Category Archives for "For CXOs and VPs"

Never Hire Management Consultants In These Situations

I need to tell a true story which is about 16 years old. Jon had just left the secure world of a senior role in a multi-billion dollar global corporation to accept the role of the CEO in a mid-size family-owned company. He had always been a go-getter, who had progressed fast in his previous […]

How To Get The Biggest Bang For Your Technology Buck

There were only 24 hours left. Tomorrow the board would pull the plug on the project which had continued for well over 3 years. The total costs as per internal calculations had run into hundreds of millions of dollars. External consultants reckoned that when you included the costs of internal resources seconded to the project from […]

How to Gain Meaningful Employment Over 50

First time I heard it, I was astonished. A friend (and an ex-client) was visiting Sydney with his wife, and we were sharing a dinner. We had worked together more than a couple of decades ago, on some key projects, when I was still learning the art and craft of consulting.  He had gone on […]

How You Define Success Determines Your Results

“What is success? How do you define it in your current role?” It was a simple question. I asked this question of the room in general. I expected multiple replies from the all the executives in the room. Then, I realised that none would be forthcoming. A number of cultural factors were at play. The […]

What is Common Between Enron and Bitcoin?

I was at a Melbourne Cup luncheon yesterday, and someone asked me why I do not write about Bitcoin. On my mobile, I showed them a paragraph from my book THE 5-STAR BUSINESS NETWORK written in 2013, where I talk about the emerging Digital Currency Networks. But the truth is that given the attention Bitcoin […]

What Supply Chain Managers Can Do About Safety Recalls?

If you are in Australia, it is more than likely that you already know this saga. If you are not in Australia, or do not follow the news cycle, take a look at the video below: This happens all too often. Once every few months, in some part of the world, a crisis of similar […]

Do Not Topple The Global Economy Mr Trump

I have nothing against you President Trump. I have nothing for you either. But, when I heard of the directive to manufacture  iPhones in USA, I had to write this post. This is one of the weakest ideas I have heard from Supply Chain point of view, and I am not indulging in a political […]

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