Keep on scammin’ on: The evil brilliance, success and recurrence of The Playbook

Leading student in business propaganda, Australian social scientist Alex Carey persuasively argues that the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy; the growth of corporate power; the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy. Noam Chomsky, World Orders: Old and […]

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Our Passive Acceptance of Child Labour

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. Dante Alighieri, Italian national epic poet (1265 – 1321) A recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) post, Why Companies Are Blind to Child Labor, got my blood boiling, and reminded me of this quote warning us that our […]

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The Value of Value Management

This post highlights the importance of incorporating value management into sustainable change delivery.  This blog post is part of a series that provides a foundation for understanding sustainable change delivery. There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. Peter F. Drucker Management of Value (MoV) was the […]

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The GPM P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management. Who uses it and how?

Last month we surveyed 15,036 individuals who have downloaded the GPM P5 standard since it was released in 2014 and received 3,600 responses. It was conducted to find out how sustainability factors are incorporated into projects, by whom, where was the focus the most prominent, and most important, if the standard having a positive impact. […]

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Brandolini’s Law in Sustainability Discussions

Dealing With Nonsensical Sustainability Positions I have recently experienced a number of profoundly confusing and somewhat bizarre positions and arguments on LinkedIn (and elsewhere). For example, absurd arguments against the requirement for greenhouse gas emission reductions, not providing a liveable wage or the right to employ slave and child labour. Though these entries are obviously […]

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Silly Management Mistakes – the Importance of Fair Process

I recently read a Harvard Business Review article, ‘Fair Process – Managing in the Knowledge Economy’, during my MBA programme that reminded me of some foolish team and team lead mistakes I made a few years ago. The Background for the Story I participated in Dr. Paul D. Giammalvo’s engineering economics course in Jakarta.  The […]

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