It is said in Asia it is all about face. The truth is the politics of face in any human endeavor is universal and not just confined to Asia. In Asia, as elsewhere, marinating is needed to soften long standing work flows and decode black boxed processes.
Outsiders can and do help to make things transparent with unbiased ideas to catalyze improvements. But cultural differences for change can leave the unwary who try, using so called tried and true approaches, may face very high risks.
Delivered well, humour can get over an objection. When selling innovative solutions, imagine how you can use humour to deflect a sceptical prospect who wants to revisit a traditional solution that competitors are marketing as trusted and true. In such a situation, handling objections and competition is not always about meeting it head on.
The 12 Apostles, when christened by Victorian tourism in the 1920s, numbered as only nine in the cluster. Now there is eight. and inevitably reduce even further. Remarkably Victorian tourism maintains the 12 apostles metaphoric brand as its centerpiece to increasingly attract millions of visitors each year. What is their secret?
Many planning to retire, find it is quite a job. Self-accountability is a big one to master, when previously, as we just did our job, we had it all done by superannuation professionals.
But being cut loose from a life of working in structured and supported activity that brought money in, thrusts the burden to keep a superannuation nest egg productive to live on for the rest of your life.
Larry Berezen, Chief Operating Office of the advocacy firm, New York Parking Ticket, in his down to earth blog post this week, talks about an alleged pea and thimble parking sign trap in NYC. There an ambiguous 3 headed monster controlling 4 parking bays has, it seems, unfairly netted the city $72000 in just 6 months, as exposed by The Daily News.
I ran Larry’s post past Professor Roland F Chessman. a noted sociologist and a friend. That triggered him to share his own story about some foundation rules and ethics as it relates to students cheating in exams.
To make the ethical connection between their quite different stories, with their permissions, here is Roland’s story:
Retiring Westpac Bank Chief, Gail Kelly’s parting gift is compelling;. She talks about to the timeless concept of not missing the bus so you get to the game. But the incredible change she eludes to is the fact that the game is now being played on the bus itself.
Read more about how artifical intellegence is causing that:
It is well known that in the last 25 years, as capital productivity grew, labor productivity has remained conversely flat. Sadly the changes to fix the imbalance will be tough on those who worked hard to create what-is now, as that too is being changed by new artificial reality.
Read more on how artficial self learning ability is being hard wired to our daily lives.
This quote from the Managing Director says it all. “We know even the big guys struggle on this, but having it gives us an edge. Our service is what keeps customers happy, but keeping competition out of our accounts and winning new ones, is knowing our main competitor is ourselves. Having a living plan to keep us on track, gives us our competitive confidence so we always remain sharp.”
Take a look at what this firm did to get that.
What are Seagulls and BCAs and how are they related to a CFO? Why not stay barefoot and forget about SOX? What happened to traditional Bankers, the MD and FD with investments funded by VC’s and everything run by a bunch of Cs With HOME now a place of WORK who does the work is no longer clear in Global Supply Chains, invisible to social controls and seen only in the Cloud.
This lighthearted post looks at what’s changing and the terminology we use.
Improving processes includes looking for things disconnected or missing. So if you follow the rule “ if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” you may not see the gaps. But running a “why is it so” acid test means what works must be proven.
Read more about the irascible professor in the 70’s who used this to change how people think.