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Why don’t People do what I told them too?

May 21st, 2011 // 7:47 pm @

I was working with the owner of a company recently who bemoaned to me “I told my staff what to do, why are they not doing it?” It is a common managerial issue across all kinds of organizations that managers tell their staff what to do, and staff don’t do it. This often leads managers […]

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Category : Blog &Leadership

When Business Value is more than Business Value

May 21st, 2011 // 2:09 pm @

The massive share price valuations for companies that are perceived to be in the right “Space” are back, we are into another bubble for prices of these stocks. Eleven years it was almost anything on the Internet, and at the time I was deeply involved with Stepstone.com as it floated for hundreds of times it’s […]

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Category : Blog &The Future

“May you live in interesting times”

May 1st, 2011 // 6:20 pm @

This is supposed to be an old Chinese curse, whether it originated in china or not is unclear, but what is important is that it was a curse. “Interesting times” were ones of profound change, and therefore dangerous. We live in “Interesting times” and the latest incarnation of those times, is the change in the […]

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Category : Blog &Other Thoughts

How a lack of strategy impacts staff

May 1st, 2011 // 5:00 pm @

Most employees in most companies spend a great deal of time moaning about the company that they choose to spend 35 hours a week at? And senior managers spend an equal amount of time complaining about the staff they choose to pay many thousands of dollars a month too. Seems odd? Too often the root […]

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Category : Blog &Leadership

Vancouver the California of Canada

April 19th, 2011 // 3:17 pm @

Vancouver is a unique business location, and understanding its character can help you run a successful business in the city. Cities all have unique characteristics, which impact significantly on how friendly they are for running a business in, and also how you should interact with the workforce within each city. Cities are like people, they […]

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Category : Blog &Key Business Success Drivers

Warp Speed Business Change

April 16th, 2011 // 3:59 pm @

The world is in a continual state of change, which is now so fast we have stopped noticing the extraordinary world in which we live. To put it in historical perspective, between the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, until the accession of Queen Victoria to the throne in 1837, very little really changed. Politically […]

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Category : Blog &The Future

Increasing Profits via Dumping Retailers

April 8th, 2011 // 3:56 pm @

The traditional business model for manufacturers was to make things, advertise them to the public and then sell them to retailers who dealt with the logistics and retailing of these products. Since the end of WW2 we have seem the growth in massive powerful retailing groups. The biggest company on earth, is not a technology […]

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Category : Blog &The Future

Happy Staff – Is it Important?

April 4th, 2011 // 3:51 pm @

When we talk of improving work environments we tend to think of comfortable chairs, ergonomic desks and possibly a potted plant, as the things we need to improve if we want to get the best from our co-workers. These environmental issues are important; primarily to stop staff being uncomfortable or injured as they work, but […]

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Category : Blog &Leadership

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

March 28th, 2011 // 3:43 pm @

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci If this is true, and Leonardo was a bright guy, so it probably is, then why do so many people seem intent on making things complicated? Well I have two thoughts on why people do it, one is to make themselves look clever and the second is […]

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Category : Blog &Key Business Success Drivers

The Power of Apple

March 21st, 2011 // 3:39 pm @

Starting a company on April 1st (April Fools Day) might seem like a joke, but 34 years later this company has sales of over $65,000,000,000, and $40,000,000 in cash, plus net profit margin of over 20%, no one could describe Apple’s success as a joke. The world’s largest technology company, a high level of profit, […]

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Category : Blog &Companies

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