The power of moonshot thinking according to Elon Musk, explores the benefit of thinking big, using the power of business and embarking on quests to make a meaningful difference in the world. This short video reveals what it takes to be an exponential leader in a rapidly changing world.Read More Moonshot Thinking According to Elon Musk
“In the future of work, we will all be moonshooters. Well the crazy successful ones will be.” Introduction Today Sam McCracken is the general manager of Nike N7, but it wasn’t always this way. He began working with the revered Nike brand in 1997 as a warehouse worker. Soon thereafter, Sam, – who is a […]Read More Seven steps to becoming a Moonshooter and blasting your way to the top
Customers have changed, it’s not just technology current global turmoil, there has been a values shift in societies attitudes towards globalisation, business, finance and consumerism. Our research undertaken in TomorrowToday’s laboratory is revealing that values-focused businesses are the way of the future. If you want your business and brand to be part of a new […]Read More This list of personal values are so flipping important for success
“I woke up this morning,” writes Bill Gate “and, like most days, I read the news. It’s grim. Hurricanes in the Americas have killed dozens of people and displaced far more. Mexico is recovering from its most powerful earthquake in a century. North Korea is threatening its neighbors. The civil war in Syria seems to […]Read More Bill Gates says the world is getting better not worse. Should you believe him?
Join now and create the future Here are some headlines from this story – $5 billion in illegal payments – 80 politicians under investigation including current and former presidents – 16 countries on 4 continents caught up – Petrobras shares lost $80bn in value – Odebrecht fined $2.6bn by the US Dept for Justice […]Read More The 80 billion dollar reason for joining a remarkable movement powering business as a force for good
Are you the best in your industry at the things that matter most to your customers, partners and staff? Have you benchmarked yourself against your competitors with the aim of leading the pack? This may sound like a lofty grand goal, and when you achieve it you may want to stop and pat yourself on […]Read More Are you the tallest amongst dwarfs or do you walk with giants?
The story of a company that grew from zero to $200 million in three years. As markets go, it would be difficult to identify an industry much more mundane and uninspiring than mattresses. It is dominated by two companies Tempur-Sealy and Serta Simmons Holdings. This duopoly boasts margins as high as 50%. The buying […]Read More Does your next killer business idea lurk amongst the stuff that sucks!?
We benefit from looking at things differently. Sometimes that requires stepping back and looking not at the “what” or “how” but the “why”. Why do something that way? Do you ever wonder why your company (or a competitor) does things the way they are done? Is it good business or just legacy… In one of […]Read More Why you can benefit from thinking like a Thought-Provocateur
Paul Cummins is a ceramic artist who lives in the city of Derby, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. He came across a poem written by an unknown fallen British soldier, it read: “The blood-swept lands and seas of red, where angels fear to tread.” Paul, who is dyslexic, said in an interview that as […]Read More Why facts and logic are not enough to win your next big business pitch
Innovation can be viewed as a process involving a series of discrete break-through inventions followed by incremental improvements which eventually leverage the full potential of the initial invention. It goes like this: Entrepreneurial start-ups experiment with their energy, time and capital, they take risks until they’ve cracked the profit code. Once the entrepreneur has done […]Read More Are you ready to catch the next innovation wave?
We used to think big and have grand visions. It wasn’t that long ago that high-risk, big dream projects were the norm. In the 60’s and 70’s the Apollo programme brought humanity together and Project Mohole, an ambitious attempt to drill to the centre of the earth, demonstrated just how daring a species we were. […]Read More We used to think big. Here’s why we need to again
“Perspective is what enables each of us to transform the sum of our days into an epic journey. And it’s what improves our chances of together making the twenty-first century humanity’s best.” says Ian Goldin, ex-professor of global development at Oxford University, and what he says we “lack, and so urgently need, is perspective.” Lesley […]Read More The Importance of Perspective in Leadership
This century should be rather remarkable. We have the potential to end disease and poverty. We might decode ageing and live forever-young. Through the ever-growing power of genetic technology and bioengineering we could revive extinct species like the woolly mammoth. Intercity travel at the speed-of-sound in hyper-loop, vacuum sealed tubes may become the norm. We […]Read More We live in a remarkable century, but here is the problem
This century should be rather remarkable but it will not just happen, you have to create it. Ancient Greeks had two concepts of time, chronos and kairos. The former referring to the sequential progress of time; and, the latter, opportune moments – pockets of exceptional time, rare instants, seasons when people tuned towards change seize […]Read More 7 steps to doing remarkable things and creating a freaking awesome future
Every blog needs a story about Apple and here is ours. It’s probably one you’ve never heard because this is the remarkable story of a very young man, presenting his crazy idea at the 1983 International Design Conference in Aspen, long before he or his company were famous. At the conference, Steve Jobs said: “Apple’s […]Read More Why all great leaders have destinations and why you are lost without one
Markets reacted positively when Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and Space X tweeted about his Second Top Secret Master Plan. Shares for Tesla Motors responded strongly and closed 4% up. Here’s why. Elon Musk’s quests have inspired NASA to use SpaceX rockets and thousands of people to buy his Tesla cars and in doing so […]Read More What Elon Muskâ€™s Master Plan can teach you about being awesome
About 25 years ago a young grad student at Stanford University was hungry. He wanted a pizza as he pulled an all-nighter. The internet was new and exciting in 1993 and he said: “oh, the web is great and what we really need to do is to be able to order pizza using the web”. […]Read More The remarkable story of how Google almost become the pizza-by-fax company
