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Business Awareness
  • The Leadership Secrets of Hewlett Packard
    @lucykellaway complains about the boneheaded aphorisms from Davos’s windy summit. Among other things, she critiques the advice given by Meg Whitman of HP — “You can always go faster than you think you can” — and points ou...
  • System Thinking Presentations
    @DubberlyDesign Hugh Dubberly's talk on Systems Literacy at the RSD3 (Relating Systems Thinking and Design 3) 2014 A Systems Literacy Manifesto / Hugh Dubberly from Robin Bahr
  • Into The Matrix
    The 2x2 matrix is one of the most popular tools in the consultant's toolkit, as well as a regular staple in university textbooks. Consultants like them, because they make simple PowerPoint slides. Instructors like them because they are easy to present,...
  • Apprenticeship 3
    #TheApprentice is a TV reality show, pretending to be about management. See my earlier posts Apprenticeship (Feb 2011), Apprenticeship 2 (June 2013).Opinion polls suggest that programmes like The Apprentice may be putting young people off careers in b...
  • Are managers worrying enough?
    @flowchainsensei (Bob Marshall) thinks "it’s pretty obvious that managers don’t lie awake nights worrying about the effectiveness of their wider organisations" and "it’s pretty obvious that managers don’t lie awake nights worryi...
  • Search versus discovery
    They're not the same, writes Seth Godin, in fact, they couldn't be much more different.http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2014/04/search-vs-discovery.htmlRetailers need to help customers to DISCOVER things they didn't know they wanted, not just ...
  • On Working At Home
    James McGovern started an interesting discussion on Linked-In and Twitter.@mcgoverntheory If my employees were 2x as productive at home, I wouldn’t care if they worked 1/2 the time. I wonder how many managers agree?@richardveryard Do you apply th...
  • Apprenticeship 2
    The Apprentice is a TV reality show, pretending to be about management. See my earlier post on Apprenticeship (Feb 2011).Following the latest programme, Derek Miers (@bpmfocus) argued that All the apprentices should be fired (June 2013). Derek was stru...
  • A Cost-Saving Case Study
    ScenarioIn previous years, Smartchester City College has received income from the Mordenvia Bank, which has its head office in Smartchester and sends many of its employees to the college for management training.Three years ago, the college opened a ...
  • What is Synergy?
    Mergers and acquisitions are often justified by appeal to something called synergy - the whole being worth more than the sum of the parts. For example, I found one source that divided synergies into operational synergies and financial synergies."Operat...