Soft and hard

The hard stuff is measurable, quantifiable and easy to put into a spreadsheet. This concrete stuff gives you an easy way to demand a bonus or track progress. The soft stuff is merely essential, the real reason you do what you do. Ironically, then, hard is easy and soft is difficult. According to Seth Godin:…

The End of Should

- Banks should close at 3pm - Books should be 200 pages long - CEO should go to university - You should wait until you are older and more experienced before you start your first business - Board of Directors should be old and senior executives - You should get a secured job after your…

Newness Fades

All innovation, as we have seen, brings something new into the world, but that newness cannot remain, or there would be no room for more innovation. Newness fades. New cars come with new technology, but after a while that new technology fades and has to make way for new improved technology. It’s new for now. That’s…

Perfect and impossible

The definition of a revolution: it destroys the perfect and enables the impossible. The music business was perfect. Radio, record label companies, music stores, limited access to recording studios, the replaceable nature of the LP, the baby boomers... it all added up to a business that seemed perfect, one that could run for ever and…

Dreams are difficult to build and easy to destroy

By their nature, dreams are evanescent. They flicker long before they shine brightly. And when they’re flickering, it’s not particularly difficult for a parent or a teacher or peers to snuff them out. Creating dreams is more difficult. They’re often related to where we grow up, who our parents are, and whether or not the…

Four factors to consider when forming partnerships

A number of successful businesses were started in partnerships, Microsoft [Bill Gates and Paul Allen], Apple [the two Steves: Jobs and Wozniak], Mugg and Bean, Deloitte and Touche, Harley Davidson, Google etc. Partnerships/alliances have multiple advantages: range of different skills when brought together in one business can have exponential growth in the business, the 1+1=11…