Posts in category: Ethics

Radical adjacent transformations

Radical adjacent transformations

“…the most successful companies right now are not only making adjacency moves … radical adjacencies. They take companies into entirely new markets – like Apple into music and video and mobile telephony, Amazon into devices and Cloud. They stretch the old idea of...
Looking for a HUGE problem

Looking for a HUGE problem

This article really resonated with me: Solve for X: radical ‘moonshot’ technology ideas for solving global problems. I want to solve for x! That is where the exciting and meaningful work is. As the world becomes smaller, its problems seem to inflate to previously...

Denying reality – the good way

“Realistic is the adjective of cynics. Wherever you encounter skeptics, naysayers, and charlatans, you will always encounter this word. … Realistic is used to do two things simultaneously: one, to criticize. Two, to justify.” – Chris Guillebeau, The Art of...

Denying reality – the bad way

“It’s funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.” ? Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief Denial of reality may be comforting in the short term, but it will inevitably come back to bite you. Microsoft has toiled to...
The foundation of authentic communications

The foundation of authentic communications

Source: Barbara, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr Authenticity cuts through spin Authentic communications is essential for business success today. It removes the facade of unimpeachable and fake perfection, and allows us to see each other as humans once more. Authenticity is the...

Raising a new generation of narcissistic bullies

This is NOT encouraging. A Melbourne researcher says excessive focus on self-esteem is turning children into narcissistic bullies. … a review of international studies debunks the notion that bullies have low self-esteem. “Many of the children who are...

True rebels

Here’s a collection of stray thoughts I have had over the past few weeks on rebellion (no, not the Che emblazoned hipster type.) Creative problem solving is an act of rebellion – rebellion against what has been done before; against the status quo. True rebels do what...

Workplace abuse

If you want to be more innovative and attract good talent, you need to face the issue of abuse in the workplace. No one can possibly be at their best and most creative when they feel vulnerable, humiliated, intimidated, isolated and helpless! Workplace bullying...

Freedom and responsibility

We all know the adage “with freedom comes responsibility.” Some of us belief strongly in a completely free market, where businesses are free to produce and sell with as little (or no) regulation from external parties. I really don’t believe business as it is...

The cost of unthinking beliefs, traditions and superstitions

We are naturally resistant to change, even when we know that change is good for us or is in any case completely unavoidable. It makes far more sense to accept the inevitability of change and to learn effective (and healthy) ways to respond. One major barrier is the...

Fears, easy answers, and secret desires

We are driven by our fears. And we are tempted by easy answers. “Too good to be true” is often what we secretly desire! No wonder scams – from the illegal Nigerian easy money emails to the perfectly legal “before and after” cosmetics/weight loss/hair loss/impotence...

I don’t know and I’m ok with that

As a society, and in business, we are under constant pressure to know everything. And even when we don’t know, we are encouraged to lie first, then find out later. There is arrogance in pretending we know everything. Or that we are right all the time. It is not being...

Leveraging the introverted in brainstorming

Introverts and Extroverts are differently social, according to a recent Huffington Post article. When it comes to being creative and generating ideas, introverts prefer to go it quietly alone while extroverts prefer a stimulating group brainstorming session. As an...
Re-thinking Cheap Fast Good – a much better diagram

Re-thinking Cheap Fast Good – a much better diagram

I wrote about the possibility of achieving Cheap Fast and Good recently, and the price you’d have to pay for that. A post on the Art & Design Facebook page provided an excellent graphic as follows: (Thanks to Debra for sharing this link.) And with my...

Nice AND profitable

Most people believe in business you have to be ruthless and calculating. And nice makes you no money. Beliefs like this keep the good people away from business, and become a self-fulfilling prophecy. So how much profit is enough? When a business has a policy of...

What does humanising business mean?

I believe the emotion component is the key to change business practice for the better. Humanising business practice starts with upping EQ within organisations. Business has long been a “man” thing. All left brain, all rational, all numbers and data and facts. Sun...

Self-regulation is an illusion

Self-regulation, to ensure that a business acts ethically, does not work because the current model of business places too much priority on the bottom line. So long as the primary overriding singular goal of business is to make profit, self-regulation will fail. We see...

Brands in education

The Alliance of Girls’ Schools (Australiasia) (AGSA) has invited the CEO of weight-loss giant Jenny Craig to speak at an upcoming conference to inspire educators. Understandably, groups like “Enlighten Education, which works with girls in schools on...
When is 4G not 4G?

When is 4G not 4G?

When Apple calls their new iPad “4G LTE” when it can’t operate as a 4G device at all outside of five networks in the US and Canada. From the Apple website (screengrab above), The 4G moniker was clearly used as a means to differentiate the...
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