LONDON — This morning’s Financial Times asks whether Google has become our century’s GE.
Is Google really “emerging as the dominant consumer technology company of the early 21st century”? And if so, what does that mean for business in the 21st Century.
1. Transient megastars
Although it appears like a colossus to my children, Google hasn’t even [...]
On London’s Regent Street there were signs of change this morning
LONDON — It’s already been a week of change. Google has announced it’s going to take on the iPhone. Meanwhile Facebook’s entry into the phone market, Facebook Home, hasn’t landed that well. Inside all those businesses you can imagine people scrambling to adjust their plans [...]
LONDON — This past 10 days we saw the investiture of both a new Pope and a new Archbishop of Canterbury (the heads of the Catholic and Anglican Christian churches). That doesn’t happen very often.
In both instances they run traditional institutions facing substantial challenges and changes. So we can look at them to see how a new ‘CEO’ can drive change. [...]
LONDON — Some of us at Able and How have been spending a lot of the last few months in the desert.
Our host country also contains the remarkable Museum of Islamic Art. A beautiful building designed by I. M. Pei. Its remarkable collection is made more remarkable by the way it is displayed.
Words, geometry, functional items [...]
LONDON — Recent analysis or Corporate Communications functions provides some surprising insights.
Something has happened to Corporate Communications. Not only are times changing but time has changed the function. Its future is now in doubt. And while that news is sobering, it is not necessarily the end of Corporate Communications. Many functions are already finding solutions. We examine these developments here.
When you think about change, do you ever think about the concept of uncertainty? Last week, Prof. Richard Bradley delivered a lecture at the London School of Economics on the topic of ‘managing uncertainty’ – what it is and how to deal with it. A big ask, considering the lecture was only 60 minutes long.
Uncertainty: a state of mind caused [...]
CHELSEA — It’s quarterly reporting season. And there are goods and bads like we haven’t seen in a while. BP has good news. Shell has bad news.
But how are we characterising our successes and failures? At least most business leaders do have the good grace not to take [...]
Ever think the world would be an easier place if we all had a common language? Think again.
Irony. Sarcasm. Nuance. The Brits themselves know that their social norms and conversational etiquette can be complex to say the least. So what hope does the rest of the world have in understanding British English as their second, third or fourth language?
LONDON — There are endless discussions to follow and videos to watch this morning. The two candidates for US President almost came to blows last night in an odd and hostile affair.
It makes you wonder though how the behaviour of two men — flesh and blood and insecurities, like you and I — has come to be so [...]
SHAFTESBURY AVENUE — We have a more formal “news” item to write and probably a paper to publish. But the findings of a number of large comparative analysis assignments this summer are playing on my mind.
Communications functions are changing
And they’re changing in every possible way. Getting smaller. Focusing on a few core things. Reporting into different places. Delivering [...]