21st April 2021


Whenever I read a good business case study, I am struck by the level of integrity at play, and by integrity I don’t mean moral or ethical integrity, in this case. I refer to how joined up the thinking, the philosophy, is.

Yes I know that such books are written in retrospect and I understand that the false starts and mistakes are largely omitted, but even so in books like ‘No Rules Rules’, ‘Everybody Matters’ and ‘Plain Talk’ by Ken Iverson, I am often struck by just how the underlying philosophy is maintained and enhanced throughout the timeline of the case study.

One of the challenges with businesses is that too often they generate unseen and unnecessary friction and interference by not having thought through their underlying philosophy fully. Consequently what they do and what they say they should do conflict.

Like the business that proudly proclaims that people are their greatest asset and yet these same businesses are run under archaic command and control principles that do nothing to grow those people and everything to keep them in their boxes.

I wonder to what extent you and your business would pass the integrity test?

There are lots of challenges in the world but a business that is run well can benefit the world more than almost anything else, creating purpose, dignity, and wealth in honest and worthwhile work, but it is a competitive place in which to thrive. If you would like an edge and to significantly improve your business performance and expand your thinking please reach out. ian@kinnery.co.uk

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