It was Sir Winston Churchill who once said the: “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.” Whilst history does not neatly repeat itself and nor will looking backwards give you 20/20 vision looking into the future, the astute leader is resolute in refining their ability to look […]Read More How to look backwards in order to see the future
“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
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!?
Whichever company’s vision wins out will shape the future of the economy The dilemma for the C-Suite at the helm as they look towards a rapidly changing future is this: Seek out promising new space to escape ever crowded markets, or face ever tighter margins and get replaced. But new is unproven and numerous experiments […]Read More Capitalism the Apple Way vs. Capitalism the Google Way
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?
Studies by Oxford University suggest robotics and automation will replace 47% of knowledge worker jobs over the next two decades. So if you are not planning on retiring in the next ten to twenty years, and let’s face it with average lifespan on the up and pension pots on the down many of us may […]Read More 6 ways to protect yourself from robotic replacement
“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
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
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” said Margaret Mead a cultural anthropologist. Here’s the thing: We are living in a world where breakthrough technology now means that the impossible is already – or quickly is becoming – possible. […]Read More What is moonshot thinking and How can you benefit from it
At the age of nine, Elizabeth Holmes, an innovator and entrepreneur, wrote to her father saying: “What I really want out of life is to discover something new, something that mankind didn’t know was possible.” It was clear from the onset that she was always going to be a quester leader. Inspired by stories of […]Read More Elizabeth Holmes, the Story of a Fallen Quester
“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
In my TIDES of Change presentation I suggest that digital and mobile technology is not the real revolution and that there is something even more powerful driving disruptive change. The real revolution – and it explains most of the ground-breaking technology innovations we are seeing – is this: We now have the ability to gather […]Read More Now you can Speak a foreign language, without ever having to learn it
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 […]Read More â€œCREATIVITYâ€ A Framework for thinking like and being an innovator
“Many business leaders will realise, soon, that they are underinvesting in North America” says Joel Kurtzman a leading figure in the U.S. on the future of business. Joel founded the Booz & Co magazine Strategy+Business and is also a senior fellow at the Milken Institute, an economic and finance think tank. This is an interesting […]Read More Why the U.S. has an optimistic future. And, it is not what you think
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.
“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
Michael Argyll was one of the best-known English Social Psychologists of the twentieth century. The eminent professor of psychology at Oxford University authored or co-authored over 44 books. As an academic he is best known for his studies on happiness and communication cycles. One of his extensive studies explored friendships and what “˜rules’ contributes to […]Read More Build stronger relationships using these powerful three rules
What is the most important resource in the world? It is not money.Read More What is the Leading Resource in the World?
In the future the workforce will be more connected, workers will be virtual, mobile and temporary, they will be global, multi-generational and diverse ““ older and younger, different sexes, cultures and beliefs working side by side. We know this, it is happening already. But will the future of work be more innovative? Will it be […]Read More What will the future of work look like? Here is an eye-watering preview
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
Studies show that the current crop of Gen Y talent, will have had up to 12 different jobs and the majority of Gen Y professional graduates (doctors, engineers, architects lawyers etc.) will no longer be working in their chosen career of study having had up to three career changes. Overall ninety-one percent of Gen Y’s […]Read More Five secrets for engaging and retaining Gen Y talent
Have you ever wondered what you would do differently if you were a leader on the historic voyage of the Titanic? A century later we are still gripped by the tragedy, the horrors and even the romance of the loss. It was a shocking catastrophe that cost 1,514 lives. The sinking took about the same […]Read More Lessons from the Titanic for future focused leaders
Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) is an American retailer that focuses on stylish and highly sought after casual wear. It has over 325 stores locations and operates internationally. In 2010 A&F had a turnover of 3.47 billion dollars. They’ve achieved great success using a business model that flies in the face of many well-accepted retail […]Read More Pi$$ing-off your shoppers, the new strategy to delighting customers
Once upon a time, there was a man who ran a small, but very successful bacon bap stall at a village’s farmers market. He spent time getting to know his customers and everyone knew him. He was famous for serving the thickest, tastiest bacon rolls around. People happily queued around the corner for the fresh, […]Read More All good stories begin withâ€¦
Business leaders have recognised that in 2011 there will be no going back to normal, in fact there is now a new normal that involves a world where change is the new constant and complexity is the biggest challenge. The big question is how do business leaders manage and grow in an environment that is […]Read More 10 Intrepid explorers and the new Age of Discovery
FROM SHREK, the movie (Dreamworks Animation, 2001): SHREK: For your information, there’s a lot more to ogres than people think. DONKEY: Example? SHREK: Example? Okay, um, ogres are like onions. (holds out an onion) DONKEY: (sniffs the onion) They stink? SHREK: Yes – – No! DONKEY: They make you cry? SHREK: No! DONKEY: You leave […]Read More Why customer relationships no longer need to be a thing of fairytales