The Social Gadfly: The Benefits of Socratic Management

The Social Gadfly: The Benefits of Socratic Management

When studying business, there is little time for critical reflection on what has you have learnt. Universities arm newly minted MBAs with management tools such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the BGC Matrix, Porter’s Five Forces and other devices to solve business problems. Their acceptance as valid tools is, however, often not based on critical …

The Boardroom Jester | The Teller of Organisational Truth

The Boardroom Jester | The Teller of Organisational Truth

In medieval times, the jester played a significant role in influential circles. Jesters, a precursor to the modern-day clown, wore bright, motley-patterned costumes and entertained the rich and powerful with their antics. Their role was not only to amuse but also to challenge their master and guests in their thinking. Jesters used to be a …

Evil Leadership: A management lesson from Spock

Evil Leadership: A management lesson from Spock

Mister Spock: “What is it that makes one man an exceptional leader? We see indications that it’s his negative side which makes him strong, that his evil side, if you will, properly controlled and disciplined, is vital to his strength. Your negative side removed from you, the power of command begins to elude you.”

Reinventing the wheel? — Repetitiveness in business theory

Reinventing the wheel? — Repetitiveness in business theory

I am presenting my work at the World Business Conference in Auckland. One of the things that struck me listening to fellow presenters is the repetitive nature of the presentations. Not that they are bad presentations, but it seems that research is repeating itself. When a presenter throws up the next slide with profound truths …