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Considering Culture

Cultures exist wherever there is a collection of people, however big or small that group is. The group could be as large as a nation or as small as a student study…

Optimize Blog January 30, 2017

Don't be surprised.....

We often find clients that doggedly follow a strategic direction despite plenty of warning signs giving ample notice that the direction is not going to deliver success.…

Optimize Blog January 23, 2017

Decisions, Decisions....

Few corporate strategists making important decisions consciously take into account the cognitive biases that exists i.e. the systematic tendencies to deviate from…

Optimize Blog January 16, 2017

Do the Do

McKinsey research tells us that 70% of change efforts fall short of the desired results and it is far too easy to blame this on a lack of effective communication.  Some…

Optimize Blog January 9, 2017

Never Too Late

Let’s talk about New Year resolutions because we seem to be bombarded at this time of year from all sides – fitness goals, life changing goals, career goals…

Optimize Blog January 2, 2017

The Future is Bright

In last week’s blog we bemoaned the lack of wisdom in the world but at Optimize we believe in the credo that we shouldn’t criticize anything unless we are prepared…

Optimize Blog December 12, 2016

Stupid is as Stupid Does

Reading the news or even just looking around us unveils a high degree of a lack in critical thinking – we might even consider that there is a whole lot of stupid…

Optimize Blog December 5, 2016

Busy Fools?

We are always told that the world is a much busier place these days and we certainly encounter people every day that tell us that they are “really, really busy”.…

Optimize Blog November 28, 2016

You Can Do It….Probably

Motivational posters abound. They shout at us from office walls, from Facebook, from Instagram, at the gym….they seem to be everywhere. Some are funny, some stir…

Optimize Blog November 21, 2016

Learning To Smile As You Kill

Politics in business is an inevitability and so to solemnly declare that you are not going to play the game is rather naive. Simply put, others are playing the game…

Optimize Blog October 31, 2016

The Great Training Robbery

One of the critical foundations of a successful and sustainable company is the ability to generate, nurture and regenerate talent on an ongoing basis. To enable…

Optimize Blog October 17, 2016

Surviving Short Circuits

We have spoken a number of times before about the vast amounts of data and input that modern leaders have to analyze and make judgments on. A number of studies have…

Optimize Blog October 3, 2016

Press Release

FORMER U.K. CONSUL GENERAL RUPERT POTTER JOINS GROWING INTERNATIONAL FIRM, OPTIMIZE CONSULTING Brexit creates great opportunity for adaptable, proactive businesses.…

Optimize Blog September 22, 2016

Embracing the Imposter

Way back in 2008 the New York Times ran a great article on managers and professionals who suffer from feelings of fraudulence or inadequacy at work and we still…

Optimize Blog September 19, 2016

Upside Down, Right Side Up

As we charge toward the final quarter of the year thoughts will soon inevitably turn toward the dreaded annual appraisals – the performance review. We don’t…

Optimize Blog September 12, 2016

The Customer Management Myth

Our view on Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is unambiguous. For us it is all about getting the right product, to the right customer, at the right time, via…

Optimize Blog August 29, 2016

In Sickness and in Health

We often hear and talk about the ‘healthy organization’ and whilst corporate health is talked about quite a lot, a true understanding of the importance of monitoring…

Optimize Blog August 15, 2016

Winning Ways

Today, organizations of all kinds are re-evaluating their strategies as they face unprecedented levels of change in their industries and the world. While the strategic…

Optimize Blog August 8, 2016

Differing Dimensions

All organizations operate in two dimensions: the dimension of getting the work done (which is the horizontal dimension) and the dimension of reporting relationships…

Optimize Blog July 25, 2016

Soft is Hard

Making organizational change stick for performance improvement initiatives is difficult. Different functions with different priorities and often distinct cultures…

Optimize Blog July 18, 2016