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Your scary future, Part 5; the necessity of a prepared mind

By | August 19th, 2014|Competence, Life, Strategy, Thinking Differently|

The future is about change; both dangerous discontinuity and positive permutation. The future is very complicated. The whole of it is greater than the sum [...]

Your scary future, Part 3: sense and sensibility

By | July 15th, 2014|Competence, Life, Strategy, Thinking Differently|

Listen for a word: absolutely (and its kin: exactly, precisely, of course, no doubt, without question, totally, undoubtedly, clearly, utterly). How often do you hear [...]

Your scary future, Part 2: what kind of problem do you have?

By | July 6th, 2014|Competence, Life, Strategy, Thinking Differently|

You have had problems. You currently have problems and you will have problems. Our world has always been characterized by some degree of uncertainty and [...]

Please, no more grandiose plans or ideas

By | August 6th, 2013|Strategy|

I can hear you thinking (those of you who know me), "What about BHAGs (big, hairy, audacious goals) and 'big thinking' and even 'big ideas' [...]

Use context for better decision making

By | July 25th, 2013|Competence, Strategy, Thinking Differently|

A dear friend and mentor once told me, “Being a manager is easy: you make decisions. If you make a bad decision, you correct it [...]

Focus – just say no

By | December 1st, 2012|Competence, Strategy, Thinking Differently|

Steve Jobs' biographer, Walter Issacson, tells how when Jobs returned to Apple in 1997 the company was producing a "random array of computers computers and [...]

One question you should ask about next year

By | November 21st, 2012|Competence, Strategy, Thinking Differently|

Have you noticed that things take time? Great things seem to take even longer. Nine months to get a child. Four years (+/-) to get [...]

Which questions best describe your view of customers?

By | November 19th, 2012|Strategy, Thinking Differently|

Superficially, customer insight is "the collection, deployment and interpretation of information that allows a business to acquire, develop and retain their customers." "Superficially?" Yes. The pursuit [...]

Not much has changed

By | November 9th, 2012|Life, Strategy|

Recently, I reconnected with an old friend. A mutual friend had told me of the strife our friend had experienced over the past few years [...]

The Organizational Hunger Games

By | April 26th, 2012|Character, Leadership, Life, Strategy, Thinking Differently|

In the movie, The Hunger Games, North America has been destroyed by some unknown apocalyptic event and the nation of Panem exists in its place. [...]

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