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Machine rights
Published: 23 Apr 2017 by Robert Hillard
When an employee leaves one organisation and moves to another, they are not allowed to take the property of their first employer with them. That includes lists of customers, algorithms or other intellectual property. It doesn’t, however, stop employees from … Continue reading

Post-truth surprises
Published: 28 Mar 2017 by Robert Hillard
Unexpected election results around the world have given the media the chance to talk about their favourite topic: themselves! With their experience running polls, the media are very good at predicting the winner out of two established parties or candidates … Continue reading

Moonshots
Published: 24 Feb 2017 by Robert Hillard
In business, we tend to focus on the incremental changes we are dealing with every day. The big opportunities always seem too far away to build into our monthly, quarterly or even annual plans. These opportunities, though, are the “moonshots” … Continue reading

Measuring transformation
Published: 28 Jan 2017 by Robert Hillard
We live in times of rapid change when businesses that assume they have a secure market are suddenly having their world turned upside down. With the most substantive impact coming from technology, many have assumed that large investments in IT … Continue reading

Who do you love?
Published: 23 Dec 2016 by Robert Hillard
An alien relying on TV for their knowledge of humanity might watch a few ads and assume our closest emotional relationships are with banks, utilities and retailers. After all, they all claim to be your best friend, look how many … Continue reading

Serendipity
Published: 26 Nov 2016 by Robert Hillard
Information overload is as much an overwhelming feeling as it is a measurable reality. We often feel an impossible obligation to be across everything, which leaves us wanting to give up and absorb nothing that hits our various screens. Despite … Continue reading

Framing new ideas
Published: 29 Oct 2016 by Robert Hillard
It often feels like every idea has its time. Be it workplace trends, new technologies or social changes. With the benefit of hindsight, we can’t imagine why these things took so long. Yet, when a good idea’s time hasn’t yet … Continue reading

Robots will make better negotiators
Published: 26 Sep 2016 by Robert Hillard
Negotiation is one of the oldest human activities and is an important part of our economy.  It is essential for sharing resources between people and groups.  However, as our organisations have become more complex, the outcomes that we are achieving … Continue reading

Playful business
Published: 28 Aug 2016 by Robert Hillard
Business is both complicated and structured. Our education, training and professional lives all teach us to think inside the box. Before rampant automation, and when problems sat inside the same box, this was ideal. The business world we are dealing … Continue reading

Where is the digital-fuelled growth?
Published: 23 Jul 2016 by Robert Hillard
We’ve had about 50 years of computing in business and about 20 years of the digital revolution. How are we faring on the question of digital fuelled growth and productivity? Many economists are coming to the surprising conclusion that technology … Continue reading

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Opportunities beyond startups
Is it just me or has the world gone mad for startups and writing software? Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of startups and all that they bring to the economy. However, if you read the business … Continue reading

Email works too well
Everyone who regularly feels overwhelmed by their email would agree that there is a problem.  The hundreds of articles about the issue typically make the same assumption and are wrong. Writer after writer bemoans email as inefficient and an obstacle … Continue reading

The Internet was a mistake, now let’s fix it
Each generation over the last century has seen new technologies that become so embedded in their lives that its absence would be unimaginable. Early in the 20th century it was radio, which quickly become the entertainment of choice, then television, … Continue reading

The Quantum Computer dream could be killed by Information Management
For years now the physics community has been taking the leap into computer science through the pursuit of the quantum computer.  As weird as the concepts underpinning the idea of such a device are, even weirder is the threat that … Continue reading




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