Failure is Not an Option, and Neither is Blame, Most of the Time.

Here’s a quick quiz.  Where did the phrase ‘Failure is not an option’ originate?  Queen Boudicca AD 61, in her famous  rallying call to the Iceni Tribe before taking on the occupation forces of the Roman Empire. Chief Engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel 1835. In his brief memo to all Great Western Railway staff, stressing the importance […]

The Life Cycle of a Silver Bullet

“Silver Bullets could actually be called Silver Boomerangs, because they keep coming back…”.  A lovely observation from Matt Wyatt which doesn’t need much explanation, and I’ll pick it up again later. It was prompted by the previous post, A lesson from the Lone Ranger on Pascale’e Management Fads and Silver Bullet Syndrome, which led to […]

Dog Poo! From Hero to Zero to Hero. A Brief Circular History

How can a noxious substance like dog poo move between multiple uses in society? a manufacturing process ‘raw’ material sought after by humans,  a public nuisance leading to enforcement and prosecution, and  a new opportunity to light the streets and improve communication? To put some context around my sudden interest in dog poo, it’s featured […]