Leading is Acting. Is "Leadership" an Unrelated Linguistic Repository?

The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence. Aldous Huxley Let's not confuse language with action  This Sunday morning blog takes a closer look at the dangerous cult of 'leadership', its beliefs, its language, and its hidden influence in stamping out intelligent thinking and intelligent action in organisations....
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How many tons of coal does an organisation need to succeed?

"I am somewhat exhausted; I wonder how a battery feels when it pours electricity into a non-conductor?"― Arthur Conan Doyle , The Adventure of the Dying Detective The Energy Hypothesis  There is so much debate these days on energy, the environment, climate change and the emotions and politics that surround these issues. It's time to jump in th...
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The Three Core Skills of High Energy Leadership

Background of our Research.   Our leadership and organisational statistical analysis on leaders, teams and organisations has been undertaken by an independent consultancy.  The initial sample included 547 organisational divisions and departments, over three thousand leaders and more than 20,000 participants and respond...
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So you think your organisation is real? Think again

"We often talk of saving the planet, but the truth is that we must do these things to save ourselves. With or without us, the wild will return."David Attenborough"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." Albert Einstein A ...
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Madmen or Economists? Our Existential Problem with Our Club of 200

"We have a finite environment—the planet. Anyone who thinks that you can have infinite growth in a finite environment is either a madman or an economist."― David Attenborough Homo Sapiens.  The dangerously unfinished experiment  Imagine you are a junior deity. You have been sent to our planet to follow up on the experiment to generate two...
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Energy Coaching. Releasing the Genius in Leaders and Teams

"Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way."― William James, The Writings of William James: A Comprehensive Edition Energy - the 'fuel' that drives life, the universe and everything.  Including organisations  Nearly three decades ago we introduced a brand new concept on how to increase energy ...
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The Magic and Power of Being a Great Listener

"Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains."Jean-Jacques Rousseau The Energy Fractal.  Freedom from your 'chains'  Nearly three decades ago we first customised the energy fractal, the powerful tool designed to change behaviour. We have shared the methodology successfully with thousands of individuals, leaders and teams across...
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Designing an Organisational Energy Strategy. Key to successful transformation

The leader releases energy, unites energies, and all with the object not only of carrying out a purpose, but of creating further and larger purposes. Mary Parker Follett All Organisational Performance is a Function of System Energy.  (Unless you know how to break the laws of physics.)  Every organisation is driven by exactly the same...
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The Three Laws of Leadership Wisdom. An Ancient Manifesto Revealed.

"Creativity is our only weapon against entropy."Dean Cavanach The ancient story of two warriors.  Energy and Entropy The history of our universe has been played out as an ancient dance by two opposing warriors.  Energy and Entropy.  Life and death. Energy on the one hand is powered by evolution and the evolutionary algorithm.&nb...
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Towards a deeper understanding of Organisational Energy

"Energy is life.  Biologically, socially and economically." Bernard Bigot - Director General ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) To understand the complexity of organisations you first need to understand the three E's  Let me throw down the gauntlet. The real reason organisations fail, leaders remain clueless, employee...
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What's your Organisational Energy? High or Low?

Organisational energy - your capacity to think smarter and act faster than competitors is real, measurable and can be generated using the latest scientific tools and methods. John Raddall Organisational Energy - The 'magic fuel' that drives performance.  Measure and generate.  Richard Feynman, the famous and Nobel Prize winning scientist,...
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The Black Box. Toolkit to measure and generate system energy and performance

"You cannot make a silk purse from a sow's ear. And this is why 95% of organisational transformations fail. If the system potential energy remains the same, all you can do is shuffle the chairs on the Titanic."John Raddall Measure energy.  Generate energy.  It's that simple   Every organisation is like a mini universe. To surviv...
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The 'Club of Socrates'. A challenge to the smartest Business Schools Worldwide

Greece and the magical port of Piraeus.  Our evolutionary roots of democracy, philosophy and science.  And above all, the skill of thinking intelligently.  It's time to build on the genius of the past. by Author It's time to launch the Club of Socrates  We really do live in a world of magic and wonder.  And incredibly ...
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The Beauty, Power and Enchantment of 'Dark Energy'

