On February 2, 2015 there was an article in the Spanish newspaper “La Vanguardia” with the title “Proposals from Can Ruti’s personnel reduce the waiting list” (“Can Ruti shortens the waiting list with proposals of their staff”). Can Ruti is one of the big reference hospitals in Barcelona. Whereas long waiting lists are a big problem in the Spanish public … Read More
In the introduction to his book “Thinking, Fast and Slow”, Daniel Kahneman tells us that in order to make a good diagnosis, a doctor needs to catalog lots of diseases, each one linked to an idea of the possible causes, symptoms, development and consequences, and the necessary interventions to cure or at least mitigate the disease. Learning medicine consists in … Read More
Businesses are competitive by nature. This forces them to understand where they are vs. their main competitors. This is why, particularly, big companies spend substantial money to understand their relative positions in the market place. Like in sports, it does not matter how well a team is feeling if they are at the bottom of the league. They are forced … Read More
In one of our interactions with a client during a recent workshop I received a comment about how cleverly I was manipulating the attendants to achieve the results I wanted them to achieve. I took it first as a compliment, confirmed by the positive end result of the workshop and the recognition of the participants. I remembered to have heard … Read More
Imagine an organization where information and feelings flow without obstacles. Hard and resistant against environmental attacks, yet flexible to adapt to needed changes, integrating new influences to improve performance in an innovative way.
On Sunday March 23rd, a good man died in Madrid. He was the first president elected in Spanish democracy. Spain has rendered homage to he who invented and made possible a future unthinkable for all its citizens. He planted the seeds for a big change of culture where everyone had a place to look forward together and forgive a convoluted … Read More
In previous posts we reflected on where to look for new ideas. In this one, we analyze how organizations take advantage of most likely the best source of new ideas: their experienced employees. We are convinced that the most powerful assets a company can count on to prosper is the knowledge from experienced workers. However, companies seem to have problems … Read More
A plant (a vegetal, not a manufacturing production facility) gives seeds in spring, fruits in summer, drops the leaves in autumn, and hibernates to experience a new birth next spring. The roots and the DNA dictate its next repetitive cycle with the same kind of leaves, fruits and seeds. A plant with deep roots will survive and grow in adverse … Read More
An open system or organization must look at its environment for two reasons. The first one is to ensure its delivered output meets the continuously changing environmental needs. The second one is to look for inspiration, predict what the environment will demand next, create the demand and provide the first and/or the best offer to gain a competitive advantage and … Read More
This article shares two strategies that are proving most effective for CEOs that aim to make their companies more innovative: developing a creative culture (people’s behaviors) and applying new processes and technologies.