Sometimes the smartest people do the stupidest things!

One of my current television addictions is the drama series The Americans. Set in the 1980s, it centres on Elizabeth and Phillip, two KGB officers during the cold war posing as an American married couple in the suburbs of Washington DC. The show is as much about relationships as espionage, with similar issues facing both the Russian and American characters as they struggle to remain detached and in control. Continue reading “Sometimes the smartest people do the stupidest things!”

Unstoppable leadership

I recently had a Twitter conversation that started like this:

Their tweet: What does being UNSTOPPABLE mean to you what does it allow you to do?

My tweet: Being unstoppable would allow me to do anything – is that a good thing? Definitely better than being unstartable though. Continue reading “Unstoppable leadership”

Do senior managers really know the concerns of employees and customers?

There are times when a television programme can give you ideas to help improve the way you work.  One show that consistently delivers a useful message is Undercover Boss, which originated in the UK on Channel Four and has now been rolled out to many other countries.  Each episode follows a senior executive working undercover in their own company as an entry-level employee.  The experience usually highlights systems that need to be improved and practices that stop people from being as effective as they could be.  Continue reading “Do senior managers really know the concerns of employees and customers?”