"Talent allows you to hit a target that no one else can hit, whereas genius allows you to hit a target no one else can see." Arthur Schopenhauer, 19th Century German Philosopher How do you describe the invisible in words?  My hypothesis is the following. Just as 95% of the universe is unknown dark energy, so it is with organisations. &nbs...
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95% of Leadership is Beyond Words

"In terms of the most astonishing fact about which we know nothing, there is dark matter and dark energy.  We don't know what either of them is.  Everything we know and love about the universe and all the laws of physics as they apply, apply to four percent of the universe.  That's stunning."Neil deGrasse Tyson We are gropi...
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Understanding the System 'Energy Envelope'. And the End of Witchcraft

"Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it.""Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter.  Explore the world.  Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough."Richard Feynman, Scientist and Nobel Prizewinner Discovering your 'energy en...
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Elite Leadership and the New Science

"If they don't keep exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working." ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Elite Leadership and the New Science  "Elite Leadership is a continuous series of behaviours that determine the performance of a system."  It is time for a revolution in terms of how we view, measure, t...
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Culture. Is it real?

"Wine is bottled poetry...." Robert Louis Stevenson Culture is an imaginary concept.  It does not exist in the real world.  Let's rattle the cage. In the organisational world the word 'culture' is firmly entrenched in the lexicon of cult leadership.  We speak of culture glibly.  We dutifully nod our heads.  'Cultu...
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Ethical Leadership. Global Oxymoron? When a stoic meets a scientist

"There are two types of people.  Worthwhile and worthless." Arius Didymus, Greek Philosopher, circa 20 B.C"Where is everyone?"Enrico Firmi, Nobel Prize Winning Physicist, circa 1950 Ethical behaviour - foundation for survival? Let me introduce our two characters. They lived two millennia apart but let's see if their paths can cross to help us ...
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Leadership. A dangerous cult? Time for a revolution.

"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." ― Pablo Picasso Leadership is a professional 'sport'.  Forget the rest.  Recent years have seen the emergence of leadership as a type of cult.  There are plenty of authors who feed off our need for imaginary and faith based guidance.  Social media, journals and ...
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Finding the Hidden Spring of Leadership Energy

"There are more words on leadership rained down upon us than there are stars in the universe." by Author Finding the Hidden Spring of Leadership Energy  There is certainly no shortage of daily leadership advice. It's like a comet circling the earth with an infinite tail of disconnected frozen and meaningless nuggets. Let's check...
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LEADERSHIP ENERGY AND THE GENIUS OF THE GCINDEX

"The only way to deep happiness is to do something you love to the best of your ability."  Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize winning Physicist You need two things to build a working universe (and an organisation)  Imagine you would like to have some fun and build a working universe.  You only need two things.  It's really quite simpl...
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Holographic Assessments Drive Intelligence

"What we measure affects what we do; and if our measurements are flawed, decisions may be distorted."Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen and Jean-Paul Fitoussi,  Mismeasuring Our Lives (2010) THE CURRENT FAILURE OF ASSESSMENTS  The general failure of organisational assessments remains a global challenge. There are many causes.  However the ...
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The Art and Science of Changing Leadership and Team Behaviour

"Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way."William James, father of modern psychology, and pioneer of connecting new actions to changes in the brain, to generate new behaviour. The Energy Fractal.  The customised evolutionary habit that transforms cultural DNA  William James, father of m...
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If you understand the Fifth Dimension, you will understand life, the universe and everything

"Reality is frequently inaccurate." ― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe The Fifth Dimension - The Brain of the Universe   We have all been taught we live in a world of four dimensions - three of space and one of time. And that there are four basic forces.  Gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak...
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Urgent need for a leadership transmogrification

In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. Carl Sagan Corrupt.  Scientifically Illiterate.  Incompetent.  Let's look at the bigger picture of planetary management and the environmental crisis.We have 195 countries headed up by largely male, scientifica...
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The Great Transmogrification of HR. From Irrelevant to Dynamic Powerhouse

"transmogrify...to transform in a surprising or magical manner." by Author HR's Golden Opportunity Traditional HR is like your appendix.  It's been around forever but nobody can remember why. Poor HR!  It's been bashed for years.  HBR even tried to blow it up in 2015. But no-one lit the fuse. Today however I would like to o...
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How smart is your organisation? QAnon smart? Or Einstein smart? It matters....

