“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
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
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
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 […]Read More There is compelling evidence to suggest we are witnessing the end of meaningful innovation and the death of growth
“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.
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
The people and organisations who will be truly successful in the 21st century will not be those who develop a slightly better product or service than what already exists or the next best dating or social media App, but those who look at their world and ask the question “what is broken and how can […]Read More Why solving problems provides meaningfulness in life
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.
ESPN Coach of the Century Vince Lombardi said: “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour ““ his greatest fulfilment to all he holds dear ““ is that moment when he has to work his heart out in a good cause and he’s exhausted on the field of battle ““ victorious.” Here, Lombardi captures the […]Read More Quests have advanced societies since the dawning of civilisation, here’s how you can benefit today.
“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
“These devices are only going to get smaller and more powerful” say Om Malik of Fast Company. You can buy a Raspberry Pi with a 700MHz processor and 256 MB of memory for about $25. In 2001, a Mac with 450 MHz and 64MB of RAM cost $1,800.” Apple dominates the personal and mobile computer […]Read More Disrupting the world of everything
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
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
Steve Mann graduated from MIT in 1994 and began wearing a wireless camera that recorded images of the world, from his Point of View (POV) and displayed them online. The now professor at Toronto University has been campaigning for wearable technology as a human right. Another early “life-logger” Gordon Bell began collecting as much digital […]Read More Here’s why everyone will be a Life-Logger in the future
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
A recent MIT Technology Review reveals an alarming trend. Since the early 2000’s and increasingly since the financial crisis of 2008, the levels of employment have decreased even though productivity has increased over the same period. Erik Brynjolfsson And Andrew Mcfee call this the “great decoupling” of productivity and employment. Historical trends show that as […]Read More Will you still have a job in 2025?
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
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 […]Read More The Future of Theft
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
We are living in unprecedented times. The storms lashing the UK coast are the worst in living memory and the costs to the economy are in the region of £14b and growing as the weatherman reports two additional storms approaching. The calamitous disruption to business, homes and lives is painful to see. Out of the […]Read More What the UK storms can teach leaders about gaining advantage from disruptive forces
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
The heat surrounding the debate, protesting and exploration for Shale Gas in the UK is on the rise. On the 10th January last year, I posted a blog predicted that shale gas would revolutionise the world and that the UK and it’s European partners needed to act quickly or they world be left behind as […]Read More No fracking please we are British
Do you go to the real place to understand the changing trends affecting how people live, work and play? The Japanese have a term called “genba” which refers to the real place or where the work is done. For some the real place is the factory floor, for others it’s the checkout point and then […]Read More Where the work is really done
An important leadership skill during times of turbulence and relentless change is the ability to ask important questions – Questions that shift organisations and if not shift organisations shift the important conversations in organisations. However, the art of asking questions is a rarely used leadership skill and one that needs to be learnt, it’s that […]Read More Why we can all benefit from mastering the art of asking important questions
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 […]Read More “Minority Report” type marketing misses the point of the Connection Economy
They have variously been named the “Homeland” generation, the “Re-generation” and the “Centennial” generation ““ but at the moment, we know them best (and rather lazily) as Generation Z. In the US, this generation is often held to have been born from 1995 onwards. However, Neil Howe, joint author of “Generations” and […]Read More Preparing for Generation Z (or whatever you’d like to call them)
In an earlier blog I spoke about the “perversions of the proper workings of capitalism”. In my mind Capitalism is inherently good. The Capitalist seeks to find and address a need. They innovate, take risks and work out how to use capital to make a profit. The Industrialist on the other hand surveys the competitive […]Read More Businesses that are building sustainable competitive advantage by doing good for society
“The present state of affairs is really a perversion of the proper working of capitalism. It is all wrong to have millionaires before you have ceased to have slums…If we do not find some way of correcting that perversion of capitalism, our society will break down” said Spedan Lewis, the founder of the John […]Read More Five powerful reasons to address the â€œperversions of capitalismâ€
On the 28th August 1963 civil rights campaigner, Martin Luther King, led thousands of people on a march to America’s capital, Washington DC. There he gave a speech that inspired and paved the way for equal rights and changed the world forever. Fifty years on there are signs that the power of protest is on […]Read More The growing power of protest
Earlier this year I was privileged to hear Seth Godin speak in London. The talk was part of his new book promotional tour The Icarus Deception. In the book and during the talk Seth asked the question “how high are you prepared to fly to deliver your art?” He argues that we’ve fallen into the […]Read More The ART versus the SCIENCE of business.
Here are our top thirteen predictions for 2013: 1.It’s going to get more personal: Social media is no longer a fad, senior leaders have realised that they can not ignore this powerful trend and companies are fast learning how to embrace having a dialogue with their customers rather than just pushing products. 2.Marketing communications will […]Read More Thirteen trends for successful business leaders in 2013
“It is clear that policymakers and those who advise them do not have a satisfactory conceptual framework for dealing with [this] disruptive impact” says Alec Ross the former senior adviser on innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and; Jonathan Luff a former international affairs adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron. They make an […]Read More Bitcoin has the power to disrupt the most powerful institutions
Google is winning and you don’t have to search very far to find out why, says Fast Company writer Frahad Manjoo. In a world of the tech giants – battling against the likes of Facebook, Amazon and Apple – Google has the edge, not because it is winning on every front, it’s not: Apple is […]Read More Is Google the perfect example of a future focus business?
Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn is on a quest to create economic opportunity for the 3.3 billion people in the global workplace by matching skills with job opportunities. This is a bold and audacious quest and quests are a key element of successful leadership in the new world of work. Most businesses have visions and […]Read More 10 Leadership Lessons for building a Quest from Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn
The last time the global music industry showed growth was 1999, when Britney Spears released Hit Me Baby One More Time”ˆand the likes of Manic Street Preachers and Belle & Sebastian won Brit awards. That year revenues peaked at $28.6bn; says James Waterson of City A.M., London’s first free daily business newspaper. This is good […]Read More Bringing soul back to the music industry
How many people do you know, were caught out by April fool jokes this year? Seth Godin played one of the best practical jokes when he blogged that Amazon was launching Kindle Zero a free tablet for all Prime members. Google pranksters were also out in full force with at least six witticisms catching […]Read More Having FUN, the greatest force of disruption