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Liz Pommer

What We Got Wrong About Self-Management

People thrive with some certainty and structure – as the crew at buffer.com discovered. When Buffer first moved to a self-management model, we moved to a completely flat structure. We just let loose and the message was “everyone go figure out what you want to do and work on, without too much guidance or leadership.” We talked […]

Human-centered design made easy

Dave Thomsen wrote for wired about why human-centred design matters, but the more interesting part of the article is how to make it easy to do. Read on…   Ask the right questions If you’re struggling to generate ideas or stuck in a product rut, you’re probably asking the wrong questions. For example, at IDEO […]

Deloitte has decided diversity groups for minority employees are a relic of the past

Deloitte US has decided that it’s time to move past diversity groups focused on gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or even veteranship, Bloomberg reported. Over the next 18 months, the accounting and consulting firm will phase out groups like the Women’s Initiative (WIN) and LGBT group Globe, and replacing them with “inclusion councils” where all employees are […]

Liz Pommer

How to innovate in government

James O’Loghlin, from the ABC’s New Inventors show, took an hour during Public Sector Innovation Month to explain how to make innovation easy to do in government. An hour well spent – check it out.   Innovation Month Webstream

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Why are you self-sabotaging your productivity?

Time and time again, you are under deadline and you find yourself perusing Facebook or cleaning your desk instead of doing what you need to do. Here’s why you do it, and some suggestions to curb the behavior. Have you ever agonized over your inability to get enough done? The stress of feeling overwhelmed has […]

The psychology of change management

Companies can redesign their structure, their systems and processes but unless they can help their people change, they are just moving the same people with the same behaviours into a new reporting line. Emily Lawson and Colin Price unpack ways to change behaviour and attitudes in this story for McKinsey and Co. Companies can transform […]

Ten Ways to Get People to Change

A valuable checklist for change strategists by Morten T. Hansen in the Harvard Business Review. Don’t overlook his point that most leaders of change only use a few of these levers – use them all.   1. Embrace the power of one. One company I worked with posted 8 values and 12 competencies they wanted […]

Whose list are you on? Being seen by your stakeholders.

Stakeholder relationships are a two-way street. Your stakeholder engagement strategy should identify who you work with, who you want to work with and for what reasons. But you should also consider whose stakeholder list you might be on – and whose you need to be on. To establish and cement good relationships with the people […]