DISRUPTION – A shiny object

A great stat in this blog by Brent Hodgson – He can count five or maybe ten true “disrupter” start-ups over recent years out of 32,439 start-ups in AngelList’s directory. And we all know the overall success rates of start-ups. It just shows how fixated we are on shiny things. It’s why CEOs are way more…
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Why vs Who

Sales blogger Anthony Ianarrino posted recently about some trouble he was having with Simon Sinek’s “Start with Why”. In Sinek’s well-known TED Talk he uses the example of Apple to suggest organisations should always start with their “Why”. Don’t sell What you do (…great computers), or How you do it (…beautifully designed, simple to use…
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Good vs Bad Surprises

Last week I wrote about Reframing Risk to find opportunities where no one else is looking. A recent blog by a legend thinker Seth Godin (author of 18 books) put a different spin on this for me. In his blog Surfing vs Coal Mining he reminds us that unexpected occurrences in surfing are a good thing.…
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Reframing Risk

Last week I read an article by The Boston Consulting Group called Business of Business is No Longer Just Business. In it they describe the heightened levels of uncertainty facing business leaders using examples of political, economic and technology upheavals. They went on to describe five things leaders should embrace to manage complexity: Build multilevel…
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Milestones Schmilestones

Recently I was listening to an interview with retired Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke. He was asked how he felt when he scored his first century (100 runs) for Australia. He described incredibly strong emotions. The interviewer then commented how funny it was that a score of 98 had no comparison. Clarke agreed wholeheartedly. It…
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