Category Archives: John’s views on the world

Corporate Culture is visible if you know what to look for . . .

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. -Steve Jobs Not too long ago a friend of mine asked how to tell a reputable plumber or tradesman from the “cowboy” fixit men … Continue reading

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What Did You Learn at School Today?

Life is a serious teacher, she gives the test first and the lesson afterwards, When my daughter was young we had a ritual at the dinner table.  I would always ask the question: “What did you learn at school today?”.  Some … Continue reading

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Culture as Business and Social “Glue”

Nothing is so painful to experience than when a company or a nation begins to deteriorate from the inside out. Every business organization has a  unique identity and purpose that differentiates it from the others. And these elements of uniqueness are evidenced in the corporate culture. … Continue reading

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You Want to Talk or Fish?

One day a Game Warden drove up to a large pond and saw a man in a fishing boat out in the middle.  He stopped the car and decided to watch for a few minutes.  Just then the man in … Continue reading

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Why Customer Insight is So Elusive

The holy grail of many organisations is to be so close to the customer that they truly understand the “world of the customer” (not just the “voice of the customer” – VoC) and all the ways the customer uses their … Continue reading

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Needed Urgently: Stewardship and Statesmanship

There is no ownership of the future.  There is only stewardship. Quite a few years ago there was a best selling business book that caught the attention of the more thoughtful in business and the executive ranks.  The book, What … Continue reading

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It’s official, I am below average . . .

If religion was the opiate of the masses in the time of Karl Marx, then Soap Operas might just be the opiate of the masses today. Being in Brazil for a week has left me with the impression that I … Continue reading

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