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Author Archives: Mike Richardson


20 Years Ago Today We Came to the USA

20 Years Ago Today We Came to the USA

20 years ago today on January 6th 1999 we began our journey of coming to the USA – my wife Rhona and I with our 2 boys Craig and Chris aged 8 and 5 at the time.  A few pictures from that day are below. Initially on a 4 year work permit, then 5 years on a green card and ... Read More »


What is your Ikigai?

What is your Ikigai?

Love this concept of Ikigai:   Discover Your Passion — Or ‘Ikigai’ — With 4 Simple Tips hHow To Find Your Ikigai And Transform Your Outlook On Life And Business Ikigai: Finding your Reason for Being Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling Life ikigai, self realisation illustration, meaning ... Read More »


The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures (Harvard Business Review January-February 2019)

The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures (Harvard Business Review January-February 2019)

Great article which outlines the challenge of innovation … not too tight (left-brained) and not too loose (right brained) … finding the agile-middle of an and-proposition. The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures (Harvard Business Review January-February 2019) It’s one part creativity, one part discipline. Innovative cultures are misunderstood. The easy-to-like behaviors that get so much attention are only one side ... Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #3

Cracking the Agility Code #3

You are in for a very nasty surprise if you lapse into planning the unplannable, predicting the unpredictable, controlling the uncontrollable and knowing the unknowable! AGILE is about expecting and managing the unexpected. Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #2

Cracking the Agility Code #2

What competitive advantages are you relying upon which may be more temporary than you think? Read More »


Cracking the Agility Code #1

Cracking the Agility Code #1

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Cracking the Agility Code

Cracking the Agility Code

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Faux AGILE (False, Fake, Fraudulent Agility – “Fake It Until You Break It!”)

Faux AGILE (False, Fake, Fraudulent Agility – “Fake It Until You Break It!”)

“Fake it until you make it” doesn’t apply to Agility!  It easily becomes “fake it until you break it” like we have seen so many examples of recently with Takata, Wells Fargo, VW and so many more before that. All examples of faux-agile, false, fake and fraudulent agility … until things ultimately breakdown … in the long run, there is ... Read More »


The Biology of Corporate Survival: Aka, How to Build a Business that Lasts 100 Years (Resilience & Adaptability = AGILITY)

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Your Elusive Creative Genius: Overcoming Fear

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