Derek Abdinor

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Originate your strategy from risk

The first duty of an organisation is to … anyone? anyone? If you answered “to secure sustainable competitive advantage” or “create shareholder value” I would argue that you’ve identified the second duty. Your answers would have won first prize between 2002 and 2007, but they have been shifted due to lessons currently being learnt about ignoring risk. Drucker says “The […]

I love a good UK election, me

I have no stake in the outcome but an amateur’s interest in a developed country which is steeped in ancient history and recent identity politics. Class, media, wealth, socialism, capitalism, liberalism and many ideas of the Enlightenment get an airing here, without the supernatural and supranatural factors of religion (Continental Europe) or race (South Africa). Some characteristics that have appeared […]

What is a team player?

I’ve never heard of a person in a professional setting disclaim themselves as a team player. This in spite of two¬†general views on the definition: A team player always puts the needs of the team above their own. The tactics decided on by the team will be acceptable to this viewholder even if they are not aligned. The viewholder is […]