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…

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…

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 you…

Debunking Popular Myths about Creativity

  Like innovation, there are plenty of misconceptions about creativity out there, which makes it all the more confusing when people are extolling the importance of creative skill in the 21st century. To continue my quest to unravel these complex topics this instalment is all about explaining what creativity is NOT. You have to be…

The 5 Rules of Growth

What are the principles for creating growth? Or rather, what are the things you need to make sure your ideas for growth address in order for you to ensure they succeed? Growth is a word that sooner or later begins buzzing around a company, because cost-cutting – although great for survival, won’t get you anywhere…