Humour the key to great culture

Generally, it's commercials first and humanity second, and that makes sense to some people, let's be real, without the commercials, there is no business and thus the humanity aspect is irrelevant. Now you might argue, as I do, that humanity in a business when done well brings discretionary effort, greater innovation, loyalty and thus commercial sustainability.

They know how long you've been in the toilet

They know how long you've been in the toilet

There is something very tangible about what happens the more senior you become, you become more famous; famous in the confines of your own mind and the business in which you operate.

Leader? Then you are famous
As a senior client of mine said, "it's like being a rock star, but without the benefits", which could have meant quite a lot. What he was referring to and to quote, "everyone know who you are, even if they don't like you or report into you, you are senior, thus you are famous.

Market domination and how not to give a straight answer

Market domination and how not to give a straight answer

This is a truly fascinating video.

It demonstrates how a manufacturer has rather brilliantly dominated a market place. Especially get to 09:50 where the CEO literally shows you a masterclass in subterfuge and linguistic gymnastics, completely reframing the narrative to his own needs.

Both brilliant and indicative of why leaders of this ilk aren't trusted.

No doubt he's an excellent commercial animal, however at the same time he's not straight. He could say the truth, which appears to be "listen we are a commercial animal and we are good at what we do, we build high class eyewear and sell it at a premium at a price people are willing to pay". 

Your business is not that important......'probably'

Your business is not that important......'probably'

He changed the name of the shop to Morrisingh's, which is hysterical and clever. Morrison's reacted by saying,"we wish you well" and that's brilliant. Of course they recognise that there is no threat to them and to the contrary reinforces their brand as the brand to emulate. No one in the history of supermarkets has or will ever get confused, perhaps a child might.

What are we really doing here?

What are we really doing here?

To play the game and impact on others, that is Living Brave for a business. It is not 'corporate social responsibility' it is clearly only one thing 'social responsibility'. The question is not have we paid some money to a charity, but 'what have we done to make the world a better place? This little video says it all. To play the game and to genuinely care about the society in which the business operates. Challenge your business...."what are we really doing here....really?" 

How big is too big?

How big is too big?

The European Commission has fined Google a whopping 2.42 billion euros for abusing its dominant position as a search engine in 13 European countries.

Apparently, the results shown on Google's search responses comparison shopping service created a 45 x increase in the UK, 35 x increase in Germany and 19 x in France to Google's benefit.

And innovation stopped

And innovation stopped

Sainsbury's chairman Mike Coupe sent an email to his workforce to come forward with any suggestions that might help the business.

A certain Mr Heslhurst one of the companies van drivers came forwards with the idea of all the companies vans filling up at Sainsbury's and that it would be cheaper in the overall cost.

Is anyone worth £2.9 million?

Is anyone worth £2.9 million?

Well the answer in this context is no. A fireman runs into a block of flats that's on fire and makes about £30,000. Alistair Phillips-Davies, CEO of firm SSE, had a salary increase to £2.9million this year from £1.7m.

Leaders need to engage with new media platforms

CNN gets about 1 million viewers, Joe Rogan gets 4-10 million downloads on each podcast and the chances are you don't know who he is. So let's be clear making leaders 'technologically savvy' doesn't mean explaining Facebook to them. It requires a mindset of clear engagement with the changing platforms, not just a briefing on what it is.