What happened to the Plan ?

Posted by Philip Smith on 14 January 2018
We no longer need a plan, we need a Strategic Strategy to define our Strategic Strategy Initiative to achieve our Strategic Objectives !!!.....yadayadayada  As can be seen in the sign below, who on earth would want a Development opportunity, when one could have a Strategic Development opportunity?     There was a time when all we needed was a plan, a clear objective and some skilled people, to successfully complete projects. Nowadays we need a Strate...
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Words on the wall

Posted by Philip Smith on 1 December 2017
Do we believe our own PR. For many years I have studied the words companies display on their walls. These are in the form of beautifully presented slogans, quotes or inspirational messages. Recently I visited two government offices and to my surprise one had "words on the wall" and the other released a new strategy where they list "their words" no doubt soon to appear on a wall near you. Engage and Challenge were two of the words, neither of which this d...
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What we believe

Posted by Philip Smith on 8 November 2017
Why do we believe what we believe and could this be dangerous?     As a starting point to this story I will defer to Mr. Tolstoy who said "The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him." Having just con...
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The end of the world - again

Posted by Philip Smith on 4 October 2017
Artificial Intelligence will destroy our jobs ! - Really ? The AI ( artificial intelligence ) debate is reminiscent of the paperless office debate, where all manner of wild claims are made without any context and the eventual results are far removed from the predictions. No doubt there will be applications for AI into the future but it is worth a reminder that AI is not new. I did my first course in AI way back in 1986, so please tell me what the current angst is all about. Rec...
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When objectives are lies

Posted by Philip Smith on 3 September 2017
What we can learn from Governments about clarity of purpose. The government runs TV advertising campaigns proclaiming "Every K over is a killer" and for now let us assume they have the best intentions in the world. Clearly it has to be a good thing to reduce accidents and their human impact assuming this is in fact the objective. The simplest measure is to evaluate their actions and when we do that, it is clear that they have alternative objectives. To find the answe...
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