Horizon Scanning

Horizon scanning TIPS

Every year kicks off with a number of “predictions for the year 20xx” articles and posts as if in some way, the world hits a reset button at midnight on New Year’s Eve and faces a fresh start every calendar year. But as Heraclitus said “change is the only constant in life” and even if your […]

The good stuff

Finding the “good stuff”

“How do you always find the good stuff?” he said shaking my hand vigorously – “there is just so much noise out there but whenever I see you present I discover something new to think about – what’s your secret?” It wasn’t the first time I’d been asked that question – and hopefully it wouldn’t […]

Steam train

COAL fuelled Corporate Incubation

In spite of the recent declaration that “Corporate Innovation does not work” by Accenture’s Narry Singh at the WIRED2016 conference in London, Corporate Incubation is a growing hot topic right now. Often fuelled by COAL (Catching On At Last) or driven by FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), many large corporates are setting up their own […]

7 seconds

7 seconds

An article published by TIME magazine in 2015 quoted research from Microsoft implying that humans now have an attention span of just 8 seconds – which is allegedly less than that of a goldfish. Having attempted to validate this, I can’t find any factual evidence to support the allegation (see more here) – but what I do […]

Appetite for disruption

Appetite for Disruption

“I’m worried that you would leave after 6 months – you know, after you had done the disruption” the hiring manager said as she looked up from her notes. I was half an hour into the interview and for the first time I was at a loss for words (unusual for me as those of […]

WHY?

Tell me why!

It’s an occupational hazard. Just like the doctor that gets asked at the BBQ “what must I take for that nagging back pain?”, or the mechanic down the pub whose mates always ask just to “have a quick listen to the strange noise under the bonnet”. In my case, it’s “can I have your feedback […]

I love coffee

Habit forming

“Old habits are hard to break” probably resonates all too well with the many people that are already contemplating their New Year gym resolutions but unfortunately the corollary of “new habits are easy to make” just doesn’t hold true. Contrary to popular belief, it does NOT take 21 days to create a new habit. The […]

Once Upon a Time

Can you tell me a story?

We all love a good story. I grew up in rural Africa, amidst a rich culture of storytelling and at a young age I was conferred with the honorific of “imbongi” by our local people. In Zulu culture, the word is often reserved for those that change the path of the future by telling stories […]

Definition of think

What the world needs now (in addition to love sweet love)

In the light the events over the last few months, I can’t argue with the sentiment expressed by Hal David’s lyrics in Burt Bacharach’s seminal song of the title (here is a link to Jackie DeShannon’s original 1965 rendition as a reminder) and I make no apology for the fact that many of you will now […]

LSD thinking

Take an LSD trip to figure your future

Don’t panic – calm down – this is not an enticement to partake in hallucinogenic drugs (well, not unless that’s your thing and who am I to judge?) – but this is genuine advice that I received over 20 years ago and it has served me extremely well ever since. In the 90’s, I was […]

Mousetrap

Ever seen a better mousetrap?

If you work in innovation I’m sure you’re tired of hearing Ralph Emerson’s “build a better mousetrap” quote trotted out as the guiding light for new product development. It seems a few too many people have taken the phrase quite literally since the mousetrap is allegedly “the most frequently invented device in US history” according to the […]

Exponential

Exponential Employee Expectations

The term “Exponential change” has recently become a seriously overused term – one that I myself am guilty of frequently using in my talks. But this morning I heard a news report on the radio quoting a recent Santander survey (which I’m yet to track down – please ping me a link in the comments […]

It's not rocket science

It’s not rocket science (that’s much easier ……..)

I had just finished on stage when I was approached by a young man beaming from ear to ear with his hand outstretched  “Wow! That was fantastic – my head is like exploding with ideas after that” he blurted out as he shook my hand vigorously.  “I wish our company did something like that – […]

Believe

Something to believe in

I don’t know about you but I’m spoilt for choice. It’s a great time to be a consumer of virtually anything – technology advances have been driving down barriers to entry in almost every industry, meaning that even the most historically stagnant have now become interestingly invigorated by new entrants and challengers. But for many […]