Archive for the ‘Ethics, Morals, Truth & Justice’ Category

Invitation on LinkedIn

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

This is the edited context of a message I sent to a contact of mine on Linked In ….

For myself I tend to write a bit in my blog and ask the simple question why do companies continue to do it this way … or that ? Whilst websites are “your virtual windows to the world” they are only part of a virtual strategy along with those such as Twitter (@intmf) and even Facebook .. actually Facebook surprises me, I went on there in the past few weeks for a personal page to stay in contact with my friends around the world and it is quite amazing the contacts you receive …

Organisations cannot ignore the internet –  you do so at your peril.

I would say in passing I am not a fan of unsolicited direct marketing in any shape or form – even subscription based direct marketing has serious flaws in its business model, it doesn’t nurture or interact, it generally just dictates.

The Internet is about building relationships and through that communities, too bad (to name just one, who should know better) Television, Publishing and Films (old media attitudes) just don’t get it, they need to realise (there are organisations that do) that this is the 21st Century (I say that lot) and start using it properly as a real part of their strategy instead of alienating your virtual family by using them as Email fodder.

I have written about this a number of times, old media needs to think laterally and develop a new business model, for the internet, especially in the world of copying of digital files …. they could make money out of this … but instead they make the lawyers rich and damage their brand and lose their business focus in the process – by trying to control the uncontrollable.

Old media, has thrown money at buying internet operations, to try and fill a hole in their own business model, however as one example only you just need to look at what a disaster News has made of MySpace by forcing them to comply with old media philosophy (about control – which is such b/s) as with the internet the truth is that no one is in charge.  You are either on the internet or not .. trying to be on the internet behind pay walls will not get you a wide audience …. of those who will subscribe, many will have the the same antiquated values as your own, or those who relate to the scarcity of this “resource”. There are many ways to make money on the internet, advertising seems to provide a handsome return for the majority.

News’s idea of an Digital Newspaper subscription is likewise flawed –  guys and girls get with it.

People do want to be a part of something that interacts with us, asks our views, nurtures and supports the relationship .. they do not want to be dictated or lauded over … these days people vote, in the idiom of Facebook by unfriending (disconnecting) you – all connections are about choice, and the normal basis of the decision is the status of the two way relationship. When people purposefully disconnect this seriously damages a organisations brand in the view of the ex subscriber, people talk about their experiences … but because there is no way to measure why people really disconnect (no there isn’t) even though people try.

Other organizations who are deeply involved with the internet and its technology are the legacy carriers who are stumbling forward and falling over continuously, in Australia one who comes to mind is Telstra –  I talk about them here superficially –  I hear from various sources that AT&T is suffering serious problems with their customer service and network as well. This may be similar to the issues with Telstra which from where I sit is evidently a lack of a strategic vision from the board and a very flawed organisational culture.

The only way to operate in the internet, or anywhere in fact, is to operate with ethics and honesty as your base values, with a total accountable and transparent culture actually giving a dam about your customer –  too many organisations say they do, then like with the ANZ Bank –  someone in their organisation didn’t get the “this is our new culture memo” ingrained into their own values and personal culture, their lack of personal integrity and values damages the organisations as a whole … this reflected very badly on the ANZ Bank especially after being recognised as a sustainable bank on the world stage.

The whole flawed philosophy of business is expedience …. whatever gets it done, the trouble is it doesn’t – these flawed strategies just widen the gap between the provider and the customer.

Anyway, way too much to talk about here … if you like we can chat one day or I can give you one of my blogs to check out .. (I have three) …

I am working towards clarity and simplicity

Halla Tomasdottir: on Ted

December 9, 2010 Leave a comment

This women makes sense…. lets try to take the testosterone and the good old boys club out of making investment decisions or perhaps business decisions in general.

