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  • Sustaining high performance beyond public-sector pilot projects
    26 Sep 18
    Public institutions can turn remarkable short-term efforts into meaningful long-term results.
  • Cybersecurity and digital resilience: Seven practices for companies in Indonesia
    26 Sep 18
  • Behind the mining productivity upswing: Technology-enabled transformation
    26 Sep 18
    Despite great promise in digital advancements, many companies are struggling to embrace tech-enabled transformation. Mining players need to rev three engines to tap into the true potential.
  • Five fifty: The data talent link
    26 Sep 18
    A compelling mash-up of analytics, data, and talent management is showing companies where HR misses the mark. 
  • What leaders talk about when they talk about transformation.
    21 Sep 18
    What exactly is transformational change, and what kind of leadership qualities are required if one finds oneself in charge of a project which claims to be transformational? What might we learn about leadership from studying a sector, the Higher Educations sector in the UK, where there are…
  • Sales And Service Tech: Two Sides Of The Same Coin?
    17 Sep 18
    Automation and AI are changing the nature of work. Every company job — including every front-office job — will be impacted. Always-available commerce and intelligent guided-selling solutions erode field sales teams. Automated self-service obsoletes generalists and Tier 1 customer service agents…
  • Defining Success For Asian Businesses: Maximizing People Potential
    13 Sep 18
    Getty Royalty Free In today’s business world, change is a constant. This is even truer in Asia where economic, demographic, cultural and technology changes are challenging businesses to adapt their strategies, operating models, hiring policies and organizational cultures. Three major external…
  • Do You Trust Your Team?
    9 Sep 18
    Getty …and does your team trust you? In a previous post, I shared that creating great teams is about engaging team members’ hearts and heads. One characteristic of leaders who do this particularly well is the ability to build and maintain trusting relationships. There are hard economic benefits…
  • How an algorithm can improve the design of your organization
    27 Aug 18
    Can an algorithm improve the design of your organization? I believe the answer is yes. In fact, together with two colleagues (Kim Soldal and Tore Christiansen), I am developing a software tool for this purpose. It is called Re:config . The goal is not to automate the entire organization design…
  • Can You Spot Your Influencers?
    22 Aug 18
    Shutterstock The uptake of any change effort largely follows Roger’s law of product diffusion . This suggests that the large majority of your change population will look to take its cues from the highly influential early adopters. Focusing on positively engaging this group of early adopters…
  • Perspectives on being critical
    30 Jul 18
    A couple of weeks ago I met with a PhD student for a cup of tea before the summer break. We got onto the subject of ‘being critical’, it was a conversation that made me see the word quite differently. I often say to students ‘you need to be more critical’ the phrase just trips off my tongue…


Forget personality – a thinkpiece on restructuring teams…

A scribbled thinkpiece from Q5’s Andy Cottrill on how to think about restructuring teams and businesses.


Two in the bed, and the little one said “Roll Over”

Cardinal Q 29 Jun 15

“Human Capital” businesses rarely make for good long-term acquisitions. By human capital, I mean businesses that don’t actually make anything, but offer intellectual services; accounting for instance, lawyers, consultants. It is even more stark when a large firm gobbles up a small one…

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  • What would a Labour Government mean for local government?
    26 Sep 18
    As its annual conference closes, and a flurry of new policy announcements add to last year’s manifesto, Labour’s agenda continues to take shape. While Brexit negotiations still dominate these unpredictable political times, how far is it possible…
  • Labour’s plans for schools: right direction but needs to go further
    26 Sep 18
    It has become so rare to hear national politicians talk about returning power over schools to councils that Angela Rayner’s forthright speech to the Labour conference came as something of a surprise. In an agenda-setting intervention, the Shadow…


  • Semantic Distances for Technology Landscape Visualization
    26 Sep 18
    This paper presents a novel approach to the visualization of research domains in science and technology. The proposed methodology is based on the use of bibliometrics; i.e., analysis is conducted using information regarding trends and patterns…
  • Capital Controls and Macroprudential Measures: What Are They Good For?
    26 Sep 18
    Are capital controls and macroprudential measures successful in achieving their objectives? Assessing their effectiveness is complicated by selection bias and endogeneity; countries which change their capital-flow management measures (CFMs)…
  • The Components of Private Equity Performance: Implications for Portfolio Choice
    26 Sep 18
    We use a proprietary database of private equity returns to measure the excess return of private equity over public equity and to partition it into two components: an asset class alpha and compensation for illiquidity. Our evidence suggests …
  • Universal preschool dramatically boosts the number of moms in the workforce
    26 Sep 18
    Free child care meant 12% more moms in the workforce. When parents have access to free preschool for their kids, they can go back to work. Read Full Story
  • Amazon’s new physical NYC store only sells “4-star” things or above
    26 Sep 18
    The store is opening in New York’s SoHo district. On Thursday, Amazon is launching a new brick-and-mortar store concept called Amazon 4-Star in SoHo, on Spring Street between Crosby and Lafayette in Manhattan. The conceit of the store…
  • Diane von Furstenberg boosts women founders in “Shark Tank”-style pitch competition
    26 Sep 18
    Five selected female entrepreneurs from around the world pitched their business ideas. Entrepreneur and fashion legend Diane von Furstenberg has long supported women’s efforts in business, offering mentorship, inspiration, and opportunities…
  • High value
    26 Sep 18
    … is not the same as low price. The price is obvious. It can be seen from a mile away. But value is more subtle. It often needs to be experienced to be understood. The price is the same for every person who buys that item at retail. The…
  • Be Frugal with Everything Except Your Bed, Your Chair, Your Space, and Your Team
    25 Sep 18
    In his new book, The Messy Middle, Scott Belsky, the founder of 99U and now the Chief Product Officer at Adobe, focuses on navigating the wildly misunderstood and volatile middle miles of a journey. One of the most important parts of building…
  • We learn as we go
    25 Sep 18
    If we stop going, we stop learning… and If we’re not willing to keep learning, we should probably stop going.            
  • Today is the best day
    24 Sep 18
    And now is the best time. If you’re doing something generous, if you’re building something worthwhile, if you’re making an important ruckus… Do it today. You don’t need more time, you simply need to decide.   &#160…
  • How Robinhood Emphasizes Design to Make Stock Trading More Accessible
    20 Sep 18
    Robinhood’s senior designer explains how the app’s user-friendly design is making stocks, ETFs, options, and crypto more approachable. dynamically generates aggregated content from other external website feeds in date and time order. is not responsible for content displayed from external websites and any views expressed are not those of