Category Archives: John’s views on the world

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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Admiral Rickover and The Responsibility of Leadership

(Note:  This is a blog I published over 2 years ago, but the message needs repeating, at least to me!) “Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous impatience. Once implemented they can be … Continue reading

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The History of the Future . . .

Just last week two independent research groups on climate change both came to the exact same conclusion. The Antarctic Ice shield is melting and the rate of melt has accelerated to a point of no return.  We have definitely reached … Continue reading

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You’re Not a Work-a-holic, You’re a Work-a-Like-It!

Why do CEOs, young executives, entrepreneurs, skilled craftsmen, nurses and the many others of us work so hard and such long hours?  It’s not because we have no choice, it’s because we like it.  We like the possibility that we … Continue reading

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