Protect the Areas that are not showing Hits.

Abraham Wald was born  in 1902 in Transylvania which was part of Austria–Hungary and is now in Romania.  His family were devout Jews who would not allow the boy to attend school on Saturdays so he was home-schooled by his parents. He was a brilliant mathematics student and he graduated  with a Ph D from the University of Vienna in 1931.  However, because of discrimination against Jews it was... Read More--

A Revolutionary Idea – Thinking Inside the Box

McLean in 1957 Containerization was a massively important innovation which powered the expansion of global trade but it was a difficult idea to implement. Before containerization,  goods were physically manhandled as break bulk cargo. At the factory or warehouse goods were loaded onto a truck, driven to a port and then offloaded to await the next suitable ship.  The dockers (aka longshoremen) piled... Read More--

Today’s Common Practices will become Obsolete

Joseph Lister In 1865 an eleven year old boy, James Greenlees, was run over by a cart in Glasgow.  He was rushed to the Royal Infirmary with a gashed leg containing a multiple fracture.  The normal outcome of this kind of injury at the time was either amputation or death through infection (or sometimes both).  Fortunately for Greenlees, the surgeon who treated him was Joseph Lister, At that time... Read More--

The Geek who Changed the World

Tim Berners Lee Sir Tim Berners Lee is known as the inventor of the World Wide Web.  He created its three fundamental components: the formatting language HTML, the address system URL, and the HTTP system for linking sites.  He was born in 1955 and grew up in London.  As a schoolboy he was an avid trainspotter. He learnt about electronics from tinkering with a model railway.  He gained a first-class... Read More--

An American Innovator in London – Harry Selfridge

Harry Selfridge Harry Gordon Selfridge was born in Wisconsin in 1858.  He was one of three sons.  His father, Robert Selfridge, served as a major with the Union Army in the American Civil War but abandoned his family at the end of the war.  Soon after the war Harry’s two brothers died.   Harry helped his mother, Lois, a teacher, by delivering papers. He left school at 14 to work in a bank and... Read More--

Be Unpredictable – Surprise your Customers and Competitors

Boy Browning Frederick Arthur Montague Browning (1896 – 1965) was known as ‘Boy’ Browning. He served in the British Army with distinction in the First World War.  He was promoted to Adjutant at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.  During the Sovereign’s Parade of 1926, he did something unexpected by the large audience who came to see the closely choreographed and well-rehearsed parade... Read More--

Focus on the Opportunity, not the Problem.

Two groups of engineering students were given a similar task – to design a bicycle rack for a car.  The first group was shown an existing but poorly designed roof rack for bicycles.  They looked at all the issues with the current design and then set out to come up with something better.  The second group was not shown the ineffective roof rack; they were simply told to design a really good bicycle... Read More--

Four Tips on Decision Making from Jeff Bezos

In his 2017 letter to shareholders Jeff Bezos shares some powerful insights into decision making at Amazon. Jeff Bezos “To keep the energy and dynamism of Day 1, you have to somehow make high-quality, high-velocity decisions. Easy for start-ups and very challenging for large organizations. The senior team at Amazon is determined to keep our decision-making velocity high. Speed matters in business... Read More--

Why Government is Essential for Private Sector Innovation

Steve Jobs announced the iPhone to the world on 9 January 2007. This iconic product became a sensational success and propelled Apple to become the most valuable company on Earth. It created a new product category, the smartphone, which has become the must-have item for people in all nations. It became a platform for secondary markets in apps, music and videos. Steve Jobs, Sir Jonathan Ive and the design... Read More--

Lessons in Innovation from Rome’s Arch Enemy

Hannibal (247 – 182 BC) was an illustrious general of the North African state of Carthage, Rome’s enemy and rival for control of the Mediterranean.  His father was a Carthaginian general, Hamilcar, who made his 9 year old son swear undying enmity for Rome.  As a boy Hannibal went to Spain, which was under Carthaginian control, and trained to be a soldier.  At the age of 26 he was put in command... Read More--