Inclusivity is too important to be left to leaders alone.

How do you explain Diversity & Inclusion? Some prefer the analogy of a party. Diversity is being invited to the party and inclusion is being asked to dance.  I disagree. Diversity is not an invitation to a party. The best kind of party is one, where you didn’t need an invitation, because you already belong. It…

Secrets of being braver and finding your courage

How do you create the builders of tomorrow? This podcast was recorded at the Marketing Society’s Braver conference in London November 2018. In it I talk about how you work proactively to reduce the fear that is holding you back. How LEGO used its crisis to discover it’s purpose. And, how to actively move forward…

Winning by being a responsible business

How might brands lead the way and role model responsible business? Richard Straub, founder of the Peter Drucker Society Europe, brings together a great argument in this recent Harvard Business Review article.  ‘What does it take to cause something big about a community to change — something that no one individually has much power over,…

Are you a woman? Increase the diversity of your networks.

The most precious gift we can give one another is our time. Time for conversations, reflection, advice, and sparring. We learn as much about ourselves as we do about each other when we take the time to listen. But those transformational conversations don’t happen when we are in a rush. They happen as a result…

Purpose is in crisis, but CSR isn’t the silver bullet

Later this month the world’s elite will once again gather at Davos to mull over the state of the world. This year the conversation has shifted from the staple headaches of banking crises, rising debt and slow growth to an outright fear of war and conflict on the back of the swing to populism around…

Websites are dead. 7 Reasons why you still need one.

The online landscape is changing rapidly, new social networks and apps appear almost daily.. If anything, the time from inception to boom to bust is faster now than ever… It’s not that websites have become irrelevant, they are more important than ever, but their purpose has changed, here’s why.

How designing for kids makes you a better designer.

The world is changing fast and those not even aware of the change are children growing up with tablets as playthings and the internet in their beds. A space rife with legislation around privacy and child safety, under pressure to be relevant and engaging in ever decreasing attention spans – designing for children is probably…

How to scale value creation by building eco-systems

Can ecosystems be engineered or are they by default out of control of individuals? Can companies be founded on the explicit intent to nurture ecosystems of value creation? How do you counter disruption and turn it into a force for company growth rather than a ticking time-bomb of eventual corporate demise? From brands to ecosystems The opportunity…

Value creation in the age of the empowered consumer

Power is changing hands. Connectivity is changing how we communicate, the kinds of products we find valuable and the services that we prefer. For a long time audiences chose a product not because it was superior, but because the switching costs were too high. Users were ‘locked in’ – not because of active choice, but because of the…

Designers – your time is up. Make way for co-creation

This Thursday sees a number of leading lights from the world of design and innovation, and myself, join forces for what promises to be an exciting session session at the Global Design Forum, part of the London Design Festival 2014. We will be discussing the role of designers in a world increasingly connected, and where traditional singular design…

Why education needs a re-think and play is the answer

Last week I had the privilege to join the leading lights from the field of play, learning, child development and creativity gathering in the sleepy town of Billund, home of the LEGO Group and the LEGO Foundation, and dedicating three days to re-defining play and re-imagining learning. The Conference this year sought to make a break with…