Paradigm shifts and innovations

An innovation is a new answer to an old question. A paradigm shift is a new question, and thereby a new answer. When the first iPhone came out we were all absolutely blown away.  I had a friend named Mo who was really into ‘all that stuff’ [most people were not back then] and he…

Selling new milk

There is not a whole lot of innovation in the milk business these days. Milk is not getting better. Milk is milk. Except changing the packaging into a purple cow carton, milk is remains milk, the product does not change, the packaging does. You can have a purple cow cover, but not purple milk. So…

Do you want to be a flower? Or a root?

Alan shared this short blog post, I loved it and I thought it is worth sharing: ____________________________________________ When you look at a tree, the flower is most readily noticeable. But it comes and goes. What about a leaf or a branch? A leaf is green and pretty, but animals eat it. The branch seems more…

A tree that grows quickly

“In undisturbed ancient forests, youngsters have to spend their first two hundred years waiting patiently in their mothers’ shade. As they struggle to put on a few feet, they develop wood that is incredibly dense. In modern managed forests today, seedlings grow without any parental shade to slow them down. They shoot up and form…

On Structure and Creativity

Simplicity, as a concept, is ever so powerful. Just ask the Orlando Pirates players who got ripped apart over the weekend by Mamelodi Sundown’s consistent ‘simple’ passing game. Inspired by that, for today’s thought, I am going to leave you with a very simple idea. Let’s take a minute to study the picture below. It…

Einsteinian perspective

From time to time, I am reminded of an exchange between Albert Einstein and his Assistant a few days before his passing. Einstein had just walked into his office for what would turn out to be the last ever time. His Assistant noticed his discomfort and asked: “Is everything okay?” “Everything is okay. I am…

Building teams that innovate – learning from history

I read “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks” Created the Digital Revolution” by Walter Isaacson a while ago. I realised then that I didn’t know much about the early history of the digital age and have, so far, found it fascinating. Since then I have been picking up trends on how innovative…

Don’t be fooled by likes and retweets

Don’t fall into the numbers trap. Don't be fooled by likes and retweets, the people who are truly going to buy from you are the silent ones. Likes don't pay the bills, sales do. A considerable part of your online audience is silent. They might not interact with your content, but they see it! Real-world…

100% shareholding of zero is zero

Why is it that we choose to run our little one man startups when we can easily consolidate our resources with other similar startups and form bigger entities? 100% of a small entity equals to a small value but a 10% shareholding of a bigger consolidated entity is a bigger value. The same reasoning applies…

Obsess about your customers

Don’t worry about your competitors. Thinking about what they are doing will only cause anxiety. Concentrate all your attention on your customers. Make sure they are happy with your service and you are doing everything possible. If you don't listen to your customers, someone else will. Image by Pexels 

Imitation to Innovation

Deloittes has a nice new office building in Midrand, it is that subtle kind of beauty. To my surprise I saw a similar designed new building close to the OR Tambo international airport. So I assumed it is the same developer/constructor who built both buildings and decided to use the same design. I recently learned…

Discipline equals freedom

In his book Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World, Timothy Ferriss interviews former Navy Seal Jocko Willink and he shared a great note on Discipline = Freedom: _________________________________________________ “Discipline equals freedom.” Everyone wants freedom. We want to be physically free and mentally free. We want to be financially free…