Meryl Streep, an actress who has achieved remarkable things, “slammed Donald Trump, honoured her late friend Carrie Fisher and praised a room full of Hollywood “outsiders” while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2017 Golden Globes” says Rolling Stones Magazine. Twitter and the media is awash with comments about her talk and […]Read More Don’t f^%k-up the world, take your broken heart and do remarkable things
If your organisation suddenly disappeared would it leave a hole no one could fill or would customers respond saying: “nah what hole?” Being efficient and effective no longer guarantees competitiveness, rather delivering meaningfulness does. Here are three steps that you can follow for delivering meaningfulness: Step One: Ask yourself, within my world of influence, what […]Read More 3 Steps for creating sustainable competitive advantage
The Challenge The rules for success in the past often don’t apply in today’s world. We’ve built business rules, procedures and policies that worked in the industrial and information age but are no longer applicable in the digital revolution. Many rules linger in our businesses and in our lives that just should not exist. Why […]Read More What to do when the rules just don’t apply anymore
In a recent 60-Minutes interview with Donald Trump and Mike Pence, Lesley Stahl said, “I don’t remember the last time we’ve seen a world in this much chaos,” to which both candidates enthusiastically agreed. This is not surprising after all the Republican presidential nominee’s popularity spawns off a growing public sentiment of doom and gloom. […]Read More In A Doom-Laden World Here is Why You Should Be Optimistic.
At just past midnight (GMT), on the 20th July, Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination for US president. When Donald Trump announced his intention to run for president, many people dismissed his candidacy as a joke. Seems that Trump is having the last laugh now. Over the past year, the property developer from New York […]Read More Trump and BREXIT did the impossible. Now it’s your turn to shock your Mum
“The present state of affairs is really a perversion of the proper workings of capitalism. It is all wrong to have billionaires before you have ceased to have slums. Capitalism has done enormous good and suits human nature far too well to be given up as long as human nature remains the same. But the […]Read More Perversion of the Proper Workings of Capitalism
Demographics is the quantifiable study of populations based on factors such as age, race, sex, economic status, level of education, income level and employment, among others. It is typically one of the slower moving forces of change but as we look to the near future, demographics will become a most potent force of disruption. Demographic […]Read More Migrants, economic meltdown or boon?
How can Great Britain fix great problems, contribute significantly to the progress of the world and be a great nation? These are good questions, aren’t they? By answering these questions, the politicians on both sides of the BREXIT debate would have created a vision of the future that inspires. By answering these questions, the politicians […]Read More How leaders can succeed in a changing world – Lessons from BREXIT
There are good reasons behind believing some things are impossible especially when they have been built into the societal or organisational psyche. Greg Satell, a Forbes journalist and unconventional thinker explains, “We spend a good portion of our lives learning established models. We go to school, train for a career and hone our craft. We […]Read More Why do we believe things are impossible?
Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctica expedition of 1914 – 1917 is one of the most incredible adventure stories of all time. When the great explorer advertised for men to join his expedition this is the advert he posted: Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and […]Read More Your Destination Defines Your Destiny and how you live life. So why don’t you have one dipstick?
“Last month, one of my employees invoiced the company $300, plus tax, for French lessons. Another one billed us for a $190 real estate course. And then there was the surprise bill for $82 worth of pottery making classes. I signed off on each expense with a smile on my face,” says Caren Maio the […]Read More Give your employees free dosh: $1,000 to Do (Almost) Whatever they Want
Disruptive forces are growing in complexity, velocity and impact. One of the slower moving forces is demographics and this force is now a growing tsunami which will crash on the shores of both developed and developing economies. No region or country will be immune to the impact of demographic disruption over the next 50 years. […]Read More Some stunningly disruptive demographic stats about the world population by 2060
“We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the […]Read More The Fourth Industrial Revolution is an Age of Quests
Over the past five years there has been a rise in the number of billion dollar start-up companies (often referred to as Unicorns – for example Uber is now valued at $51 billion and five years ago it was no where). What is interesting about these companies is that they are not run by accountants […]Read More How design has become the most important language in business
The Rise of the Benefit Corporation Small changes in the corporate code can change the world and on April 13, 2010, Governor Martin O’Malley made history in the US State of Maryland when he passed a law creating a new type of for-profit corporation ““ the Benefit Corporation. With a stroke of his pen O’Malley […]Read More Here’s why Benefit Corporations will be the business model of the future?
Quester intrapreneur, n. 1 A person who works inside major corporations or organizations to develop and promote practical solutions to social, ethical, operational or environmental challenges where progress is currently stalled by market and business failures. 2 A person who applies the principles of social entrepreneurship inside a major organization. 3 Someone who strives to […]Read More The Rise of the Quester Intrapreneur
When Leila Janah was very young she wanted to be an ocean explorer. Her hero was Jacques Cousteau and the exploits of the famed French undersea explorer on board The Calypso captivated her. Fascinated by the ocean and the creatures who lived in it she decided to volunteered at the local aquarium in southern California […]Read More Why Leila Janah is the most inspirational and exciting leader in the world.
