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61. Change or Die!

The company Kodak has recently gone into liquidation. There can be barely anyone over fifty who has not at some stage owned a Kodak camera. Kodak invented the flexible film roll in the late 1800s, the one-dollar Brownie was a sensation in the early 1900s, and the Instamatic was the most popular camera in the sixties. As late as 1990, Kodak commanded 85% of camera sales in the US. They did produce a first digital camera in the seventies, and devised a strategy for moving to digital, but, as it says in the entry in Wikipedia, 'as Kodak executives could not fathom a world without traditional film there was little incentive to deviate from that course.' And now they are no more. This week's t

60. Conflict: Time For Some New Tactics

Maybe you're back in the swing after an enjoyable and harmonious Christmas break, refreshed and ready for whatever 2012 brings. Or maybe harmony was not the word you would choose to describe your Christmas holiday. Maybe old family feuds surfaced, or perhaps brand new disagreements blossomed in the fertile environment of an over-heated living room where too many over-fed, inebriated family members spent rather too long together. Maybe you need another holiday to recover? Then again, maybe your Christmas was fine but was proceeded by conflict at work, and now you're back having to face it all over again. As with death and taxes, conflict is an inevitable part of life, whether concealed