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
Last week I attended a workshop on co-operatives. I learned two things that surprised me.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
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
If you have a checklist with items that can be ‘not applicable’, you haven’t got a checklist…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
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
When you run your own business, the way things get done is driven by what you expect of yourself. Or rather, what you think a customer should be able to expect if they do business with you.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
Years ago, a coffee shop - an offshoot of a well-known brand - opened in the middle of my local shopping centre. It had a nice old-fashioned feel, reminiscent of a cafe from the ‘30s, with wait staff and a long bar where coffee etc. was prepared. Of course I tried it out.Read More
Seeing a case or project through from beginning to end is very satisfying - both for the person doing it, and for the client on the other side.Read More
I get the feeling that top-down thinking is very unfashionable at the moment.Read More
Being in an industry that’s driven by compliance seems like a safe option.Read More
Despite my frequent rants about self-checkouts, there is one good reason to have them.Read More
It is easy to assume that more choice is always better.
This fact is not as well-known as I think it should be.
The world’s first business computer was developed for J Lyons & Co. Ltd.,Read More