In order to redress the balance of negative sentiment, combined with a political(ly) charged environment with electioneering by all major political UK parties posturing new populist policies (say that fast a few times); we thought it a good idea to put a little perspective on the matter of #Tax avoidance (tax planning we prefer to call it). Remember this is #Election2015 coming up on 7 May 2015.
We are picking up on a theme we have been experiencing and confirmed by this HBR article published in 2012:
Job and Career seeker’s unfulfilled EXPECTATIONS
The word expectation has several meanings, amongst them words like hope, belief, prospect and even probability. It is interesting that if you were to consider these four other words it is almost a continuum, stretching from the vague hope frontier and uncertainty right through to probability which is calculus driven and at least more certain statistically then mere hope…
However, the real focus of our analysis today is the mis-sold or rather mis-aligned expectations gap.
Factors driving the Expectation Gap in our opinion include:
- Disruptive Technologies versus Organisational Structure and Strategies
- A lack of understanding and appreciating decision-based risk
- Improvisation parallax
We will begin to unpick each one of these factors or drivers (reasons why) in a multi-part series of articles to see how, why and if we can help ‘plug the Expectations Gap’.
Today we will begin to briefly cover the top item on our list:
Disruptive Technologies versus Organisational Structure and Strategies
Agile and Adaptive seem to be the new buzzwords in the corporate planning landscape and lexicon. But how do we change entrenched processes and ways of working to align to an agile and adaptive mindset?
Let us turn to certain inhibitors first. Processes like preferred supplier lists, supply chain or other framework procurement agreements, Service Level Agreements and other longer-term contractual arrangement all help create the illusion of certainty and stability; yet are they? Sometimes this flies in the face of agile and adaptive planning and operational processes.
Maybe the gap exists between a process reality and a mindset aspiration. Flexible organisational structures, including resource pools like labour still have a long way to “move” in order to create the conditions in which agile planning and aligned to adaptive process realities.
How are our own personal aspirations and understanding of the current market aligned to the Shamrock Organisation mindset?
- Is Your Company Ready for an Agile Process? (slalom.com)
Reflections on marketing
What is marketing all about? How often do we ponder this question and enter into a circular debate abut the analysis part, the tactical bits, the execution or the philosophy and strategy behind it?
But is this all there is to it?
Once you have created the context and back drop to the ‘what marketing is supposed to do’ element, what is is all about in the end?
We’ll briefly lay out an argument supporting the fact that we believe marketing exists within a context of ‘noise’ all around us and that the skilled artisans of the marketing world are the masters of translation. Translating the disparate voices, messages and content into a language the target audience can understand and make sense of.
Of course this is only a small facet of the entire marketing delivery platform, yet, one facet we must not forget. Whether pull or push is the preferred mechanism of creating the desired effect, the critical item to get right is the physical presence of mind and being in order to ensure the recipient had the correct message ‘translated’ in an understandable, action-oriented and galvanising manner to ensure they get up and do something slightly different from what they did a few moments ago.
The following internal marketing “Think Differently” Apple (Steve Jobs) video we believe sums up or rather expands more eloquently on our thoughts:
The rest, is just plain noise…
Part 2 – Revelations
- Bart Chilton Says Goodbye – The Essence of NeoLiberalism and the Sorcerer’s Apprentice (jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com)
- Scrutinizing market failure through microeconomics (edwardcollin742.wordpress.com)
- What is neo-liberalism (bruneljournalism.wordpress.com)
- New-liberal Capitalism (dissidentvoice.org)
- Henry Farrell Argues Against Left Neoliberals Like Me… (delong.typepad.com)
- Susan George: austerity means socialising losses and privatising profits – Guardian video (inquiringminds.cc)
- Polanyi on the Persistence of Economic Dogma (geoffkennedy.org)
The real challenge and issue:
The US Debt default that is looming ever larger with each passing day that the US Congress, Senate and White House seem to treat as a brinkmanship fatigue challenge will have a specific default structure or process attached to it, that the rest of the world needs to get to grips with very quickly.
What are the consequences:
Because, if Americans are willing to engage in quasi-negotiations with each other on this acrimonious level; then world beware, they will treat you with even more disdain and petulance than they have been treating each other.
This is commercial war on a scale we have not experienced for quite some time.
And the most disparaging part of this process or potential risk is that no commentator has yet stood up and called time on this challenge or at the very least attempted to pull the veil from the threat and fall-out the rest of the world will experience.
Of course 17 October 2013 is a technical default breach days only; because as most business people who experienced bankruptcy will attest to is the fact that you can continue to trade (on the goodwill of your creditors) beyond the point of being solvent, so long as those creditors continue to good-naturedly extend some further credit or payment terms to you.
- The Myth that U.S. Has Never Defaulted On Its Debt (ritholtz.com)
- VIDEO: Fed’s Williams: U.S. Debt Default Would Be ‘very, Very Dangerous’ (marketcurator.com)
- 12 Very Ominous Warnings About What A U.S. Debt Default Would Mean For The Global Economy (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)
- Shutdown bad; default crazy… and catastrophic for the economy (prairieweather.typepad.com)
- Hope? Shutdown/debt talks but no resolution yet (bigstory.ap.org)
- “Risky Business”: Corporate Leaders Bemoan Tea Party Default Crisis Created By Their Own Donations (mykeystrokes.com)
- White House Rejects Latest House GOP Proposal to End Shutdown, Avoid Default (ktla.com)
- Obama says defaulting on bills ‘dramatically worse’ than shutdown (abc.net.au)
- The U.S. Has Repeatedly Defaulted: It’s a Myth that the U.S. Has Never Defaulted On Its Debt (rinf.com)
- The default has already begun (blogs.reuters.com)
A walk back in time. #Thoughts from 2010. The #Value of #Synthesis versus #Analysis. #Tyranny and #Innovation
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 can be taught. In fact a very lucrative business education industrial complex has been built on the back of ‘creating a production line of analysts’. We call them Business Schools churning out master’s level analysts with the three-letter MBA title behind their names.
Don’t get us wrong on this one. We are not criticising MBAs or the Business Schools that produce them. Far from it; because we believe that part of the ‘evolutionary process’ of ‘incubating a mature synthesist’ is having a deep and fundamental understanding of analysis and the factors that contribute to making…
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