Her profile is here

She follows simple and sound business rules as follows:-

1.     Risk Awareness –  won’t engage if they don’t understand the deal, I ask you who could understand those “securities” the basis of the sub-prime disaster

2.     Straight Talking –  Simple language and explain the upside and the downside …  ethics, honour, integrity and transparency to me

3.     Emotional Capital –  note that people make money and use money

4.     Profit with principle –  decisions made based on these clear principle, and less based on the male herd mentality (she didn’t say testosterone, I did)

Makes sense guys –  how about we all listen to this –  make a long term commitment to a sustainable investment, and stop worrying about this 3 month reporting cycle.

Perhaps the idea of making investments in line with the triple bottom line, economic, social and environmental could be a lesson we all could learn , even some so called sustainable banks we all know.

Greenwashing is not acceptable

November 28, 2010 1 comment

CALL it sins of omission, being economical with the truth or just plain pulling the wool.  It was always a problem in business, but with the rise of the ”green” movement it just got much worse as companies try to look socially responsible but regularly fail when it comes to the crunch.

Please see the balance of the article by James Kirby of Business Day here

Gulf of Mexico

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment


A sea turtle is mired in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Grand Terre Island, Louisiana June 8, 2010. (REUTERS/Lee Celano)

From the Bostpn Globe, here is the link to over 40 other pictures taken during the disaster… we all did this .. because of our dependance on oil, hopefully some good will come out of this… and from where I stand, it could only be we need to invest in fully sustainable renewable sources of energy … many countries are …. we all need to get on board,

Oxymoron a definition

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Here is the link to the New Scientist Article.. here

Only a military or amoral person would talk about a “safer’ bomb… its got to be definition of an Oxymoron… so a contradiction in terms.. the only safe bomb is one you never make… let alone drop..the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico it littered with 10’s of 1000’s of tons of munitions… going back as far and perhaps before WWII

Developing a science for killing people and destruction… what a very strange species we are…

Australia: Politics

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Well it seems that we have a sort of new Government, well sort of, something like a Claytons drink –  the Government you have instead or having a Government.

Cannot see the reason for the swing –  but as I said yesterday, the reason for the swing to this sort of pretend Government is beyond me… they have an legal but unworkable majority of one seat… so out of 76 members … if one is away for what ever reason… or if one of them dies (God forbid) … the Government will fall…

Hardly a mandate from the people for change… or even anything that approaches effective rule.

It’s strange really… more Australians actually voted for the opposition –  well it means at least that they may, be able to deliver of promises they made to the new political so called independent (now aligned with Labor) member of Parliament, and of course any payoffs to those who were quiet during the election.

One thing that did come out of the election and the coup d’etat, I am speaking of the political assassination of Kevin Rudd is that loyalty and ethics of the Labor party to a duly elected and sitting Prime Minister  is zero… perhaps Julia Gillard should take notice of this, for her own future as well as the implications of this despicable act on the credibility of anything that comes out of the Labor party or its leadership –  they are there for themselves, end of story.

Never mind they will continue to self destruct.

The future of any Government is now under question, all of this lack of integrity, running the country on the outcome of poles, but instead of actual having an actual  leadership is not even the issue, if they were half way competent and knew what they are doing that I could live with… how about we, the Australian people bill the respective Governments who made the decision (the actual idiots who screw up and their political parties) for the costs of their screw ups… perhaps with the School building Program and the insulation fiascos now a well and truly documented financial disaster.. the Labor Party would be Bankrupt… great idea… great for the actual accountability to the Australian people.

Then we would be a new idea, everyone would be independents working for the betterment of their own constituents, not the corrupt system we have now… called Democracy, lets define Democracy… Princeton University say it can be defined it as “ the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group” –  well it seems in Australia the majority voted for the party that is not the Government.

Another thought, how about we have a referendum –  the topic… West Australia to cede from the Commonwealth… I’d move there tomorrow… the people in WA and the NT are a different breed as a whole… a likeable bunch…

Dell Computer quality is in question !

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

After the Mathematics department at the University of Texas noticed some of its Dell computers failing, Dell examined the machines. The company came up with an unusual reason for the computers’ demise: the school had overtaxed the machines by making them perform difficult math calculations.

Please see the New Times article here… New York times article

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