Author Archive | Ron Immink

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 and happy Easter

Free range kids and happy Easter

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 …

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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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CHANGE AND ELEPHANTS

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

BOOKBUZZ AND IDEA SEX

Every now and then a book arrives that converges a lot of good books (such as Flash foresights, Business exposed, Future minds, New Normal, Poke the box mixed with authors such as Pink and Handy) and blows your mind.

The banking crisis is chicken feed

The general gist of  “Out of our minds” is that the banking crisis is 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. He makes the case by referring to the technology trends that are currently underway.  He talks about nano  a nanometer is how much a beard grows …

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EXECUTION: THE DISCIPLINE OF GETTING THINGS DONE

EXECUTION: THE DISCIPLINE OF GETTING THINGS DONE

Dialogue is essential for execution (keep reading, the best bit is at the end of the blog)

Breaking long-term output into short-term targets

Your boss has asked you to drive from Chicago to Okaloosa, Iowa, a journey of 317 miles. He’s prepared a budget for you with clear metrics. You can spend no more than $16 on gas, you must arrive in 5 hours and 37 minutes, and you can’t drive over 60 miles per hour. But no one has a map with a route to Oskaloosa, and you don’t know whether you’ll run into a snowstorm on the way. Ludicrous, ask the authors? No more so than the way many companies translate their strategic plans into operations. The strategy …

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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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Loose, maverick, funky and disruptive

Loose, maverick, funky and disruptive

The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a disruptively better business, by Umair Haque

Disruptive

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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How to break the rules of business

How to break the rules of business

Loose: The Future of Business is Letting Go: How to Break the Rules of Business by Martin Thomas

Organisational delusion

Most organisations delude themselves that they are in control because they have surrounded themselves with rigid rules and procedures, micro-managers and planners dedicated to predictability and certainty. Most business schools inculcate a rational approach to business.

Loose

But according to Martin Thomas in Loose: The Future of Business is Letting Go: How to Break the Rules of Business, in the complex, non-linear world we live in, the challenge is how to embrace the chaos and ambiguity of modern life.

Avoid structure

The future is not rigid but loose – loose organisations, loose management styles and loose ways of working. Loose …

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