The Poison of Presumed Influence

Back in 2011, Stephanie Rosenbloom wrote an article in the New York Times entitled “Got Twitter? What’s Your Influence Score?”. Here is the opening text: “Imagine a world in which we are assigned a number that indicates how influential we are. This number would help determine whether you receive a job, a hotel-room upgrade or [...]

2021-01-21T05:49:24+00:00February 11th, 2018|Business Poison|

The Poison of Omnipotence

Sometime around 500AD, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite asked whether it was possible for God to “deny himself”. The question was arguably the first emergence of what is called ‘The Omnipotence Paradox’ which states that: "If a being can perform any action, then it should be able to create a task it is unable to perform, and [...]

2021-01-21T05:49:32+00:00January 5th, 2018|Business Poison|

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 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 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 Poison Of Protectionism

Over time I have published a number of ideas that, one day, may come to life – with or without my personal involvement. These were my ideas that I have no protection over in terms of trademark or patents. You may wonder why I so openly published these ideas, especially in an environment where people [...]

2021-01-21T05:51:42+00:00January 5th, 2018|Business Poison|

The Poison Of Technology That Can

When I was younger, the ‘cool’ stuff was created by large, faceless organisations with brilliant logos and jingles. I imagined they sat in massive offices, smoking cigars, drinking whiskey and dreaming up incredible solutions to problems we hadn’t realised we had. Growing up, I found this wasn’t too far from the truth – although the [...]

2021-01-21T05:51:52+00:00January 5th, 2018|Business Poison|

The Poison Of Certainty

The more I look for it, the more I seem to find instances of people stating, with absolute certainty, what will or won’t ‘ever’ happen. Look at TV companies stating that there will “always be TV” or music companies stating that there will “always be record labels”. How about that there will “always be vinyl [...]

2021-01-21T05:52:04+00:00January 4th, 2018|Business Poison|
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