Change in organisations is similar to bi-polar disorder in individuals

  This was the shocking insight I discovered recently when reading a research paper published by Bain & Company. According to the authors, the emotional turmoil associated with large scale change inside organisations is a series of moodswings between the extremes of euphoria and depression, created by our collective fear of the unknown, loss aversion,…

Become known for creating something, not criticising it

  “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly;…

“Don’t Aim at success -…

“Don’t Aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. for success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue.. as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.”

Victor Frankl, FromMan’s Search for Meaning.

 

Can conflict add value?

A discussion I had at a recent company seminar, captured the complicated relationship many of us have with conflict. One of my colleagues spoke of a challenging position in the middle of opposing stakeholders, some of whom seemed to take delight in conflict for conflict’s sake. My colleague confessed that he often waited (in his…

Leadership lessons from the Dalai Lama

Last week a long-standing dream came true: I had the chance to witness the Dalai Lama’s visit to the London School of Economics, and his speech on resisting intolerance: an ethical and global challenge. Humble and self-effacing, he adopted a conversational style that made us listen more intently and more deeply than many of us had…

Why I did an MBA

  As 2011 finally drew to a close and the New Year now beginning, I am looking forward to finishing my last module of the TRIUM Executive MBA program in New York, starting in a few days time. 2011 was quite an undertaking, combining full-time work with studies, and in the last two months, courtesy…

How to become a designer?

  This is a question I often get asked, usually by super-inquisitive 10-year-olds, who haven’t realised that they most likely already are designers, and simply need the world to take note. Nonetheless, whether you are or not, this is the time to start! Below is my 5-minute advice for becoming a designer: Take time to…

Consumer Driven: finding the right consumer-centered innovation methods

Over the past years I have been invited to speak at many conferences about consumer-centered innovation methods, and how we at the LEGO Group tap into our community of fans when developing new products. There is an increasing interest in this subject, as companies realise that it is often especially lead users who are significant…

Find laughter in every day

 An odd thing happened to me yesterday. Ordinary as days can be, this was just another one of those, only difference was the taxi I got into. Happy Thursday! Said a smiling Sikh driver behind the wheel while I fumbled with my luggage and tried to sit down and not get the belt of my…