Showing posts from October, 2011

Survival – The Reason I am going to LESS 2011

There are plenty of good reasons to go to the LESS 2011 management conference . Most of them have to do with fun–not clowning around fun (which has its merits)–but with the doing-meaningful-work and living a life of purpose kind of fun. However, there is another reason: Survival! According to John Hagell III , in 1937 the average life expectancy of a Standards & Poor Fortune 500 company was 75 years. Today, it is about 15 years. Let's be a little bit simplistic about this, and draw a straight line between the two data points. Then let's be a bit adventurous, and extrapolate into the future. If this simple projection holds, by 2030, there won't be any S&P Fortune 500 companies. I am sure you can see the flaws in this simple model as well as I can: There are only two data points. It is very easy to draw the wrong conclusions when using to few data points. (Though many companies are perfectly happy to use a single data point, which enables them to interpret i

Tim Morrison at the Halmstad City Library

Tim Morrison at the Halmstad City Library Tim Morrison played at the Halmstad City Library tonight. I had been sitting there working, most of the day. Luckily, I decided to stay a bit later than usual. I have no idea how to write about music, so I won't. Instead, I'll suggest you check out Tim's band, The Manglers. You'll find some sample songs at The Mangler MySpace page . Tim and I talked a bit after the gig. I bought a CD, which I am listening to as I write this. When Tim talked about writing lyrics, I recognized what I experience when writing a book or working on a presentation. It never ceases to amaze me how things that are very different on the surface, can be very similar on a deeper level. Some people can't help horsing around... As you can see above, there were other things happening at the event. In all, a very enjoyable evening.