Simon the Cat – War Hero

Simon (c. 1947 – 1949) was the ship’s cat who served on the Royal Navy sloop HMS Amethyst. In 1949 Simon protected food stores from an infestation of rats on board the HMS Amethyst during the 101-day siege known as the Yangtze Incident in which 17 marines were killed. Simon was found wandering the Honk Kong dockyards in March of …

Who Moved my Cheese? Who Cares?

If you read a lot of business books you have likely read “Who Moved My Cheese” (WMMC) by Spencer Johnson. The book spent 200 weeks on the Bestseller list and has sold 26 million copies in 37 languages. I assume the inhabitants of Burkina Faso (who speak Mossi) likely didn’t get a translated copy; well – maybe one day. But …

Golf is Bad For Business

I worked at a Country Club growing up. I have seen a lot of golf played and played a few rounds myself (ask me my Tiger Woods story next time we talk) and I think golf is bad for business – but more on that in a minute as golf has bigger issues than me. Golf is dying. The number …

DESIGN – Terracotta Warriors were Purple?

2,000 years ago the mighty emperor Qin unified what we now know as China. Since his tactics were, shall we say “harsh”, Qin wasn’t very well-liked. In an effort to protect himself in the after-life Qin commissioned a massive army to join him; some 8,000 UNIQUE warriors crafted in terra cotta (red clay). Each statue (be it a General, an …

Greatest Business Commercial

Adobe’s marketing firm knocks this one out of the park; in 60 seconds they show their value as an analytics analysis expert.  Adobe picks the ultimate dinosaur product – the encyclopedia – and shows its rebirth.  The big reveal, for us the viewer, comes at the end of the commercial.   Does that sound too boring for you to invest one minute of your …

ADVICE: Find a better way every day

You hear the word “innovation” all the time these days, especially as it relates to competitive advantage. Most people just see innovation as a rare big bang. It’s a lot more than that. In reality, innovation is a series of little steps that, cumulatively, lead up to a big deal that changes the game. Yet in so many companies today, …

ADVICE: The Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying

Why are we discussing regrets before dying?  Because happiness, and the absence of regret, has a lot to do with job satisfaction.  If you are unhappy with your current employer or position you need to make a change.  Easier said then done?  Sure…but anything worth having is worth fighting for.  Take the time to read these thoughts as originally appeared in Collective Evolution. …

REPORT: Change jobs every two years and earn 50% MORE over your lifetime

Employees who stay in the same job for more than two years will earn 50 per cent less over their lifetime than people who change companies more frequently, research has found. The average raise a worker can expect in 2014 is 3 per cent.  But with inflation at 2.1 per cent that raise equates in real terms to just 1 per cent, …

DESIGN – Movie Poster Minimalists

I would be hard pressed to call a movie poster “art” until now.  The designers over at Calm the Ham (it’s Irish slang that means relax) have taken the ordinary movie poster and via their minimalist approach made it a compelling piece of art.  I consider what they have done with their oeuvre to be “creative destruction” and well executed.  Oh …

STUDY – The Highest-Paid CEOs Are The Worst Performers

Across the board, the more CEOs get paid, the worse their companies do over the next three years, according to extensive new research. This is true whether they’re CEOs at the highest end of the pay spectrum or the lowest. “The more CEOs are paid, the worse the firm does over the next three years, as far as stock performance and …