READ TIME: 2 mins Tattoo decisions. We don't make many of them in life of business. But when we do make them we need to make sure that they are right. Because any reversing the changes are very painful. Here is a very funny spoof advert for Turlingtons Tattoo Removal Cream. In business there are … Continue reading Tattoo decisions – and science tattoos
You do it 15,000 times in you lifetime, but what is the initial impression you leave with the other person? Wimpy-limp wrist. Damp fish and clammy. Overly aggressive. Creepy-hold-on-too-long. Insincere. All this conveyed in less than 2 seconds. It has been traditional greeting, a symbol of peace and a key part of business deals for … Continue reading Making a first impression – the perfect handshake #leadership #managing
I was horrified when talking recently to CEO (name withheld) about the economy when he said "The best thing about the recession is I can treat by staff like sH!t as they have nowhere else to go". Not only is it short sighted and it fails the 'would I want to be treated like … Continue reading Happy staff!! I run a business not a bloody holiday camp #hr #leadership #happy #recruitment
Psychopaths lack empathy, are pathological liars, have an enormous sense of self-worth, are impulsive, irresponsible and won’t accept responsibility for their own actions. They make up 1% of the total population, 25% of the criminal population. But do you recognize the traits. Perhaps in the upper reaches of your corporation or our Governments? The Psy-Fi … Continue reading Psychos in the Boardroom (or Government). Fascinating stats.
To really excel and beat the competition requires more than a spark of inspiration and talent. It requires focused effort. The sporting world has shown that, brought into sharp relief when you hear the personal stories of the medallists over the last 2 weeks of the Olympics. Better practice = better performance The coaching and … Continue reading The toughest of tests: what businesses can learn from Olympians #bpm #london2012
Relaxed, yet professional We at Nimbus are ‘relaxed, yet professional’ and that hasn't really changed since being acquired by TIBCO. That's what our staff tell us. That’s what our clients tell us. That’s the exact wording in our company values statement . In the office, from the CEO down we wear jeans, polo shirts and … Continue reading Smart Casual – how to avoid getting frocked up #culture #funny #dresscode
Lotus Cars, alongside Aston Martin, is one of the UK's success stories in terms of building desirable sports cars. Aston Martin exudes sophistication and style - and their V8 and V12 engines sound awesome - but nothing compares to the driving experience of a Lotus. You don' so much sit in a Lotus, but more … Continue reading Why can’t Lotus Cars make a profit?
I am presenting the final keynote at the British Quality Foundation Annual Leadership Conference and drafting an article for the Process Excellence Network which is focusing on Leadership for February. So it got me thinking. A huge number of books have been written on the traits of a leader, the role of a leader and … Continue reading Leadership is overrated. You need followers. #PEX #leadership #inspired
TIBCO acquired Nimbus at the end of August and there was the inevitable post-M&A activity. Now for those cynics who have been through this before, they will tell you that M&A stands for Murder and Attrition. So what has it really been like? That’s what every one asks me. Firstly TIBCO acquired a company with … Continue reading TIBCO acquired Nimbus; 10 weeks on it gets emotional
Here is a list of leadership books many of which take a 'sidelong glance' at leadership If you want to make good laugh, show him your business plan by Barry Gibbons What do leaders really do? by Jeff Grout The Unfolding Now by A.H. Almaas Leading with Kindness by William Baker & Michael O’Malley The Everyday Work … Continue reading Leadership books – but not your normal list #Leadership
Often the problem with widespread adoption of anything is ‘what is it called’ and ‘what will it do for me’. Social software in the enterprise and particularly when related to BPM, coined SocialBPM is in this camp. Nimbus does not sell a social software platform, but has implemented a 3rd party application internally and is … Continue reading Understanding Social BPM (or at least setting some context) #socbiz #social #bpm
Adam Deane raised some excellent points in a recent blog BPM : Process Documentation. He lamented that most process documentation is rarely read. And he is right. Call it process documentation and no one will read it. Not even the most enthusiastic process geek. But it is clear that you need people to follow processes, … Continue reading “No one reads process documentation” – 6.2 million reasons why that is wrong #bpm
I have an interesting call with Ken McGee, VP and Gartner Fellow, yesterday who focuses on CIOs and not BPM. We met at the Gartner BPM conference where he delivered an excellent, thought provoking keynote on the Why BPM and BI have strong future together. He was researching how the role of the CIO was … Continue reading I have just met the future CIO – and he doesn’t work for IT #CIO #BPM
Stage plays entertained Kings and Queens throughout the ages – and anyone else wealthy enough. Think about the film Shakespeare in Love. Playwrights were impoverished artists who did it for the love and recognition. They were the ultimate story tellers. Then came the film, with the first public screening of a film in 1895. The … Continue reading BPM – the movie. Could be a blockbuster #bpm #film #ebook