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 [...]
SYDNEY, NSW — Maybe that sounds just a bit too happy. But there’s a great deal to be said for the challenges that Australia faces, and the opportunities for companies that plan and communicate change — like us.
An editorial cartoon in The Australian this morning takes a poke at PM Gillard for her “relentless positivity”. As if that’s a bad [...]
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 — Tomorrow you will catch your tie in the feed tray of the photocopier. It won’t be a pretty end, but it will be final.
What do you want to leave behind?
Imagine your family will be looked after.
What do you want to leave behind?
Would you like to leave the world a better place?
That’s what politics is all about. And that’s [...]
CHELSEA — You’ll have to ask my friend Chris. I told him at lunch yesterday that I thought Bob Diamond had done himself in with his letter to employees on Monday.
By last night that was being reported.
I have seen a lot of letters to employees and Mr Diamond’s just didn’t hit the right notes. It felt like it [...]
We have found it's good to do what they say
CHELSEA — Where has all the money gone? That’s a question I discussed with senior change leaders at two great international businesses this week.
When they bemoaned their business’ inability to spend, or it’s continued focus on cutting core costs, I pointed out the money their companies are sitting on.
Great big [...]
BALTIMORE TRAIN STATION — Harvard Business Review has a cover story about Apple founder Steve Jobs.
THE REAL LEADERSHIP LESSONS OF STEVE JOBS
The title is not capitalised like that, but it might as well be. It screams from the news-stand. And maybe some people will part with $25 to buy [...]
MY KITCHEN — You know it could be better.
The Events team don’t do the AGM for some reason that no one can remember. Or Brand is spread across 5 departments, including Legal and Tax?
Or sometimes you look at your Communications Function and you can tell it’s broken.
Do you need 15 people in Internal Communications? Why does the Crisis guy sit [...]
SOUTH KEN — The win seems easily in hand. It will be more of a TKO than a real back-slapping, headline-grabbing, crowd-pleasing victory. But that’s okay.
And then the player kind of clumsily sits down and then leans forward and back… and falls down.
Suddenly the game is not over yet.
I think I am describing an indescribably painful final [...]
MARYLEBONE — This year is a big year of change. In technology, in the world economy, the world of sport, even in the way all our countries are run. There are elections in America, France, India…
What is more significant in a country than a change of government?
And that’s what is promised in India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Serbia, Kuwait, El Salvador, The [...]