The power of strategic abandonment

Over time, organisations, like human beings, tend to become blithe, lazy, and inefficient. Gaining unnecessary ‘weight’ by adding costs that are not always productive. We are all susceptible to atrophy. But as Peter Drucker noted, “In turbulent times the enterprise has to be kept lean and muscular, capable of taking strain but capable also of…

Failing our way to success…

Failing is an inevitable part of our lives. We experience it from a very young age. As we take our first steps, we fall…but we get up again and keep at it until we master the art of walking! And that pattern continues as we learn new skills – like playing a musical instrument or…

What I learned from spending an hour a week on the frontline…

“Why don’t you have anything for infants,” said the doting grandfather as he walked around the store. “What do you mean,” I responded, rather perplexed. “We’ve been life-long fans of the club and now that we have just had our first grandson and we’d like to get him something.” “Frankly, it never crossed my mind,”…