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 Socrates' "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 Industrial Revol...
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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 The 1980's saw the emergence of In Search Of Excellence and the pursuit of the holy grail for successful organisations. Technology was emerging rapidly and changing the traditional landscape of command and control systems with their hierarchies and bureaucracies....
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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 n...
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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 ca...
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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 a...
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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 ...
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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 dus...
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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...
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