I just finished watching the finale of Burn Notice.


Today I’d like to talk to you about core competencies and what happens when something loses sight of what those are.

Essentially core competencies are the central things which define a thing. Hamel and Prahalad define them as:

  • Not easy for competitors to imitate.
  • Reusable widely for many products and markets.
  • Contributes to the end consumer's experienced benefits and the value of the product or service to customers.

Management speak abounds so perhaps it’s better to explain it in terms of Burn Notice:

  • Spycraft
  • Humour
  • Drama with resolution

It had a particular style and whilst there was drama it wouldn’t become overwhelming. Ultimately things would work out okay in the end and there’d be plenty of blueberry yoghurt.

Sadly towards the end of the show it worked more towards emotional handwringing, drama, conspiracies, and lose-lose situations. Both Jenny and I were so checked out when it came to the narrative that by the end the last few episodes were completely needless even when big things were happening.Execubots

This trend had been going on for quite some time sadly because it seems that American television networks care more for money than their reputation. It comes as no surprise but it’d be nice if they could simply pick up shows that fit their needs rather than twisting and distorting things to fit.

I wanted to watch something fun, somewhat light hearted, but also involving gunplay. I didn’t want to watch implausibly vast conspiracy theories, angst, and soul-searching sacrifice. There are other TV shows for that stuff.

His name was Michael Westin and his show used to be fun to watch.

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