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Planet Plexus – the revolution that’s changing your world

A few years ago McKinsey published the evolution of the Earth’s economic centre of gravity (the image reproduced here by the Economist)…… The Industrial Revolution was one of the main forces in moving our centre of gravity from Asia across Europe towards the US. Two hundred years later, we have another revolution occurring… In their […]

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Will you be the next leader accused of being an Ostrich?

We often hear about large businesses that get into trouble, a bad quarter, a bad year, downsizing, poor sales and so it goes… We then get a chance to be armchair critics, Monday Morning Quarterbacks, to throw rocks from afar. We then level, our sometimes informed and sometimes ill-informed, critiques at leadership performance. Heads in […]

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When is disruption NOT disruption?

In Clayton Christensen’s latest article in HBR (Dec 2015) “What is Disruptive Innovation”, he reminds everyone, rather sternly (or is it just me?) what his definition of disruption is. As he is the father of the theory, we should give it due air time. He asserts that disruption is when a new entrant begins to […]

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When is 70% off too much?

When is 70% off too much? Last week both Dick Smith and Laura Ashley (Australia) went into administration. They were founded within 3 years of each other;  Dick Smith (1968), Laura Ashley (Australia, 1971). They both beat most of the odds for a long time. They could have been in the 40% of businesses that […]

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Why backing SMARTphone leaders could be STUPID

The Sage of Omaha once said, and I paraphrase a little, that when you get a technology based transformation its much easier to pick the losers than pick and make money on the  winners. His cases in point were the automobile and the plane. Whilst cars changed the way people moved around forever more,  it […]

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A Tale of Invention, Survival and Modern Day Unicorns

We could be forgiven for being confused about business improvement… It’s no wonder a great proportion of businesses are unremarkable. They receive seemingly contradictory advice on how to grow. It becomes unclear what to do next when results are declining. We are expounded to do the following on a regular basis from all the business […]

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Subscription revenue models for airlines, what can we learn?

The latest gust of subscription revenue models can be seen in the airline industry. Subscriptions are popping up everywhere. This month there was another example of an airline subscription model launched with OneGo’s entry into an increasingly populated space. OneGo offers unlimited flying on 700+ commercial airline routes in the US, from 76 airports for […]

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The Pony Express showed us a way to innovation

The Pony Express showed us a way to innovation, but more on that in a minute… Put simply, there are two ways to innovate. (1)    Product and Service Innovation (2)    Business Model Innovation (new ways of working) Some of the world’s biggest and most successful start-ups have focused on (2) whilst many large incumbents are […]

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A Smack for Professional Services

Well its only gunna be a smack if (A) you love status quo and don’t want to change/improve AND (B) you are NOT already a leading version of your industry. We walk into the doctor’s practice, wait for… now let me think… too bloody long and then have the pleasure of being called from afar, […]

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Which business models are under attack?

CBA has bought a $300,000 robot to put in its innovation lab. That’s a pretty symbolic statement for a company with over 1100 branches. Estimates of the impact of Robotic Process Automation on bank branch jobs vary considerably, potentially ‘saving’ between 20% and 50% of employee’s routine processing. As with driverless transport, the economic case […]

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War for Talent is so yesterday. It’s a war for Intrapreneurs

It doesn’t much matter which stats and odds you look at (and we’ll get to a few in a minute), business longevity is falling. At the same time there is an increasingly attractive world to employees outside our larger institutions, for employment and entrepreneurship. Capital and knowledge have become more accessible in the digital, sharing […]

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Entrepreneurial Strategy, not just for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs haven’t changed but the world they live in has Once upon a time, If you investigate who coined the term Entrepreneur you’ll see Jean- Baptiste Say (1767-1842) widely credited as doing so around 1800. Whilst it’s true he popularised it, he was not the originator. That accolade goes to an Irish economist and financier […]

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Intrapreneurs are your early warning system

In 1986, in Britain’s mining industry, there were 200 redundancies issued. It was an underground movement to replace these jobs with technology. Those made redundant weren’t as disappointed as you might think even though they received no severance pay. In fact, they remained quite chirpy despite losing their jobs.   Canaries had been used in […]

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