"Human energy is subject to the laws of physics.  It is the product of intelligent thinking and intelligent action.  Both can be increased indefinitely." Nikola Tesla Organisational IQ drives all performance.  Period.  Richard Feynman, one of the greatest scientists of the modern era, once stated that 'energy' drives the entire ...
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Organisational I.Q is driven by Scientific Methods and the Laws of Physics. Introducing the Black Box Methodology

The Black Box Generates Free System Energy  "Scientific thinking methods generated revenues forty timeshigher than the group not trained in scientific methods." Adam Grant "The same general laws of physics which govern thephysical universe must also govern the lawsof kinetic energy of humans." Nikola Tesla This paper outlines the Quanta Method...
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The 4D Helix and the Power and Magic of Cultural Evolution

"Our double task is now to preserve and foster both biological evolution as Nature designed it and cultural evolution as we invented it, trying to achieve the benefits of both, and exercising a wise restraint to limit the damage when they come into conflict," writes Freeman Dyson, Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences, in his Edge es...
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The Importance of an Organisational Energy Strategy

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Organisational Energy.  The Source of all Strategic Success  Does your organisation have an energy strategy?  No?  Perhaps it is time you had one.  If you want to stay in business that is. Here is why. Eve...
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Fuzzy Logic Assessment. The Power to Make the Invisible, Visible

"A person can be both a good listener and a bad listener but never one type of listener only.  The very concept of 'one type' is fundamentally flawed and oxymoronic." by Author Introducing the revolutionary concept of fuzzy logic assessment  We know that all behaviour is variable in both time and context.  Traditional assessment...
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This Explains Everything - in a Glass of Wine

"Consciousness should not be confused with intelligence.  In its elemental form, namely raw feeling, it is a surprisingly simple function shared with all mammals and fishes."Mark Solms - world renowned neuroscientist 100,000 years of evolution in a glass of wine  Mark Solms is undoubtedly a brilliant and creative neuroscientist who h...
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The Organisational Energy Envelope - Key to Transformation

The Organisational Energy Envelope - Driver of all Performance  Every system from atoms and galaxies to you and your organisation, must have a boundary. So here is a test for you and your colleagues.  Where is your organisational boundary?  Can you find it?  Think carefully. Not so easy is it?  The more you explore this que...
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THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE ORGANISATIONAL APOCALYPSE

The four horsemen Half Life, Ignorance, Transformation and Leadership are rapidly destroying organisations.  Scientific thinking and scientific action is the only defence against this onslaught. by Author Does your organisation suffer from scientific denial? We are living in a world of science and technology where most of us have no ...
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It's Time to Release the Dreaded E-Word

"The evolution of the brain not only overshot the needs of prehistoric man, it is the only example of evolution providing a species with an organ which it does not know how to use." Arthur Koestler Evolution.  Key to Organisational Survival  Evolution.  The dreaded e-word.  It's time to open the gates. The world avoids the word&...
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Beware the Wily Capitalisation Wordsmiths!

"Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of your imagination" Ludwig Wittgenstein Capitalisation.  Trick of the Wily Manipulators  Yuval Harari has reminded us many times that Homo Sapiens lives in two worlds.  A real one of 'rivers, trees and lions' and an imaginary one of 'gods, nations and organisations'. &nbs...
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Behaviour Drives Performance. Change Behaviour and Change Performance

"Study the science of art. Study the art of science.Develop your senses- especially learn how to see.     Realise that everything connects to everything else." ― Leonardo da Vinci The art and science of changing behaviour   Behaviour is art and science combined.  In motion.  Cartesian dualism in 4D. This makes eve...
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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

. 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 us how our personal ...
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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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