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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

Jobs 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….

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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…

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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….

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…

Resource feature: Strategy Formulation Framework

Every strategy must necessarily encompass certain key components. I have made a convenient summary here: http://eicolab.com.au/resources/processes/strategy-formulation-framework/

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…

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…

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…

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…

New resource: Comparing Agile, PRINCE2 & PMBOK

A single page summary of three project management methodologies.

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 TreeHugger.

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…

What colours say about your business

From Visual News:

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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…

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….

New resource: Strategy, Plan and Process

Strategy, Plan and Process are sometimes used interchangeably. But they mean different things, have different intents, and involve different tasks and activities. Find out more in my one-page…

China – service differentiation

This is a follow-on post from China the Ikea of businesses. Differentiation by service: make a same-same product but pair it with specialised and targeted services that become…

“Price Sensitive People are Not Loyal”

Brad Smith’s excellent post on Why You Should Avoid Job Boards Like the Plague (And How to Get Clients Instead) – a must read for new freelancers and…

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…

 

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