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In April, it got very heated when Basecamp CEO* and Co-founder Jason Fried sent an internal memo with a load of policy changes that amounted to some distinct cultural engineering. I don’t use that term lightly because my view is culture is hard to engineer and more emergent. …


The science of unconscious behaviour change is very misunderstood but can transform organisational change

Am I alone in thinking the ‘latest and best thinking seems to carry a label that says ‘please misappropriate me for your own ends’? The biggest victims are often hot topics — gamification, nudging, brain-friendly training, millennials, Big Data, NLP, mindfulness … need I go on?

Nudging has been around…


Create an oath to hold yourself to account with every action not the delegated tasks of others.

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True Accountability

The actor, humanist, author and comedian Stephen Fry said:

“You are who you are when nobody’s watching.”

Real accountability starts at home — holding yourself fully to account. …


Resilience is much talked about in well-being circles but it can be used to oppress employees and isn’t even half of the tools you need to deal with stress.

A babbling brook — free flowing with some white-water

I’m going to give you three analogies and I want you to decide for yourself which one is most accurate in describing resilience

  • A dried-up riverbed where the water used to flow but has long since stopped. …


Meditating on the idea of death is common in many cultures but lost in the Western world.

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I saw recently on LinkedIn a post by Gary Vaynerchuk with his best advice for entrepreneurs: “You will die”. I mean I’m pretty sure he has also answered that question differently before but I liked that answer. The reason he gave was that it keeps you sharp, makes you work…


Motivational quotes and self-help seem like good bedfellows but sadly many of them are quite misleading.

I’m sick of seeing them everywhere, quoted, misquoted and generally giving bad advice wrapped inside a sugar coating. So I have taken the worst and explained why I hate them so much. *deep breath*

Treat others as you wish to be treated

This is also known as the golden rule. I often get it cited to me by…


In a new remote world — where we don’t have campuses, slides, dog-friendly offices or early-drinks-Fridays — what is company culture?

What will our culture be without the office foosball league? Photo by Bao Truong on Unsplash

I remember facilitating a session with some senior leaders on culture. When asked for an example of the company culture more than one cited “free snacks". It worried me at the time but it was certainly in line with how everyone else saw the company.

In an attempt to set…


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There was once a Zen teacher who stood upright in front of his students. He looked over their heads and seemingly off into the distance in the village hall where they met to practice zazen.

He stood, motionless and silent for what seemed like an age until his lips parted…

Trevor E Hudson

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