Leadership and management: Maverick Magpies and Predictable Pigeons

Leadership and management: Maverick Magpies and Predictable Pigeons Posted on: October 19, 2018

There is a myth that magpies are attracted to shiny, sparkly things. The myth says that they will even steal them. (In 2014 researchers at Exeter University disproved the idea that magpies are attracted to shiny things – but bear with me while I continue my metaphor). Creative swiping was a term coined by Tom […]

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Better Business Relationships – Book launch

Better Business Relationships Book Launch Bloomsbury October 2018 Posted on: October 11, 2018

I wanted to thank all of those who were kind enough to join me at The Brand Exchange   in the City of London for the official launch of my fifth book “Better Business Relationships – Insights from psychology and management for working in a digital world”. It was an eclectic group of guests which happily […]

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Book review: Reinforcements: How to get people to help you by Heidi Grant

Reinforcements - why asking for help is difficult Posted on: October 3, 2018

The original (shorter) review of Reinforcements: How to get people to help you by Heidi Grant was published in the October edition of Professional Marketing magazine http://www.pmforum.co.uk/pm-magazine/pm-magazine.aspx Reinforcement can mean a) enlisting extra help and b) a process to establish a particular behaviour using reward. Cleverly, this short book addresses both. It’s stuffed with interesting […]

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Book review: “The change catalyst – secrets to successful and sustainable business change” by Campbell MacPherson (Change Management)

Change management Change Catalyst Posted on: September 26, 2018

I was at the Business Book Awards https://www.businessbookawards.co.uk/  in March. I saw Campbell’s humble and humorous acceptance speech when this book scooped the overall winner prize. The judges’ glowing commendations  meant that I simply had to read it. The change catalyst is indeed a great book. It’s beautifully written and a welcome addition to change management […]

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10 takeaways from a workshop on buy-in (Guildford, 2018)

Workshop on buy-in Posted on: September 13, 2018

Thanks to Stevens Bolton https://www.stevens-bolton.com/ for hosting a Professional Marketing Forum workshop on buy-in Guildford http://www.pmforum.co.uk/locations/guildford.aspx After a lively session including exercises, discussions and sharing ideas, the delegates selected the following top 10 takeaways: 1. Face-to-face contact A recent HBR report suggested that face-to-face requests were 34 times more likely to be accepted than those by […]

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