Monthly Archives: December 2010

A thought for 2011.

On the eve of a new decade, it is perhaps useful to consider the changes that have occurred, recognise that the pace of change is still accelerating. For myself, and I suspect most of my readers, to even try and anticipate the … Continue reading

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Data, information and spin doctors.

Around a BBQ over the Christmas break, a bunch of us were chatting about what we would ban as a New Years resolution, as you do. Some innovative solutions to intractable problems emerged, peace in the middle east, an end … Continue reading

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New year Planning

As we approach Jan 1, the time many of us make promises to ourselves for the coming year, most of which don’t last much past Jan 3, consider making a couple of real commitments: I will cease the busywork that … Continue reading

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2010 in review, 10 trends to consider in 2011.

It is that time of year, when we look back and try and understand the forces that have driven our decisions and behavior in the past year, and that will continue to have a potentially disruptive influence in the coming … Continue reading

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Commercial sustainability needs people.

  The next time you hear an argument that justifies moving Australian manufacturing to a low  cost country in order to compete, refer to this post on the Evolving Excellence blog describing the work practices in a Toyota’s Kyushu plant. … Continue reading

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Kaizen behavior to change culture.

Culture is about the hardest thing to change in any organisation, and I have seen many so called “culture change” initiatives fail at the first hurdle. If culture really is, as Michael Porter put it many years ago “the way … Continue reading

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Impact of failure = Likelihood X Cost,– or does it?.

This formula is a pretty widely used one, and it can hold true both for a corporation, and an individual. At the intersection, where individuals are employees, it is doubly true, as failure can impact not just on the corporate … Continue reading

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