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The Poison Of Presumed Centralisation

On November 16th 2010 an article appeared in Harvard Business Review (HBR), written by James Allworth, about Google’s strategy. The gist of the piece can be gained from these two enclosing sentences; the first from the start, the second from the end: 1. “…But Google may regret the strategic choices that have led to this [...]

2021-01-21T05:51:01+00:00January 5th, 2018|Business Poison|

The Real Reality

I’m fascinated by the way our brains actually operate, generating thoughts that generate our framework of what we call reality. I first became interested with the way we think when I studied Social Biology at college many years ago. This fascination never relented. Interestingly, it takes around half a second for something to happen and [...]

2021-01-21T06:06:04+00:00January 5th, 2018|General thoughts|

The Poison Of Can’t

The fact is, we can’t breathe underwater, unaided. We can’t fly either. In fact, there are a number of things we simply cannot do. However, I suspect that most of our usage of the word ‘can’t’ isn’t actually related to things we literally cannot do. This presents the inaccurate use of the word can’t as [...]

2021-01-21T05:51:19+00:00January 5th, 2018|Business Poison|

The Effort Metric

A thought on prioritising effort alongside other standard business metrics. In the 1995 publication by John Kotter entitled “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail”*, his research from over 10 years showed that only 30% of change programmemes are successful. Almost 2 decades later, McKinsey research found that the figure was still around 30%.** Kotter found [...]

2021-01-21T06:06:27+00:00January 5th, 2018|28 Thoughts|

Expansion of Thought to Unlock Success

Bill Gates once said: “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” I’ve learned the hard way that this statement is true. Of the many ventures I’ve founded over the years, three of which worked pretty well and four that were outrageously unsuccessful, the main learning and insight has [...]

2021-01-21T06:06:33+00:00January 5th, 2018|General thoughts|

The Poison Of Expectation

Have you ever been on public transport and seen someone eating a really pungent snack that made the entire area smell? Recently I sat opposite a guy who had a burger that embodied that description. He evidently thought it was appropriate to bring a stinking, greasy burger onto a packed commuter train. Would you ever [...]

2021-01-21T05:51:31+00:00January 5th, 2018|Business Poison|

The Privacy Dilemma

We are living in a world where our trust can only come from respect of citizen privacy (preceded with credibility, authenticity, consistency and positive interactions). Many companies, Facebook being a current example at the time of writing, exist in an ongoing dilemma, which is something I get asked about often. What it boils down to [...]

2021-04-14T04:15:47+00:00January 5th, 2018|28 Thoughts|

What Lies Beneath

A while ago, Fast Company published an article relating to a new study from Princeton’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, claiming that “Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017”. This article was duly shared around the world across multiple channels, reaching millions of people. If you looked very carefully though, you’d find that [...]

2021-01-21T06:07:01+00:00January 5th, 2018|28 Thoughts|
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