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March 5, 2019

What makes the difference for the long term performance of an organisation? In the 21st century economy one of the most important differentiators is access to deep expertise.

In the knowledge economy expertise drives value and is the asset that a business is based on as...

January 24, 2019

Three people start as plant managers in a global company business. The manufacturing process is sophisticated and complex. Customers are international. The plant is part of a global supply chain.

Manager 1 comes from a competitor where they did a similar job. For them t...

January 22, 2019

Successful businesses today, generate more value from the knowledge and skills of their people. This is what the Knowledge based economy means. That the IP that drives differentiation is embodied in the expertise of key people. 

This is not an either or. You are no...

October 19, 2018

Leadership drives performance. Leadership at all levels drives exceptional performance.

All organisations need a supply of leaders to deliver today and for the future. They need to be confident they have a system in place that produces the leadership talent they need.


July 13, 2018

As we come up to the start of the next graduate season it is more and more important that the quality of the schemes that organisations deliver match the hype.

Why is this?

  1. Most employers already report skills shortages as a constraint on growth.  These will only get...

July 13, 2018

Because corporations are growing more powerful.

Because best in class, integrated, end to end, process driven, self-service, HR systems cannot conjure up or harness the true potential of people

Because we are more obsessed with control and standardisation than with real...

July 11, 2018

For an organisation's talent activity to be effective, you need to choose, and then play, the right game.

There isn’t a single play book that is relevant everywhere, at all times. Managers are smart and managers are busy. If they do not think something is relevant to th...

July 5, 2018

Being willing to challenge the orthodox way of looking at things is one ingredient of learning and making progress.  Here are 5 things that we believe organisations want to look at differently to be more successful.


You need more high potentials at junior levels than...

May 14, 2018

Our latest view on the question of what career paths CEOs take to run FTSE 100 companies.  This is our 3rd look at this interesting question over the last 5 years.

Our interest is primarily to understand career paths and to glean insight on how people get to the top.  H...

February 23, 2018

Checklists make sense and are a useful way to quickly judge if you are on track to get where you want to get to.

This is a checklist to see if a graduate is on track.

  1. Can they name the seven strengths they bring to their role?

  2. Can they explain what excites them...

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