Food for thought

Smart business is good business. Here are some thoughts to provoke, challenge and inspire.

Unconscious bias in action

Unconscious bias in action

Would you dislike someone just because they’re from the Forest of Dean?

The strange curse of No 11 Downing Street

The strange curse of No 11 Downing Street

As Sajid Javid has just discovered, “chancellors come and go… the Treasury endures forever”.

When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

Concern with appearances can distort behaviour, as this research shows.

Books & podcasts for isolated leaders

Books & podcasts for isolated leaders

SharpEnd CEO Cameron Worth turns to audiobooks to help him develop “self-supporting skills”.

7 signs you’ve succumbed to confirmation bias

7 signs you’ve succumbed to confirmation bias

Most of us unwittingly seek out information to back up our existing beliefs, whether they're...

Dominic Cummings: A model of disruptive leadership?

Dominic Cummings: A model of disruptive leadership?

"The best way to spot those at the vanguard of disruption is by their unpopularity."...

Proof that CEOs don’t understand their own organisational culture

Proof that CEOs don’t understand their own organisational culture

This study measures the divergence between the values you profess and the values you see...

How to be wrong (less)

How to be wrong (less)

A comprehensive guide to the cognitive biases that could derail your decision-making.

Time pressure undermines transformational leadership

Time pressure undermines transformational leadership

Research: Feeling squeezed at work reduces your capacity to bring the best out of others....

Highly extroverted CEOs are bad for business

Highly extroverted CEOs are bad for business

There's a relationship between a leader's personality type and their firm's financial performance.

How to make staff more receptive to change - research

How to make staff more receptive to change - research

The strategic value of knowing what you're not.

How a company’s history can drag it down

How a company’s history can drag it down

Podcast: In the latest in his Profit Levers series, MIT's Jonathan Byrnes argues that it’s...