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What if David and Goliath spoke the same language?

Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath has prompted a predictable slew of commentary in the business press, including a recent article in Forbes arguing that we should be investing in the Davids. The hugely respected Harvard academic Clay Christensen has been taking to the airwaves to explain, in effect, why a David-like company such as Blackberry turned into a lumbering Goliath.

So, if you accept Gladwell’s thesis that nimble, skilled David was always going to win that fight, how do companies retain – or regain – that David spirit, and avoid the fate of Blackberry?

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What if David and Goliath spoke the same language?

It takes two….

The Bank of England has come under fire for any number of issues over the past few years, perhaps unfairly.  But the latest issue is very much a case of the Bank shooting itself in the foot.  Equality campaigners are outraged that, with the replacement of Elizabeth Fry for Winston Churchill on the new £5, no women are featured on any bank notes.  After a feature on today’s PM on Radio 4, the petition to redress this now stands at over 25,000 signatures.

The Bank clearly has got this one wrong.  But they’ve got the £50 note right.  James Watt, of steam engine fame, is honoured.  But alongside him is the far less well known but arguably more important Matthew Boulton – his commercial partner.

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It takes two….

The Silver Linings Playbook

At some point after being made redundant, someone well intentioned will say to you ‘every cloud has a silver lining’.  They will mean well.  But this will be little comfort as you stand coldly drenched by this rain cloud, regardless of its putative silver lining.

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The Silver Linings Playbook

A Nation in Decry 2

In my post last week I wrote about Ha-Joon Chang , Korean born ‘heterodox economist’ who wrote a Guardian article pointing the UK’s “eroding ability to engage in high-productivity activities”.  Despite the “huge incentive” provided by sterling’s devaluation from peak of 30/50/20% vs $/Yen/€ respectively, Britain is still running a trade deficit because it has “lost the productive capacity to respond.”  With such a ’made you look’ title, A Nation in Decay, what’s the fix?

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A Nation in Decry 2

A Nation in Decry?

Ha-Joon Chang  is a Seoul born Cambridge (Wikipedia says ‘heterodox’) economist who was given 750 words to sum up the UK’s woes in the Saturday Guardian A Nation in Decay, 9/3/13.  Gosh, a  doomful title, reminiscent of the ‘80s!  Chang’s remedy occupied only 275 words (I will come back to this in part two of this blog).  But first, his credentials for advising us. While many of the demographic reading the Puntios blog had our formative years during Britain’s dramatic downwards spike as a volume manufacturer in the 1980s, and the accompanying but uneven revival of capitalism under Maggie, H-JC (born like me in 1963) was witnessing the continual march of his country towards the technological Premier League. We insufficiently respect South Korea.

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A Nation in Decry?