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What makes a good leader?

There has been an interesting, week-long-so-far debate on Melcrum’s SCM forum about what makes a good leader. The response has been amazingly varied. As the Conservative Party enters its final...

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Jargon

I never cease to be amazed by some of the language that comes out of companies today. And I don’t mean cursing and swearing. It’s the jargon that people use....

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Blame our managers

When Adam Crozier recently remarked that a good proportion of Royal Mail managers were sub-standard, I suspect a large number of CEO’s secretly empathised with him, in the knowledge that...

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Podcasting – a new vehicle for storytelling

Yup, we knew it all along. There’s no substitute for the human being when it comes to communication, but when you can’t get a load of humans in one place...

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Left or right? It’s all in the brain

There really is a shift going on, says Daniel Pink, in how we are applying what goes on in the left and right spheres of our brains to how we...

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Skilled incompetence starts at the top

The term 'Skilled Incompetents' really resonated with me when I read today's article by Dr James Rieley in The Daily Telegraph. This highlights the all-too-common practice of managers looking inwards...

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Love and trust – “Tell Daddy I’ve gone to Boots”

I was in one of my local pubs last night, fascinated by a framed front page from a wartime newspaper on the wall – The Daily Herald, 16th September 1940....

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From waffles to Nike – does your brand have an original story?

Great article from Christian Budtz and Klaus Fog in Design Bulletin. Companies who want to maintain brand status in the future must have a great story to tell. Storytelling is...

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WWII The Living Museum

I thought it fitting that today, the 60th anniversary of the end of the war between the Allies and Japan, we should make reference to Bristol-based designer Nick Hind’s Living...

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