We are in the throes of exponential change, underpinned by a technology revolution. We live in a world that’s always on and always connected with inexhaustible computational power at our fingertips; the iPhone has far more processing power than the original supercomputer. Technology based operating models (Uber, AirBnB, Netflix, etc.) are bringing established models to their knees, enabling the consumer to dictate the rules of the game that modern policy makers simply can’t adapt to.
The naysayers, the clairvoyants, the body politic, your mother are amongst the crowd sharing their views. They have well-articulated positions on some of the most inane topics, and continue to flex their cerebral might like a body-builder displays their ripped saran-wrapped muscles. Continue reading
It’s universally accepted that most of our lives are run by the subconscious mind, in other words we typically react to the stimuli around us without thinking. I hope this isn’t a surprise. If the conscious mind is not focused on a particular activity it is being run by the subconscious, old patterns that just run…run your life, run the organization. Despite our desire to change, the subconscious mind is constantly sabotaging us without us knowing, because the subconscious is in charge. When I think of the power of the subconscious, I’m amazed that we are able to change at all. Continue reading
In 1995 Michael Treacy wrote the book ‘The Discipline of Market Leaders’ – The crux of the book is based on five years of research into Intel, Home Depot, Dell, Sony and others. These companies are no longer market leaders like they once were. Why? In the 1990’s successful companies took a leadership position within their industry by focusing on one of three primary ‘value disciplines’ – operational excellence, product leadership or customer intimacy. According to Treacy’s research, successful companies became champions in one of these disciplines while performing at an acceptable industry standard in the other two, but today the corporate ‘tectonic plates’ have shifted and not many organizations have stabilized. Continue reading
When I peruse through the results of staff engagement surveys, it’s hard not to succumb to a throb of despair. There are way too many people disengaged. What’s happened to the workforce? Perhaps it’s one of Darwin’s theories influencing me, no not his ‘survival of the fittest’ views, but rather his view that sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. In Darwin’s, ‘Descent of man’ he mentioned survival of the fittest twice and mentioned the word love 95 times. Continue reading
I’m not sure if anybody has mentioned this to you lately, but you will die. What a morbid way to start a blog. My objective is not to depress you, but to inspire you to live your life with intention. Continue reading
I had a recent chat with somebody who was blatantly lying to me. The ease in which he flung lie after lie into the conversation stupefied me, particularly as his words cascaded from a moral high ground of divinity. Continue reading
I wasn’t surprised when I discovered that the word Policy is derived from the French word Police. With a penchant for embracing change my consequential run-ins with the corporate police was to be expected. The good times! Continue reading
If you’ve ever worked in a corporate environment or had anything to do with sales you won’t be surprised to hear that ‘sales targets’ are often pulled out of a hat. Really? Yes, really. Continue reading
I’ve always been a sucker for the placebo story, a fake treatment that works 40% of the time. “Yeah man, she’s been ingesting these miracle sugar tablets for the last 6 weeks and all of her symptoms have gone.” The uplifting story of the placebo effect.
Recently, as I was eating an ear of corn, I wondered why the placebo effect hasn’t been utilized more often. Continue reading