A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words – stock photography & the shifting market

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words – stock photography & the shifting market

‘A picture’s worth a thousand words’, or so the saying goes.  It’s a phrase that is rumoured to have come from an ancient Chinese proverb and which became more prevalent in the 20th Century.  Whilst we’ve grown up used to seeing illustrated books, it’s a concept that has become even more powerful in the digital…

How well do you trust? - what's your propensity to trust?

How well do you trust? – what’s your propensity to trust?

In the previous article we looked at two types of trust, cognitive-based trust and affect-based trust, which are based on technical competency, and emotional attachment respectively.  We also acknowledged that relationships are of course made up of both links and nodes and in this article we’re going to focus on the people (the nodes) and…

Without risk there's no need for trust - but business runs on risk

Without risk there’s no need for trust – but business runs on risk

I’m sure, that if asked, we’d all like to consider ourselves trusting and trustworthy, but how well do we understand what trust is?  At the superficial level possibly, but with its importance shouldn’t we think a bit deeper? Whilst change has always been a part of the business world, it can be argued that with increases in…

Defining innovation - what does it mean for functional professionals?

Defining innovation – what does it mean for functional professionals?

‘Innovation’, ‘big data’, ‘the cloud’, ‘sustainability’, and the list goes on.  Business loves buzzwords.  There’s no two ways about it, every technology wave, or generation has it’s lexicon. I came across a great quote from Henry Ford’s autobiography in which he speaks about ‘making to order’: Ask a hundred people how they want an article…

So you think you're innovative? Prove it!

So you think you’re innovative? Prove it!

Are you really walking the talk? Can you measure your actions and see improvements? This article reveals survey results that cover issues like these — results that might inspire a second look at your organization… As organizations, we believe the future of the professions we represent will be greatly enhanced by our ability not only…

Food for thought - retailing business models

Food for thought – retailing business models

It’s possible that the food retailing business models reached a public tipping point today with the announcement by Morrisons that they had adjusted their strategy to compete more directly with the discount players.  Another of the large traditional players Tesco also recently indicated that they were also adjusting their profitability aspirations. The market has been…

Are you a 'digital native' - and how would you know?

Are you a ‘digital native’ – and how would you know?

The term ‘digital native’ is increasingly being used to describe a set of skills that organisations look to have throughout their teams.  But how many organisations have really thought through what they actually mean?  Having asked a few people what they mean, my rough and ready research would lead me to believe that there is…