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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...

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...