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Defensive Reasoning: the traps we set ourselves

By | April 19th, 2016|Communication, Conversation models, Teams, Uncategorized|

Dean Rusk with President Johnson and Robert McNamara.  The very pinnacle of government in the USA at the time.  No place for defensive reasoning - but... Dean Rusk was the 54th United States Secretary of State from 1961 – 1969, serving under John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.  He has also been attributed with [...]

Left Hand Column – honesty is more than not lying

By | April 2nd, 2016|Communication, Conflict, Conversation models, Leading|

Your assumptions can destroy you.  And everyone else! On October 27, 1962 eleven US Navy destroyers and the aircraft carrier USS Randolph dropped practice depth charges on a Soviet Foxtrot class submarine, B59, in international waters.  This was at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Unknown to the US Navy, the submarine carried nuclear [...]

A classic No in movie history

By | March 22nd, 2016|Communication, Conflict|

This image comes from the artist Eric Geusz.  Thanks Eric.  You can see more of his work on his page 'entroz' on Deviant Art. No - A magic spell in two letters No is really short.  It’s easy to pronounce.  But like any magic spell, it is dangerous, sometimes difficult to voice and it takes [...]

Do you really want to be a change agent?

By | March 2nd, 2016|Change, Models|

If you are reading this today, there is every possibility you are alive because of this man’s research. Dr Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis was an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. In the mid-1800s mothers giving birth had a 10 – 35% chance of dying of puerperal fever. Through careful research Dr Semmelweis showed that mortality in [...]

Scenario conversation or stories of defeat?

By | February 17th, 2016|Conversation models, scenario, Strategy|

What do these brands have in common? Yes they misread the market famously. Of course it is easy to point fingers, but the point of this illustration is that even the best get it wrong. IBM failed to see the potential of the personal computer In the late 1980s, personal computers had been around for [...]

Learning cycle: Break out of your Groundhog Day

By | February 16th, 2016|Coaching, Learning, Models, Personal Mastery|

In the movie “Groundhog Day” Phil get’s stuck in a time loop and gets to relive the same day over and over. He tries different ways to fill his time. Eventually, tired of the repetition, he finds that not even suicide can get him out of the loop. it’s a very old movie, a classic, [...]

Scenario? Why bother? Just crank out a forecast

By | February 2nd, 2016|Strategy|

On 17 October 1973 the Arab members of OPEC along with Egypt and Syria, triggered by the US involvement in the Yom Kippur War, pulled the plug on oil supplies to the United States and Europe.  This was a scenario few had contemplated. Fuel restrictions emptied the roads. The embargo ended in March 1974.  The [...]

Innovation – pull it all together in your strategy

By | January 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

There we have the history of civilisation in 10 great leaps of innovation. Fire, Wheel, Paper, Printing press with moveable type, Michael Faraday who discovered semiconductor properties, AGB with the first phone, Signore Marconi, the three guys who gave us the transistor and Ted Hoff who invented the microprocessor. And here we are, at the [...]

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