Tag Archives: Mindset

Deconstructing the J.O.B.

I always expected to have a job, by which I mean a permanent employment contract for a large organisation. That was the way of my parents and my grand-parents and I never really gave it any thought. It’s just what you did. ‘Having a job’ was a lazy shorthand for having a particular lifestyle and […] Read More…

I don’t want to be happy

There’s a lot of talk today about happiness in work. Organisations are urged to make their staff because happy people are more productive and happy businesses perform better. Individuals are told to follow their passion, to pursue happiness because they will be more successful doing something that makes them happy. There are any number of […] Read More…

On Marketing

A year or so into my career at BT, I decided I would study Marketing. I thought it might be useful as we moved into a deregulated market and competitive environment (this was some time ago – my diploma was from the plain old Institute of Marketing, before it became Chartered). I loved it. It […] Read More…

Lean creativity

“What the hell is that?” you are probably asking yourself. Well, it’s the juxtaposition of two topics that I wanted to talk about.  So it may be a new concept, or it may be linkbait. You choose! I am a big fan of the Lean Launchpad work of Steve Blank, Eric Reis and Alex Osterwalder, […] Read More…

Why is it so hard to do new stuff?

Today, we all need to innovate. You can’t just do what you’ve always done, you have to come up with new products and services, solve problems in a new way, create new ways of marketing your business, even re-invent yourself. We all know this. We also know it’s really hard. Often we tell ourselves we’re […] Read More…

Are you ambiguous or uncertain?

Or maybe you’re not sure? Perhaps you don’t see a distinction there. For me, it’s a critical one. I hate ambiguity. I am completely unambiguous about that. Ambiguity kills projects. One minute you think everyone’s on the same wavelength, next minute they are tearing each other apart because someone’s ‘commitment to  deliver’ was someone else’s […] Read More…

No “Big Idea”? You’re starting from the best place

There is a general perception that you need to have a ‘Big Idea’ for your start-up, a compelling vision, a clear picture of what you are trying to create. The heroic entrepreneur, armed with this brilliant idea, this killer app, carries all before them and triumphs over the vicissitudes and setbacks to build a successful […] Read More…