Archive | January, 2015

Action Definition Magnifier Shows Acting Or Proactive

Words Words Words

Words are words. In business these days you need your actions to be as loud if not louder than your words. Rhetoric can buy you short term. Action buys you respect and long term survival. Ideas are great but flutter into the ether unless followed by action.


Things are Different

In July 2005 articles and footage started appearing on YouTube about Brazilian manufacturing company Semco. Semco was described as a “most radical workplace”.  Seven years on, the company’s operating principles are still considered rare: not knowing which receptionist will be on at what time because it is up to the receptionists to work out their […]


The Consumption of Assumptions

Creativity can be consumed by assumptions. Took part in a great webinar a week or so ago. Amantha Imber from Melbourne based company Inventium was talking about innovation and the topic swung around to assumptions. Amantha believes that assumptions can actually toll the death bell for creativity. Why? Because assumptions have the ability to “fence […]

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So – which one of you can Innovate?

It’s a strange question really. One that really shouldn’t have to be asked. Innovation should be like those other “in” words – innate, intuitive, indefinite – it should be a “given” that everyone should be involved. So ideally, we need to convince everyone that there is no such things as a bad IDEA and that […]

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Slowing down the Cogs…

There was a very interesting article in the Australian Financial Review on 24th October 2012. The article focused on the research out of Oxford University by neuroscientist Susan Greenfield and was all about how technology short cuts brain power…when you finish reading it, it’s a real no brainer. “Technology should be a means rather than […]

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Retail Revisited

There is a plethora of articles being written at the moment about retail – chains are closing, David Jones and Myers have had profit slumps, the internet is killing the sector etc.etc.etc. So it’s time we revisited innovation in retail – because retail is in the spotlight all over the world – for the devastation […]

Manage Definition Magnifier Showing Leadership Management And Supervision

Really – How Effective is Micro Management?

Well I had a little chuckle to myself as I headed to Wikipedia for a definition of micromanagement. Chuckle soon turned to choke as I read it, eyes widening and mouth gaping! I shuddered…it was spot on… see for yourself. And here is another comment those who have been micromanaged will certainly relate to…micromanagers risk […]

Celebrating the New

As the Hunter Innovation Festival enters its the sixth consecutive year, it is timely to investigate the origins of Innovation and why we bother to celebrate Innovation during the month of May. The word Innovation has its origins in the 15th century and comes from the Latin Innovatus (in – into, novue – new). By […]

On Brand…

I was impressed a couple of weeks ago. Returning home from my early morning walk I passed a new business venture that was about to launch – Pure – a retail outlet for clothes, shoes and accessories for sporting enthusiasts. It was 7:30am and one of the owners called out behind me. I stopped – […]

Mental Contrasting

So the term Mental Contrasting popped up again the other day in a newsletter from Inventium. I’m surprised it’s not used more often than it is…though there is the association between mental and hard work, and that may be prohibitive. Professor Gabriele Oettingen (so much easier to write than to say) from New York University […]

Look Outside Your Box for Ideas

It has been written that Steve Jobs knew how to make connections…the magnetic ac adaptor for the macs were actually a connection he made between his products and the magnetic power chords that accompanied woks selling in Japan as a safety precaution. The magnetic ac power adaptor was an impressive innovation. Picture a wok simmering […]

Little Wins

A friend of mine keeps coming up with great book discoveries! A few weeks ago he recommended Little Bets – how breakthrough ideas emerge from small discoveries, by Peter Sims. I’m still getting through it (and the 1000’s of other books I have on my “to read” list) but I’ve just read the chapter titled, Small […]

Innovation in the USA

I have just returned from the USA in awe of the role that Creativity and Innovation play in businesses, companies and organisations. Everywhere I turned I saw the words Creativity, Innovation, Imagination – or a wonderful variation – Imaginate! These words were written across billboards, in all forms of advertising, on the front cover of […]

Innovation in the Workplace

There are a plethora of articles written about Innovation in the Workplace. As each workplace is a combination of its own unique qualities, each organisation will have a unique formula for fostering innovation peculiar to it’s own culture. This article is not about reinventing the wheel on Innovation Best Practise but rather about drawing attention […]


If you read the plethora of business books out there (and there are some good ones), participate in workshops, or seek advice from a business advisor or business coach – there will always be a ‘case study’, or a ‘mention’ of other businesses and organisations that  are doing well, even “punching above their weight”! They […]

If Rules Aren’t Meant to be Broken at Least Bend Them A Little

I was listening to Bill Gates talk about philanthropy, education and innovation the other night on Radio National and was delighted by the announcer’s closing statement, “To draw more people into thinking big and outside the square, we must change how we teach”. Well, for my money that means teaching EVERYONE – from school children […]

How or Why do we Measure Innovation?

I have a problem with measuring – sometimes we get so caught up in the measuring and the explaining and the reporting and the justifying – that we forget what it was we actually started out trying to achieve. My maternal grandmother was a great cook (she was a Greek grandmother so it really goes […]

That’s An Innovation Wrap

Academics often talk about little ‘c’ and big ‘C’ creativity. If that’s the case, Newcastle in May was blazing INNOVATION. Three days of intense activity at City Hall and NBN studios exposed delegates to the Hunter Innovation Forum to information and activities, but equally important, to opportunities for networking and collaboration. And with guests numbering […]

Identification By Definition

Western cultures have largely solved problems by establishing rules, rules that inflict limits on situations and confine behaviours to what is deemed to be acceptable. It seems we also have a need to confine through definition? Innovation is a word that has increasingly been bandied around for quite a few years and ironically, as the […]

Golden Eggs

Lets talk eggs! There’s been much talk lately in quite a few different circles I’ve found myself in, about putting all our eggs in the mining basket. At the Create and Innovate workshop at Kurri Kurri a couple of weeks ago, people were conscious of not putting all their eggs in the one basket post […]

Can I Have Some Money…Please?

There’s no doubt that NOT having to worry about money ALL the time certainly helps remove barriers! Whether you’re staring your own freelance business, holding an event or working on a project, you need to know what your costs are! Organisations like The Business Centre have tools available like the Business Viability Calendar that can […]