Category Archives: Psychological contract

Capitalism, Morality, Maturity, Value, Returns, Profit – It’s all in a cup of coffee

How do you explain an extremely complex subject in very simple terms that any ordinary citizen would understand? This is the challenge that I face every day as the Chair of the Maturity Institute.  The core message is simplicity itself … Continue reading

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Mature governance – the No. 1 issue of our time

How many times might you expect to experience a complete shift in thinking about how society should be run? History tells us, at least at a national level, that these matters have usually been resolved only after violent struggles. The … Continue reading

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Value is never a race to the bottom

Anyone analysing the highly competitive, UK supermarket sector over the last year or two will have noticed several headlines* like this one in the FT  – “Tesco must play long game in race to bottom – Chief executive Dave Lewis … Continue reading

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Maturity and fair process

A thoughtful piece on fairness and organizational maturity from Alvaro Feller, Chairman of OMR (Organizational Maturity Rating) Organizational Maturity (1) refers to the degree to which an organization maximizes its value by fully leveraging the human capital potential of all … Continue reading

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Human solidarity – capitalists, workers, citizens and shoppers of the world – unite!

In April, over 1000 garment workers died in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh.  The right wing Daily Telegraph reported that “many saw Rana Plaza as the moment fashion shoppers would realise cheap prices had consequences further up the … Continue reading

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Humanity finally arrives in the workplace – A book review of ‘Beyond the Corporation’ by David Erdal

‘Beyond the corporation – Humanity Working’ (Bodley Head 2011) by David Erdal is written so lucidly and with such passionate argument that it should leave you in a state of euphoria if you share his ideals.  This will not be … Continue reading

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Only authentic leaders convince management of their values

In the last few weeks, I have been reminded several times of how an organization needs to be a whole and truly interconnected system, and particularly how leadership relates and integrates through to the rest of an organization. Firstly, a … Continue reading

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The 7th Pillar – The philosophy of never-ending improvement (NEI)

One unintended joke, often heard during the total quality ‘revolution’ of the 1980’s/90’s, was the statement – ‘Oh yeh, we did TQM some years ago’.  Another was the widespread belief that a revolution in management culture had actually taken place. … Continue reading

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“Double, double TOIL and trouble” – risky people management in the public sector

In his 2013 budget speech (stay with it, it gets more interesting, honest) George Osborne, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced there would be a continuation of the policy of a 1% cap on public sector pay rises until … Continue reading

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