Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous New Year

Wishing all readers, regular and random, a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

The Future of the Firm?

The Economist’s Schumpeter column this week is an exploration of the work of Nobel prize winning economist Ronald Coase whose influential paper The Nature of the Firm (1937) sought to explain – from an economic perspective – why firms exist.  Simplistically put, Coase suggested that firms existed because transaction costs within an organisation could be […]

Bring Your Own PC (II)

Here’s an interesting piece from The Register on the Bring Your Own PC trend which I mentioned recently. That individuals wish to use their own equipment at work is an inevitable consequence of the growing trend of individualism and independence, amplified here by the fact that in today’s world, the individual consumer often has better […]

Christmas Queues

Christmas time.  I love almost everything about Christmas.  Except the trip to the Post Office.  In these days of email and web, the Post Office can be avoided for almost the whole year but Christmas inevitably necessitates a trip to post parcels. Our local post office is a rather frayed and dog-eared affair wedged into […]

The 1-Man Band Personal Operating Protocol 7 – Nicholas Bate

I particularly liked this post from Nicholas Bate.  It may need a crisper re-branding 🙂 but it makes for a great personal credo for all freelance professionals, portfolio careerists and sovereign individuals:   “I will do an outstanding job, whatever. I will stay super-well. When I get tired and/or stressed I start to hate my […]

The 1-Man Band Personal Operating Protocol 7 – Nicholas Bate

I particularly liked this post from Nicholas Bate.  It may need a crisper re-branding 🙂 but it makes for a great personal credo for all freelance professionals, portfolio careerists and sovereign individuals:   “I will do an outstanding job, whatever. I will stay super-well. When I get tired and/or stressed I start to hate my […]

Is is a Job or Art?

Thought provoking post from Seth Godin; Where’s Your Platform? It’s not always easy to balance the cash imperative against the desire for soul food but maybe those who have freelance or portfolio careers are better placed to make it work over the medium term.

WikiLeaks and the Sovereign Individual

An interesting perspective on the WikiLeaks news story from South African columnist, Duncan McLeod.  Broadly, he sees the situation as an example of the inevitable breakdown of nation states as predicted by William Rees-Mogg and James Dale Davidson in their 1997 book the Sovereign Individual.   On balance, I take the Economist’s view that in […]

Guilds – Good or Bad?

In this recent blog post, Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi discuss how businesses need to break out of functional silos in order to align energies to the greater good and eliminate wasteful turf-wars for talent, resources and attention.  Doing so, they use the parallel of the medieval guilds to describe all the negative silo behaviour […]

Guilds – Good or Bad?

In this recent blog post, Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi discuss how businesses need to break out of functional silos in order to align energies to the greater good and eliminate wasteful turf-wars for talent, resources and attention.  Doing so, they use the parallel of the medieval guilds to describe all the negative silo behaviour […]

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