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…

Engineering Shared Value Creation

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…

Re-imagining learning in the 21st Century through play

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…

The more diversity, the faster the perceived change

What might be behind the apparent differences in how we perceive the pace of change? It struck me that despite sharing the same experiences, working in the same company, living in the same part of the world, city or neighborhood, perceptions can vary greatly. What is interesting is how we may be looking at exactly…

Are you biases holding you back?

As we grow older, learn more and generally gain more experience – we’d like to think we get smarter, but what if we are wrong? What if the more we know about something, the more vested we become in preserving what we know as the ‘truth’ and the more affected by biases we become? I…

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,…

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 experience design is important

  Seth Godin makes an excellent point in his post, that marketeers all too frequently make the mistake in thinking to grow their business they need to move from selling nuts to squirrels to convincing dolphins nuts are delicious. Worldview changes three things: attention, bias and vernacular. Attention, because we choose to pay attention to those things that…

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…

Leaders make the future

  The second day of the Institute for the Future’s Ten Year Forecast retreat is now drawing to a close and I have an opportunity to sit back and reflect over the last 2 days, the people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, the information I have been inspired by and all the ideas batted around…

Think Eco-Systems not just Issues

  Take global warming or government regulation as examples – these are all very complex topics, collections of variables where solving the problem cannot be achieved through solving one issue alone, but in fact the solution rests in addressing the eco-system tying together all the inter-linked variables. In fact, seeing things on purely the issue…

Avoiding the 3 pitfalls of Innovation based on Insight

  Don’t get me wrong – I’m a fierce proponent of innovation based on insight. How else would you be able to frame your innovation and understand whether what you are proposing is even relevant, unless you understand the competitive landscape in which you operate? The purpose of this post is not to question whether…