Illuminations

  • Bring on the Super-Subs

    Bring on the Super-Subs

    Sport provides a useful metaphor for so many aspects of business life. We speak of team players and big wins, of beating the odds, of the ball being in your court, of knocking it out of the park. And always ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄁ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒタ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒモ always ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄁ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒタ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒモ of ...

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  • Finding the sweet spot

    Finding the sweet spot

    We￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄁ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒタ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒルve spoken several times about the consequences of economic uncertainty ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄁ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒタ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒモ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒツ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᅠfor markets in general and job markets in particular. That uncertainty does create opportunities ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄁ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒタ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒモ but these often appear pressing or even urgent. When that happens in your business, how do you react in ...

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  • What’s wrong with your strategy? It could be you.

    What’s wrong with your strategy? It could be you.

    We￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄁ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒタ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒルve decided not to add further to the plethora of forecasts for the year ahead. It￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄁ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒタ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒルs a topic covered already here￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒツ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᅠand ad nauseam elsewhere. Instead, We￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄁ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒタ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒルve decided to focus on a simple formula that￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄁ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒタ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒルs often forgotten about delivering change in an organisation. It￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄁ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒタ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒルs this: ...

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  • Hello, 2017 (or, welcome to the certainty of uncertainty)

    Hello, 2017  (or, welcome to the certainty of uncertainty)

    Poor crystal ball-readers. They had a bad year. So did the rune-readers, the seers and the oracles. 2016 was characterised, if anything, by the unforeseen. Seismic upheaval￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒツ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᅠbecame almost commonplace. It seemed as though even as we paused to catch our breath after one shocker, ...

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  • Small is beautiful. So is big.

    Small is beautiful. So is big.

    It￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄁ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒタ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒルs a big world out there, and it￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄁ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒタ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒルs never been smaller either. That￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒ﾿￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄁ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒタ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒ﾿￯ᄒᆵ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒᄒ￯﾿ᆵ￯ᄒᄒ￯ᄒルs the effect of increasing globalisation on key markets such as healthcare and pharmaceuticals. As companies race to modernise so that they are in a position to compete internationally, more and more ...

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