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  • 23 Aug 2018

    Old dog, new tricks

    Thomas Kuhn, in his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions suggests that new ideas, regardless of the strength of evidence that underpins them, are only adopted once they are no longer considered ‘new’. He argues that this requires a change, not in how the ideas are viewed, but in who is viewing them.

    It is […]

  • 17 Nov 2016

    Dare to be different

    “BOWLED!  Stephen Harmison with a slower ball, one of the great balls! Given the moment, given the batsman, and given the match that is a staggering gamble that has paid off for Harmison”

    There is palpable excitement in cricket commentator Mark Nicholas’ voice as England’s Stephen Harmison’s unusual delivery cannons into the batsman’s stumps during the […]

  • 07 Apr 2016

    Copying Spain

    Between 2008 and 2012 Barcelona and Spain’s possession-heavy playing style led to unparalleled domestic and international success. Tactically, the game across the continent shifted, led by an effort to mimic some of the best aspects of these teams.

    What people also noticed was that Spain and Barcelona were winning trophies with players well under six foot […]

  • 24 Mar 2016

    Changing lanes

    In turns out that weaving back and forth between freeway* lanes will invariably not get you to your destination faster.

    The same is true in football, where we’re often too quick to make changes when things are seemingly not going our way. For example, in the Big 5 leagues, on average we change head coaches every […]

  • 17 Mar 2016

    The first guy through the wall

    John Henry, slouched comfortably in his chair with the air of a man sure of his position, fixes a tired Billy Beane in the eye.  The Oakland Athletic’s recent defeat in the play-offs hangs heavy around Beane’s neck, made heavier still by the steady stream of Baseball-voices queuing up to discredit his methods on the […]

  • 04 Feb 2016

    A successful flop

    "Someone once bet me I couldn't clear a stuffed leather chair.  Not only did I lose the bet, I also broke my hand in the crash landing." In attributing these words to anyone, I suspect few would turn to the list of past Olympic jumping champions for inspiration, yet these are the words of Dick Fosbury, 1968 Olympic High Jump Gold Medallist, recalling a college incident.
  • 09 Jan 2015

    Tomorrow’s giants are today’s innovators

     Imagine working for one of the largest companies in the world just over 100 years ago. Growth and continued market dominance would have seemed inevitable. However, over half of the world’s largest hundred firms in 1912 had disappeared by the end of the century; either through bankruptcy, acquisition or nationalisation. Few people working at those businesses would have predicted such a fall.