Bricks and Mortar

Builders intuitively know that if you are building a house then you need both bricks and mortar, and they need to be arranged in a certain way in order to construct a safe, functional and attractive residence.

The bricks provide strength, the mortar holds it all together, and the architect’s plan ensures that they are arranged in an appealing way.

This seems like a common sense approach to building.

However, when it comes to building organisations in the corporate world, this basic logic regularly gets thrown by the way side.

All too often, organisations idolize super stars. The solid bricks. Those individual over-achievers who it is believed will enable organisational success.

But how much effort is spent on giving people the philosophy, community, time and space that they need to work together in a productive and harmonious way?

And how much care is taken to ensure that the right people get placed in the right parts of the organisation for maximum effect?

People are important, and talented individuals will often be able to make a big contribution. But wonderful organisations (like buildings that are able to stand the test of time) will always be more than the sum of their parts.

Change is Constant

Change is a process

IN the industrial age, change was seen as an event which could be managed: launch a new product, introduce a new feature, enter a new market.

But this was never true.

As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus rightly pointed out: “Change is Constant”.

In the information age, change is now happening so quickly that we are forced to accept it for what it is: a constant process of experimentation, discovery, and progress.

Cisco Systems, a successful tech company, appreciates the need for change (even if this requires a tough decision to cut 4,000 jobs).

Are you initiating positive change in your life and your work?

Your peers and competitors are pushing onwards into the future, with or without you.