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If you have been feeling the pace of change accelerating, 2018 will demand an even faster pace. Companies that thrive will have to learn to experiment like a startup. Startups are known for being quick and nimble in the face of rapid change. Their small size and fast-paced culture allow them to acknowledge when something isn’t working and change direction accordingly without missing a beat.read more
I recently heard a former executive of Google speak passionately about how to disrupt business as usual by being a moonshot thinker. The take-home message is we’ve entered a new age where the speed of change today is the slowest it will be in our lifetime. Think about that insight for a moment.read more
Humankind has many psychological flaws. One of the least recognised is an almost complete inability to understand the impact of compound interest. Our minds can deal with linear change well; if a new wall is half finished after ten days, all of us can predict that completion is likely within a further couple of weeks. But give us a problem involving percentage growth rates and almost all of us fail miserably.read more
Anyone who has had any experience of doing business in Asia will tell you that, despite common perceptions and assumptions, the greatest communication challenge is not usually caused by language differences. Whilst of course you are always going to have a big advantage if you speak the local language, the biggest challenges and problems usually arise from the fact that westerners can generally be described as having a “direct” communication style, whilst Asians are more “indirect”.read more
Recently I gave a talk at the strategy summit for a large construction & engineering company. One of my key points was that the future of construction (and many other fields) is in the smart combination.read more
Find truly breakthrough ideas by combining concepts from different industries, fields and disciplines
There is a misconception of where good ideas come from. In most cases, really good ideas come from something existing which is then adapted to another area. Cross-industry innovation is the clever way to jump-start your innovation efforts by drawing analogies and transferring approaches between contexts, beyond the borders of your own industry, sector, area or domain.read more
There is a story about a traveller who found that, in order to be welcomed into an eastern family, he would be asked to take three cups of tea. The first cup was taken as a stranger, the second cup as a friend and, if he was offered a third cup, he would then become part of their family. A place where trust was given freely and unconditionally, and from which he would forever be looked after.read more
Change is extraordinarily difficult to do as all (human) systems are wired for survival, which tends to mean repeating the coping strategies of the past. It is also extraordinarily complex to do, as organisations are comprised of many interlocking variables and myriads of human transactions – which operate both in the arena of the “legitimate”, or formal system, and the darker yet more powerful arena of the “shadow”, or informal system, where emotions are felt, work really gets done, and loyalties acted out.read more
Too many business leaders today are out of touch with the employees they lead. Edelman estimates that one in three employees doesn’t trust their employer – despite the fact that billions are spent every year on leadership development. Part of the problem: Our primary method of developing leaders is antithetical to the type of leadership we need.read more
Even though the US presidential election resulted in a decisive victory for Donald J. Trump, it nonetheless revealed a deeply divided America. Yet with Republicans in control of the White House, Senate, House and Supreme Court, the coming months and years will feature a realignment of America’s domestic and foreign policies. What does this mean for America’s role in the world?read more
With the UK’s referendum on its continued membership of the European Union fast approaching, now is a good time to take a look at how Brexit might affect the events industry.read more
When planning a conference, awards ceremony or another corporate event, there are numerous things to consider. Although of vital importance, the choice of an appropriate speaker is only one of these. It goes without saying that the location of events is paramount as the quality and efficiency of a venue can either be of benefit or detriment to company reputation.read more
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