Machines will, in the future, replace some of most people’s working tasks, replacing repeatable, ordered tasks. But machines are weak at understanding people’s mood, and developing and building trusting relationships. So, you will need to build and leverage the soft skills of your people to give you a competitive edge. You need to build your value proposition on the human skills in your company to provide differentiation.Read More
Twenty years ago, one of the favourite words used by business gurus and keynote speakers at conferences was – a paradigm shift. Today you would think it is a button on a Tesla motor car. Now, a new hot word has appeared – archetype!
People ask at conferences or meetings are there negotiation archetypes? The answer is yes.Read More
This week I needed a refill for a rollerball pen and a replacement light bulb. Two trivial tasks, or so I thought. First, armed with my dead light, I visited my local hardware store. “I want a 50W halogen Philips light like this please”.
The helpful assistant took me to the shelf, and we could only find 35W bulbs, “sorry we are out of stock”.Read More
Leaders everywhere in business, government and community are facing seemingly impossible problems that need solving. Even the most experienced and successful leaders can face impossible problems. For all these impossible problems, we need brave individuals to take action to solve the problems and then implement the solutions.Read More
More than 20 years ago, I got involved in a long-running contract dispute. The work had been completed in the tiny country of Brunei, population of about 400,000 living in an area equivalent to 75km by 75km. With any contract its not unusual to have disputes, commonly about the scope of the contract.Read More
Most of us can remember where we were when events, both good and bad, have happened in the world. Or remember being in the audience for a great or inspirational speech. Some remember a show or musical that fed the soul or just made you laugh to the point of tears. I still remember how elated I was seeing the Lion King for the first time in London. Or more recently being dragged by my cousin to see the Book of Mormon, irreverent, but very funny.Read More
Imagine, you are the General Manager in a pharmaceutical company. Into your office comes a Division Manager. “You know you asked for ways to improve our relationship with United Hospitals”, she reminds you about the last management meeting. “I’ve got it. We need to innovate for them!” She says with a grin. What’s your reaction?Read More
Global industries and local communities struggle with the pace of change. Typically, the pace of change is reducing resources like time, money and people. Reducing resources creates difficult problems that appear to be impossible to solve, what we call impossible problems. In local and global marketplaces, impossible problems occur for organisations and for individuals. For all these impossible problems, we need brave individuals to take action to solve the problems and then implement the solutions.Read More
In case you missed it, the Guardian headline in November 2018, told the story in just seven words. Amazon had announced, with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo, they would open a major office in New York. This office would bring 25,000 jobs paying more than US$100,000. With a deal negotiated with the two decision makers, what could go wrong?Read More
Whether you are a Star Wars fan or not, Yoda shared some great insights in the Star War movies that will stand the test of time. When it comes to focus his quote is a gem, with persuasion it has 100% applicability to your success – do, or do not.Read More
Next time you negotiate with a strategic customer, ask them to include more data. To understand the value of data, imagine you are a director of a radiology company with millions of digital images. A company asks to buy 100,000 images plus your diagnosis of each image. This company will use these images to train Artificial Intelligence to analyse images automatically. How much will you sell them for?Read More
I recently had the pleasure of being on a panel discussion in Australia on the impact of human intelligence (Hi) and artificial intelligence (Ai) and creating a competitive edge by combining both. The main question is always “where do we start”? Start with your strategic goals. Ai and Hi are most successful when you use them to solve a problem or leverage an opportunity. A key message was - technology is an enabler, but success depends on leader’s ability to use technology and people together.Read More
Imagine in your last meeting your sales manager says, “What do you want to do, increase sales or lower costs?” Well, when you put it like that , you must choose? But do you need to choose? Not always! In general, when asked, do you want me to do X or Y we automatically make a choice. Why?Read More
As a lecturer in change management at AGSM, I talk with many professionals from different companies and industries. A few innovative companies are working on improving their customer experience and their employee experience. These innovative companies are introducing artificial intelligence (Ai) and increasing the skills of their people, particularly their social intelligence. These companies are making courageous decisions to invest in a time of uncertainty to create a competitive edge. In an increasingly challenging business environment, sitting back and waiting to see what the future will bring is a very dangerous strategy.Read More
“Where do we start?” The strategic direction of organisations are most effective when solving problems or leveraging opportunities.
Over the last few years, around the world, I’ve been fortunate to have researched and delivered some negotiation workshops on how and why organisations need to develop teams of negotiators and not just individual stars.Read More