innovative ideas don't appear out of nowhere

Innovative Ideas and where they come from

Search stats for “innovative ideas” on google are far higher than searches for “how to increase innovation” or “how to get new ideas. This reinforces the common belief (myth) that innovation starts with an idea and people are taking to the internet in a vain attempt to shortcut the process 🤦🏼‍♂️. The leadership says “We […]

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The Biggest Barriers to Change and Transformation

The biggest barriers to change and transformation are often behaviours, biases, beliefs, mis-management, misunderstandings and misconceptions that survive and thrive unspoken about in the shadows of every organisation. Having been involved in innovation, change and transformation for pretty much all of my working life (over 35 years so far 😳) I have repeatedly encountered THE […]

Welcome to the New Normal

Welcome to the New Normal – there is NO “going back”

You’re probably already a bit jaded with all the “New Normal” hype flying around, but without meaning any disrespect to those lives and families that have suffered hardship and loss, the global pandemic is without a doubt the most exciting, fascinating, bewildering time for a Foresight Professional like me to experience! We spend our lives […]

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You shouldn’t NEED a “Digital Transformation”

“Digital transformation” (DX) is currently one of the hottest topics with IDC predicting earlier this year that global DX spend will reach $1.8 trillion in 2019 and they forecast $6 trillion in global DX technology spend over the next 4 years. In many respects, this has been great for me personally as the calls for […]

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The FUGLY BABY problem

Has this ever happened to you? You’re browsing the internet, scanning through your social feeds and you come across a proud parent introducing their latest contribution to the gene pool and your first thought is:- “WOW – what a *&%@$ baby!!!”? No? Maybe it’s just me then ……. Now here’s my question to you – “would […]

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Asking the right questions

I frequently find that people focus so much on finding the right answer, that they fail to stop and consider if they are asking the right question……. I was recently contacted by a prospective client that had been pointed in my direction as he had been told that I am “a payments guy” and he […]

Friends, Family and Fools

Friends, Family and Fools

I regularly come across new startups as part of my scanning activity. I’m also frequently approached (mainly on Linkedin) by new startups looking for investment which is thinly veiled as seeking my advice as a mentor. The majority of them however don’t appear to have done their homework and don’t actually have a clue what […]

The future is a mystery

Future Foresight

For years now I have cringed when someone introduces me as a “Futurist” Thanks to media attention, marketing hype and the proliferation of snake-oil-salesmen, the once respected academic discipline of foresight now conjures up images of mystics and shamans and if I had a pound for every reference made to me concerning crystal balls then […]

Fear of Failure

Do you fear failure?

I used to – but no more. Having been brought up in South Africa in a culture where failure was met with physical punishment in school, in sport, at home and in military training, the fear of failure severely impacted my risk appetite and affected my decision making. Fear was seldom a good motivator in my […]

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 […]

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COAL fuelled Corporate Incubation

In spite of the declaration that “Corporate Innovation does not work” by Accenture’s Narry Singh at the WIRED 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 incubation […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]