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A Decade of Value Destruction

A Decade of Value Destruction

Shareholder activists are showing that even the smallest players can wield enormous influence when they call out value destruction. Their strategies and tactics offer powerful insights for industry innovators. We were given a great example this...

Is Your New Boss a Tyrant?

Is Your New Boss a Tyrant?

Valuable advice I received when I first started consulting was that too many people leave their corporate jobs to go out on their own, only to discover they now have a tougher boss. It seems that many people are finding themselves in this situation...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Is your Industry Rowing in the Same Direction?

Is your Industry Rowing in the Same Direction?

In sports and business, we love to see the underdog win against the odds. The ragtag sports team beating the silver tails or the small businesses besting the multinationals. These are inspiring stories, but they are outliers.  The trend for...

The Secret to Keeping Focused

The Secret to Keeping Focused

One of the most confounding issues is how not to get distracted in your work. We produce our best work when ‘in the zone’, but getting and staying there is another matter.  Creative thinking and solving difficult problems are a challenge when...