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…

You can’t stay

As you start working for change, seeking success in whatever terms you define it, it’s worth asking yourself what you’re willing to give up to get it. Change – at what cost, and to who? You’re leaving the village behind, setting off to make your fortune – and it won’t be the same village when you get back, if you…

Datapoints

What the wizards at the various casinos have figured out how to do is wire up the slot machines so that they’re constantly playing with your need to feel lucky. The slots don’t work the way they used to. First of all, the slot machine knows who you are, and what your history is. They’ve given you this card that…

Hinterland

Cities can’t exist without a hinterland – the ‘land behind’ and around them that supports the city, provides people, resources, a place for the products of the city – for good and bad – to flow out to, a place for the city to grow into. Ideas need a hinterland too – a wider landscape they emerge from, draw on, connect to.…

After the transaction

This post was lost in the Crocapocalypse – I’m reposting it with its original date. Ask yourself these questions about the transaction – the one you put so much groundwork into, pushed so hard to achieve, until finally, it happened. Ask yourself: Who are you? – have you changed? Who are you with? – do you like the company you’re keeping? Who…