A map of the world that does not include Utopia in it is not worth even glancing at…Read More
It’s often said that Culture eats Strategy for breakfast. That’s true. But what’s the strategy for maintaining Culture?Read More
According to my Chambers dictionary, this is the probable origin of the word ‘Manage’, deriving from the 16th century Italian ‘Maneggio’.Read More
Control freaks get a bad rap.Read More
Your business eats you up. It takes all your energy and focus, you worry about it even when you’re not there, so you…Read More
“An autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.”Read More
Last week I attended a workshop on co-operatives. I learned two things that surprised me.Read More
The need to satisfy a regulator, or meet legally binding deadlines creates a difficult balancing act for professional service firms.Read More
In my teens, I had a Saturday job in what was then a well-known department store. I worked behind the scenes in the kitchen, preparing cold sweets for the restaurant.Read More
It takes effort to be consistent, to make sure that what we do is congruent with what we say; to treat everyone we deal with in the same way; to stick…Read More
“When you make a company, you make a utopia. Its where you design your perfect world.” Derek Sivers.
As Derek Sivers pointed out – building a business is a creative act, and like imagining a building, or hearing a symphony in your head, or visualising a ballet, you can make it behave however you want it to.
You make the rules.Read More
The power of DNA is that it allows for more than simply copying.Read More
As Ray Kroc understood, replicating the look is not enough to make your new outlet convincing, no matter how faithfully you do it.Read More
Some things we used to do for free, without the need for a middle-person:
Talk to each other on the way home from school
Eat dinner together
Getting rid of the middle-man. It sounds great.
Except it doesn’t happen that way.Read More
How far can you take the idea of a guitar, and still end up with something recognisable as a guitar?Read More
Roundabouts depend on self-government. Drivers just need to follow a few simple rules: give way to traffic coming from the right; don’t get on the roundabout unless you can get off; signal left or right before you get on; signal left before you come off.Read More
In a complex evolving system, the impulse to change often comes from outside. Something is felt at the edges and creates a kind of tension that can only be relieved by making some sort of adjustment.Read More
A complex evolving system, such as a planet, an ecosystem or a business, learns through feedback.
That means at least 4 things:Read More