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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

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

Having to Pay the Piper

A topic that consistently seems to be discussed is that of executive pay particularly when there are still recessionary pressures and the government bail outs are…

Optimize Blog June 12, 2017

Did You Know.....?

Intellect Technology is a fascinating subject which has still to mature. The term in this sense relates to a progression from Information Technology. If Information…

Optimize Blog May 15, 2017

The Complexity Conundrum

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

Optimize Blog April 17, 2017

A Transformation Tale

Transformations call for more than rhetoric and superficial conversations around change. Old and existing habits need to be challenged and potentially discarded…

Optimize Blog July 11, 2016

Cracking Complexity

We view complexity in two ways. First there is the institutional complexity – which results from the number and types of interaction within the organization. This…

Optimize Blog June 6, 2016

The Secret to Success

We think that the principal problem with some business books is the fact that they generally purport that by following a number of key steps the reader will deliver…

Optimize Blog November 9, 2015

Embracing the Imposter

Often we come across leaders and professionals who suffer from feelings of fraudulence or inadequacy at work – the condition known as ‘Imposter Syndrome’.…

Optimize Blog August 5, 2015

The Future is Bright

Predicting the future has long been the strategist’s nemesis. Rain dances and crystal ball gazing has been replaced by number crunching, modelling and late nights…

Optimize Blog May 20, 2015

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 Zeitgeist we are Lean Practitioners…

Optimize Blog May 12, 2014

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 2014 where change…

Optimize Blog January 20, 2014

Stupid is as Stupid Does

We all come across people whose actions are hard to justify or even put into context. This often manifests itself during our daily commute where we regularly observe…

Optimize Blog November 21, 2012

Painting by Numbers

Performance is usually measured as a combination of ability and motivation. In the case of Spanish amateur restorer Cecilia Gimenez there appears to have been plenty…

Optimize Blog August 24, 2012

Missing the Point

Microsoft recently reported the first quarterly financial loss in its history. The reason was a big acquisition gone sour. Microsoft had to write off more than $6bn…

Optimize Blog July 31, 2012

Flatter to Deceive

Flattery is an interesting subject and one we witness often within our social environment and in the workplace. An article in The Economist recently argued that…

Optimize Blog June 15, 2012

Water Wings

A mosquito’s tiny, low-weight body is the key to its ability to survive flying in the rain, according to a team from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The…

Optimize Blog June 5, 2012

Supergran

As leaders we are required to step up and be counted. When the music stops everyone is looking at you as the leader to step up and take control, provide direction…

Optimize Blog May 28, 2012

Fried Chicken

You will be familiar with many of the names of the great astronauts in history – Armstrong, Aldrin, Shepard to name just a few. But there is one name that you…

Optimize Blog May 23, 2012

Seeing Is Believing

A bionic eye – or – more accurately, a retinal implant has been invented by scientists at Stanford University in California. Implants currently used in patients…

Optimize Blog May 15, 2012