CHOOSE YOUR THOUGHTS

CHOOSE YOUR THOUGHTS

As consumers, we are inundated with ads and commercials. As followers of twitter and Facebook, we are bombarded with posts and tweets. Sitting down in our couch, we watch TV, we are flooded by breaking news and expert analyses of situations and crises. We even pay for blockbuster films and trendy restaurants. Do we ever take time out to wonder about how any of this makes us feel? Are any of these the highest expression of ourselves? Can we do something about it?

Well... yes we can.

TRENDS IN APPS FOR SMEs

TRENDS IN APPS FOR SMEs

Interestingly, I believe the greatest leaps in app usage will come from Small and Midsize Enterprises (SMEs). In particular those catering to consumers. Indeed, these will permit these specialty and local shops to create and participate in communities with their clients, keeping them informed of their role and what benefits they can bring.

But what are the dominating characteristics of these trend-setting apps for SMEs for the coming year?

CLEARING THE PATH

CLEARING THE PATH

What is the single most important core competency one has to develop to start or develop a business? 

This question is routinely asked by someone in business development forums. Someone of course who has an answer. Don't expect me to be an exception to this rule. 

I would like to think about this question with some sort of historic perspective. 

BUSINESS AMBITION AND ECONOMICS

BUSINESS AMBITION AND ECONOMICS

I believe that business would benefit from introspection, exercise and spiritual discipline to grow constantly in more ways than the strict economic sense usually accepted. (...)

Make special time, with your teams, your customers, your board members, to introspect honestly, regularly and frequently. It has to be a discipline. Something you do because you know its necessary. Not just when you feel like it or when business is slow... all the time.  

Businesses (and humanity) could benefit from raised ambitions. Let's ambition to attain new levels of consciousness. 

SETTING GOALS

SETTING GOALS

I can’t insist enough that making money cannot be considered as a goal. It can only be seen as a by-product of who you are. This is true on an individual basis, as well as on a collective basis.

When it comes to financial goals, the rule is: don’t make any.

Then what are goals? Well, in business and engineering, this word is fairly straightforward. If we want something, we express it, then express its key measurable characteristics, measure them to define the actual state, then express a desired outcome based on these measurement. Then we build a project, which is the way to get there and how long will it take.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF PRIVATE ENTERPRISE

In this speech, Harry S. Truman introduced the “FAIR DEAL ACT” which is essentially a call for social responsibility. Social responsibility is a part of the industrial scene, and has always been. President Truman’s 1949 speech could be given again today without changing a word (Ok… maybe change a number or two!). So what has happen in 65 years? Have these efforts been wasted?

Part of that answer lies in the structure of the system itself: We are using the same economic tools in the same way as in 1949. The same dashboards and performance indicators, we are analyzing data through the same filters and biases, we are promoting the same values and ideals.

HAPPINESS AT WORK

HAPPINESS AT WORK

The world of finance has always drawn mixed feelings from me.

On one side, I realize that many of the pleasurable technological breakthroughs that we enjoy today in our lives come from someone with money investing in an innovative and risky idea. My personal experience with the various projects that I was involved me told me that most of these investors made their money by using the stock exchange in one way or another. These people are just like you and me, they shop, live, love, and experience life’s many wonders. I usually find people nice, and finance types are no exception.

On the other side is the institution that lies behind it all. The ruthless world of hardworking, intelligent people who are living and breathing numbers and ratios, giving the impression that the “human factor” simply does not exist. The banking companies sacrificing talented people by overworking them like the slaves of old.

FEAR

FEAR

The trend is to move away from a fear-based way of living and doing business to a trust-based system. This is slowly being imposed

 The fear-based system favors the bully and the people with a bit of power or influence. Trust-based system favor the meek or naïve who does not believe he has the strength to compete with the bully. Indeed, in such a society, a bully will very fall out of trust and excluded or force to change through social pressure.

 In essence, a new type of discussion between leaders and followers is immerging where followers, by the mere knowledge that others feels or think as they do will confront leaders to get them (the leaders) to take care of them (the followers).

TRANSFORMATION

TRANSFORMATION

We are living in times of transformation, not in times of crisis.

A crisis is a short-term accident, and things can continue as before once the crisis is over. Transformation is a long-term change that does look like a crisis as we look at the short-term effects taking place when the system adapts and shifts.

 This transformation that we are seeing concerns the way central decisions and processing are being treated. Autonomous Local decision-making is becoming stronger and stronger. This can be seen in part by the way technology based companies are creating social organizations with a greater geographical scope and population than before. People are organizing, learning, comparing on a grand scale.

The global markets have created a need for local identity and uniqueness that says “its me”. This is particularly important in a world where every shopping mall is identical, no matter where you go on the planet.