Saturday, 28 November 2009

From the ground up

When we build a house, we build from the ground up (for obvious reasons). When we build an organisation, we often build from the top down. Why? ..... and why are we surprised when the foundations look shaky!

Friday, 20 November 2009

Success has a simple recipe

The iPhone success shows one fundamental thing ... Being first is very important ... but only if you are also right.  Apple's success came from:  reading customer's needs and wants; good design; excellent execution. Not a bad recipe if you think about it!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Make it better!

I picked up a pen the other day. It felt more comfortable than the one I normally use. I examined it and found it was a 'freebie' promotional pen ... but I have continued to use it.

The lessons -

1. 'Quality' and 'Function' are NOT always related to price.
2. Even the humblest product can be improved.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Know the figures

The Yorkshire & Humberside region of the UK produces 600 tonnes of waste for every £1 million of goods produced. Is this good? or bad?

You have to know your figures and you have to have a comparator. Ask around. Read.

Measure your performance and compare it to somebody else's. Only then can you can work out if you are doing OK.