Rules eat culture for breakfast

In 1823, William Webb Ellis of the Rugby School picked up a round soccer ball and ran with it. This (probable urban legend) has persisted as the origin of rugby. Okay, so here we go – we now have the basics of rugby happening that has culminated in such feats as...

Six traps that will lose you market share

In physics, the Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed – it can just change from one form to another. However we are not constrained by this law in commerce when it comes to demand – new demand can be created.  With...

How do you know your strategy is any good?

The 1958 French film Les Almants (The Lovers) was about a woman involved in adultery. Directed by Louis Malle, the film was a hit in France, but when it crossed the Atlantic to the US it was met with horror by the authorities who felt the material was obscene. The...