Saturday, July 07, 2007

Renowned physicist, Francis Maitland Balfour may well have had Vaclav Havel, John Hatton and Tony Vinson in mind when he said:

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness
to an opponent, tolerence
to a friend, your heart
to your child a good example
to a father deference;
to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you;
to yourself respect;
to all men, charity.

Today is 7 July 2007 such a significant date 07/07/07 comes once in a lifetime for 6 Billion Others who are sharing this small world. 27 Years ago I would have loved if more people realised that for everyone to have enough food, receive medical care and have a decent home. That's the good life. When you have everything and your neighbor has nothing, you aren't happy in life. At Parliament House one rarely comes across large number of public-spirited individuals who believe, as I do, that in a democracy all citizens should be treated the same. Memory Almost Full

Ach, a certain Tax Investigator in UK has this to say: I can offer you an anecdote from my own experience when I was lured to Slovakia by the Foreign Office. They had recently set up a police unit specifically to investigate what they described as corruption but what we might describe as plundering the State's assets by those in power and their chums. The officer in charge of the unit had recently been denounced by the Prime Minister in their Parliament as an enemy of the people because he had started to investigate some of the Prime Minister's friends and business colleagues. The call for his dismissal was refused by the Minister of the Interior I am pleased to say but I did find myself being wheeled onto the local telly to assure them that I would be very happy to investigate our Prime Minister's business associates and friends ...In Central Europe the Communist Cancer will take many more decades before it is eliminated ..

Can we change the heart of politics? Changing the rules
How often have you heard the phrase, “Rules are meant to be broken”? I have to admit I have been a king rule-breaker, especially around my teens and, ok, my twenties. Breaking rules brings up one big challenge though: you just end up being defined by the rules you tried to break in the first place. These days I don’t want to just break the rules. I want to change them.

W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne recently penned a story Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant. According to them Blue ocean strategy challenges companies to break out of the red ocean of bloody competition by creating uncontested market space that makes the competition irrelevant...This book not only challenges companies but also shows them how to achieve this. We first introduce a set of analytical tools and frameworks that show you how to systematically act on this challenge, and, second, we elaborate the principles that define and separate blue ocean strategy from competition-based strategic thought …
My favorite example in the book is Cirque du Soleil. They changed the rules of the circus. They dropped the animals and kept the extraordinary physical skills, dropped the sawdust and opened theaters, dropped the circus menu format and told stories. Amazing stories of dreams and magic and emotion. Lots of emotion. They added to the attention-grabbing spectacle of the traditional circus, the attraction drama of great theater. That’s a lot of rules to change in a business that has defended its traditions for centuries. The rewards for Cirque have been huge, with global audiences and the inspiration of great artists like Canadian theater director Robert LePage.

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