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Einstein, William of Ockham, Claude-Frédéric Bastiat

Posted by Philip Smith on 12 July 2020
Lessons from History   "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach." -  Aldous Huxley I often wonder just what it will take for people, in general, to start paying attention to history. Any one of us can point at myriads of issues that are problematic, educational systems that do not educate, politicians who lie and cheat, corporations who rape and pillage, us and the environme...
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Rocket scientists and charlatans

Posted by Philip Smith on 8 June 2020
The veracity of our answers depends on the quality of our Questions. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
Albert Einstein   Keeping instructions simple is often not easy, but in addressing politicians and business leaders, the above diagram is a starting point as this appears to be their first obstacle. We live in a world that is getting progressively harder to understand, in that we are constantly trying to figure out what logic or rea...
Posted in: Think Stupid-File  

What have we learnt?

Posted by Philip Smith on 11 May 2020
Do not allow this to be a wasted opportunity.   Part 1 - Mild During this period of downtime for some and frantic work for others, what are the chances that we will learn something useful from this virus  "experience" we are living with now. For those not working, did you read anything of interest, did you maybe buy a book, did you maybe spend a bit of time to think or research any subject of interest? Sadly I hope in vain, as all the above is often a bridge...
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Leadership and Followship

Posted by Philip Smith on 6 April 2020
Solutions are available, courage is often not. What do you have in your organisation?     There has always been a great deal said about leadership and we live in a time now, where good leadership will make a difference to the final outcome, when we have "tamed" this virus.  I do not believe that "Good" leadership can be taught, despite the vast amounts of money spent on this pointless endeavour, but accept that I might be a lone voice in the w...
Posted in: Think Leadership  

The Bookends of service

Posted by Philip Smith on 4 March 2020
The norm is to have two bookends, one on either side of the books.   Our task in running a successful enterprise is to ensure that everything between these bookends works as well as humanly possible. When however we screw up, it is normal to have some process in place to deal with this, providing another set of "bookends".  Peter Drucker describes the first bookend as the point of interaction between a potential customer and your enterprise. The second bookend i...
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