Category Archives: Business

JIT training

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  Just in Time (JiT) education & training is ” … the negotiated provision, in corporate (or community) workplaces, of learner-generated immediate skill formation.”* It’s a little like automobile manufacture. Car plants don’t have warehourses full of wheels and windscreens ….»

Posted in Business, Enterprise, Purpose, Small business, Social enterprise, Training

Visualisation

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  I’m increasingly attracted to using ‘focusing’ or visualisation activities, in both my own practice and my own business, and with my coaching clients. The foundation of this is the idea that, to the extent that we can visualise and ….»

Posted in Business, Coaching, Life, Perception, Placebo Effect, Success

Cutting diamonds

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  In The Diamond Cutter, Michael Roche proposes a simple and very powerful way of dealing with your shortcomings or challenges: find someone with a similar challenge and help them with it, that is, with no immediate thought for your ….»

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Profit and value creation

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  … The fundamental mission of a business (is) not profit, but value creation. It sees profit as a vital consequence of value creation – a means rather than an end, a result as opposed to a purpose. The Loyalty ….»

Posted in Business, Customers, Enterprise, Perception, Small business

Business models

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  Business models! There are a hundred ways to skin a cat. I see businesses of certain kinds, like retailers, folding everywhere. It’s not just bookshops any more, it’s pretty much everyone, any high-street-model-reseller. Once 3D printers come of age, ….»

Posted in Business, Enterprise, Finances, Innovation, Management, Small business, Transformation, Uncategorized

Altruism in business

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  A kind of dog-eat-dog mindset seems to be at the heart of many business cultures, capitalism framed as ‘looking after number one’, and if that has to happen at the expense of another, then sorry, it’s just business. I ….»

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What you measure is what you get

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  Few trends could so thoroughly undermine the very foundations of our free society as the acceptance by corporate officials of a social responsibility other than to make as much money for their stockholders as possible. – Milton Friedman I ….»

Posted in Business, Edgeware, Enterprise, Ethics, Finances, Perception, Purpose, Small business, Success

Entry level entrepreneurs are older

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At Edgeware, and in my private practice, we’re moving toward a customer base that is distinctly older. Baby Boom = Entrepreneurship Boom The U.S. may be on the cusp of an entrepreneurship boom because of its aging population. In the ….»

Posted in Business, Edgeware, Entrepreneurship, Life, Small business

Signs of Creeping Entrepreneurship

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  Since the 90’s there has been a tsunami of studies and treatises and papers about entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs; the field has been burgeoning as a subject of research – in other words, as the term gains currency and academics ….»

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Persistence

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A number of Edgeware presenters, and writers on entrepreneurship generally, emphasise the value of persistence, of constant striving and application to your business goals. But if you feel you’re not strongly inclined this way, how might you develop this core ….»

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Johnny Bunko’s six lessons

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 Ever read a business book in manga comic format? That’s what Dan Pink and the illustrator Rob Ten Pas have achieved, and it’s a cracker. Edgeware has used the book as a discussion point for some time now, and feedback ….»

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High touch, high concept

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 Interesting to hear the increasing use of the word ‘touch’ in marketing: how many times, and in what way, does your product message and brand ‘touch’ your customers? Daniel Pink says that products and services of the ‘concept economy’ focus ….»

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Nouns & verbs

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 Things are fast and getting faster. Whole industry groups, whole professions, are disappearing from view. Who would have thought 10 years ago that General Motors and Chrysler would go broke? What’s missing, and where’s the opportunity?   It’s not a ….»

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Cash flow

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 If I’m a business educator and I’m trying to convince you that an MBA is worth two years of your life and AUD60,000, it’s in my interest for you to understand business as complex, difficult and arcane, isn’t it? The ….»

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Decisions on intangibles

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  Intangible values (e.g. brands, data bases, expert knowledge, leadership, productivity) are increasingly important in markets – at least if we use the instrument of stock market valuations rather than the those of accountants. How might we consider them in ….»

Posted in Business, Customers, Knowledge, Management, Marketing, Perception

How trees grow

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  It sounds counter-intuitive that, while a tree is rooted in the ground, it actually feeds on what it extracts from the air. I think this is a compelling metaphor for business (and life, if it comes to it): we ….»

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Love signals real

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   In this Age of Metaphor, love will be the signal of real. One of the ways we will know when a thing has passed from “as-if” to “is” is when it earns unalloyed love from humans. Kevin Kelly, As ….»

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What do accountants count?

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    We think we make rational economic decisions. We don’t. Our decisions are driven by intangible values of which we may not be aware, or about which we may not care. ‘Radical accountant’ Baruch Lev, along with others, is ….»

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3D business plans

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  At Edgeware’s first Upload Young Entrepreneurs Camp (Jan 12-16, 2009) we tried out our first 3D Business Plan. Everyone selected materials and objects which represented elements of their plan, then arranged and connected these to indicate the dynamics of ….»

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After a certain point, money is
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  Just for fun, here are some thoughts from much better heads than ours … A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business. Henry Ford After a certain point money is meaningless. It ceases to ….»

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Networks, niches, hives, tribes

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 Maybe you’ve seen the formulaic scroller websites that harvest your email address in order to receive something ‘free’ and go on to sell you strategies for making a million on the internet. Pretty lowest common denominator stuff, and it works. ….»

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Edgeware’s Build Your Business

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  Edgeware’s Build Your Business program is an alternative to business education for new entrepreneurs, and for entrepreneurs who want to re-imagine or grow their businesses. Each time it runs, it changes, because the needs of participants and the dynamics ….»

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Coaches as Uncles and Aunts

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  Putting together a coaching bureau is an interesting challenge. I’ve been working on this for some months, gathering together half a dozen friends and colleagues with coaching experience in a group I hope will make a very wide range ….»

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Podcast on Ethical Entrepreneurship

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  I’m pretty new to the world of podcasting, but I found this interview refreshing in that Cameron Reilly, the owner-operator of the G’Day World Podcasting Network, allowed time to really explore and flesh out ideas in a way that ….»

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Speaking at the Hive

 I was asked to give a short talk at a Brisbane networking function called The Hive on 30 June 09, on the topic of ‘entrepreneurship’. The talk was filmed, and video is now on Youtube, but to save the bother ….»

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