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

Instant judgements

I saw a documentary recently alleging a certain well-known pharmaceutical company has been testing new drugs on unsuspecting African communities. My reaction was: I will never buy another product from them. I am sure I was not alone in feeling this way. I know the...

Middle management disconnect

The big boss gets it. The employees get it. But nobody is going nowhere because middle management does not get it. The big boss and the employees can't get to each other. Middle management moguls are busy building their empires. Talented employees are being pushed out...

Innovation is subversive

From a recent conversation with a friend who had just spent some time working overseas in a certain South East Asian country: The government is on a full-throttle drive to foster innovation. They are inviting innovation experts from all over the world to come speak to...

Good night with Goodcompany

Had a good night last night at Goodcompany's "Australian Wish Exchange 2005". It was great to meet the enthusiastic young entrepreneurs who are there to offer their time, and the passionate representatives of the many valuable non-profit community organisations....

Reputation replaces image

"Reputation replaces image as the way to build a company, product, or brand position. This is partly because you can't establish an empty, slogan-based brand through mass marketing when there's no mass media [because narrowcasting, one-to-one media is in]." Quote from...

Think big

Think big to most businesses mean: more staff, bigger premises, higher production, more sales, larger market share... BUT Think big can ALSO mean pulling back and seeing the big picture, and planning in longer timeframes. Short-term thinking and focused thinking is...

Insights from Year 11s

Here are a couple of GREAT quotes that came out of a workshop with high schol students: "You'll never know if you don’t give it a go." Amanda Jurcevic "If you don’t rock the boat, things will never change." Theresa Fedele This is the sort of entrepreneurial thinking...

Your future competition

If you are in Sydney, go look at the Art Express 2005 exhibition in the Art Gallery of NSW. If and when these talent turn their creative thinking to business, you'd better watch out! Your "optimised processes", "entrenched position", "established market presence" and...

How big are you?

Find out at www.myfootprint.org. In this case, bigger is NOT better. But seriously, this is a great use of technology to bring the sustainability message straight home to each and every one of us. PERSONALLY. No more hiding behind faceless statistics. Are you aware of...

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