Time to scrub off the barnacles

Time to scrub off the barnacles

11 May 2018

Time to scrub off the barnacles teaser
Barnacles on top of barnacles

Today's newsletter is about Musk kicking out consultants, Excel betraying everyone at some point and empty pockets for innovation.
Not all consultants are barnacles, we promise, Elon
Barnacles and $45,000 graphs...
Anyone who knows me knows Elon Musk is one of my heroes. I won't spend too much time fanboying about why he is, but it's undeniable that Musk is on a mission to change the world for the better.

While Musk's recent media feats have ranged from challenging Buffet to a candy fight to telling analysts to stop asking "boring, bonehead questions", his latest exploit hit home for all the right reasons. In an email from Musk to all employees, Musk has taken swift action to cut non-essential, money grubbing consultants out of the mix (aka barnacles). 

Yes, I support Musk for kicking consultants to the curb.

Nope, not out of my mind. Why?

Musk didn't want an Exec to argue why a consultant they had a relationship with should stay or even worse, ask for some report on why they added value. Instead, Musk said:

"By default, anyone who does not have a Tesla employee putting their reputation on the line for them will be denied access to our facilities and networks on Monday morning. This applies worldwide." Amazing!

 If someone on the front line won't put their reputations on the line for you, you probably are a barnacle, ya barnacle! Inc.'s Geoffrey James also wrote an editorial on his take on one of the big four firms and their report, which he worked out to be $45k per graph. While I'm not sure I'd have used his maths, his argument is solid. Too many consulting companies do puff pieces, reports that end up on shelves or retainers that drain profits and budgets.

Any consultant worth their salt needs to understand what metrics matter to your organisation and ensure their work moves the needle in the right direction. There are some good organisations that do this. At Integral, it's what we do and we love it.

Good on ya, Elon
Random Find: Excel, you traitor

Sometimes Excel betrays you. It's happened to the best of us. From random numbers being formatted like dates (see above) to it causing issues on your website. Excel can cause problems for anyone. Okay Travis, funny, but so what? 

Nothing, that's it. Just a friendly tip from human to human to never trust Excel entirely. Always check and re-check. It's all fun and games until this happens (found this today, published):

Forgive, but never forget
Empty pockets

The budget has an impact on everyone. Regardless of where you stand, everyone agrees that as a nation we have to commit to innovating and leading the world as a source of leading edge innovation. Sounds good right? Wrong. The problem? Innovation funding was absolutely smashed to bits.

Not exaggerating.

The budget is dismal for progressing innovation as a national agenda. R&D Tax incentive? Slashed. Other pockets of funding? Sad at best. I know this budget hit everyone hard, but the choice not to fund national innovation agenda at a significant level will have a long tail impact. Smart Company has a good recap through the innovation lens here. Worth a quick read.

The positive? We don't need federal budget to spark innovation. You can do that internally, like the best organisations in the world do. Want to find out more about sparking innovation in your organisation? Shoot me an email. Love a good chat.

Keep the money, we are on a mission

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