The Stakeholder Flywheel

How often do you hear the word stakeholder? A lot? Not surprising, it’s been used in all sorts of ways and over the years has acquired many meanings. Fifty five according to Friedman and Miles in their book Stakeholders : Theory and Practice. The most commonly...

Sparking Creativity

I’ve spent as far back as I can recall deeply believing I was both professionally and personally a deeply practical person, that being said my wife would disagree based on my DIY skills! Alongside this I felt I had little or no creativity skills, saying on many an...

The Messiness At The Beginning

You’re the most important person in my life right now. That’s the thought I have in my mind as Matt and I sit down to contemplate the ideal student for our next course. If we get it right we’re hoping three outcomes will happen for that student:...

10,000 Hours? One Might Be Enough.

Most of us have heard of the 10,000 hours rule, made famous by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers. The 10,000 Hours Argument Malcolm proposes that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice are needed to become world-class in any field. Deliberate practice by the way?...

What Can You Put Into A Work Room 101?

The idea of ‘room 101’ is well known. It was invented in George Orwell’s book, 1984. It was apparently named after a conference room at the BBC in the UK where George Orwell had to sit through tedious meetings. In recent years it has been a TV show...

Prepare To Be Successful

Want to dramatically improve the results you’re getting as a CSM? Before your next customer success conversation do the following. Get a big sheet of paper, split it into 5 columns. In column 1 list the Top 10 ways to improve delivery of value to the customer....

How Far Are You Throwing The Ball?

Some of the latest research into learning is fascinating and upending a lot of what we think we know.   In an experiment to determine whether massed or interleaved practice is better for skills development researchers set up the following.   One group of kids was...
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