Category Archives: Cultural Critique

The living and the dead – the arteries and the capillaries: Part One

Cross posted from the Mandarin. This disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition, though necessary both to establish and to maintain … Continue reading

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Fine food for thought …

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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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Crimes against empathy: Where are the stories?

I’ve weighed in previously on the relentless emphasis on symbolism in the political prosecution of aboriginal issues in Australia. This isn’t necessarily a criticism of aboriginal activists because, as I argued, they’re working within the rules of memefication. I can add that, where … Continue reading

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Travesties of the proverbial: Fukuyama and the id of history

Travesties of the proverbial is a very occasional series one post of which began with these words. Keen readers of this blog will know that occasionally, just occasionally I identify a saying or concept which has somehow come to signify something … 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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