The business panacea

In a world of ever increasingSocial ills,The promise of entrepreneurshipGradually inflates in size and scopeUntil it becomes the only way forwardWe imagine possible.In a milieu of poor alternativesThe private businessHas become the magic bullet,The pure blade,The weapon of choiceTo slay our giantsAnd make us whole.But how can we expect businessTo solve the problems the StateHas […]

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Retail Joy

The promise of the retail storeIs that sitting on their shelvesIs the thing your heart has been yearning forAll along,All you need is cashAnd you too will be care-freeWind in your hairLiving your best life,But how much happinessCan you actually buy?There are hard limits to whatRetail joyCan really deliverAnd even its greatest offerringsFall far, far […]

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The tyranny of business

Not everything is better  When it is privatised. Market forces aren’t pure hands  Moulding our society. ‘Securing the bag’ isn’t  An infallible top priority. Business culture has morphed our cities  Into highly individualised spaces Where almost anything can be sacrificed For the sake of a bottom line. The attainment of cash  Has become the golden […]

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Being a resource

Is a much better goalThan being a brand.Figuring out what the world needsAnd offering a solutionIs superior to positioning ourselvesFor likes.Being a resourceFor the world around usClarifies our purposeAnd makes it easy to indentifyWho our people are.Ultimately, the surest wayTo finding our place in the worldIs not though salesmanshipBut through service.

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Deep pockets

Having the most money in the roomDoesn’t mean you’re best suited to leadOr that your ideasAre most likely to succeed.And though people will likely defer toThe wealthiest individualsIts important to recognizeThe limits of moneyAnd acknowledge our tendencyTo allow it to cloud our judgement.Deep pocketsAre a measure of the resources available,Not an indicationOf who should tell […]

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On working with works in progress

Its likely that some pointYou will find yourself workingWith less than you would have liked-Not quite enough moneyNot enough time to make it happenNot so great morale.Are you willingTo push throughThe discomfort of imperfectionAnd stay hopeful thatIf you dig deep enoughYou’ll find gold?If this team is ever going to achieveThings you’ll be proud ofYou’re going […]

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Screwing people over

Seems to be low hanging fruit.How the cookie tends to crumble.We are far too quickTo defend a state of affairsThat involves the powerful making lifeJust a little bit harderFor most other people,Whether its ignoring inequalitiesOr celebrating destructive trends-Humans hurting humansIs a blood sportFor which we have not lostAn appetite for.If business as usualMeans making your […]

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The stuff we do for free

Showing up early.Forgiving quickly.Apologizing first.Offering to help.Refusing to take advantage.Opening doors for others.Giving the benefit of the doubt.Overlooking the pettiness of others.Listening to a rant.Repeating yourself without getting annoyed.Saying ‘Thank you.’In a world whereNothing is for mahala*Where almost every interactionIs making someone, somewhereA lot of money,Its worth taking the timeTo note the stuff we do […]

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Pleasing the world

‘One stop shops’‘Being all things to all men’‘Something for everyone’While these slogansAre a nod towards inclusionAnd serving as many people as peopleThey are not effective mandatesFor service delivery,Nor are they reasonableMission statementsFor any organization.None of us are likelyTo build anythingThat will please the whole worldAnd neither should we try to.Better ratherTo find your peopleThe ones […]

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