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I often talk about the incompetence of civil service, but today I want to give a big thumbs up to how the home affairs department is pulling itself together. Long the bane of many South African’s life, home affairs used to be a non-stop queue of bureaucracy, procedure and running around in circles. It appears as though things have changed…
10 years ago, futurists were saying that ‘In five to ten years 80% percent of of what drives the world will be driven by continuations, 15% of what we have will be driven by cycles and 5% will be driven by novelty.’ A decade later the tables have quite literally turned and the reverse is now true…
This is a post form Steve Dennings blog entitled ‘What Values are Driving Your Organization?’
Organisations lack market insights because they assume the information that they can get from desk research is sufficient.
This is a blog post written by Graeme Codrington, which accurately sums up my thoughts and perspective on the BP Oil Disaster as well as the oil industry in general.
Seth Godin recently wrote an insightful blog post entitled ‘The Modern Business Plan’ which I would like to share with you below.
I often bleat on about the fact that South Africans seem to have a sense of entitlement as opposed to industriousness and so I find it encouraging to actually be proved wrong. Michael’s story is a prime example of an individual who created his own opportunity in the face of adversity and who got off his backside to create his own future.
Many people, regardless of age, are preferring to back themselves going into the future and are saying that they don’t actually want to work for a corporation. Having either served time for a corporation (note the irony in that statement) or having no desire to even get involved in the first place, individuals are discovering that the freedom in this new market allows for them to ebb and flow where their are opportunities and where they feel they can add the most value.
In this world of constant change, the Purpose and Values of your organization are the only constants that should not change. Everything else in your organization should be open to change, flexibility, agility and derision.
Stefan Stern wrote an interesting article that featured in the Business Day this last week. The article really is a critique of the strategic consulting industry and what Stern believes to be the irrelevance of strategic business consultants in general.