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
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
How far can you take the idea of a guitar, and still end up with something recognisable as a guitar?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
Quilts have often been made collaboratively, especially in America, where the idea of making a quilt in components (called blocks) really took off. This method meant a quilt top could be assembled very quickly, since the production of blocks was effectively parallelised.Read More
One of the beauties of having a score is that there are no excuses for not playing it.Read More
Today somebody asked me to elaborate on what I mean by this:
'scaling successfully is about creating an ecosystem where others can lead'
Here goes.Read More
By and large, we all have the same muscles in our bodies, and our bones show both where they were attached and how strong those muscles were.
Using this information, together with a knowledge of human anatomy, people like Oscar NilssonRead More
What springs to mind when I use the word ‘process’ in conversation with people is something boring and robotic - a highly detailed description of how to perform some low-level, small-grained task, devoid of context and utterly lacking in colour and humanity.Read More
“Labor can and will become its own employer through co-operative association.”Read More
“How do I get my people to think like an owner?”Read More
You’ve put your heart and soul into building a remarkable business that does things differently.
Now you’re ready to scale.
But the last thing you want is to sell out to the same-old, same-old, corporate route to growth.
What if there were a new and different way to think about organising and growing your business, that takes the best bits of being small -Read More