Choices once the hype around corruption blows over

The most important thing to know is that we all have a choice of which scenario to build, together.   Many comments have been made about how nothing will come of the various South African commissions of enquiries into corruption. There are also a fair amount of writing by analysts and experts on what to […]

Interdependence: Where the best performance and relationships happen

If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, go together.” – African proverb In our three previous blogs, we introduced you to the Hero, the Victim and the Player. These personas represent the three places, Independence, Dependence and Codependence, on the Strategic Interdependence Model® that form the toxic triangle. […]

What a Wicked Game You Play: The Toxicity of Codependence

“I feel that you’re manipulating me and only using me until you have everything you need from me, and then I’ll be no good to you”. Have you ever been accused of this? Have you ever been so focused on faux alliances to feed your own short-sighted and self-serving needs and surrounding yourself with like-minded […]

Stop Playing the Victim: How to Shift Up and Out of Dependence

“You are only a victim to the degree of what your perception allows.” – Shannon L. Adler Have you ever had someone in your life who is highly reactive, easily offended, always looking for validation and who judges others harshly? You likely recognize this person as someone with huge (unmet) expectations of others and who […]

How to Escape from the Prison of Independence

“If I want something done right, I have to do it myself.” How often do you feel like this? How deep is the frustration that drives you to this point? You might be a manager, or a team member, or a client; all roles where you depend on results from others to do your job properly. Your […]

Getting Engagement to Work Again!

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Einstein. Picture this scenario: every year or two, an engagement survey is done at great cost. The top three to five “burning issues” are identified. Roadshows are conducted to bring the results to employees, complete with what’s going to be […]

Globalization vs. Nationalism – A Case for Strategic Interdependence

The Donald is now the President, and speculation has been rife about the impact of this new reality. Many people have expressed their fears and concerns, while many others have great expectations of things working in their favour. Two major themes are being pitted against each other, i.e. globalization vs. nationalism. This article will view […]

Strengths and Interdependence: The Role of Competition and Collaboration

This is the third article in a series on competition, and more specifically about the impact of competition. The question is whether I have been fair towards the strength of competition (hereafter denoted with capital letter “C”), when questioning whether it fits into the Strengths Strategy strategic interdependence approach (read more about it here). I’ll explain […]

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