Random (and hopefully useful) thoughts at the intersection of Design, IT, Psychology, and Business.

Your beautiful dream

On the chalkboard of a cafe in Perth: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt 2006 is still young. What is your dream for your business this year?

Act first, seek forgiveness later

Pope's Law of Retroactivity says "It is easier to get forgiveness than permission." There is a lesson here for acting on a strong gut-feel towards your cause, and perhaps not spend as much time seeking permission and the approval of others. The act of seeking...

Rush rush rush

As we steel ourselves to rush into another year of the rat race, this post by Natalie is worth the moment it takes to read.

Play is…

...about being alive. Play is freedom, energy, spontaneity. Play is about extracting life, laughter and beauty from the stuff we think of as mundane. Play is flirting with possibility, it is playing at the boundaries. It is the taste of autonomy. Playtime is not for...

Hardwired to not see the forest?

We humans seem hardwired to focus on the details at the expense of the whole picture. Consider: Vegan organic-only health gurus who smoke. Committed recyclers who drive 12-cylinder petrol guzzlers. Managers of mature businesses who sacrifice their core value capital...

Stats and trends = group-think

The over reliance on statistics, trends and projections is a form of group-think. Afterall, it takes groups of researchers, and consensus (though accepted best-practices in data processing) to distil the definitive set of numbers.

Are sales really the way to boost profits?

The pervasiveness of price-driven incentives does beg the following questions: Do customers really want everything and anything cheaper or for free? If your answer is "yes!", where does that leave products like the iPod, luxury cars, and brand-named T-shirts?

We are air-conditioned!

I walked passed a shop recently that prominently displayed such a sign on the front door (no, they were not selling air conditioners - which would have made the sign slightly cute). In the context of Sydney, how can this "feature" possibly help this shop stand out and...

Comtemplating the simplicity of Google

My thoughts on reading The Beauty of Simplicity on FastCompany. Why do so many businesses just get it so wrong? The business itself lacks a cause, the reason for being. And therefore lacks focus. If a business does not know what it is truly about, it will act in an...

Avoidance and lies

Read this Sydney Morning Herald article on Revolt of the desk slaves (thanks Lars!). Struck me the challenges at hand are: (a) AVOIDANCE Conventional "management" problem solving seem to proffer simplistic, short-term, patsy and idiotic fixes. Specialising in fixes...

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