Skills or no skills; we could all be Low-skills

In the last few years or so, I’ve observed that the mainstream media tends to call any kind of job where you use your hands low-skilled.

To be honest with you, that’s clearly untrue: car mechanics are highly skilled, as are electricians, or plumbers.

But in the eyes of the media, its academics and white-collar professionals that are high-skilled, and anyone working with their hands low-skilled.  … Read more

Where can I find great entrepreneurial ideas?

Look inside!

The most common question i get from the managers I teach, they see themselves as aspiring entrepreneurs, is where can they find the right idea for a business. A businesses to make them rich.

Often they think the idea will fall from the sky, or one day the idea will walk up to them and say “hi”.  But my reply is if you want to start a business, you find an idea.Read more

The momentary joy of pushing buttons


Most products and services, almost everything we buy and use, has but one job—to make us feel better.

The fundamental reason we use technology of all sorts, from stone tools to the latest iPhone, is to improve our mood, our situation.

We can prove this- research documents the real impact of the placebo effect in medicine. But can we extend this to our everyday lives… are we made happier through the placebo effect in our lives?… Read more

Are modern management theories useless?

On my Christmas holiday travels i was able to read the last Economistof 2016, and saw a relevatory column by “Schumpeter” where he eulogizes the foundation theories of modern management thought.

He likens modern management theory to pre-reformation catholic dogma-  where often unbelieving priests sold “get out of purgatory” indulgences to desperate congregants… Yes sounds like modern management consultancy to me.… Read more