On internal monopolies

Internal monopolies are created when companies decided to centralise services without taking close care of the alignment of incentives.
Internal monopolies, are hard to identify and most managers will have hundreds of explanations and reasons as to why this is a good idea. The reality is that its side effects are hard to measure while at the same time being damaging to the firm.

Talking about work Vs. Doing work

A case for prototyping over theorizing Big room, several people and lots of opinions. There’s coffee, maybe snacks and a presentation is ready to roll.  Someone had the idea to assemble this group to discuss this new project. The issue is: this is the 5th meeting.  No real result to show so far.  So far, the…

The hardest part of Business Strategy

This is called focus. The hardest part is the focus In the past years, it has become commonplace to dismiss strategy work as paperwork combined with hefty presentations. While this is often the case, it is more a symptom than a disease. While it coming up with a sound strategy is something most companies can…

Most valuable skills

Have you wondered what are the main skills that will take you further in life? These are the skills that will make everything else in your professional life easier.
These ones don’t come naturally and rarely are part of your job development plan. So go deep into them.

Digitalization: how to handle excess people

Much has been written about the future of work and how humans will be aided or replaced by robots and intelligent algorithms. However, an important point is left out of the discussion: how should you handle the extra people now available? Idle hands are the devil’s workshop No technological revolution has resulted in fewer jobs. If…

Sometimes they just disagree with you

To be frank, if you are like me, you could improve how you deal with disagreements. We all could. It is not easy to have someone disagree with our careful thoughts, but it is a precious skill nonetheless. I noticed that I tend to think that people who disagree with me to be stupid and…

Communication at work 101

If you never thought about the ways you communicate at work chances are high you have being doing it poorly. We all have. Today I am going to share 4 basic rules for you to become slightly better at communicating. If you follow these (like a religion!) you will go from terrible to something more…

The world is not perfect but could be better

Today I learned that the world will never be perfect. I am not sure about  you, but I have always struggled with this urge to optimize things. To make sure that whatever I am doing is being done in the best way, future proof, maximum outcome, etc etc etc. This is silly and realizing it…

Decision making in the workplace

I have a theory about how decisions are made in most corporations these days. I developed this theory when trying to uncover why there is a constant need for discussions in all we do in the work environments. My thinking led me to conclude that this behaviour separates people in two categories: 1-People that need…

Incentives and skin in the game

Suppose you are working in a company where your work is audited from time to time. Your performance perception is directly linked to the amount of issues found in these audits. More issues, worse performance. At the same time your management tells you that you need to be bolder, take more risks, aim higher (and…