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Can your business bank help (with innovation)?

Can your business bank help (with innovation)?

A bank is necessity a conservative, cautious, slow to react or change organisation. That is their DNA, tied in with their business requirements and industry identity. Who would go to a bank that is on the cutting edge; where chaos, uncertainty, and bleeding occurs?!...
Problems in an ego-driven business

Problems in an ego-driven business

When a business is primarily driven by the owner’s ego, the following problems often arise: Wrong priorities: The ego’s needs come first. Everybody else, including customers, must come after. Customers will feel this self-centredness no matter how well it is hidden...
Travelling is like a startup business

Travelling is like a startup business

The mentality we adopt when travelling is very similar to that of a startup business. Traveling is externally focused. Outward bound. Get things done now. Use whatever means is at hand. Make-do when required to keep moving forward. Don’t worry too much about the...
Five Gamification Techniques for Business

Five Gamification Techniques for Business

Gamification can take your application or process to the next level of productivity and quality. It is however, not a magic cure, nor does it replace empathic user engagement and good solid design. It needs to help; not alienate or hinder. Read Five Gamification...
16 New Rules of Business

16 New Rules of Business

Hire outside the box. Time shift your team. Do a bit of everything. Tune out. Be transparent. Enforce a hard stop. Don’t think in annual terms. Splurge on things that are often overlooked. Toss out the projections – your business is you. Embrace a hybrid...
My kanban

My kanban

I added a kanban view to my jobs database recently. It made at-a-glance status updates way easier. The Doing and Waiting lists are limited to 6 cards each. I have no idea why it took me so long to get to this… You can read about kanban here:...
Maybe you need a project designer?

Maybe you need a project designer?

I think some projects are missing a crucial role in the form of a Project Designer. Management stakeholders/sponsors aside, you typically have the project visionary who carries the big-picture, driving vision for the project, and the expert implementers who are tasked...
Going to the extreme

Going to the extreme

Sometimes, taking a train of thought to the extreme can reveal new ideas and opportunities. First we had bumper stickers. image from StuffWhitePeopleLike. Then we have mobile billboards. image from banbillboardblight.org. (Not that this diminishes my abhorrence of...

Being different: two ways

Being different to get noticed. Usually by doing something that you don’t normally do; something out of the ordinary relative to your audience’s expectations. Being different as a way of being. Because you have accessed and expressed those aspects of you...

C2C

Many of us are familiar with the terms B2B and B2C. How about C2C? For Consumer to Consumer. Examples: bartering, swapping, file-sharing, information/knowledge sharing. Blogging and other “karma economy” activities probably fall into this category. eBay and Etsy are...
Businesses as people

Businesses as people

(Image from Cheezburger.com) If businesses want to be treated as people, then they must also be accountable as people. A person who engages in sociopathic or illegal activities is accountable to society for those behaviours, and may be subject to medical treatments or...

The myth of trying to change people

One of the recurring sources of frustration in life seems to be our desire to change other people, and the futility of all such attempts. Changing people when they don’t want to change is like herding cats. Everyone involved ends up being frustrated (and sometimes...
Two Diamonds: Look deeper for better fit

Two Diamonds: Look deeper for better fit

Financial problem? We need an accountant. Data storage problem? Buy some network attached storage. Brand differentiation problem? Call a brand expert. This may seem obvious, but it can also be symptom-fixing. In not looking at a problem deeply enough, we miss...
From box to stand

From box to stand

A great reusable TV packaging design by Tom Ballhatchet – the box becomes the stand. More pics and the full article on...
Pineapple upside down loyalty programme

Pineapple upside down loyalty programme

The old way of selling: Entice buying with promises, claims or discounts. Sales material and people are shiny and glossy. Promises are grandiose and often just shy of too-good-to-be-true. There are loyalty programmes too: The more you buy, the more you are rewarded....
New mobile pop-up spam or scam?

New mobile pop-up spam or scam?

I got this annoying pop-up while reading an article (from a reputable publication) on Flipboard. I had to force close the Flipboard app to dismiss the pop-up as there was no way to cancel or back out of it! Other than presumably tapping OK which I did not do. An...

What Samsung could learn from Apple

And no, it is not product design. What Samsung could learn from Apple is their level of obsessive preening that makes Apple’s marketing material present so perfectly coiffed. Apple’s website, brochures, posters and stores clearly showcase their offerings as premium,...
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