Category Archives: Food for thought

Smarter Business Advice # 2

Where is the ‘hidden market’ for what you sell? One of the big opportunities for many businesses is the huge ‘hidden market’ for what they offer. Here’s a good example to get you thinking: A lady called Cindy Cashman saw an interesting idea a few years ago that took her fancy. The idea was for…
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NOT-SO smart: the VW scandal

Talk about a crash and burn... As many as 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with a so-called “defeat device” that allowed emissions tests to be rigged. The sophisticated sounding defeat device allegedly detected when the Volkswagen vehicle was being tested and switched the engine into a low-emissions mode. On the road, however, the…
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Shrinking Debtors Over Christmas

The squeaky wheel gets the oil!  Give them a bell – Where most go wrong is looking at it as a “Collection call”, this is account management! Take the opportunity to wish them a Merry Christmas and see how they are. There is a delicate balance when it comes to making these calls, you need…
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Smart Innovation: How Technology, Design, and Art Can Inspire Leadership

Combining the concepts of form and function, Maeda breaks his talk into four areas: technology, design, art, and leadership. Examining each individually, Maeda further analyses them in combination with one another. Each has its merits on its own, but when united, amazing things can happen in the world of business and innovation. Watch Maeda’s valuable…
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Smart Thinking: the Key to Winning is a Great Defence

The Japanese rugby team had not won a World Cup match for 24 years. Facing South Africa in the first round, it looked like Japan would have to wait a bit longer for a win as they had a 349 - 1 betting chance in upsetting South Africa. Yet, somehow, Japan ended their winless streak…
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