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…

Finding what drives you

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…

The greater the resilience, the greater the chance of success

Over the past year I have learned a lot about leadership in the context of creating transformational change. On the surface of it, we are in the process of building a new LEGO.com and redoing the foundations for how the site works and connects to every part of our business. The first part of the…

Thriving in fluid environments

  Recently I found myself on a call with three great minds, talking about the frustrations around nations, organisations and individuals clinging to assert control in a world, largely fluid and ever changing. Our desire for control, predictability, reducing uncertainty is out of step with the reality around us. In fact, the only thing which is…

Definition of a successful life

  Couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to nip back to my native Finland for a good proper ‘Släkt Fest’ – Family Party, as my uncle, now the oldest of all my relatives – turned an impressive 80 years old. In his time he has fought cancer twice, most recently only this year,…

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…