Gain the competitive edge by learning from natural rules


I already knew that Giles was a bright guy (I wish I could say I have already read his book!) and that we are on a very similar wavelength BUT, if you have read any of my past blogs you will recognise a familiar message in the following extract. I know that the Executive Leadership Group with whom I have been working to form ‘Resilient Communities Network’ [RCN], AIBC & TBORI-UK have heard it all before from me but it can do no harm for them and others to hear it from another…

Akin to living systems
To succeed in business we must be agile, creative, alert, spontaneous and responsive – often operating in completely new ways. Today’s rapidly changing business environment calls for businesses that thrive in rapidly changing environments: businesses more akin to living systems. Read more of this post

Customer Manifesto:: “how it be bruv!”


The tables have turned but the fact that so little has changed is OUR OWN FAULT.

Why would the Corporate world, that has so effectively exploited its power for so long, willingly give up that position?

If the new business models of the Digital Age are the one’s responding to customer needs and demands for demonstrable value – through greater transparency – we should not allow inertia or fear of change to hold us back from the sustainable benefits of loyalty built upon the ability to TRUST.

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The “problems” aren’t new but the tools that enable group communication and collaboration are. I was born in a decade when most televisions were black & white and, within the last 25 years a computer, phone, camera, television, games console were separate items and certainly didn’t fit on a single hand-held device!!!  

SO WHY are we wasting what we have engaging in “LOL or OMG at silly videos” and swapping meaningless nonsense about celebrity culture, when there is so much wrong with a world that we take for granted…

rise_like_lions_445 There is a massive job that requires many hands and minds working together, with one purpose, for the common good. Toward a more equitable, sustainable, future for communities in crisis and the generations that follow.

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Lessons from Nature:: Ecological Thinking for Business Transformation


Most people in business subscribe to an outdated world view, a perception of reality inadequate for dealing with the volatile and globally interconnected business world.  What is required for the health and vitality of our businesses and economies is a radical shift in our perceptions, our thinking and our business behaviour.  We are witnessing a change in business paradigm from one suited for the industrial era to one suited for the interconnected era [Digital Age].

At the core of this paradigm shift is a perception shift from ‘seperatedness’ to ‘interconnectedness’

 

via Ecological Thinking for Business Transformation « The Nature of Business.

Economic resilience for Scotland requires INTERdependence


I don’t wish to engage in or contribute to THE political debate on how the interests of our nation are best-served! No offence to Salmond or Lamont  but, rather than listen to them, I would defer to some “older wisdom”…no not Ming Campbell:

“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”

Confucius

Apart from cultivating greater personal understanding of how WE can contribute to a better Scottish society, our greatest challenge is how to (re)build financial resilience: create a sustainable economy and undo the damage done to our finances, our hard-earned reputation for economic thinking, innovation and business leadership. Read more of this post

New Book:: ‘Governance Reimagined’ by David Koenig


 

Imagine, if you will, my surprise and delight when I received an email from David Koenig  (Author of the above title) inviting me to share thoughts on the subject matter of his book, from which this brief extract is taken!:

imageComplexity Economics is emerging…we will simply refer to their emerging way of thinking as Complexity. What makes the Complexity group unique is their focus on explaining and showing how value is created: how groups of things work in systems and how those systems interact to make more out of a scarce input like economic capital than existed before. It’s a blend of economics, psychology, biology, physics, and other sciences, and it is contributing to one of the most important developments in finance and economics, ever. You know already that our world is full of complicated systems. However, not all complicated systems are complex systems…”

This and David’s breakdown of the present value equation were enough to have me scrambling to respond to his request before I even got as far as reading an excellent, informed and insightful, 5* Review (click on the link for the full review).

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