“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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The quest for wonky veg

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 […]

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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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Quests have advanced societies since the dawning of civilisation, here’s how you can benefit today.

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 […]

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Here is why, Apple is losing its sparkle and what it can do to regain some shimmer

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 […]

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Quest to go to the moon

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 […]

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Build stronger relationships using these powerful three rules

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 […]

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Techniques to bring your story to life.

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 […]

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Games for grown ups

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 […]

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Will you still have a job in 2025?

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 […]

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The leader’s most important job

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 […]

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Celebrating 45 years since the moon Landing and why more audacious quests are needed

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. […]

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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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What the UK storms can teach leaders about gaining advantage from disruptive forces

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 […]

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No fracking please we are British

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 […]

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Where the work is really done

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 […]

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Why we can all benefit from mastering the art of asking important questions

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 […]

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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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Preparing for Generation Z (or whatever you’d like to call them)

  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 […]

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Businesses that are building sustainable competitive advantage by doing good for society

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 […]

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The growing power of protest

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 […]

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Bitcoin has the power to disrupt the most powerful institutions

“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 […]

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