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Sid Peimer
Ten things a good map can teach you about strategy

There are copious definitions of strategy from numerous pundits in the field - some definitions reminiscent of everything and the kitchen sink...

By Sid Peimer 18 Aug 2014 05:31

Sid Peimer
The five faux pas of new business pitching

When pitching for new business, we tend to act differently. It is quite acceptable to 'be on your best behaviour' when starting a new relationship, but...

By Sid Peimer 14 Aug 2014 05:47

The five faux pas of strategic planning
The five faux pas of strategic planning

Strategy is part science (based on fact) and part art (based on ideas). The result is that there is no one right answer. However, there are some wrong ones, and...

By Sid Peimer 11 Aug 2014 05:10

Sid Peimer
How to sell off-the-wall creative

Great ideas come from somewhere. No one really knows where... Although neuroscience identifies parts of the brain that 'light up' during creative moments, perhaps great ideas come from the darkest...

By Sid Peimer 6 Aug 2014 05:42

Sid Peimer
There will be no (South) African Spring

Clem Sunter points out a number of red flags that will lead us to a ruinous state. The flags include nationalisation, gagging the media and land grabs.

By Sid Peimer 17 Jul 2014 14:20

Sid Peimer
Six reasons why work is rejected

You get the brief - you do the work - you show the work and you get either a yay or a nay... Your work is probably of a high standard, so when it is rejected you feel the pain acutely.

By Sid Peimer 2 Jul 2014 06:47

Sid Peimer
The seven traps in decision-making, and how to avoid them

We get through the day with heuristics. These rules of thumb serve us reasonably well, allowing us to make decisions quickly, so that we can efficiently carry out the tasks that are demanded of us. But...

By Sid Peimer 25 Jun 2014 05:24

Sid Peimer
Do or die: The advantages of moving first

In the early days of the automobile industry, engineers agreed that the steam engine was far more efficient than the petrol engine...

By Sid Peimer 19 Jun 2014 06:16

Sid Peimer
How balanced is your company?

The legend goes that accounting was invented by a child during a cricket game. As there were 12 children, one had to sit out and keep score. But he got even...

By Sid Peimer 9 Jun 2014 07:23

Sid Peimer
Fighting it out with strategy

When you're the age of about two or three you discover something quite devastating. And you never view the world in the same way again...

By Sid Peimer 5 May 2014 13:00

Sid Peimer
Throw your strategy away: it's time to stretch

Strategic intent has not entered the everyday lexicon of strategic planning. The reason I think is that it lies outside all the formal methodologies and processes of planning.

By Sid Peimer 29 Apr 2014 06:56

Sid Peimer
Intelligence will hamper your progress

Here are a couple of examples of strategy by design, or a strategy that emerges - both devoid of copious amounts of market "intelligence"

By Sid Peimer 23 Apr 2014 06:45

Sid Peimer
Is this one way Oscar Pistorius will get off?

There are a number of high-profile trials, notably the OJ Simpson one, which captured the imagination of the world - only for the accused to evade punishment.

By Sid Peimer 19 Mar 2014 12:44

Sid Peimer
Strategy: Are you flying blind?

There were six men from Indostan, the most learned of gentlemen, who wanted to expand their knowledge by getting to know elephants more intimately. So...

By Sid Peimer 18 Mar 2014 06:50

Sid Peimer
How innovation nearly killed LEGO

LEGO was the world's most profitable and fastest growing toy company from 2007 to 2012, but had a near-death experience in 2003. How did this happen even though they ticked all the boxes for innovation?

By Sid Peimer 27 Jan 2014 06:02

Sid Peimer
The eBay PEZ dispenser story is not true

Life poses an interesting enigma: Although we can make the atomic bomb, we still don't know the answer to simple things, like where do songs come from? Where do ideas come from?

By Sid Peimer 22 Jan 2014 08:11

Sid Peimer
Nomophobia: A growing problem with no solution in sight

Some 58% of men and 47% of women suffer from this disease.[1] I personally think it's getting worse with very little relief in sight with more and more people contracting the illness. Technology has not come to the rescue; on the contrary, technology has made it worse.

By Sid Peimer 15 Jan 2014 06:22

Sid Peimer
The challenges innovators face

Face it. Today everything is so connected and time to market so short, that the only real competitive advantage that has slowly crept up on us, is innovation. The surge of interconnected ICT has also fuelled the fire.

By Sid Peimer 13 Jan 2014 05:50

Sid Peimer
Will someone please define strategy!

There are a gazillion books in my local business school library with the word 'strategic' or 'strategy' in the title.

By Sid Peimer 17 Dec 2013 06:46

Sid Peimer
Creative Destruction and the Schumpeterian Gale

In the early 1900s, the economist Joseph Schumpeter coined the term Creative Destruction (also known as Schumpeter's Gale).

By Sid Peimer 11 Dec 2013 15:40

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