Parents need to take back control

When there were only video recorders it was a bit of a joke when people reckoned that only the young could set them up to record. The joke continued when products like Sky-Plus appeared. But the signs of what was to come were already there as children found their way to pornography sites and...

The future is around the corner

I have mentioned various examples of technological advances in previous blogs and have discussed how the speed of change is accelerating to a point where we cannot really envisage what the world will look like in as little as five years. Most of my knowledge has come from research, and it is easy to...

The paradox of fear!

Whether you discuss at the personal level, at the business level or at governmental level, most people will espouse the value of a creative, innovative and entrepreneurial culture. Therefore, it is amazing how many individuals; businesses and governments avoid actually taking actions that would encourage such a culture in their own lives or organisations....

Why do we favour male entrepreneurs?

Recently I saw an announcement of business awards for women who have started and run businesses while also bringing up young children. My first reaction was how patronising to regard working women in any form as an oddity. However, regardless of the merits of the awards, I started looking at some of the entries...

Failure is an option!

I have long been an advocate for the principle of failure being a natural part of discovery and I have often spoken in universities on the topic of Failure as an Option. I even advocate starting a failure log so as to identify lessons from failures and I constantly remind people that the only...

The engineer and the balloonist part 2.

At the start of the last blog I told the joke about the hot air balloonist and his ability to identify the person on the ground as an engineer. There is a second part to that joke. It goes as follows: The person below responded, “You must be in Management.” “I am,” repliedthe balloonist,...

The engineer and the balloonist

I always enjoyed the joke about the balloonist who was lost and lowered his balloon to a few feet off of the ground to ask a passer-by where he was. The reply was “Well, you are in a hot air balloon. You are hovering at approximately 30 feet, and you are between 40 –...

Can you spot an entrepreneur?

In a recent discussion someone bemoaned the lack of entrepreneurs in Turkey, quoting some mediocre percentage. On further investigation they were basing this on things such as patent registrations and high tech companies. What they appeared to mean was that there were not a plethora of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs! As someone who...

What price a Banksie!!

Banksie is, of course, the famous graffiti artist who has spent October as an artist in residence in the USA. He is also the man whose work is reckoned to be worth at least five figures. This week, as part of that residency, he had a stall erected by Central Park that used an...

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