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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

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

Pause Before You Pounce

We all face multiple challenges in our work and leadership roles – impossible deadlines, missed budgets, angry customers, politically driven colleagues, remotely…

Mark Crocker March 18, 2019

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

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

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

The Past has Passed

...having given this ongoing debate some thought, we got to thinking about how much time is spent looking to the past in business and wondering if our allocation…

Optimize Blog August 11, 2011

China Crisis

In both one to one leadership coaching and the group courses that we run, a common source of angst shared by the more ‘mature’ managers is the alarming sense…

Optimize Blog July 21, 2011

Warning Signs

The 'Holy Island' of Lindisfarne, is located just off the coast of Northumberland in England. The hugely popular tourist destination attracts thousands of visitors…

Optimize Blog June 22, 2011

Blown out of all Proportion

Steven McCormack is a lucky fellow indeed. A trucker from New Zealand, Mr McCormack is currently recovering in a local hospital after having been blown up – literally. To…

Optimize Blog May 25, 2011

3D’s and Wannabee’s

For the launch of the 3DS, the world's first glasses-free 3D hand-held games console, Nintendo pulled out all the stops to make sure that demand was high and lines…

Optimize Blog March 30, 2011

The Adjustment Bureau

"... if you have done a thorough and rigorous job determining your strategy and have been diligent in developing an execution plan for that strategy then the art…

Optimize Blog March 2, 2011

Innovate or Die

Nokia, one of the giants in mobile technology is facing a crisis or, as Stephen Elop the Finnish company’s CEO puts it, “we are standing on a ‘burning platform’…

Optimize Blog February 9, 2011

Life on Mars

In a recent general communication, Council staff in Carlisle (a town in the North of England) were instructed to clock-out if they want to talk about the weather,…

Optimize Blog February 2, 2011

Gesundheit!

An interesting quote, but here at Zeitgeist we subscribe to the principle that success in your career or in business comes from not just one but three key ingredients…

Optimize Blog January 11, 2011

Born not Made?

Whilst we are sure many of you have already determined to hit the gym more frequently in 2011 as part of your New Year’s resolutions, perhaps you hadn’t considered…

Optimize Blog January 4, 2011

Generation R

“First there was Generation X and Y, now there is Generation R,” Gill Plimmer wrote in The Financial Times: “a term coined to describe frustrated professionals…

Optimize Blog October 8, 2010

Improbable Awards

The Ig Nobel awards are now in their 21st year and here at Zeitgeist we look forward to this whacky awards ceremony every year. The awards are the result of the…

Optimize Blog October 1, 2010

Paying the Piper

As countries drag themselves out of the recession, the spectrum of accusations and recriminations becomes ever more broad and colorful. Criticism of the level and…

Optimize Blog September 16, 2010

Frogs, Gecko’s and the Clutter Trap

This got me thinking about the balance of new with old. Have you ever noticed how, in our business lives, our 'to do' list, KPI’s or priority objectives seem…

Optimize Blog September 30, 2009