Posts in category: Human Nature

New beginnings

I have recently left a consulting business I co-founded called Vermillion. It has been an interesting, rewarding and challenging three years. Vermillion launched a revolutionary, humanist approach to business practice. In that short time, it made significant...

Corporations as psychopaths

An interesting parallel between organisational behaviour and psychopaths on Stilgherrian’s blog: Corporations as Psychopaths.

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...

How much do we give a damn?

From the entry foyer of the Eden Project in the UK: If we could shrink the earth to a rainbow village of 100 people, approximately: 57 would be Asian 21 would be European 6 would be North American 8 would be South American 8 would be African 15 including 10 women...

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...

Hardwired to not see the forest?

We humans seem hardwired to focus on the details at the expense of the whole picture. Consider: Vegan organic-only health gurus who smoke. Committed recyclers who drive 12-cylinder petrol guzzlers. Managers of mature businesses who sacrifice their core value capital...

Enterprise Systems Integration means…

… genuinely and respectfully integrating the PEOPLE element as part of the system. Technology + Processes + People. This is not a cursory gesture, feel good, pats on the head thing. This is dead serious because it will cost you big bucks. If you don’t...

Leadership ten commandments

More gems from Ridderstråle and Nordström’s Karaoke Capitalism: Thou shalt not display your feathers to demonstrate your all round brilliance and beauty. Thou shalt not walk into the wilderness blindly, but open your eyes and those of others. Thou shalt not...

“The first pancake is always lumpy.”

Isn’t this is just the best quote about embracing mistakes as part of the journey towards success?!! The man who said this is Genia Landa. A big THANK YOU to Glenn Capelli of The True Learning Centre for sharing this. (If you give a damn about learning and...

Train of thoughts (attention CityRail)

Our beleaguered City Rail is mired in negativity, what with constant delays, trackworks, old trains and other problems. So what do commuters actually experience when waiting on a platform for a late train? A constant barrage of recorded apologies! Who in their right...

What will be in demand

This photo is of a posting on a pin-up wall in the Danish Design Centre where visitors are invited to indicate what they think will be in short supply in the...

The 10-second trust test

Here’s a quick way to work out if you can trust the company you are about to do business with. Ask yourself this question: Can I leave an elderly relative of mine (that I am fond of!) with this person and walk away for a few hours without any concerns...

Optimism – alive and well!

A fine question posed in a FastCompany article by Shoshana Zuboff: “We all want a new business model, one based on trust and relationships. We’re hungry for it. But today’s realities seem intractable. Can things really change?” In my experience...

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...

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...
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