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Alone Again

This time fifty years ago man set foot on the moon and currently China is on the dark side of the moon with an unmanned vehicle. This reminded us of Al Worden, perhaps…

Optimize Blog January 21, 2019

A Year in Review

As we march headlong into the new year we have probably had, or are about to have, the dreaded annual performance review. The truth be told that here at Optimize…

Optimize Blog January 10, 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 competitors,…

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

Wood for the Trees

A famous line from Alice in Wonderland is “If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there” and here at Optimize we think it’s pretty important…

Optimize Blog January 15, 2018