Category Archives: Machine and human

Experience not Service

Customer experience has become the new marketing. It influences brand perceptions and impacts business performance just as strongly as traditional Marketing once did. As my Chairman, Professor Nader Tavassoli  www.nadertavassoli.com reminds us: “Brands are promised by advertising but delivered by … Continue reading

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Adaptive cultures

According to Robert E. Quinn and Kim S. Cameron at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, there are four types of organisational culture: Clan, Adhocracy, Market, and Hierarchy. Last week we looked at the prevalence of Market and Hierarchy … Continue reading

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Controlled growth

When you start a Company, you begin with a small group of colleagues. Initially hired for the technical abilities the business needs. But soon, through departures and hirings, you find yourself surrounded by a group of like-minded people. The non-aligned … Continue reading

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Talk straight

So much business communication is on email these days.  And so disruptive is that medium that I spend much of my time inside organisations encouraging face to face conversation. Face to face is how we were meant to communicate. According … Continue reading

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Be the best

I’m often amazed when very established businesses cannot say what they are good at. It’s symptomatic of worrying indecision. Any business that survives the test of time will develop a range of capabilities. With luck it might even develop a … Continue reading

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The fake CEO

Have you read about the French company Laboratoires Berden and its charismatic CEO, Eric Dumonpierre? Founded in 1996, the company launched Mutorex, an anti-obesity drug. Dumonpierre rapidly became a star chief executive, winning several awards for corporate social responsibility. He … Continue reading

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The bureaucratic condition

Working in organisational transformation certainly produces some home truths. The latest for me has been realising  how deeply bureacracy resonates with human beings. I mean as a default behaviour, especially in times of stress. In employees, stress is routinely caused … Continue reading

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Branding post-merger

After two decades of progress and innumerable calamities, the supermarket category in East Africa is again in flux. This time the highly professional retail brand Carrefour is coolly selecting the best growth opportunities from the wreckage of the supa-duka boom. … Continue reading

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Fear inhibits growth

Last week I caught up with an old friend who leads a financial PR business in China. We fell to reminiscing about corporate life in multinationals, and it didn’t take long for the old discontent to resurface (he’s still harness, … Continue reading

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Are you CEO material?

It’s never too soon to begin thinking about the future of your career, especially if you intend to lead a business one day. But surprisingly few people take time to consider the skills they will need when they become the … Continue reading

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