Keith Yamashita, a consultant who has worked with greats like Steve Jobs and Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz, says they figured out the one key thing every ” great leader knows. “First, you must have the belief that what we are doing will make a difference in the world.” Great leaders such as Elon Musk, Steve […]Read More Benefits of a building a questing corporate culture
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal is a celebrity chef on a quest to reduce food waste and has embarked on an audacious journey to cajole grocery retailers into buying and selling what he calls “wonky vegetables.” Here is why Hugh has embarked on his quest. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption […]Read More The quest for wonky veg
What if we could empower people everywhere to have the courage and conviction to do their small bit or big bit to change the world? What if through the power of quest we created a culture where people believed they could make a difference? We would craft more wholesome and inspiring jobs, truly ethical businesses, […]Read More New Business Book â€“ Quest â€“ Competitive Advantage and the Art of Leadership in the 21st Century, written by Dean van Leeuwen
“If you find what you do each day seems to have no link to any higher purpose, you probably want to rethink what you’re doing.“ says Ronald Heifetz, the Founding Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and the leading global authority on the practice of adaptive leadership. Change is […]Read More What makes the difference in a world where adaptability is the norm.
“We have totally screwed up,” said Michael Horn the American boss of Volkswagen in a public apology. “We must fix the cars to prevent this from ever happening again and we have to make this right. This kind of behaviour is totally inconsistent with our qualities.” Horn was apologising for the “dieselgate” cheat device scandal […]Read More VW totally screwed up and how you can benefit from their f**k-up
Apple, the iconic tech giant has been the world’s most valuable listed company for nearly 5 years, largely thanks to the sale of over 700m iPhones. Just today (27.01.16) Apple announced the biggest quarterly year-on-year results by a public company in history. Apple announced: “Record quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion and record quarterly net profit […]Read More Here is why, Apple is losing its sparkle and what it can do to regain some shimmer
Fifty-Three years ago today on September 12, 1962, President Kennedy delivered his speech “We choose to go to the moon” before a crowd of 35,000 people in the Rice University football stadium, Houston, Texas. In this speech JFK introduced the audience to one of humankind’s greatest ever quests. It was a quest that changed the […]Read More Quest to go to the moon
The Tortoise and the Hare Aesop’s fables tell a story of the tortoise and the hare who decide to race against each other. The hare is so confident of winning that he lies down halfway through and goes to sleep. The tortoise, knowing he must work hard to win, plods along without stopping until he […]Read More The surprising lessons in leadership from the Tortoise and the Hare
There is a pattern to the disruption of industries ““ change happens slowly, with a few early-adopters taking a technology and innovating, but not always in the optimum way. Then it happens quickly – and a whole industry can come tumbling down. Take digital music, which had been around a few years before Apple took […]Read More Learning is changing, you need to change too
I was invited to work yesterday with one of my favourite partners; the London Business School and present to one of their clients, a large international Telecoms company. The presentation I gave is called Herding Cats and it explores the new world of customer loyalty and suggests frameworks that marketing, customer experience and customer insight […]Read More Techniques to bring your story to life.
1. Increasing global integration and growing diversity The outlook for global growth is strong for 2015 and will continue to accelerate for the remaining decade and more. This is due to sustained growth in emerging markets, the falling cost of oil and growing consumer confidence and demand. Economic power will shift from the West to […]Read More Five workplace trends impacting the future of work in 2015
Imagine a game where there are no evil monsters, deranged zombies or blood sucking aliens, no high-calibre weapons and most surprisingly no scorekeeping of any sort. Rather the game is an allegorical adventure that explores how we might understand and integrate past experiences in order to grow and accept who we are now. Deep heady […]Read More Games for grown ups
Discovery leaders explore new ways. New business and markets are created because someone found a better way to do something. Discovery is an adventure. Imagination, design and creativity are the lexicons of discovery. It is fleet of foot, nimble and athletic. Discovery is where value is born, nurtured and grown. If discovery leadership results in […]Read More The leaderâ€™s most important job
Exactly 45 years ago today, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon achieving one of humankind’s greatest quests. With his words “One small leap for man, one giant leap for mankind” Armstrong captured the essence of a quest ““ endeavours taken by an individual or group of individuals to enhance and further the lives of others. […]Read More Celebrating 45 years since the moon Landing and why more audacious quests are needed
Competitive dynamics are shifting and the rules for success and failure are being rewritten across almost every industry and every business function. Exciting new innovative business models are emerging every day and you don’t have to be a fresh upstart to be a leading innovator. A recent study by Fast Company on the most innovative […]Read More Competitive advantage in the connection economy
Peter Menzel, is an award winning photographer, takes photographs of people posing next to their possessions taken out of their home and piled high on the pavements. The pictures paint a vividly clear picture – we live in a Material World, also the name of his book. You do not need to look at the […]Read More Why the greatest challenge facing the future requires your immediate attention