Why creativity is at the heart of successful careers

Creativity is how we reinvent ourselves and protect our livelihoods from becoming automated. Back in the age of enlightenment learning was about human dignity. Only a few benefited from education back then and it was something you honed over a lifetime. The learned were pillars of society. They helped advance our understanding of all fields….

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…

Authenticity: Making purpose matter in business

What does it mean to be authentic as a business, when the very fabric of society is becoming ever more polarised? The world agenda has shifted. The staple headaches of banking crises, rising debt and slow growth have given way to an outright fear of war and conflict on the back of the swing to populism around the world….

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…

How to find your calling and make mastery your mission

Recently I sat down with a friend who was very excited. She had applied to the MIT Media Lab and couldn’t wait to hear back if she had been accepted. An accomplished professional, she already had a masters degree under her belt, and could namedrop more famous institutions she had studied at than most of…

Powerful brands cannot be controlled

  Someone asked me a while ago about how we can control the LEGO brand given that it has such a vibrant community? I tried not to laugh, because the person had a very straight look on their face and besides, laughing would be rude – it is actually a serious question that many brands…

Learning to think in systems – using LEGO bricks.

  What does Google’s Pagerank, the scientific citation index and the taxonomy of plants, animals and insects have in common with LEGO bricks? They are all systems. A post over at the MIT Technology review examines the history of the Pagerank algorithm and shows that in fact, this thinking had been around for quite a…

The hunger to make a difference

  Was browsing latest tweets and came across this gem from Hugh at Gapingvoid, simply can’t wait for his next book. Chapter 2 is a stroke of genius  in that it puts words around this feeling that drives me, and I’m sure not only me, but creatives the world over – and makes us vacillate…