'Send In The Wreckers' by Greg Alder

Send in the Wreckers

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Bert Lance was Director of the Office of Management and Budget during Jimmy Carter’s presidency. Bert is best known for the phrase, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’. Bert’s reason for uttering these words was that by not tinkering…

'The Fatal Jump' by Greg Alder

The Fatal Jump

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A young woman dies. Cause of death is noted as cancer. There’s no denying that her body was riddled with it. However, what killed here wasn’t cancer. It was something more common than cancer and more difficult to fight. She…

"Welcome stranger" by Greg Alder

Welcome Stranger

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The doorbell rings. If you’re expecting friends, you open the door ready to welcome them in. If you’re not expecting anyone, you’re apprehensive. Is it someone selling something you don’t want? Is it someone who poses a physical threat? If…

"Are we there yet?" by Greg Alder

Are we there yet?

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“We need some ideas and we need them today.” Ever been in this position? It can be scary. It’s hard enough to come up with ideas, without the added pressure of a deadline. Sometimes it’s even worse. “We need some…

"You've got to get out more" by Greg Alder

You need to get out more

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On average, when you’re in your office you get interrupted every three minutes. I’ve just interrupted you now. The more responsibility you have in your organisation, the more interruptions you get. Research from the School of Information and Computer Sciences…

"As old as Adam and Eve" by Greg Alder

As old as Adam and Eve

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Last year, 330 companies asked for tours around a small Michigan office. Those companies included Toyota, American Express, General Motors and McKinsey. Why did they ask for a tour? Because they wanted to know the secret to the Michigan company’s…

Alessi Philippe Starck Hot Bertaa kettle

Everyday Remarkable

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What is the connection between a squid and a citrus juicer? A pot plant and a toilet brush? A parrot and a corkscrew? A Viking helmet and a kettle? There’s no obvious connection between any of these things. At least…

The Lost Art Of Storytelling

The lost art of storytelling

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How does a small retailer fight supermarket monopolies and giant online stores? Supermarkets, department stores and major chains seem to have a few massive advantages over smaller retailers. Economy of scale is one. Purchasing power is another. Distribution is a…

"Destructive Criticism" by Greg Alder

Destructive Criticism

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When people offer “constructive criticism”, they are offering the impossible. Criticism isn’t constructive. It is destructive. It doesn’t build on an idea to make it better. It undermines the idea to the point where it collapses. The people who offer…