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…

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…

Why education needs a re-think and play is the answer

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…

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…

How to be more resilient

In a previous post I wrote about how resilience is far more powerful a predictor of success than age, gender, nationality, educational background – well, pretty much anything. The post talked about what resilience entails and what behaviours are part of resilience. Crucially, none of these are things you are born with, but habits that…

What Makes a Good Leader?

Check out this excellent by Megan Richter at the Thin Difference blog: What Makes a Good Leader?.

Leading creatives – who’s holding the pen?

  I have a confession to make. The possibly worst example of leadership I have ever come across was in design. A team of designers tasked with designing something, each wielding their pens in search of the solution, yet one person bent on undermining the whole effort by figuratively speaking holding the pen for all…

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…

The Lessons of Great Followership

Followership? Doesn’t have that sexy ring to it like leadership has. I’m ready to bet there are more blogs and posts out there (including on mine) devoted to what constitutes great leadership, than there is celebrating and pinpointing what makes good followership. Why could this be? Perhaps it is, because leading is what many people…

The Lessons of Great Leadership

There used to be a time when I was suspecting that I had a problem with authority. I didn’t have much respect for my boss at the time, and in general I was feeling very disillusioned. This is not a nice frame of mind to be in so one invariably begins wondering why things are…

Humble Leaders – An Oxymoron?

Someone once told me I was too polite to be a great leader. Asking people to do stuff and saying ‘please’ was apparently not a sign of setting strong direction and providing uncontested leadership. ‘Women often do that… apologising for giving orders’ they continued. Their argument was that ‘please’ opens things up for discussion and…