The rise of the muppet

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in culture, leadership, management | One Comment

In recent weeks and months I have been thinking a lot about the place of openness, honesty and authenticity when running a business. I’ve been reading the inspiring Culture Shock by Will McInnes and one of the major themes that I have been struck by is the role of failure within an organisation.

Culture club

Posted by on Sep 6, 2010 in culture, team | 2 Comments

Yes they were an 80′s pop group. No that is not what this post is about. Did you know that your team has a culture? Well it’s true. And whether or not you are aware of it there are certain things about your team and the way it works that are defined by it. How […]

Give your team room to express themselves

Paul Boag, one of the founders and directors of Headscape, once said; “We specialise in sh*t projects.” If, like me, you run projects for a normal, every day web agency. If you do not always get the opportunity to be working with the latest cool technology or utilize the next whizz bang idea. If you […]

Confidence is king

Posted by on Nov 9, 2009 in culture, leadership, management, solutions, team | 5 Comments

Confidence plays an important role in many areas of our lives. You will often here it said of footballer, for example, that they are a confidence player. I know from my own inability to play golf that I become marginally less rubbish if I have confidence in my next shot. Leaders who lead directly and with confidence are people that we want […]

It’s OK to not know.

Posted by on Oct 22, 2009 in culture, leadership, management, team | 2 Comments

“I don’t know” is actually a valid answer to a problem. “Let me think about that” is not an excuse to waste time. “I think I should discuss this problem with my peers” doesn’t present you as incapable. No need to be infallible We all want to be seen in the best light. We don’t […]

Solutions not problems

It’s very easy to indentify when something is wrong. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small one person task or a large project being undertaken by a whole team of people, finding issues is normally…  no, I would say, always possible; even easy to do. By spotting a problem you are nothing new. You are […]

The rant line

Posted by on Feb 12, 2009 in culture, headscape, management, team | No Comments

It’s good to get things off your chest. Inevitably, during the course of a project things will annoy you. A customer will insist on something stupid, a college will make a hash of something which will add to your work load, a member of your team will do something daft and you will have to […]

Like breeds like…

Posted by on Nov 3, 2008 in culture, leadership, management, team | No Comments

If you have ever wondered why your team is what it is, then it is possible that you should look no further. Just like children often pick up traits, characteristics, and mannerisms of their parents, and “best friends” will find that they think and behave alike, teams will often take on the personality and ethos […]