Start with what you know

Many innovators and strategists are obsessed with predicting how the world will change in the future, and then they then try and develop new products and business models to fit this “new hypothetical world”. As Jeff Bezos describes, it can be even more valuable to figure out what will not change in the future.

Hedgehogs and Foxes in the watch industry

To summarise the concept; some people see the details in everything they do, like the fox, while others are great at having a singular vision, like the hedgehog. Going back to a critical distiction in the definition of the concept, Jim Collins says it perfectly: The Hedgehog Concept is not a goal to be the best, a strategy to be to be the best, an intention to be the best, a plan to be the best. It is an understanding of what you can be the best at. The distinction is absolutely crucial.  

Tim Cook Tweets Story of User’s Apple Watch Detecting Atrial Fibrillation

So this isn’t the only story of its kind … but this time, Apple CEO Tim Cook actually replied to a tweet from a lady whose husband’s life may have pre-emptively been saved by his Apple Watch! The watch detected his atrial fibrillation, alerted him, and this led to him getting medical attention. Medical professionals apparently discovered…

Screw Down Crown: Changed the Blog Name

I recently had a chat with a good friend of mine, Hassan; we talked about the refreshed blog, and my plans for it… he was pretty supportive and loved the idea. He also suggested that the name “WatchProductivity” was quite literal, but not particularly memorable or catchy. I didn’t think it mattered but he urged…

Do you ask your boss for permission?

You have this really wonderful idea but: A.) It’s a little bit out of the ordinary, so the traditional way you go about getting approvals is not going to work. B.) Your boss has previously shown signs of being “risk adverse.” How do you get the go-ahead? The first answer is don’t ask — at…

Imagine There’s No Excel

With the rise of analytics and Big Data, replacements for Excel are proliferating and CFOs of companies large and small are beginning to pay attention. Even the people selling business analytics (BA), business intelligence (BI), and financial planning and analysis (FP&A) software — jobs traditionally performed through Excel — sing Excel’s praises. And why not?…