Posts in category: Craftsmanship

Invention vs Innovation vs Improvement

Innovation is sometimes used synonymously with Invention and Improvement. Here is how I differentiate the three: Invention A never-before seen, brand new concept. Usually the product of scientific R&D or serious thinking. An example would be the creation of a new...
Innovation is…

Innovation is…

Innovation is… Business – Creation and exchange of real value. Meaningful work. Work to enable and enrich whole lives. Grassroots agility. Authenticity. Alignment with values. Design – Imagination. Curiosity. Understanding. Elucidation. Creation. Using design...

Working with your “faults”

In a conformist world, we often have our “faults” pointed out to us repeated by the well meaning (or otherwise!). “You are too opinionated.” “You are too accommodating.” The advice is usually something inactionable and frustratingly...

Butterflies or blowflies?

Keep a fly diary. Seriously. Every morning, when you are getting ready to go to work, take 15 seconds to pause and assess your tummy. Therein be butterflies? Or blowflies? Butterflies are what you get when you are doing something exciting, scary, new, and GOOD. You...

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?

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...

Harping on about excellence? Have you done Step 1?

Are you serious about excellence? Or is that just another me-too advertising campaign? In their book “Now, Discover Your Strengths”, Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton talk about moments of truth, about how the daily work of your cleaner makes a more...

Good, fast and cheap

An oldie but a goodie: For any given endeavor, you can only achieve 2 out of the following 3 outcomes.
Design effective signs and posters

Design effective signs and posters

Various posters on Flickr Signs and posters are short and sweet A sign or a poster has a very specific function – to clearly communicate a (usually limited) set of information in a way that both attracts attention and can be read in a fairly short period of time. A...
Using colour in business communications

Using colour in business communications

Colour in business communications The use of colour in business communications – on logos, signage, printed documents and websites – fulfils three broad roles: Enable effective communications; including meeting any regulatory compliance requirements. Implement and...

A slapping for AFR BOSS

Re a recent cover story in AFR BOSS magazine: 2005 Top entrepreneurs. This article again blindly promulgates the STUPID how-much-money-are-you-making approach to measuring the success of a business. This is once again presented as THE indicator of having “made...

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...

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”,...
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