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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

Looking the Part

A question we get asked a lot is if leaders are born or made. Apparently this is a discussion that has been undertaken since the time of Plato so clearly there is…

Optimize Blog October 30, 2017

The Blame Game

Blame is an interesting concept and often confused with accountability. We find leaders conceptually accepting that mistakes are a learning opportunity but in the…

Optimize Blog October 23, 2017

Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink

One of the founding fathers of “nudge” theory has been awarded the 2017 Nobel prize for economics. Richard Thaler co-wrote a bestselling book on the nudge concept…

Optimize Blog October 16, 2017

There's No 'I' in Team

….but of course if you look closely you will find the word ‘me’. Here at Zeitgeist we do a lot of work with building high performing teams and of course many…

Optimize Blog August 28, 2017

An Excessive Need to be Me

Few things can discredit a leader faster than being perceived as phony. Sometimes, leaders will say what they don’t believe or they sugarcoat the truth so people…

Optimize Blog August 21, 2017