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As a leader, how do you know if the mainstream management advice you consume is reliable? And if everyone follows the same opinion, how do you avoid mediocracy? In this show Mark Poppenborg dissects mainstream publications on management, organisational change and work as a whole. Train your critical thinking, get practical inspiration and benefit from an unconventional and highly successful perspective on leadership and organisational design. Mark is the founder and creative force behind int ...
 
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When projects are late, we tend to start them earlier. Yet, this type of project management makes matters worse. Find out how to reduce lead time, increase your reliability and improve on productivity by understanding the harbour master principle. 0:00​ - Intro 3:09​ - Why projects take longer and forecasts fail 5:59​ - The Harbour Master Principle…
 
There's dozens of checklists out there on how to conduct successful project management. You will also find a myriad of mistakes to be avoided. But you rarely get taught about this very crucial ingredient of a project's success. 0:00 - Introduction to the Harvard Business Review article 05:40 - Project Management mistakes that are made according to …
 
Google is pushing back on remote work. But not every large business is taking the same approach. What questions should you be asking yourself and what is an effective remote work strategy for your business? 0:00 - Intro 4:18 - How remote work has treated us during the pandemic 6:57 - Decisions large businesses are taking regarding remote work 10:33…
 
Has Human Resource Management lost its way? Many HR leaders would like to have more impact, yet their true role has become increasingly negligent and almost irrelevant to value creation. But there is a way to fix it both for Human Resource Management as well as for the business as a whole. 0:00 - Intro 04:25 - The surprising way a CHRO expressed hi…
 
Don't follow names, follow logic. Simon Sinek is one of the most popular management and leadership thinkers. But when he talks about company values he makes three majorly flawed assumptions. This episode dissects his line of reasoning regarding company values using a talk he gave and published on YouTube. 0:00 - Intro and recap of the last episode …
 
If you want to change your corporate culture or core values for the better you are likely to cause more harm than good. Although common wisdom and mainstream management advice suggests that an organizational culture is an object at our disposal, our daily experience should teach us what solid social science has known for decades: You can't manufact…
 
There is a tone of advice out there on how to run effective meetings. Rarely though, does anyone ask what makes meetings so ineffective and even more importantly, why there is such a demand for meetings in the first place. This episode shows you how to tackle the problem by its root. 0:00 - Intro 1:37 - Introduction to the article about banning Wed…
 
When employees seem unaligned, mainstream management advice calls for over-communication. However, most often disalignment is an optical illusion. Mark points to a better place to start looking for solutions. Story #2 of this episode addresses mental health at work and makes a case for less intervention and explains why encroaching on employee's pr…
 
Why are bosses toxic in the first place? What makes them bad? And how can we change it? In this episode Mark proposes an unconventional but effective perspective. He also looks at the connection between their behaviour and bureaucracy at work. 0:00 - Intro 1:27 - Story #1: What we learned about bureaucracy from 7,000 HBR readers 2:55 - Diseconomies…
 
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