Effective organizations can be compared to a modern vehicle – it has many parts, some moving and others static. Yet, all parts have been put together in a system, to deliver a certain: amount of horse-power, comfort, specific niche like ‘4×4′ off road, town runner, or heavy goods carrier. Every part of a vehicles’ system has a role it plays in making the vehicle meet its niche-standard.
Effective strategy, and note the word EFFECTIVE, is the art of defining the vehicle, the value the vehicle brings to the buyer, and assembling all its moving and static parts, to meet the demand of the buyer.
Strategy is a fascinating art, whose success depends on how EFFECTIVENESS is delivered in organizations
The one and obvious leadership lesson from the Brexit melodrama — Gabazira’s blog
We at the Effectiveness lab continue the ‘we-told-you!’ post-Brexit series, going back to our blogs – that predicted what would happen in time. This week’s re-blog is the: Brexit melodrama and leadership dynamics We were spot on! Continue reading
Are organizations emphasizing the right critical success-factor?
If you are like most people, you attribute an organization’s success to many factors: a perfectly crafted strategy, the right structure, appropriate culture and accompanying climate, the right operating environment, the vision of the founder/s, good brains, brand perception and power, the right macro-economic conditions and in some instances – sheer luck. It’s true that… Continue reading
Management recession: time for an Organisational Effectiveness (OE) function? Series 1 of 3
This three-part series takes a good look at effectiveness and the case as well as evidence for turning effectiveness into a formal function at the modern organization. We need to stem the entrenched management recession at companies and the ensuing OD. dysfunction – covert and overt At the Effectiveness-lab, we have for a good number… Continue reading
You are simply a statistic at work – right?
While standing in the queue for my visa interview at the American Embassy in Nairobi, on a chilly July 1st morning, I read from the embassy public TV that the quintessential CEO of Safaricom Kenya, Bob Collymore, was dead. I had never met the gentleman, professionally or socially, he didn’t know me, and I didn’t… Continue reading
Brexit Management lessons – negotiating the D.Trump way
First and foremost: the Effectiveness lab is keen to remind everyone that we are apolitical. While Brexit is a hotbed of political smear and innuendo, our focus is on the management/leadership lessons from Brexit. We are confident that Brexit has been and shall continue to be discussed at management schools, leadership colleges, ivy-Universities, Nation cabinet… Continue reading
The Yin and Yang of decision making
Do you know where your organization’s or even government decisions get made and how effective all this is? It’s apparent that companies and governments have functions as well as products/services. The two exhibit a yin and yang affair when it comes to where decisions are made at these entities. The function enables the delivery of… Continue reading
Performance black holes – the worker’s nightmare
Last week, while talking to a relative from Nakabugu village in Uganda, it became apparent to us that people sometimes work so hard but don’t get positive results for all their hard work. It’s akin to your hard work going down this massive and bottomless black hole For your information – the informal/unscientific definition of a black… Continue reading
The big-size vs efficiency dilemma
Big or super-big, is considered efficient. This applies to companies, nation states, and even families. Many admire Apple, and its GAFA peers for inching towards the most valuable company status in the world, on the social front, in the Great-Lakes region and particularly our Nakabugu village in Uganda big family size is considered a social-safety… Continue reading
Is Uganda’s education system – a poverty factory? Series 2 of 2
Do you know that in Uganda, over 64% of the youth are unemployed and that 75% of the population is below the age of 30? The official definition for youth in Uganda: 18-30 years – and this makes the unemployment problem a much more complicated matter Uganda, for better or worse, is a unique country.… Continue reading
Is Uganda’s education system – a poverty factory? Series 1 of 2
If it weren’t for the want of human socialisation and relationship building, parents in Uganda could educate their children at home using Google – Siri and Alexa digital assistants. What is the purpose of going to school daily in a digital era where you can get, in the comfort of your home, all the information… Continue reading
Apollo B. Gabazira is an Ugandan OD. junkie fascinated by matters that render organisations/individuals effective or not. He blogs on effective leadership and management. He is a devoted green-farmer and breeds the Ayrshire cow at Nakabugu, Luuka district, Uganda. Apollo is quite effective at what he chooses to do.