Working with businesses on strategy, it is very apparent that the increasing rate of technological change is forcing companies to change themselves more frequently. Yet the existing strategy and planning processes often fail to evolve fast enough. It is also interesting to see how often well organised and successful businesses struggle to implement change. This […]
Reducing risk: The irrational human mind
If you doubt we are heading into the future at extreme speed then consider for a moment the rate at which the world economy has increased over recorded history. To do this, sketch a graph of Humankind’s productive output, measured over the last 10,000 years, and see how it appears that there is nothing on […]
Strategy development: How technology is changing the process
I have recently been working with a number of companies to help them develop their strategies. I have been impressed by the ways in which these entrepreneurial organisations are using technology, not only as part of their businesses, but also as part of the strategy development process. In particular, it is pleasing to see the […]
How can the UK’s world-leading education brand thrive post-Brexit?
If there’s one area where Britain leads the world, it’s higher education. Small in size compared to the ‘mighty’ USA, the UK usually has four entries (Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and UCL) in the world’s top 15 universities. Take a look at the current Times Higher Education World University Rankings top 15: University of Oxford California […]
Look after your analogue brain to thrive in the digital future
It’s funny to watch busy crowds these days; full of ‘connected citizens’ walking badly along the pavement or through the concourse, heads down and eyes glued to a smartphone held in one or both hands. Whatever the internet, Google, WhatsApp, etc., have brought us, they haven’t done much for our grace and dignity when walking […]
Health sensors for post-op care: What are the security risks?
The rise of sensor-based post-operative care can deliver significant benefits in patient outcomes, but is also rife with potential security risks. It’s no secret that the global population is aging and the number of people living with multiple – often chronic – long-term conditions is escalating rapidly. As a result, healthcare costs are skyrocketing and […]
Smart Meters – Not So Smart After All?
Governments and the utilities around the world are currently spending a lot of our money on two things: rolling out smart meters, and telling consumers what a good idea they are through advertising and websites you can’t avoid. You can see why the Governments and utilities are keen to move quickly; with the pressure to […]
Our World Is Full Of Holes
Don’t look now but the whole world we stand on is full of holes. And that may account for the sinking feeling you get when you look up from your spreadsheet and glimpse the latest news. Politics, technology, the banking system, transport, every kind of business,– all these and more are being disrupted, all the […]
Mind The Gap – Time To Look At Productivity
Much has been written about need to improve productivity in advanced economies; and whilst the productivity gap has been highlighted as a particular concern in Britain (especially since the last recession) there are few counties where it does not feature on the political agenda somewhere. Companies are rightly being encouraged to invest more to raise […]
Let’s Use Tech To Prioritise HEALTH – Not Treatment
In the old days, there were two types of medical care: the fast way and the slow way. The fast kind of medical care was based around skills developed on the battlefield and was the province of the barber-surgeons, who were people good with knives, and good at minimising pain by making interventions… very, very […]