1. Hitting Targets
If you throw a stone
to hit a stick in the water
you can easily miss.
If you keep repeating this
you can miss many times
using up your resources.
You can however pick up a handful of pebbles
and throw them all together
easily bombarding your target.
2. Case Study
We used to pay for flights that included the cost of
placing our suitcases on the airplane. Baggage handlers got
paid for putting our suitcases in the hold.
Now we save money and make do by taking just one small
bag on board. We carry our own cabin bag.
Is your organization still in suitcase mode?
And what about you?
Cabin bag only please.
19. Mystery Shopper
Buy one and get one free.
Green Shield Stamps.
Two for the price of one.
Buy three - cheapest one free.
Buy one - get one half price.
Blue cross day.
Why do more of the same?
Make an offer that really counts.
22. Product Life Cycle
My display until date is Thursday
My best before date is Friday
My use by date is Saturday
My recycling date is Sunday
When should I take stock?
26. Bespoke Toolbar
Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
What three gifts have you been given on your toolbar?
I am good with my hands.
I can sing.
I can write articles and stories.
I can remember numbers.
I can find things quickly.
I can bring calmness to situations.
I am a great organiser.
I can use a computer.
I can make people laugh.
I am strong.
I can knit.
I love sorting out problems.
I can run fast.
I can draw.
I can tell when something’s not right.
I can make wine.
I am good with children.
I am creative.
I can talk to older people.
I can work with animals.
I can build things.
I can do jigsaws and puzzles.
I can dance.
I can grow vegetables and flowers.
I am imaginative.
I can drive.
I can write poems.
I can get things done.
What three gifts have you been given?
33. Business Development
The original Business model was straightforward. It was about profit and building a business. The Mill owners of the Industrial Revolution had a simple focus.
Over the years other elements have impacted upon that business model - employee rights, consumer protection, international laws, staff development, government interventions of all sorts, commodity pricing, corporate social responsibility, exchange rates, global outsourcing, internet marketing, health and safety and much more.
The local business entity of the industrial revolution has now become much more complex in a global interconnected world. Interestingly though, our concept of what business is and how it should work is still defined by that original model. In short, we keep adding on more ‘hi-tech’ features to the vehicle without really looking at the 250 year old chassis. This cumulative approach needs disassembling.
Henry Ford used to make all his cars in black but those days have long gone. Likewise, the ‘one size fits all’ approach to business is no longer relevant. Perhaps we should be exploring many models driven not by history but by needs, situations and opportunities – however defined.
Sociology, philosophy, spirituality, psychology, environmentalism, technology and the arts can all offer key insights to new ways in. The Internet evolution should be our starting point and not the Industrial revolution. It’s time for us not just to think outside of the box – but to get out of the box and build new business containers.
38. Time Management
Take ten minutes each day
to reflect, review
and to do nothing.
Get out of the tramlines
escape from the zombie box of doing,
be yourself, explore your future.
Leave the world
that others dictate behind
for this is not your life.
44. Google Maps
Imagine what your life will be like exactly three years from now…
What will your work be? Where will you be living?
If you’d like to be somewhere different from where you are now
then sit down and write out what your destination looks like.
Now, what are the key steps to get you there?
You have to take a new route
Create your google life map
Remember, if you keep doing what you’ve always done
you’ll keep getting the same result.
You’ll still be in the same place in three years.
49. Thinking Outside The Box
Imagine if we go through life
asking the wrong questions.
What if our focus is solely on self and now?
Do we not realise that there was a time
when we were not here
- an eternity before we existed?
And do we not realise there will be a time
when we will not be here
- an eternity still to come?
So, what questions are you asking?
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