Category Archives: Business

Thoughts on Artificial Intelligence.

[Note to self. Geeks only] Over the fold I muse on the nature of human intelligence, social intelligence, and the options for artificial intelligence to become ‘smarter than humans’ in the areas of social power and law-making. It is taken … Continue reading

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The new CBA scandal and the business response (plus, cuckoo smurfing!)

There’s a weird sort of dissonance in today’s Australian Financial Review. On the front page, CBA CEO Ian Narev argues that CBA culture is “strong”. Meanwhile, a detailed Neil Chenoweth feature breaks down how AUSTRAC thinks CBA was regularly breaching … Continue reading

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Five ways to tell if you’re REALLY doing strategy

Cross posted from the Mandarin. Introduction Strategy is crucial for organisations. But as I’ve previously argued, a great deal of what passes for strategic thinking is a kind of anti-thinking. Typically strategy begins by determining some overarching objective – the end – with … Continue reading

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Status Goods: Platinum Credit Cards, Social Situations and Psychological Wellbeing

Status Goods: Experimental Evidence from Platinum Credit Cards by Leonardo Bursztyn, Bruno Ferman, Stefano Fiorin, Martin Kanz, Gautam Rao – #23414 (DEV LS PE) Abstract: This paper provides novel field-experimental evidence on status goods. We work with an Indonesian bank that … Continue reading

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Against Strategy

Cross-posted from the Mandarin We do have a few advantages, perhaps the greatest being that we don’t have a strategic plan Warren Buffett It’s a common lament that, within organisations whether in the public, private or not-for-profit sector, boards and/or senior … Continue reading

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Leadership

I’ve known Victor Perton since he was a lively Liberal MP interested in approaches to regulation that were more promising than the standard reg review boilerplate of the time. Neither of us made any progress on that score and reg review remains … Continue reading

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Two types of strategy Part Two: Apex Statements are eating our brains

We need leaders who get up and out, are close to global megatrends and consumer behaviour, and understand leading indicators for changes to how people will work and live. A self described “leadership consultant” Continued from Part One. Starting sometime – … Continue reading

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