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That Moment…

That moment when you know things are about to go pear shaped. What do you do? Continue on regardless, or change things up?
Had occasion to re-watch the infamous Brasil 1 vs Germany 7 match. Lots was written about what it could teach folk, but nothing I saw focused on that ‘moment’. That is the moment when the goal went in. What was the strategy then? Continue the same team formation, same ethos, or switch it up? Germany continued, with the midfield gaining confidence to roam ever forward. Brasil continued, with a weak midfield and a weaker defence, and an effortless attack.
It got me thinking, the lesson isn’t really about the revamp of the German football system roots to branch. It is also about the lack of feedback and action upon it by the Brazilians. We’ve all seen projects like this. Things are just about to go pear shaped, many think ‘hey what got us here will get us there’ and they plough on under the guise of determination, focus, re-teaming etc.
What was missed was the moment; The moment when the tide turned and the project became red. It was then that something different is needed. Not more of the same, but something different.
Folk call the experts of recovery, ‘turnaround gurus’. In fact, all they are, are manifestations of the moment. They come in and rethink and rework. 3G, Harvey, Portas, they are all experts in spotting and working that moment.
What is the solution? That is the key, but if that same solution is executed too late, the chances of success are gone. That moment is brief, sometimes very brief, but the real skill is spotting it and recognising the call for action.

The bliss of being offline

There is nothing better in an ever connected world than having a chance to be offline and go back to nature.

Enforced isolation, immersion in all that is natural, exposure to all the elements, and silence from the chatter – all these recharge the very essence of the human soul.

Wouldn’t change it for anything.


The role of people…

What do you do when you have to face a business environment where product lifecycles are diminishing rapidly, and you have to re-release something almost as soon as you feel it’s getting traction in the market?

What do you do when everything you hold to your core, is being commoditised by other firms that don’t have your obligations for returns or ratios?

You take a bold strategic step, thats what. Check out Fortune’s latest article on Samsung. Quite an interesting Sunday morning read it was! Exract of a nice paragraph or two below:

To avoid such a fate, Samsung today is hyperfocused on innovation—with an emphasis on game-changing advances. The company has long pushed the envelope in everything from semiconductors to smartphones to televisions. For example, its smartphone chips are considered superior to Intel’s . What it has not achieved is the creation of new industries, à la Apple. To increase the chances of a major breakthrough, Samsung Electronics spent nearly $14 billion on research and development last year—or easily more than twice the $6 billion that Apple devoted to R&D in 2014.

Money alone won’t achieve what Lee wants, however. To keep Samsung growing and to challenge Apple in the eyes of customers, Lee and his key advisers believe, the company must be willing to embrace both new ideas and new leaders from outside Korea. “The biggest challenge that we have is that there are a lot of people still, the old-timers of Samsung, who don’t really understand what ‘global’ means,” says Choi Chi-hun, CEO of Samsung C&T. “Jay is a very global person. He understands this.” Understanding is one thing, of course. Changing an organization with nearly half-a-million employees is another thing altogether.

Strategy involves innovative ideas, technologies, processes, and people. People can make or break a strategic idea. Seems Samsung’s next Chairman understands this. Good for him.