Comrade Excel and the Glorious Five Year Plan

Spreadsheets aren’t strategy, as Umair Haque is fond of saying. Turns out they can actually be quite dangerous, for the temptation they bring to reduce a business (a complex, human enterprise) to a set of numbers on a page. Even more dangerous when they trick us into thinking we can predict the future and call…… Continue reading Comrade Excel and the Glorious Five Year Plan

Search and social thoughts…

I’ve posted a summary on the iCrossing Connect blog about some things I’ve been thinking about to do with search and social media as being the twin lenses through which you can best *see* the web. Take a look and let me know what you think over there, if you’re interested… all thoughts are very…… Continue reading Search and social thoughts…

Strategy and innovation: Head for the edge

Business thinkers John Seely Brown and John Hagel are always worth listening to. Their perspectives on innovation and concepts like FAST Strategy have not only resonated as theories for me in recent years but have given practical, effective models for the work we’ve been doing at iCrossing, especially in “edge” areas like social media research,…… Continue reading Strategy and innovation: Head for the edge