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

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...

Two product “innovations” that leave a bad smell

Two pointlessly wasteful products designed for a world that is wallowing in excess: a room deodouriser you have to plug in, and another that comes with a battery operated fan. Physics and common sense both say when you open a bottle of scent, the smell will permeate...

Comparing apples to apples

Have you noticed how ALL of the major Australian supermarket chain brands have a tagline or current advertising campaign that focus on "low prices"? They check their prices against their competitors. They have been the cheapest for the last however many years. They...

When hiearchies become immovably big

Quote by way of Natalie Shell: "Conceiving a corporate change is like being on top of a mountain: The air is clear, the path is certain. But to execute that change, you have to leap into a foggy, ambiguous terrain. That's why the truly courageous, audacious part of...

Inviting dragons in

Still very disturbed over the Dragon's Den. I wonder what it will be like for those participants who have successfully "invited" these dragons into their fledgling businesses? The dragons come with money, controlling shares, egos - ie power. Their primary goal will be...

Despicable den of greed

Just managed to catch the first episode of Dragon's Den. This is a reality TV show (ok, I should've known better) where bright sparks who have invested their own blood, sweat and years in a product or service idea gets the privilege of begging for money investment...

Are women too sensible?

At the recent Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award Luncheon, the usual dismal stats on the number of women in key government and big business positions were trotted out. Here's an alternative take: What if most women are simply too sensible to WANT jobs in these...

All looking the same

Thoughts during an ad break: All car ads look the same. All hair dye ads look the same. The David Jones sale ad is exactly the same as a "cheap" Dodgy Brothers shout-at-the-punters affair. Except they had a woman doing the shouting. I am now confused, just what is...

Enterprise Systems Integration means…

... genuinely and respectfully integrating the PEOPLE element as part of the system. Technology + Processes + People. This is not a cursory gesture, feel good, pats on the head thing. This is dead serious because it will cost you big bucks. If you don't integrate the...

Leadership ten commandments

More gems from Ridderstråle and Nordström's Karaoke Capitalism: Thou shalt not display your feathers to demonstrate your all round brilliance and beauty. Thou shalt not walk into the wilderness blindly, but open your eyes and those of others. Thou shalt not count the...

Making clients cry

In a session with a client today, I was attempting to put into words their cause, their reason for being in business. As I wrestled with different words and visions, telling and retelling their story in different ways, one of the partners said "Oh ... I am going to...

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