It frustrates me when I hear business owners say “we are too small to worry about IP”. When you are small you are at your most vulnerable. When your brand is very new, you may not have established sufficient reputation to defend it by suing others for passing off or
Often I find myself reluctant to "let ideas go" for fear that they are ill-formed and may reflect badly on me, or even be shot down (often for legitimate reasons). But Albrecht Durer, a German painter, printmaker, engraver, mathematician, and theorist from Nuremberg in the 1400-1500s reminds us of the
I revisited Liberation Management by Tom Peters this week, and was immediately struck by the thought that we have become all too serious, perhaps even precious about our mental models of what organisations should be. Is this extract from 1992 dated? Is it so different now? Stories and metaphors are great ways
I was recently invited back to my alma mater, Sacred Heart College in Auckland, to speak to its assembly. SHC (day and boarding school for boys) has a very proud history of Catholic faith-based teaching. Since 1903, it has provided New Zealand great New Zealanders including 18 All Blacks, many
"Lean Startup" is a method for developing businesses and products which was first proposed in 2011 by Eric Ries. The Lean Startup takes its name from the lean manufacturing revolution that Taiichi Ohno and Shigeo Shingo are credited with developing at Toyota. “Lean start-up” favours experimentation, over-elaborate planning, customer feedback over
Over the last few months I have had conversations with leaders of large and small organisations that invariably include a sense of dissatisfaction with strategy. Now strategy development can be a baffling process. Mostly they say it is not the strategy itself that concerns them, but a perceived lack of results.
A few years ago I was down at National Park town ship in the Central North Island and I came across this hill of gravel with a single chair at the top of it, most likely placed there by some local children. I quickly pulled out the iPhone and took this
This article is part of series of blogs related to housing in development countries. It presents popular myths regarding rental housing. Everyone owns their homes in rich countries. Interestingly there is little relationship between a country’s economic development and its levels of homeownership. Homeownership is actually lower in many rich European