Author Archive | Ron Immink

what technology wants

Denial is not a strategy

Technetium

“What technology wants” by Kevin Kelly describes what he calls the technetium, the technology ecosystem that surrounds us. The technetium contains 170 quadrillions (a quadrillion is one thousand million million) chips. The number of neurons in your brain is similar to the number of transistors in the global network. The number of file links is similar to the number of synapses in your brain. The planetary electronic membrane surrounding the worlds is comparable to the complexity of the human brain. With 3 billion artificial eyes (webcams, phones, etc.) plugged in. The system has started to whisper to itself. He suggests we are close to this big brain becoming aware (Skynet!?).

What is more complex, a Boeing 747 or a …

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killing giants

Strategies that smaller companies can adopt to attack the big companies

If you like”33 strategies of war” or “Art of war”, you will love “Killing Giants” by Stephen Denny. The book covers a number of strategies that smaller companies can apply to attack the big companies.

Who is your enemy

Using examples of companies who did the unthinkable, fought dirty, declared war. It all starts with (and this is from “33 strategies of war” with defining your enemy. Who is your enemy?

The strategies are:

Thin ice –> go places where  big companies can’t follow (too heavy) Speed –> while your big competitor is organising a committee meeting, you have moved Winning in the last 3 feet –> let the competitor do the work and intercept at the end (when they…
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Branding Only Works On Cattle

Branding Only Works On Cattle

The truth is relative

Ptolemy

Almost 2,000 years ago, the Greek astronomer Ptolemy in Alexandria codified a geocentric model for understanding the cosmos. According to the Ptolemaic system, celestial bodies (including the sun) revolve around the earth. For almost 1,500 years, every man, woman and child believed this to be true.

Copernicus

Then in 1543, along came a Polish mathematician, physician, artist, translator, Catholic cleric jurist, civil servant classical scholar, military leader, diplomat, economist and amateur astronomer called Nicholas Copernicus – and informed the world that Ptolemy got it wrong.

Badly wrong. About as wrong as it is possible to get.

Copernicus’ book, “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium” (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), presented a heliocentric model of the …

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Free-Range Kids- Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry

Free range kids

Do you ever let your kid ride a bike to a friend’s house?

Do you ever let your kid ride a bike to a friend’s house? Walk alone to school? Take a bus, solo? Or are you thinking about it? If you are, then in America at least you would be regarded as a freak. When Leonore Skenazy, a columnist for the New York Sun, wrote a column called: “Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Take The Subway Alone” in mid-2008, she figured she would get a few e-mails pro and con. Two days later, she and her son appeared on the Today Show, MSNBC, FoxNews and all manner of talk radio, and under her smiling face was the title: “America’s …

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talent-is-overrated

Talent is overrated

Talent

Our clients are telling us that talent development and retention are firmly back on the agenda Read  “Talent is Overrated – What Really Separates World-Class Performers from everybody else” by Geoff Colvin.

Why?

Why are some people– so incredibly accomplished at what they do, while millions of others in those same fields never rise above mediocrity? Why are some people so extraordinarily creative and innovative? Why can some continue to perform astoundingly at ages when conventional wisdom says it’s impossible?

Special gift?

Almost all of us think we know the answer to those questions: The lucky few super performers were born with a special gift, an innate ability to do exactly what they do so extremely well? But Geoff …

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flash foresight

Flash Foresight

Radical transformation

“Expect a radical transformation of the economy and your business” – straight from “Flash Foresight” by Daniel Burrus.

Positive, insightful, fresh and uplifting

We come across books like this every day. Positive, insightful, fresh and uplifting – very effective in engaging staff and getting a spring back in their steps.

Trends

Flash Foresight predicts the following trends:

dematerialisation (everything smaller) virtualisation (virtual worlds, virtual simulations) mobility (going smaller makes things wearable) intelligent products (everywhere!) networking of all appliances/products interactivity (web 4.0) globalisation (the whole world connected) convergence (of all the above)

Moore’s law

These trends are speeding up, and Moore’s law (double capacity, half cost) applies to all of the above. And all these trends are reaching an …

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switch

How good are you at communicating change?

How good are you at communicating change? It seems that many of us tend to overrate our communication prowess. 25% of people believe they are in the top 1% in their ability to get along with others. Now, anyone with a minimum of statistical knowledge knows that in a group of 100 people, only one can be in the top 1%. So how come 25 people delude themselves into believing that they are the person with the highest ability to get on with others?

Switch

This study is one of the gems in “Switch: How to change things when change is hard” by Chip and Dan Heath. The same brothers also wrote the best-selling Made to Stick, an exploration of …

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out of our minds

The looming education crisis

Every now and then a book arrives that combines a lot of good books (such as “Flash Foresight”, “Business exposed”, “Future Minds”, “New Normal”, “Poke the box” mixed with authors such as Pink and Handy) and it blows your mind.

The banking crisis was chicken feed

The general gist of  “Out of our minds” is that the banking crisis was chicken feed compared to the looming education crisis.  We are not preparing our kids for the new world, which need imagination, creativity and innovation, not commodity academics. He calls it the tyranny of common sense.

Technology

He makes the case by referring to the technology trends that are currently underway.  He talks about nano,  a nanometer is how much a …

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Why work sucks and how to fix it

Why work sucks and how to fix it

Are you treated like children?

You go to work and give everything you have – and you are treated like children who, if left unattended, will steal candy. You go to work and watch someone who isn’t very good at their job get promoted because they got in earlier and stayed later than anyone else. You go to work and sit through overlong, over-staffed meetings to talk about the next overlong, over-staffed meeting. You see talented, competent, productive people get penalised for having kids, for not being good at office politics, for being a little different.

Ditch the mindset

If any of this resonates with you, then you are by definition an employee – and the organisation you work for …

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new capitalist manifesto

Loose, maverick, funky and disruptive

Disruptive

The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a disruptively better business, by Umair Haque. The clue to the message of this book is disruptive. Together with words like loose, maverick and funky, disruptive describes the need for new paradigms for a new world. In The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a disruptively better business, Umair Haque says that our economic institutions are obsolete. We inherited them from the industrial age, and they no longer work for business, people, society, or the future.

Constructive capitalism

What we need is constructive capitalists who create higher quality value because it is less risky, less costly, more defensible, and more enduring, it is usually worth more to stakeholders of every kind: people, communities, society, future generations, …

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