The Superchicken Model

A rethink of what drives us to do our best work.

Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where value is placed on star employees who outperform others. Yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams.

Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results.


Thinking Experiment – What are you addicted to?

Johann Hari explores an interesting hypothesis – What if everything we thought about addiction is wrong? He considers why current methods of treating our addictions, whether it is cocaine, alcohol, shopping or smart phones, might need a serious rethink!


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What if money was no object?

Although we do not subscribe to the populist view – “Do what you love to do and the money will come.” The question “What if money was no object, what would you do?” has been interesting to explore. Applying the question to whether we want to accept a project or client brief, as well as to our lives, has stimulated the team at Sage Blue to revisit and refresh our ‘do we want it, can we win it’ business development criteria.

We are in agreement with the narrator – it seems stupid to spend huge amounts of time doing stuff you really don’t like. We’ve stopped playing that game! Hope this video makes a similar impression on you.

A personal leadership challenge

A big question – do you have what it takes to be a great and visionary leader?

Deepak Chopra explores how a truly great leader is the heroine/hero of their own story, operating from an inspired inner vision and leveraging their wisdom. We posted this in Scoopit some months ago, however several conversations this past week have acted as a catalyst and prompt to post it here.