The Kuznets swing and the market for labour and skills

The changing way labour and skills markets operate and are being disrupted by on-line exchanges and cloud computing 'enablement' technologies

The Inverse Relationship

Cost control and the Inverse Relationship with the (Learning) Experience Curve

The Future is Collaboration

Understanding the collaborative mind-set of the future

In the Cloud, Structure is everything!

We have been having several conversations with colleagues and practitioners in both the Enterprise Strategy and Architecture space around both Cloud Computing and the Integrated Service IT delivery space. Our brief conclusion is that Organisational Structure is everything. We believe that you cannot effectively move IT Service delivery into the ‘Cloud’ and / or integrate … Continue reading In the Cloud, Structure is everything!

An Insight into Cloud Computing

It strikes us that managing IT Service delivery maturity is a bit like the ‘Clouds’ before the major storm. Everyone is rushing around battening down the hatches, because the frameworks and tools are so rigid and require protecting; rather than having ‘modular’ solutions available that are both flexible enough to withstand the battering of the … Continue reading An Insight into Cloud Computing

The economics of Gap (Interim) or Freelance Management

We thought it about time to write an opinion piece on the dynamics (economics) around the Interim Management market, delivered from a UK perspective. This is a purely thought piece and opinion, not support by empirical research, but grounded in economic theory and an observation of the 'state of the current market'. The inspiration for … Continue reading The economics of Gap (Interim) or Freelance Management

The Boardroom Incubator – The Idea explained

This discussion is a little bit of background behind the concept of ‘The Boardroom Incubator’. We currently work mostly around Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. The university and some of the colleges in Cambridge have start-up incubation hubs in and around the city. These incubation hubs are spin-offs from ideas and innovation created in the laboratories of … Continue reading The Boardroom Incubator – The Idea explained

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Collaborative nano and micro business ventures

“Don’t waste a good crisis” – not entirely sure who first uttered these immortal words, although a Google search on initial analysis seems to attribute it (or some very similar words) to Rahm Emmanuel, the current Chief of Staff of the White House, part of the Barack Obama administration.  The actual phrase might be attributed … Continue reading Collaborative nano and micro business ventures

Risk-Based Change Management

Introduction Cost cutting has been a priority in the private sector, ever since the financial credit quake started in 2008, yet the words currently are ‘austerity measures’ and budget cuts in the public sector. Most of the cost cutting in organisations has been along the tactical and operational lines and we believe that in the … Continue reading Risk-Based Change Management

The Cost of a ‘Licence to Operate’

Reputation Risk and damage mitigation must be some of the watch words and the top priorities at BP at the moment. So how are they faring in the management this agenda item? What ‘price’ or cost must we attach to a ‘licence to operate’? It is interesting to observe behaviours of Chief Executives under the … Continue reading The Cost of a ‘Licence to Operate’

Short-sighted: Actor behaviour in the market for competitiveness

Competition has to be guided, controlled and focussed. How do we manage this process and in addition attract talent to sustain organisations deep into the 21st Century?

The Sustainability Gene

The CBI published a report entitled "The shape of business - the next ten years" in late 2009.   The authors identified 5 key drivers affecting the business environment, namely:   1.  Changing finance and capital conditions, 2.  The decline of trust in business and markets, 3.  A less benign macroeconomic environment, 4.  Social and … Continue reading The Sustainability Gene

End to End or Integrated systems and thinking processes

Silos. We hear this management buzz word quite often touted in office settings, and conferences in the media, etc. We argue today that silos are cultural norms.  They are national cultural models possibly endemic of certain national cultures.  We certainly have no empirical evidence for this, so this is pure opinion and conjecture on the … Continue reading End to End or Integrated systems and thinking processes

The Value of the Synthesist (as opposed to the Analyst)

We had some very rewarding conversations recently with business partners and peers regarding the Value of Synthesis versus Analysis. Synthesis we believe to be a ‘higher level’ skill and experience set than traditional analysis.  Synthesis requires a natural ‘incubation period’.  Very few people are natural ‘synthesists’.  You grow and mature into a ‘natural Synthisist’. Analysts … Continue reading The Value of the Synthesist (as opposed to the Analyst)