“As the strategic value of technology fades, the skill with which it is used on a day-to-day basis may well become even more important to a company’s success.” Nick Carr, Harvard Business Review

Mobility and cloud services aren’t new anymore. Nor is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) despite the emphasis still being placed on its traps and pitfalls by technology media.

The ClearPoint team reached out for BYOD, mobility and cloud services the minute we were born. That was almost six years ago. Sure, these technologies can present challenges in terms of security and consistency. Those are outweighed though by their tremendous benefits.

The biggest benefit is a boost in productivity. Our talented team members choose the platforms and tools that suit their working styles which results in a high output of quality work. The day always comes though, when new and innovative technology becomes commonplace. Its strategic advantage then corrodes and fades.

The ClearPoint strategic advantage leverages the way we work rather than the tools we work with. Our clients trust us to be continually innovating, learning and improving how we work to deliver the best possible outcomes.

At a recent ClearPoint staff meeting, some of our senior people shared their philosophies and beliefs about ‘How to Work’:

  • George Bernard Shaw said, “The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Great communication skills are essential to success in all areas of our work.
  • We believe (and we practice) that our professional competitive advantage lies in our ability to: ingest and process masses of information; understand and apply new tools; analyse, learn and adapt fast; develop strong relationships with people; take opportunities to lead and create.
  • Tempus fugit and we believe in valuing our time. We’re disciplined and discerning about what we spend our time on. That applies both professionally and personally.
  • We like to keep our SPAM filters on all the time – only take in what is relevant.  However, we also use osmosis – absorb information, see its relevance to what you’re doing and then file it for later.
  • We like the principle of Occam’s Razor. It states that among competing hypotheses, the one that makes the fewest assumptions should be selected.
  • We sometimes like the obvious – don’t reinvent the wheel.  Equally though, we believe in applying cynicism and suspicions. Thoroughly investigate, use our experience and ask the right questions.
  • We believe we’re helped by a “no fixed abode” mindset – we can work anywhere and everywhere.
  • We like Thomas L. Friedman’s (“The World is Flat”) recipe for competing globally: Be special. Be specialised. Be local. Be highly adaptable.

The world has changed. It’s changing every day. Change with it.

“Information is the currency of this age, replacing money, labour and physical resources.” Three Billion New Capitalists. Clyde Prestowitz