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Changes

‘Changes’ is a song by David Bowie, originally released on the album Hunky Dory in December 1971 and as a single on 7 January 1972, the day before Bowie’s…

Mark Crocker April 8, 2019

Never Too Late

We want to talk about the serial late people in the world – those that keep us waiting. And it is not that we lead ‘busy lives’. That’s a given,…

Mark Crocker March 26, 2019

Pause Before You Pounce

We all face multiple challenges in our work and leadership roles – impossible deadlines, missed budgets, angry customers, politically driven colleagues, remotely…

Mark Crocker March 18, 2019

Trust Issues

When considering the great leaders within business there is one core attribute that they possess that sets them apart. That attribute is trust. They are all highly…

Mark Crocker March 4, 2019

Let Your Light Shine

In the constant struggle to improve ourselves we often reflect on our weaknesses. Indeed, a surprising amount of our time and energy at work is focused on the people…

Mark Crocker February 25, 2019

Hearing Loss

Proportion and context is something we need to consider often as consultants. The ability to maintain a sense of context is key as we work with clients to develop…

Mark Crocker January 30, 2019

What’s in a Label?

As regular readers know, we have issues with the labels that people give others – labels make it too easy to put someone or a group of people in a box. It is also…

Optimize Blog July 31, 2018

Vive Le Tour

As the Tour de France grinds its way through the mountains in the second week we were considering it as a metaphor for life, for business life and for our careers.…

Optimize Blog July 18, 2018

Insanity Check

In our daily interactions with clients, we encounter many different leaders in all disciplines and generally these individuals are very determined people. They are…

Optimize Blog May 22, 2018

Kung Fu for Business

Recently here at Optimize we were thinking about business philosophy and the links to leadership and organizational culture. I’m not sure too many of us spend…

Optimize Blog March 26, 2018

Moments of Truth

Customers have never had higher expectations – or been more empowered than they are today. How you respond to, and take care of, your customers across all of their…

Optimize Blog March 5, 2018

Coping with Complexity

The general view on complexity is that it is a bad thing and that simplification will bring value by removing unnecessary costs. Here at Optimize we are Lean Practitioners…

Optimize Blog February 26, 2018

A Little Toe Much

A pub in Derbyshire has hosted the latest “World Toe Wrestling Championship” which has now been going on for more than 40 years. Open to male and female…

Optimize Blog February 12, 2018

Vanity Unfair

Many commentators think that we are facing a narcissism epidemic fueled by the internet, instant celebrity, easy credit and cultural pressures that impact us on…

Optimize Blog January 29, 2018

Me, Myself and I

In business, the secret to effectively leading collaboration with others is finding a middle ground between too much and too little team think, where leaders encourage,…

Optimize Blog January 22, 2018

Pudding Politics

As the festive season’s ultimate celebration looms large in the form of the mighty Christmas dinner we would like to provide a few paragraphs to honour the Christmas…

Optimize Blog December 18, 2017

The Thinking Persons' Olympics

As Calgary debates making a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games, as mere mortals we can only guess at the dedication, athleticism, sacrifices and mental fortitude…

Optimize Blog November 27, 2017

Plus Ca Change

Plus ca change is the term often used to express the resigned acknowledgement of the fundamental immutability of human nature – “the more things change, the…

Optimize Blog November 20, 2017

Last Minute Larceny

Leaving things to the last minute is a recipe for disaster and on the way causes stress, anxiety and a series of corners that have been cut. Quality suffers and…

Optimize Blog November 13, 2017

Same Old, Same Old…

We often hear the term ‘innovation’ being used in organizations and generally used appropriately as people recognize that within business, innovation is key.…

Optimize Blog November 6, 2017