Monthly Archives: June 2014

Echo Chamber

If you are defining yourself and your business in terms of your competition, you are living in an echo chamber. Companies and organisations don’t grow fast at the expense of existing competitors. They grow fast for reasons that have nothing … Continue reading

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Cuff Links

If cuff links didn’t exist and you invented them, would they succeed? I have got one shirt in my closet with French cuffs. As I looked at it one day, hanging there quiet lonely, I got to thinking about cuff … Continue reading

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Tradition

I will be going to watch a theatre play soon, I haven’t seen a theatre stage play in a while. The last time I watched, the star performer didn’t show up. An understudy took his place, and there was a … Continue reading

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Where does trust come from?

Hint: it never comes from the good times and from the easy projects. We trust people because they showed up when it wasn’t convenient, because they told the truth when it was easier to lie and because they kept a … Continue reading

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The Startup Revolution: Fit In or Stand Out

In September 2014, I will be launching my debut book: The Startup Revolution: Fit In or Stand Out. The Startup Revolution is about the new ear of entrepreneurship, about the Industrial Revolution is coming to an end and this means … Continue reading

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In The Republic of Mediocrity

They will push you to fit in, to dress alike, to use the same tools, to fit the format. They are the high school English teacher in love with his novels and the book editor who needs you to fit … Continue reading

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Resting smiley face

When no one is looking and you are not trying, what shows on your face? A lot of people say I have a serious face, some even say I am unapproachable until you get to know me better. It is … Continue reading

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The best way to give thanks…

for the privileges we’ve got is to do important work. Your job, your internet access, your education, your connections, your role in a civilised society… all of them are a platform, a chance to do something great, to do work … Continue reading

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Arguing with success

“You can’t argue with success.” Of course you can and you should. Conventional wisdom says you shouldn’t bother. But arguing with failure is dumb. Failure doesn’t need to be argued with, it’s already failed. It takes guts to argue with … Continue reading

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Set a specific date, not a maybe…

A powerful marketing tactic: tell me exactly when I’m going to get it. “This project will be done by 12 midday on Tuesday.” “You’ll get the delivery at 4 pm.” Fedex has made billions delivering packages that didn’t even have … Continue reading

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