Our Surprising Problem with Subtracting

Our Surprising Problem with Subtracting

I like to ask overwhelmed executives and organisations what they will stop doing. It is a surprisingly difficult question for people to answer. When asked to ‘subtract’ something from priorities and plans, most people tend to either avoid the question, change the...
Is Industry Complexity a Problem?

Is Industry Complexity a Problem?

Complexity and uncertainty can be paralysing for industry organisations and leaders. In fact, it can become an excuse not to act or to just dip a toe in the water.  You hear leaders of large industries say how the sheer number of firms involved is overwhelming,...
A Matter of Perspective

A Matter of Perspective

Business leaders and industry organisations tend to overestimate the risk and underestimate the potential of innovating. They lose perspective. It’s easy to forget that we’re all living in a thin biosphere 20 kilometres deep on a planet spinning at over 1500...
How a Quick Fix Mindset is High Cost

How a Quick Fix Mindset is High Cost

American journalist Henry Mencken once said that for every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. There is an instinctive appeal for a quick fix.  Then later, there is disappointment when the quick fix fails and you thud back to...