Category Archives: Intelligence

How to beat a great team

A mediocre team, that is a team with not the best players, can beat the team with the best players. How is this done? The power of team work is so much greater than the sum of the individual players. … Continue reading

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Floored by flaws

Character flaws that served us well on the way up can easily be our downfall when we get there. For example, cheating or playing unfairly can gain us an advantage. But when we near the top these flaws become more … Continue reading

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Only the best fail

Most of the high profile-corporate failures are staffed by clever people. It’s not lack of ability that lets us down but poor judgement. Sometimes the decisions we make are based on events or relationships from the past. The past informs … Continue reading

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What gets measured gets done

It is true isn’t it? But let’s be careful we measure the right things! Sometimes measures that worked in the past, are no longer so effective. Moreover the measures we formally used to motivate the team may now be counter-productive. For example measuring … Continue reading

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Top tips for recruitment -attitude vs grades

Grades will open doors for you, there’s no doubt about it, but if I had to choose between high grades and a great working attitude, I would choose “attitude” every time. In choosing team members, for me it is “attitude” … Continue reading

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Can ordinary people beat clever people?

“It’s all about individual performance”. “This is a meritocracy.”. “Survival of the fittest”. We’ve heard all this. Many if not most organisations run on the power of individual performance, but what defines “clever” and can “ordinary” people actually do better … Continue reading

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