Archive for September, 2012

The Art of Not Knowing – in education the starting point is what you don’t know…

“In education the starting point is what you don’t know. Before you can begin your research or frame your experiments you’d better make sure that you are asking the right questions about what you don’t know. Trying to understand the universe through science can only come from a place of not knowing. Innovation and creativity can only exist with the wonder of not knowing. I wonder what will happen if I mix this thing here with this thing over here. I don’t know but would love to find out. Curiosity is born from not knowing. Not knowing therefore can help…

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You SELL Your Business, Now What?

I came across this article recently, making the very valid point that: “Selling your business is a landmark event, often accompanied by emotions ranging from sheer joy to deep regret.  Proper planning can help ensure this is a time to be celebrated—years of hard work have paid off!—by alleviating the stress and anxiety related to your exit.” And then it went on to discuss the virtues of this, but from a purely financial position only. There is so much more to selling a business than just the financials! The very reason you’re selling it would indicate that. If it is…

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The How Manifesto: Why How Business Gets Done Around the World is the New Competitive Advantage, and New Metrics for a New Reality…

It’s all about the Business Model… as it always is… “’How?’ is not just a question. HOW is the answer. HOW. We’ll see that word a lot in this manifesto. Simply stated, HOW is the belief that in our more interconnected and interdependent world, we rise and fall together. The way to forge a better, more sustainable path of growth and progress lies in the realm of human behavior—HOW we do what we do. The days of “It’s not personal; it’s just business” are over. We truly have entered the Era of Behavior. Leaders have become successful at measuring “how…

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Are you sick of 7 Steps this, and 5 Secrets that?

I know I am! Especially when there appears to be no substance behind the claims. No doubt, rolled up in amongst the stuff are nuggets of truth, and even a little real life experience. But across the board, most are guilty of well-intentioned theory at best. As for execution based on actual practice, seems to be sadly lacking. Succession Planning is a case in point. By virtue of the use of the word “planning”, it is theory based – it has to be. What you need to be really mindful of is: o       Is it actually a plan that can be executed?…

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