Today’s status quo

On the other hand, doing something a particular way because that’s what everyone else does – or because it’s how it’s always been done – is a recipe for stagnation and frustration. And if you’re doing it for a place in today’s status quo, you might be heading for disappointment: tomorrow, the status quo will have moved on, and what…

Conservatism and the status quo

Edmund Burke and Friedrich Hayek make good arguments for leaning towards conservatism (small c). For all its problems, the relatively stable equilibrium we live in is a blessing. It depends on a lot of intertwingled factors. It wasn’t planned or made: it evolved and accrued. The faster the world changes, the more valuable stable touchstones of culture, family, relationship become.…

When to decide

Decide before it happens. Ahead of time, when it’s easy to decide, when you can plan a strategy – set up a game – that will make it easier for you to do what you want to do when the rubber hits the road. If, for example, you want to be a runner, the time to decide whether or not you’re…

Starting line

Where’s the starting line? Sometimes we’re a few steps further down the track than the people we want to take with us:  we’ve given it more thought, we’ve done it before. We want it more. We’re so keen to get people over the finish-line that we don’t notice that they’re still milling around at the start – or even that…

A great place to work

More from Tom Peters – slides copied in with his encouragement to preserve the idiosyncratic formatting.***** Tom Peters: Richard Branson on the purpose of business: More of these at tompeters.com and excellencenow.com

Crocapocalypse

Due to an unforeseen but crocastrophic mistake (or an unhelpful linking of two  different wordpress sites in my browser – not sure which), I accidentally deleted the entire contents of driverlesscroc last night. In the absence of an equal and opposite category, I’m posting this under ‘Processes – ways to get things done’. I’ll be restoring as many posts as…

Anything yet: the hockey stick

Sustainable growth? I was going to call this ‘the exponential function’, but I didn’t want to put you off. This is a key force behind much of Anything Yet: if things grow steadily (say, at the rate of few percent per year) and continue to grow at that rate, it doesn’t take long for that growth to become enormous – we might say…

Anything yet

Here’s the intuition: New technologies – including ideas, techniques and ways of thinking, as well as physical tools – very often come from the creative recombination* of old technologies There are more people in the world than ever before, and more of these people – an increasingly diverse set of people – have access to more technologies than ever before These same…

Counting stamps

Examining the economics of the mail, he [Charles Babbage] pursued a counter-intuitive insight, that the significant cost comes not from the physical transport of paper packets but from their “verification” – the calculation of distances and the collection of correct fees – and thus he invented the modern idea of standardised postal rates. James Gleick – The Information: a History, a…