“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…

LEGO System: A tool to think with

  LEGO play, I have learned, is one of the most powerful ways to unlock curiosity, imagination, creativity and learning. It draws strength from a system whereby you don’t need to know each individual brick, to intuitively know how you can fit them together. Moreover, the bricks can be put together and taken apart by…

Celebrating LEGO fan creations on Rebrick.com

Image credit: Mike Doyle Mid-December saw the launch of a long-awaited new addition to how we at the LEGO Group collaborate with our amazing fan community. Rebrick.com is the name of a fantastic new site that aggregates all the wonderful LEGO fan creations in one place, making what is often hard to find visible to…

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…

The art of mastering your craft

  There is something magical about doing something for its own sake, and taking pride in doing it really well. Some weeks ago I was doing a talk to design students and we ended up discussing how difficult this can be, when many tools designers and creatives rely on, are developing at such breakneck speed….

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…