Systems Thinking


Systems Thinking

Systems Thinking Organisational Learning

Many organisations hit roadblocks where performance and success are concerned. We can help you look at your Human Capital Management in ways that enables rather than disables Engagement.

Systems thinking and organisational learning: Acting locally and thinking globally in the organisation of the future

Jasper Global Corporation

There is a very important relationship between a company’s operational practices and culture with this being particularly important as the world market place rapidly changes. Companies are finding it increasingly difficult to change (learn) and progress at a pace which can keep up with the current speed of technological and knowledge advancement. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

About Ethics, Fundamental, Applied, Business, Management and Leadership


Personal Ethics – An Essential Ingredient for Leaders of Tomorrow

Ethics as called in Latin is Ethicus and in Greek Ethikos, stems from the word ‘Ethos’ which means the science of morals. A simple definition of ethics is “a set of principles of right conduct”. Ethics serve as guidelines for analyzing “what is good or bad” in a specific scenario.   They create a framework for determining “right” versus “wrong”, and represent the core value system for every day problem solving. Ethics is the systematic, rational reflection upon a choice of behaviour and it can be taught. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Ethics Power, Fundamental, Applied, Business, Management and Leadership


‘Now’ – is always the right time to do the right thing

Generation Y is the fastest-growing segment of the workforce. Known for their optimism, education, collaborative ability, open-mindedness and drive, they are the hottest commodity on the job market. To align, engage and involve them with a vision to profess ‘Ethics’, one has to tell them why, in a way that lets them know its importance and benefits both personally and professionally.

Jasper Global Corporation

Many a times there is perplexity in understanding the difference between values, virtues, morals and ethics. More often than not we use these words synonymously. A virtue is a quality that shows how human beings ought to be; whereas a value may vary among cultures and may change over time. An example of a value not important to all cultures is “being on time – punctuality.” Virtues are values that have become intrinsic to the personal identity and way of life of a person. If a value is practiced enough, it becomes part of the personality – the character, of a person. Eg. Valuing ‘truth’ leads to honesty, integrity and courage; valuing justice leads to fair-mindedness. Morality is the system through which we determine right and wrong conduct. Morals have a greater social element to values and tend to have a very broad acceptance. We judge others more strongly on morals than values. Ethics is the philosophical study of Morality. Imagine a person who has a strong value of achievement and success. One would expect him to display virtues like determination, discipline, purposefulness, being goal oriented while gaining the skills necessary to accomplish goals. However, one would not know or predict whether he will cheat to get what he wants or “do an honest day’s work each day”. This dimension relates to a matter of ethics and morality. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

21st Century Auditing for 21st Century Auditing Failures


Headline: 21st Century auditing for 21st Century auditing failures or using technology to transform Auditing

Now being used by many organisations and having recently presented to 350 leaders of Japanese auditing, the case for change to an auditing approach that audits and identifies risks of the real-world.

Using evidence collection and analysis software programmes that are specifically designed for the purpose and delivered over the internet provide the real way forward.

There have certainly been some stunning system and process failures over the last few years. From Deepwater Horizon to Fukushima Power Plant to Toyota to Staffordshire hospital, where the subsequent Francis inquiry found ‘shocking’ failures in care as the hospital focused on cutting costs and hitting government targets’. To you and me, that’s the inappropriate use of ‘lean’, using a closed system quality technique to manage an open system. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Climate and Culture, Business, Management and Leadership


Leadership, the Productive and Moral Application of Influence (stop talking about culture and start thinking about climate)

Can you feel a culture; well I would like to believe that you can feel a climate which impacts upon and creates an organization’s culture? We often hear the rhetoric around leadership, engagement, values and being humanistic but do we really understand what this means? We believe at Jasper that you can walk into a company and feel its climate DNA or an organisations personality, and in any change programme no matter what the primary objective for this shift, we need to start with “Change What to What”? Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Behavioural Risk Management, Recruitment and Profiling


Behavioural Risk Management Challenging the Old


When things go wrong it’s unusual for the system to fail, it’s more likely to be a people and behaviour failure. Behavioural Based Risk Management is a little known but important aspect in business excellence dedicated to identifying risk with the aim of preventing unintended events from taking place.

This new type of risk management is future predictive, not retrospectively auditing after the event and correcting past incidents and mistakes.  It allows organisations to prevent potentially expensive human, business, financial, insurance and brand reputation dangers from occurring. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Putting the Future in Focus – Higher Education


A Balanced Score Card Approach for Institutes of Higher Education

In its size and diversity, India has the third largest higher education system in the world, next only to China and the United States. India’s $86 billion education sector is increasingly joined by private players in its rapid expansion.  Moreover, the Cabinet has cleared the bill that will enable foreign universities to set up campuses in India. This clears the entry barriers for established and prestigious global institutes and universities, waiting to enter the Indian markets. Ironically, this has also sounded alarm bells for our already existing players, who have almost always compromised on ‘quality’, as the demand for education in India has been always more than the supply. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Offenders, E-learning in Prisons


Can e-learning in prisons play a significant role in rebuilding the lives of offenders?

It is widely acknowledged that providing offenders with opportunities to enhance their skills greatly improves their chances of employment after release and therefore the likelihood of reducing re-offending. Does this apply to gaining those skills via e-learning as well?

Encompassing all forms of ‘Technology-Enhanced Learning’, including web-based, e-learning presents offenders with options not available in classroom teaching. An e-learning company states that the average reading age of their users is 12 and many have dyslexia, which causes them to fall behind. As they are too embarrassed to speak up, e-learning helps to overcome this problem as they learn independently, at a pace that suits them. It is flexible, it is available 24 hours per day; there is an element of self-control. More importantly, two skills are learned at once that can be used to continue learning and access e-services on release. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

Transformational Leadership


Transactional or Transformational Leadership

Change has never been popular

“It should be borne in mind that there is nothing more difficult to arrange, more doubtful of success, and more dangerous to carry through than initiating changes in a state’s constitution. The innovator makes enemies of all those who prospered under the old order, and only lukewarm support is forthcoming from those who would prosper under the new.”

Nicolo Machiavelli 1469-1527

Jasper Global Corporation

Much has been written about the subject of leadership. Leadership is critical to the achievement of high performance, no matter what your business or area of responsibility. It is also essential in helping others aspire to and attain high levels of performance for themselves and the organisation. Leadership has not stood still in the last decade and is continually being crafted to ensure that modern theories and practice are meeting the new demands of the marketplace (currently there are 80 models to choose from but of these can be collated under 5 or 6 headings or approaches). Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>

The Four Window Organisation, JoHari Window


Four Windows of the Organisation

Four Windows on the Organisation and Blindness A JoHari window is a cognitive psychological tool created by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham to help people better understand their interpersonal communication and relationships. Can you apply it to a business?

Often businesses are viewed from a single linear dimension rather than looking at it as a multi-domain. If you are familiar with the work of the Cognitive Psychologists Luft and Ingham (the JOHARI Window) then you will recognise the model in our article. All that we have done is to take a simple concept of feedback and information sharing which impacts on the size of any window and apply it in the context of a business. Read More >>>>>>>>>>>>