Updated: What was Machiavelli talking about?


I make NO APOLOGY for re-blogging one of my own posts and a pretty recent one at that!

I wanted to add Japan to the list of unforeseen events and to re-pose (if that isn’t just a word I have made up) the question: what can we, sensibly, “take for granted” or should we always expect and prepare for the unexpected?

What was Machiavelli talking about? Image via Wikipedia   Or is it really important to know? Because many of his words are so profound that they transcend disciplines, scenarios and centuries! “…in its beginning it is easy to cure, but hard to recognise; whereas, after a time, not having been detected and treated at the first, it becomes easy to recognise but impossible to cure.” – Niccolo Machiavelli If I had attributed the statement to: a respected Economist on the subject o … Read More

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What was Machiavelli talking about?


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Or is it really important to know? Because many of his words are so profound that they transcend disciplines, scenarios and centuries!

“…in its beginning it is easy to cure, but hard to recognise; whereas, after a time, not having been detected and treated at the first, it becomes easy to recognise but impossible to cure.”

– Niccolo Machiavelli

If I had attributed the statement to: a respected Economist on the subject of sources of the global banking crisis or sovereign debt; an experienced Political commentator about the situation in Egypt;  a GP, talking about Cholesterol; an Oncologist, talking about cancer; an ecologist on global warming; an accident investigator identifying the cause of a man-made disaster; or one of my colleagues referring to business complexity, there may be some scope to debate the finer points but not the “essence” of the message!

Prevention is better than cure!

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Detecting the “big C” – saving lives


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Advancements in medical science are saving lives and we should all be grateful. If you have been “touched” by cancer, particularly bowel cancer, you will already know that early detection is vital because the growths can often be removed, painlessly, before they have the chance to develop into cancer. IF YOU DON’T TEST FOR IT YOU DO NOT KNOW IT IS THERE.

Detecting the “big C” – saving business

In no way am I attempting to trivialise this “breakthrough” but I cannot help but to draw a comparison to illustrate the point in relation to business. A fast-growing cancer is affecting business across the globe…COMPLEXITY. It is not something that is currently tested for…because, until recently, there was no test. Complexity exists within every dynamic system (business) and can grow rapidly attacking the structure and robustness of the business until its impact manifests itself in, for example, the financial data. Every system has a current and critical complexity threshold BUT you do not know where you stand or what your tolerance is until to test for it.

As someone whose partner has recently undergone surgery and chemotherapy for breast cancer (and another family member with lymphoma) the threat of this awful disease has been, very much, on my mind. We consider ourselves very lucky that the disease was spotted so early and have spent a lot of time alerting others to the dangers of assuming that, because all appears well on the surface, that it is necessarily so. Read more of this post