Change or die – business, competition, and the new world

With the changing business world it is a good idea to think about habitual business practices to ensure that we are not doing things that made sense for the past and which do not make sense now. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. — attributed to Albert Einstein We all want to improve business results, driving KPIs higher … Continue reading Change or die – business, competition, and the new world

The future of business is the future of technology

Recently Rebecca Nash from ABC’s The Business asked me to consider the future of business over the next decade. Here’s some thoughts from that conversation. The future of business has always been driven by developments in technology, and the digital revolution is of equivalent substance to the previous industrial revolution. This has important implications for the future of business. Manufacturing will not die but it … Continue reading The future of business is the future of technology

Digital economy and the digital revolution

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the digital revolution and the changes that it is driving in the economy. We are seeing a bifurcation between the old 19th and 20th century manufacturing based industries and the 21st century digital economy. This is a shift from creation of tangible products to the creation of digital products.  These digital products are not intangible. We still touch … Continue reading Digital economy and the digital revolution

On the Continued Economic Decline of the West

Jon Moynihan, Executive Chairman of PA Consulting Group, made a presentation at the London School of Economics in July 2012 titled The Continued Economic Decline of the West. He dissects the problems we face, taking a deep dive into the stagnating Western world, and proffers some possible solutions. It is worth noting that Moynihan comes to this from a non-Keynsian perspective. Indeed, I found his … Continue reading On the Continued Economic Decline of the West

Asking for a friend: Awesome coder wanted for awesome venture

A mate reached out to me today asking if I knew any geeks who would be interested in working with him on a startup project. Here are the details he shared: “I am looking for a super-intelligent web and app all-round coder, hacker and mash-up artist to work on a seriously awesome new venture. We have developed some outrageously good Intellectual Property and concepts, and … Continue reading Asking for a friend: Awesome coder wanted for awesome venture

Real time, right time – it’s all about ‘me’ – so what about Twitter?

A recent article The Future of Mobile is Right Time Experiences by Maribel Lopez got me thinking about mobile and the future of the web. It is an especially important topic to consider now that Twitter is seeking to further control and constrain the way that its users interact. A good outline of the issues at play here is Nick Bilton’s piece: For Twitter-Owned Apps … Continue reading Real time, right time – it’s all about ‘me’ – so what about Twitter?

Your Blog Your Brand at Wordcamp Sydney 2012 #wcsyd

I’ll be discussing blogging and building your brand at Wordcamp Sydney 2012 – it’s on at University of Sydney 21-22 July 2012. You can register here. Some info about my session: How personal blogs have revolutionised publishing. This talk will demonstrate how a WordPress blog can provide a platform for individuals and small businesses to build profile and get noticed. It will outline: Key practices and … Continue reading Your Blog Your Brand at Wordcamp Sydney 2012 #wcsyd

What’s the big idea with social media? #media140

I was lucky enough to be invited to Media 140 in Perth recently to discuss what the ‘big idea’ is with social media. The idea was for a context setting discussion about social media and how it is changing business and society. DIGITAL REVOLUTION We are living through a digital revolution that is changing the world we inhabit as absolutely and as irrevocably as the … Continue reading What’s the big idea with social media? #media140

There’s a fraction too much friction! Customers, service, and staff.

While trawling around on YouTube recently I came across a 1980s video of Tim Finn’s There’s a Fraction too much Friction and it got me thinking about the things that annoy me  in dealing with businesses. I concluded that the source of my irritation is friction. I have long observed that business has many things in common with war, and friction is probably the thing … Continue reading There’s a fraction too much friction! Customers, service, and staff.

The Reputation Economy, Employees, and Privacy

As companies embrace the notion of a reputation economy fueled by the power of social platforms this brings a new set of challenges for management and employees. I was at the Salesforce #cloudcrowd event in Sydney recently and we were discussing this issue with guest speaker Peter Coffee. The issue is that companies increasingly require employees to interact online on behalf of the company but … Continue reading The Reputation Economy, Employees, and Privacy