Category Archives: Big picture

“Lone rangers” vs. “Fat cows” – personnel cuts in lean management projects

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Quite frequent question recently: do lean management projects lead to personnel cuts? And the short answer should be “No”, while a bit longer answer might be “…Sometimes”. Let’s have a closer look at those sometimes. As a starting point, it is important … Continue reading

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Russia’s fading competitive edge

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Just came across my article published over a year ago – no real changes for better, and the tendencies indicated back than just got stronger or more visible. Read the text of the article below or – with nicer pictures … Continue reading

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There is a need and there is a clash – Western consulting in Russia

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Russian management tend to have a a strong trust and even an admiration towards foreign consultants, being at the same time rather suspicious about consulting in general. It applies both to strategic consulting and to industry specific operation improvement services. … Continue reading

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India is a new leader in creativity (?)

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One rather typical day of the ideas4.biz web-site traffic from the Google Analytics: India is by far #1 in the site traffic. Of course, the result is language specific as well as population-by-country and internet-by-population specific. But still – India … Continue reading

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We do not see consciousness the same way fish does not see water

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Relatively small and immensely interesting article of Andrey Linde from Stanford University revived in me some previously heard/thought/read ideas on place(s) of conciousness in life, universe and everything: We may ignore consciousness just because it is “everywhere” – uniform and … Continue reading

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One day of YOUR eternal life

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Have you heard an expression “Live each day as if it is your last day alive”? The targeted outcome is, of course, to create a live-in-the-moment mood. However, in most cases the experiment supports mere hedonism. Let’s try to imagine … Continue reading

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Why creativity is rarely among key driving force of human behaviour?

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Creativity is indeed among distinguishing human characteristics. However, it is a relatively young development and this is why it is rarely or never among key/deep driving motives of human behavior. The deep forces are rarely on the surface but I … Continue reading

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