In the 80’s Kodak thought it was invincible. It was a worldwide brand and it owned its space.
Kodak used to be the great inventor.
In 1900, it unveiled the Box Brownie camera. "You push the button, we do the rest," ran the advertising campaign.
Kodachrome film, the standard for movie-makers as well as generations of still photographers because of its incredible definition and archival longevity, was introduced in 1936 and only went out of production 2009.
And we must remember the innovative Instamatic, the camera with the little cartridges of film that spared people the fumbling of trying to get film to spool properly. Between 1963 and 1970 the company sold 50 million of those.
In the 1990’s Kodak invested heavily in developing digital picture-taking technology, but it held back from developing digital cameras for fear of killing its all-important film business.
For Kodak's leaders, going digital meant killing film, smashing the company's golden egg to make way for the new.
And it couldn’t make itself take this step.
In 2012 Kodak filed for bankruptcy.
If you are afraid to innovate your current business model into redundancy, then you are at risk because someone else will.
When we want something, we are taught to visualise that thing, to focus on that image, until we have it.
There’s almost never a completely clean run.
Sometimes wonderful things take you by surprise, they open a new door.
Have you ever moved into a new house and seen something that needed fixing and thought “I’ll get on to that soon”?
Humans are tribal.
As humans we have an insatiable desire to explain untoward events so we can get on with solutions.
In any field, most of the rewards go to the top 5% of people.
I say please to Siri.
If a turkey were to assess the state of the world in early December, they would be forgiven for thinking all is well and that the farmer loves them.
We often compare today’s performance relative to yesterdays.