Posts in category: Business Practice

On Chinese manufacturers

This excerpt from a recent conversation I had with a friend: “…I know what you mean about products from China [being ill thought-through]. It is not that they lack the ability. I think they are so used to making bits and pieces in isolation for western companies, and...

A spoonful of sewage

“If you put a spoonful of wine in a barrel of sewage, you get sewage. If you put a spoonful of sewage in a barrel full of wine, you get sewage.” Schopenhauer’s Law of Entropy The nasty few wrecks it for everyone else. Or: A few demeaning creeps can...

Effortless action

From The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff (ISBN 0-416-19526-1), this story illustrating the Taoist principle of Effortless Action or Wu Wei: The Old Master and the Horse A horse was tied outside a shop in a narrow Chinese village street. Whenever...

Processes

Hi, Your wisdum really gets me through the day zern. You are the guru of gurus. I picture you as a rich man who sips cocktails all day while wearing sunnies and board shorts with heaps of beautiful ladies around you while you’re typing business wisdom on your laptop...

What price self-esteem

I gave a talk this week to several hundred high school students at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research where the Eating Disorders Foundation had their Youth Forum. My talk was about body image – specifically how fantasies are literally manufactured in the media,...

Fitness First in-gym advertising

The gym I go to, Fitness First, has their own slick in-gym music TV channel with commercials. OK, so we cannot escape advertising. Not such a big deal right? But what if I told you that some of the commercials Fitness First runs in the gym, while you are working out,...

The end of ecards?

If you haven’t noticed, there’s currently a spate of spam or PC intrusion attempts using emails disguised as ecard notifications. You know, the ones that say “you have received an ecard” with a link to click on. Which presumably then causes...

Psychological salary

Smart Company posted this: Can’t afford to give your staff a pay rise? Boost their egos instead with a significant sounding title. … it could well result in them getting a better job with more pay somewhere else! Good grief. How much more dishonest and...

How to appear big

Great advice from the SmartCompany agony aunt to a small business owner who lost a tender because his company was not big enough. My take: Just be who you are. It is too hard to pretend otherwise. If a client discriminates against you because of your size, do you...

Moral Intelligence

Moral Intelligence – Enhancing business performance and leadership success. By Dough Lennick and Fred Kiel PhD, ISBN 0 13 149050 8 Some highlights: Moral intelligence – the mental capacity to determine how universal human principles should be applied to out...

Fear still driving

Dr. W. Edwards Deming, the originator of TQM (Total Quality Management), put forth 14 points of organisation behaviour change towards better performance. Stilgherrian’s post on being real on the web brought to mind Deming’s eighth point: Drive out fear....

Hard work

Glenn Kelman said on Guy Kawasaki’s blog on entrepreneurship: “It’ll always be hard work. Most start-ups find an interesting problem to solve, then just keep working on it. At a recent awards ceremony, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer tried to think of...

Consultant, coach, and counsellor

I have been increasingly uncomfortable with the word “consulting” lately… I wonder what the alternatives are? Consultant: “I am the expert. I will tell you the right answers. I will implement for you the right solutions. You hand me the responsibility to fix it.”...

Sending strangers to your home

A friend told me about an appalling “service” perpetrated by one of our local big telcos today. Imagine this: The day’s finally finished. You have just arrived home with the kids in tow. There’s dinner to sort out, the cat to feed, and the...
“Whorez”

“Whorez”

A very funny and pointedly thought-provoking post by Dave on the ethics around the Bratz dolls for young girls. The comments are definitely worth a read. When I first encountered these dolls a few years ago I was quite disturbed by them. Now I am hardly a prude by a...

Terrorism – principles are more effective than rules

The recent terrorist attacks in the UK made me think of my post on principles vs rules. The individuals in each terrorist cell are driven by clear principles. They act on these principles the best way they know how, using whatever method or approach that works. Often...

“Monetize”

I hate this word. I loathe it. It makes me so mad whenever I hear it! (I first mentioned it in this post.) It is used colloquially most often near the word “innovation” or “idea”. It is nasty, shallow and cheapens(!) everything into monetary...
Dog food, exploding laptops and chlorine dioxide

Dog food, exploding laptops and chlorine dioxide

I saw a TV piece on the pet food contamination scandal in the US recently which affected many dogs and cats. It was interesting to note the initial confusion amongst consumers as the contamination affect many different brands across different price points and market...

Words of wisdom … from a commercial

“When play comes first, learning comes naturally.” Playskool TV commercial. Businesses cannot hope to begin to leverage the innate creativity and learning ability of their people if they continue to rigidly define work, training and R&D as separate,...

The age of actions without consequences

“I think, though, that the age of actions without consequences is drawing to a close. Let’s hope so.” Sam Leader, FlyingSolo Consider: Educators are increasingly using the Internet to identify plagiarism. The blogosphere acts as a global fact checker – make...
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