What a two year long study by Google of their top 180 most remarkable teams revealed. It’s not what they expected.

Like most leaders, Google Execs had believed that the best teams were those that had the best people “” the right people, on the right bus “” You want to employ the best engineer, the best manager and the best scientist and give them the best resource. Right? This is logical, there you have it, […]

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How to benefit from 7 remarkable steps that resulted in 7 remarkable achievements

After months of intense mathematical exercises, Albert Einstein decided to give himself a break from the work one night and let his imagination wander about the concepts of space and time, say Guenther Knoblich and Michael Oellinger inThe Eureka Momentwritten for Scientific America. In the article, they describe how Albert Einstein finally hit on the […]

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7 steps to doing remarkable things and creating a freaking awesome future

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 […]

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“CREATIVITY” A Framework for thinking like and being an innovator

Innovation doesn’t just happen. There is no secret sauce or ingredient. However, I’ve identified ten things that powerfully shape innovation and make it happen. Conveniently and for ease of use and memory these ten things become an acronym called CREATIVITY. Hope this helps you as you explore dream and discover remarkable innovations: C = Having […]

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The Rise of the Quester Intrapreneur

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 […]

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There is compelling evidence to suggest we are witnessing the end of meaningful innovation and the death of growth

As disruptive forces go, the end of economic growth, would have a tsunami impact  on businesses, organisations and countries. We tend to think of economic growth as normal, something we’ve lived with forever and we expect its continued benefit. Downturns are seen as blips in the inevitable upwards progress. But increasing economists are arguing that […]

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New Business Book – Quest – Competitive Advantage and the Art of Leadership in the 21st Century, written by Dean van Leeuwen

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, […]

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The Future of Theft

According to the website Stolen Bike Statistics over 500,000 bikes were stolen in the UK over the past five years. This figure is also understated. According to John Moss who compiled these stat  “It is largely accepted that only 1 in 5 bike thefts are reported to the police, therefore the bike thefts figures can […]

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“Minority Report” type marketing misses the point of the Connection Economy

Scanning cameras lock onto John Anderton’s  face as he walks through a shopping mall.  Using facial recognition technology advertisers clock his presence and begin an invasive barrage of “personalised” advertisements designed to entice, cajole and convince him to purchase the must have products on promotion. In this a scene from the 2002 movie Minority Report […]

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Chase revolutionises banking – deposit cheques using your Smartphone

  Banks are often too traditional and conservative, restricted by legacy beliefs around risk, procedures and past ways of doing things that have become ingrained in the shrine of banking culture. This restricts innovation. Not so with Chase a Bank that has embraced new social media and mobile technologies to take the experience and future […]

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Why when being creative, failure should always an option

Great companies make creativity and innovation a cornerstone of their culture and strategy. Creativity is driven by people wanting to make a difference. But people are often constrained by culture, regulation and risk controls – barriers to creativity. Customers say they want creativity. In regulated and controlled environment, this can represent a problem. Being creative […]

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What businesses can learn from the fascinating natural world

[Image credit: exodus-by-david-yarrow] Ecosystems have evolved over thousands of years into very efficient and effective systems and network structures. Contrary to popular belief it is not survival of the fittest but rather very complex and collaborative relationships that ensure the growth and survival of species. One of my favourite examples is the coral reef. Coral […]

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