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Strategy + Technology

Teaching professors to code

April 11, 2016

A new industry is emerging solely to repair the amateurish, yet often commercially useful software, routinely produced by academics. The phenomenon has become so widespread that it caught the attention of The Economist.

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Strategy + Business

Don’t leave your post

January 28, 2016

On 15 July 1410, the Polish-Lithuanian coalition scored a decisive victory over the Teutonic Order in the battle of Grunwald. Many factors contributed to this outcome, which set the wheels in motion for the ultimate demise of the Order.

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Perspective + Strategy

Desiderata and the media – Part 2

November 18, 2015

In Part 1, I quoted Max Ehrmann’s poem Desiderata, where he counseled us to “Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.”

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Strategy + Business

Don’t clean your dirty shelves

November 9, 2015

In the early 1990s I worked at McEwans, which later morphed into Bunnings. To learn more about the business and how it operates, I would help out every Saturday on the shop floor at a branch located near where I lived.

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Perspective + Technology

WEN – White Elephant Network

October 2, 2015

In its mid-September issue of ‘Boss’ insert magazine The Australian Financial Review wrote about NBN and its CEO Bill Morrow.

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Strategy + Efficiency

Do you really need training?

September 25, 2015

Training attracts no controversy. On the contrary, people see it as a necessary activity, believing that it improves productivity and empowers employees.

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Strategy + Business

We don’t deliver on Fridays

September 18, 2015

Some years ago a small brewery in the UK became increasingly successful. The manager of the local supermarket called them to arrange for an additional delivery on Fridays, because the beer had become so popular that it sold out by Saturday each week.

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