Topics and resources

Want to know what we’re talking about? Here’s a snippet of all our topics so far- we’ve got source materials, book recommendations and thought-provoking content curated by our ABS team.

Crushing Complexity: Resources

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” (Ernst F. Schumacher) If the 21st Century is one thing, it’s complex. There are a thousand demands for your attention, limited time in the day, new things to learn, shifting patterns of behaviour and social interaction…...
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Reinventing Organisations: Resources

The way your business is structured could be changed. Middle management would disappear and everybody could be doing something useful, and genuinely work as a team. But you won’t do it, because you think you can’t…unless we can find a way past the fear together. Useful book: Frederic Laloux, Reinventing Organizations Useful links: QZ, Zappos is struggling with holocracy...
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Managing Resilience: Resources

"Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again." - Nelson Mandela “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it." - Rocky Balboa "If at first you don't succeed,...
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Stop Saying More Words: Resources

"No matter how hard you try, you cannot NOT communicate". In the world of face-to-face communication, something will always give you away. Here we explore what happens in face-to-face, email, virtual and corporate communication. Is something 'giving us away' here too? Do people in your organisation claim that communication is a problem? Do you believe it is a problem? What do we mean when we...
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Creative Problem-Solving: Resources

So... here's the problem. I have to generate some interest in this topic, engage people with it, get them intrigued, make them sign-up and get them to contribute to it. I was thinking a few PowerPoint slides and a handout. Got any better ideas? How can you unleash the astonishing imaginative power of your brain and turn problems into opportunities? Useful...
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Decision-Making: Resources

Have you ever had a meeting about when the next meeting should be to decide if the feasibility study for the definitive date of the rollout of the programme should be this year or next year? Decision-making is something we do, without thinking, every day. So why is it so hard when it comes to business? What hinders our decision-making process, and how can our own brains hold us back? Useful...
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Unconscious Bias: Resources

"I'm a good person, honest"... "Some of my best friends are..." ​Be honest. Do you always treat everyone fairly? How often do our tiny little biases and prejudices come crawling out of our modern, forward-thinking, Gen X or Millennial minds? Where is our Blind Spot? How do our unconscious biases make others feel uncomfortable, despite us being really nice people...? Useful...
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Business Jargon: Resources

If you are streamlining your narrative vision, in order to deep-dive, to embed world-class modalities and to make your one team ways of working into BAU, you really do need to stop talking Business B*llocks. “Bullshit is a greater enemy of truth than lies are.” -Harry Frankfurt Useful video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GSbmJgzM1Y   Useful links: Forbes, 4 Ways to...
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Freedom to Fail: Resources

Failure. It's often dressed up as something necessary to innovate and try something new... but it's practically impossible to separate "failing" from "shame". How much of it is in your head? How much of it is imagined pressure from your peers or organisation? How much of it is valuable? Useful...
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Fear in Business: Resources

"Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." -George Addair People are scared. Scared of losing face, scared of introducing something new, scared of getting into trouble, scared of not having any power, and scared of the power they do have. How does this manifest itself, what can you do about it, and how can you learn to love your fear? Useful books: Michael Apter,...
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