart enough for the US army?

Enter heading here... Having is the philosophy of acquiring things - Being on the other hand is based on the quality of the experiences we have rather than the things we acquire. by Eric Fromm Let's keep things really simple. You are surely tired of endless pandemic prose sans action? So, to call a spade a spade. Individuals such as scientists, eng...
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Black Swans and the Day of the Gamechanger

"We live in a real world of rivers, trees and lions and an imaginary world of gods, nations and organisations." by Yuval Harari If nothing else Covid19 has shown us, in the harshest of terms, that human stupidity is the most dangerous threat to our survival. Last week I wrote that it is our Achilles heel, our Black Swan. The Black Swan is already h...
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Let the Game Changers Loose Now!

"In the real world the earth is our master, the subject, with us the not-yet-obedient object." John Raddall Human stupidity. That's our black swan. Look what it is doing for us. A century ago, almost to the day at the end of the first world war, the H1N1 virus was released with the power of a plague. It infected 500 million people, a third of the g...
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Dealing with the cult goblins in organisations

Synopsis Organisations appear to have a death wish, pursuing fads and cults which destroy their evolutionary potential. For example they take a simple word like disruption, capitalise it, and turn Disruption into a faith based movement, paradoxically destroying energy and creativity. Two thousand years ago Lucretius declared that life tends to trav...
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Evolutionary leadership. The only skill that matters today that they don’t teach you at Business School

Enter your text here ... How intelligent are you? Above average? Well above average? Good. Now imagine you are required to explain the term evolution to a total stranger, as quickly and simply as possible. In fact why not try it now with a colleague at work. Then ask them to repeat what you have said. Not so easy is it? This is the real elephant in...
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Are you the type of person people want to follow?

What exactly is leadership? Turns out pretty much anything you want it to be. The great challenge facing organisations is the use and abuse of language. Key words emerge over time such as Strategy, Management, Leadership and more recently Agility and Disruption. With time they become holdalls for just about anything that anyone wishes to attach to ...
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On the nature of things - and the continued absurdity of the Manager vs Leader debate

INTELLIGENCE IS A RELATIVE THING.  HOWEVER, HAS ANYONE IMPROVED ON SOCRATEES' "I KNOW ONE THING, THAT I KNOW NOTHING!"? Juval Harari in Sapiens comes close with his version of the Socratic theme. "In the objective world there are rivers, trees and lions. In our imagined world there are gods, nations and organisations." The 4IR (Fourth Industri...
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Code 15 - Rigid cultures kill organisations

Here is our high energy and high performance solution Powered by The GC Index Code 15 is our practical method for building high energy and high performance leaders, teams and organisations. It is based upon a combination of scientific principles, the power of the evolutionary algorithm and over a quarter of a century of experience with thousands of...
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The cascading Helix

The Cascading Helix. An Agile Solution to the Deadly Consequences of Cultural Rigidity Update October 2021 The Covid crisis has served as the tsunami that has made the invisible fault lines in the global business landscape, dangerously visible.  Organisations are dropping like flies.  Their lifespans are shrinking daily.  T...
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The magic of November 1859

 Sculpting High-energy Behavioural DNA Synopsis In 1859 Darwin revealed the magic of nature's energy generator, the three-step algorithm that drives evolution. It's time to put aside pre-Darwinian management superstition and general silliness and embrace the universal power of this evolutionary algorithm in our teams, organisations and even na...
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Are Annual Performance Appraisals a Symptom of Dying Organisations?

Enter your text here ... The plague emerged in the 1300s in Europe and Asia and within five years killed thirty percent of the population. Organisations today are facing a similar challenge on a rapidly evolving landscape where technology is creating a brave new world on a daily basis. National boundaries are disappearing, as we slide rapidly from ...
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Sculpting Organisational DNA (...and to hell with culture!)

 Pick up your hammer and chisel.... First, you need to dump all your visions, missions and values. You'll never sculpt anything useful with those ancient tools. Ready to sculpt? Understand that the performance potential of every organisation is determined by its uniquely evolved DNA. You can stand on your head and whistle 'Dixie' - nothing can...
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Strategic DNA

Enter your text here ...   Foundation for evolutionary growth Freeman Dyson is a man of giant intellect, an extraordinary gem in a global sea of new age mumbo jumbo and imaginary hocus pocus. He is the raison that shines a burning light on the real world of science and technology and how we can best apply this knowledge in our lives today. His...
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Code 15 - An ancient evolutionary secret to drive energy in organisations

  Synopsis Geoffrey West, one of the brightest scientific minds from MIT, has shown us conclusively that every organisation (yes that includes yours) is on a half-life death spiral of just ten years. Bees however offer us a practical solution to this survival challenge. They have found the secret to evolutionary survival by allocating a specif...
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Team energy lessons from the vineyard

"Leaders must be taught the core scientific principles of using energy to generate superlinear thinking and action." Energy from the sun to the vineyard to the grape to the wine to the electrical signal in your brain to your ideas and actions. Exactly the same energy that drives teams and organisations. Neil de Grasse Tyson, astrophysicist and...
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Superlinear Coaching

The super highway between the real and imagined worlds In Sapiens, Yuval Harari says we live in a world of dual reality. The objective world of rivers, trees and lions and the imaginary world of gods, nations and organisations. Into this imaginary world I would add the infinite avalanche of leadership mumbo jumbo that has been unleashed upon poor h...
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Developing Superlinear IQ

It is time for straight talking. Every organisation, including yours, is an imagined reality. It simply doesn't exist in the real world of rivers, trees and lions. It exists only in the minds of people. And this is an infinitely complex space, where there is an infinite appetite for anything that can be imagined from 'gods, organisations and nation...
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Solving the global leadership vacuum

Is superlinear genius the key to evolving new, more intelligent global leadership? Despite the improbability of our existence, our greatest and only task as a conscious specie must be first and foremost to preserve our planet. To do this we must evolve a new and better way of managing our environment if we wish to avoid the evolutionary dustbin. Th...
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Open Letter to CEOs

Dear CEO It's tough being a CEO today. In many ways it's more like being a football coach. Here today, gone tomorrow. Customers, shareholders, suppliers, employees, unions, global competitors, millennials all shouting for your attention. All the while the global economy is threatening to go into meltdown while others yell disruption and tell you th...
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Why do organisations become "brain damaged"and then die?

And how can you prevent this? Intelligence defines our civilisation. And this intelligence may be unique in our part of the universe. Enrico Fermi, alluding to other possible civilisations in our galactic neighbourhood, famously asked "Where is everyone?" In short, we are smart but quite alone. The question, however, is: are we smart enough to...
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Global leadership. Biggest, baddest black elephant on the planet

What can we do about our biggest, baddest black elephant? It's decision time.  Braveheart?  Or coward? 30 Second summary Global leadership is an oxymoron. We have no global leaders, only country leaders. · Of the 196 country leaders, many are too old, too tyrannical, too corrupt, too scientifically illiterate and just too incompetent and ...
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Goodbye HR! Hello Performance Architecture!

By John Raddall IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO TRADITIONAL HR AND REPLACE IT WITH PERFORMANCE ARCHITECTURE Traditional HR is much like the family alcoholic. Everyone knows it's a problem but nobody wants to do anything about it. Let's have a closer look at this character and see if we can find a creative solution. The name. HR. What a name! From the c...
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