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Life in the Fast Lane

Lord Mountbatten is quoted as stating that “The primary factor in a successful attack is speed” and the reality is that the current frontier of business success…

Optimize Blog July 24, 2017

Back in Black

We normally steer away from sport analogies mostly because we have never reached the level of elite athletes and also because that space is well catered for by those…

Optimize Blog July 17, 2017

The Millennial Myth

The subject we get asked most to speak about is the perceived ‘problem’ with Millennials. Regular readers know that we have written a couple of articles about…

Optimize Blog May 29, 2017

The Coefficient of Restitution

The Coefficient of Restitution (COR) is a measure of the “restitution” of a collision between two objects: how much of the kinetic energy remains for…

Optimize Blog May 8, 2017

I think we're alone now

‘I think we’re alone now’ was the title of the song by Tiffany that reached number 1 in many countries back in 1987. It was originally written for, and released…

Optimize Blog May 1, 2017

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…

Optimize Blog April 10, 2017

Success Through Service

Service Design is a discipline that is gathering pace and we think it has plenty to offer organizations as they struggle with the dynamic of great customer service…

Optimize Blog April 3, 2017

The Sound of Second Place

Failure is a topic most of us would rather avoid. But ignoring the obvious, and sometimes subtle, warning signs of impending business concern is a surefire way to…

Optimize Blog March 27, 2017

Surviving Stress

Last week’s blog was about our comfort with putting out fires but what about handling the stresses that the fires create? Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want…

Optimize Blog March 6, 2017

No Place for Pyromaniacs

Putting out fires is very rewarding. It’s gratifying and provides instant validation for our efforts. This is apparently why people seem to like fires in business…

Optimize Blog February 27, 2017

The Choice is Yours

We often hear the term “analysis paralysis” where apparently nothing ever gets achieved because people become overly concerned with the discussion rather than…

Optimize Blog February 20, 2017

Serving for the Match

Most people would agree that there is some value in providing good service. An abundance of literature exists that state great customer service makes a company more…

Optimize Blog February 13, 2017

Divided We Fall

Celebrating diversity is key to a healthy organization and we don’t just mean in terms of ethnicity, gender etc. We mean celebrating the fact that others have…

Optimize Blog February 6, 2017

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

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