Posts in category: Business Practice

Getting paid by your weight

In far too many instances, getting paid by the number of years one has spent within the ranks of an organisation is as logical, and as sensible, as getting paid by one’s weight. I’m having another doughnut…

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...

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...

Best practice = same practice

Here’s our visual interpretation of a great point raised by Gary Hamel in his book “Leading the Revolution”. In any given industry, there is a limited set of “best practices”. Consultants move from business to business helping each one...

Copycatting not winning eyeballs

A recent Sydney Morning Herald article talked about how “viewers are turning off copycat television programs”. You know, all those look-alike, sound-alike programs. Driven not by creativity, but by the numbers game, as everyone scrambles to cash in quick...

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”,...

Just like dating

Building genuine connections with customers is just like trying to impress a date. You’ve got to BE yourself! If your business says one thing and does another, is it any surprise customers take a cynical attitude to your messages?

Directorial distractions

One of the most time consuming activities of directors and managers is administrivia – all the paperwork, record keeping, compliance monitoring, and so on. Now we all know that these are merely the necessary means, and not the ultimate goal of any business. But…...
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