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How Much can Change in a Decade?

How Much can Change in a Decade?

Big changes can creep up on you. Less than five years ago, Australia stopped manufacturing cars, but have you noticed you’re already sharing the road with mostly imported vehicles and likely driving one yourself? At the moment, people are trying to...

Wading Through Treacle

Wading Through Treacle

‘Like wading through treacle’ is how a client described to me their experience of meetings with a supplier. Apparently, it was easier to endure unproductive meetings than to say no. As you re-orient to accelerate your career or organisation out of...

How Secrecy and Silence Enable Critics

How Secrecy and Silence Enable Critics

One of the chief reasons that innovation doesn’t happen is fear of criticism from within and outside. Competent leaders inevitably make others uncomfortable. They cause change when it’s needed, creating winners and losers.  They draw...

Not What You Do, But How You Do It

Not What You Do, But How You Do It

You get assailed by information from all quarters on what to do in uncertain times. It’s like we’re being asked to believe that the end-game is the new strategy, structure, product or service. In reality, these are outputs and not results. Knowing...

Who Do You Represent?

Who Do You Represent?

Successful businesses sharpen their value proposition by defining their ideal customers or clients. It’s a powerful technique to focus, differentiate, and match demand. However, for peak bodies representing whole industries, is there really an...

The Dark Side of Industry Leadership

The Dark Side of Industry Leadership

I have written a lot about the benefit of industry organisations innovating faster so they can create more value for more businesses. If innovation is not happening when it should, do you know the underlying problem? Look carefully, and...

Capitalising on Outdated Strategies

Capitalising on Outdated Strategies

Opportunity for leaders, organisations and industries comes in many guises. A great question right now, is how can I capitalise on the fact that no pre-pandemic strategy can possibly still be effective and useful? It can take a while for the...

Misinformation, Trust and Institutions

Misinformation, Trust and Institutions

A simple strategy for personal, organisational and national success is to look at what’s working well and do more of that. It’s better than the alternative of dwelling on complexity and problems. One thing the pandemic has done is put more global...