Lean start-up thinking for all

My Financial Times Column 10/25/10 Not so long ago, management theorists and manufacturing scientists drooled over Toyota. Its production system represented scientific management at its best, the climax of a century that began with Frederick Taylor’s time-and-motion studies, passed through Henry Ford’s River Rouge plant, Alfred Sloan’s General Motors and finally reached perfection in Toyota City,… Continue reading Lean start-up thinking for all

The value of hardship

My Financial Times column 10/18/10 These are rotten times to be graduating from school, undergraduate or graduate school and trying to find work. All that education, all those high-minded speeches about pursuing your dreams and inheriting the future and boom, smack into the worst economy since Tom Joad chewed the grapes of wrath. What solace… Continue reading The value of hardship

The winning tactic of cultural continuity

Published in the Financial Times 10/11/2010 The winning tactic of cultural continuity Philip Delves Broughton Assuming that Liverpool Football Club is sold to John Henry and his team from New England Sports Ventures, and that current owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett quietly walk away from the club they have grievously mismanaged, what then? How… Continue reading The winning tactic of cultural continuity

Break the model on employee behavior

My Financial Times column 10/4/10 Break the model on employee behaviour Philip Delves Broughton If ever there were a moment for companies to be experimenting with how they organise and motivate their employees, now would seem to be it. Businesses are being yanked in every direction by the forces of recession, emerging markets and new… Continue reading Break the model on employee behavior