7 years, 8 months ago

Is a company the sum of its parts ?

It is interesting to hear people sometimes referring to their company as a person; the company did or said this, what my company has (or not) done for me, etc. But a company is not a person, it does not have self-awareness or own will, it is the individuals that make up an organization who are […]

8 years, 4 months ago

Top performer or simply engaged ?

I was recently attending a business event and I was conversing with a gentleman who happened to be the head of human resources of his company, he was sharing with me that among his employees 15 percents were top performers.  I happened to have in mind the statistics by Gallup[1] of the level of  employees […]

8 years, 8 months ago

Are your employees taking initiatives ?

Employees may sometimes follow their own ideas or instinct. It is good to have engaged, motivated and creative people to favour innovation and progress in the company but this may also induce a problem of cohesion and coherence by preventing a concerted and guided effort towards a common goal. When a concerted effort is necessary, uncoordinated initiatives is […]

8 years, 9 months ago

The myth of the providential man

Enterprises are sometimes confronted with stagnating situations or projects. These situations may arise because the enterprise might not be able to address them with its own means (organization, infrastructure, methodology, people) and it then requires an external contribution to make things evolve. For example, the enterprise can hire one or more external persons who it hopes will […]

9 years, 3 months ago

Do you trust your doctor ?

We all unfortunately need to visit a doctor from time to time when we do not feel well. He examines us, he makes a diagnosis and prescribes medications. It rarely comes to our mind to ask him what is the active ingredient of the medication he prescribed to us or if he did well at school […]

9 years, 5 months ago

What are Soft Controls ?

In the world of Audit[1], a Control[2][3] is basically a mechanism allowing to validate that an organization is functioning in an effective[4] and efficient[5] manner. It is also a way to reveal potential risks, areas of improvement and anti-patterns[6]. Controls allow to assess the gap between the reality and the perception we have of it.   […]