Letting go of the need to know: an important water wise principle

I have been interested to read the IWA Principles for Water Wise Cities, designed to help leaders deliver safer water and sanitation…


The Project Manager Trap Part 2

I recently wrote about the Project Manager Trap, where the skills we seek in our project managers don’t match those needed to deliver on…


Making Every Drop Count

In March 2018 the UN HLPW published Every Drop Counts: An Agenda for Water Action. It makes a number of clear recommendations about the…


The Project Manager Trap

One of the most common things I see companies doing is asking their project managers, who are experienced and competent in one way of…


The Cost of Doing Things For Your Collaborators

If collaboration is about doing things with others, and command and control is doing things to others, what would you call doing things for…


Got solution-itis? You may need to visit the dilemma doctor

In my travels I see a number of common ailments including: Duck flu - recognisable by the persistent need to 'get our ducks in a row…


What can El Capitan Teach Us About Managing Complexity?

  In June 2017, climber Alex Honnold became the first person to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan without ropes.  If that feat alone isn’t…


The Secret to Doing Strategy Collaboratively

Many clients come to me saying “we want to create this strategy and we want to do it collaboratively so that everyone owns the actions and…


The ABC of Complexity

As I write, the head of Australia’s public broadcaster, the ABC, has just announced a very significant restructure of the…


Collaborating upside down

If you wore glasses that made everything look upside down, how would you cope? This question is at the core of a famous set of experiments…