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Be Yourself

‘Be yourself’ is the defining careers advice of the moment. It’s heard everywhere from business leaders in the boardroom, social media influencers,…

Mark Crocker April 24, 2024

Prime Time

Prime numbers are found hidden in nature. Buzzing quietly beneath the planet we inhabit is an unseen world of numbers, patterns and geometry. Mathematics is the…

Mark Crocker February 20, 2024

Leaving Change to Chance

It still surprises us just how many organizations leave change to chance or at best provide a couple of hours training in a workshop to prepare their leaders to…

Mark Crocker February 12, 2024

Good Luck!

The element of luck is often cited in business and careers and here at Optimize we subscribe to the fact that success in a career or in business comes from three…

Mark Crocker October 30, 2023

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…

Mark Crocker October 16, 2023

Transformation Time

Like individuals, organizations change continuously, reacting to developments in their markets and to the arrival and departure of key people. In a large company,…

Mark Crocker September 27, 2023

Failing to Learn and Learning to Fail

Ever see those new leaders who carry themselves with such bravado? They’re usually the ones who haven’t failed yet. When they inevitably do, it isn’t pretty…

Mark Crocker September 18, 2023

I Have Seen the Future

Creating the future rather than predicting it requires moving from managing the probable to leading the possible and requires us to address challenges in a fundamentally…

Mark Crocker February 14, 2023

Leading Change in a Reimagined World

Optimize is excited to announce the launch of a new and progressive leadership development program built to create effective leaders in a reimagined world where…

Mark Crocker November 9, 2021

Time for a Change?

Like individuals, organizations change continuously, reacting to developments in their markets and to the arrival and departure of key people. In a large company,…

Mark Crocker June 21, 2021

The Data Dilemma

The strategic impact on companies of the exponential technological rate of change is both extensive and fundamental. How can you plan properly in an environment…

Mark Crocker February 24, 2020

Talking Transformation

Individuals, organizations change continuously, reacting to developments in their markets and to the arrival and departure of key people. In a large company, these…

Mark Crocker January 8, 2020

Vive la Révolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, commonly known as Industry 4.0, appears to be changing the way businesses function. Organizations must decide how and where to…

Mark Crocker October 21, 2019

The Complexity Equation

Charles Dickens in the 1830’s wrote that he lived in an age of “unrelenting change and unpredictability” so I wonder what he would make of our current scenario…

Mark Crocker October 1, 2019

Behavioural Science?

Conventional wisdom amongst those running organizations would agree that there is value in good service. An abundance of literature exists supporting the notion…

Mark Crocker September 23, 2019

Lean Times

During the past 20 years, Lean has become one of the prominent performance-improvement programs adopted by companies around the world. Recently, organizations as…

Mark Crocker September 3, 2019

Caution, Learners Ahead

It’s a fact and contrary to certain prejudices and misconceptions, employees can learn to behave in new ways. However, people learn only if they are motivated…

Mark Crocker May 17, 2019

Engaging Conversations

Organizations care about employee engagement because the facts would suggest that it directly impacts their bottom line. Don’t believe us? Well recent and consistent…

Mark Crocker May 6, 2019

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

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