Category: Business

  • Failing Productivity? What About All That Digital Transformation?

    Failing Productivity? What About All That Digital Transformation?

    The Canadian character lends itself to millennialist productivity flagellation (e.g., recent Globe & Mail-only: Canada’s declining productivity streak adds to inflation problem, The productivity problem in Canada’s economy is really a marketing and sales problem, Canada has a productivity problem. The solution is training, not factories, one expert says, Canada’s productivity lag could be helped…

  • ESG: A Moral and Survival Imperative

    ESG: A Moral and Survival Imperative

    In a previous essay, I declared ESG to be a crock. The message was adorned with a lovely illustration intimating a poop emoji. I stand by it but believe an elaboration is required. Relatively fewer readers picked up on the defeated futility in the assessment than those who sincerely piled on to declare ESG a…

  • ESG: A Full Crock to be Balanced Carefully

    ESG: A Full Crock to be Balanced Carefully

    Introduction      Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors have gained significant traction as a benchmark for evaluating corporate responsibility and sustainability. While its proponents herald ESG’s potential to drive positive change, let’s critically examine its efficacy and address the fundamental challenges that render it doomed to failure. In fact, one only has to consider the…

  • Profiting from Capitalist Transformations

    Profiting from Capitalist Transformations

         The transformation of capitalism is an ongoing process influenced by various factors such as technological advancements, changing societal values, and environmental concerns. This transformation presents both challenges and opportunities for businesses and individuals seeking to profit from the evolving landscape. Let’s explore some obvious (and less obvious) paths to profit from the transformation of…

  • A Good Decarbonization Transition (2023)

    A Good Decarbonization Transition (2023)

         The realist in me says that this transformation is and has been happening for a decade or more. Irrespective of any ecological and/or existential direness, which is debated hotly, the transition trajectory is probably consistent with other major transformations.      We have, however, with specific focus on consumer products, especially those sexy things attached…

  • Transformation of Capitalism, an introduction

    Transformation of Capitalism, an introduction

    No. 1 in the series “Capitalism as religion”      Among my reader (Hi mom!), we have to agree—at a minimum—it is unlikely Capitalism is the only thing in world history to persist for hundreds of years unchanged. We can argue loudly and at length about how much, but it’s good to get that point of…

  • “Fear” of Transformation Outcome is Powerful

    Do people fear transformation?      Some yes, some no; but by-and-large people do not fear transformation. They may, however, dread imagined outcomes of a transformation. Even if they understand the need.      Transformation and change are inevitable in any organization. Whether due to market conditions, technological advances, or internal restructuring companies must adapt to remain…

  • How Work Will Transform for Better or Worse…?

         A big question mark hanging over the plans of executives, workers, commercial property managers, and hospitality venues/retail around business districts is: “What is the future of (office) work?”[1]      We have some thoughts, mostly on the employee-driven side of change. This gets the most airtime—as though office workers suddenly have excess leverage. Maybe they…

  • Transformation is not just a buzzword anymore

         I’m often asked—told, really: “Transformation’s just a buzzword.” (You have to imagine the rising intonation and modifier before “buzzword” yourself.) Typically, it’s right after I disclose what I do to a middle ranking corporate or government manager. I have no choice but to say, “It certainly can be.” Digital transformation got us started…     …

  • Make Winners Out of Losers—Transformation Success Secret no. 3

         By definition, a transformation is a fundamental change to the organization that disrupts the status quo. The bigger the change, the greater the farther from the status quo of “work.” For instance, since the promise of digital transformation is to digitally streamline what is laboriously analog, the (collateral) damage to jobs is easy to…

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