Close your eyes and think about the last time you travelled to a different country, state, city or even suburb. You were expecting things to be different. You were taking in your new surroundings. Your eyes darted faster, you listened for the unfamiliar, and you were on alert. Why?
Ever felt the electricity of the group in an idea building session? That’s what true collaboration feels like. At the end of the session, no one individual feels like they own the idea/solution/concept. It has resulted from the contributions and building-block approach of the whole.
The possibilities opening up to businesses at this time of incredible change are exciting, though it will be challenging for some to release old beliefs. In order to see the possibilities and seize the opportunities, our eyes must be wide open.
They call NYC the City of Ideas. There are banners everywhere reminding you of that. We often need reminding when we start expecting creativity and innovation so much so that we take it for granted.
I can confirm my mantra – “Don’t ask, don’t get” and recommend you give it a go. Always ask with gratitude for any response. And make sure your motives are honest and authentic. Finally, be careful what you ask for because you are likely to get it.
At its heart NYC, just like any other city or town, is the collective energy of its inhabitants. When I land in a city, familiar or not, I can’t wait to get out and walk amongst the people. I realised I could have been anywhere, except for the New York ‘feel’ which is defined as […]
The plane enters turbulent airspace. I close my eyes and try to quiet the white noise of my mind and I start to practice mindfulness. I made a mental note of the thought processes that just transpired… I have never felt the fear of those few seconds before.
When we embark on our business journey, investment of time and money are a given. Somewhere along the way we get caught up in the processes and daily tasks. Start with committing to one investment at a time. The results will surprise you.
Put collaboration on the agenda at a meeting and have your team brainstorm potential partnerships with organisations that share your values and have vision. If you don’t, the result will be – NOTHING. If you make an attempt, the results could be incredible.
Problem: The Washington Memorial was attracting too many pigeons, who were pooping too much on the monument which meant that harsh chemicals were needed to clean it. Finding a solution meant tracing the root of the problem.
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.
“Brainstorming is Bollocks!” In a controlled study, with a traditional brain storming control group and a shifting group, the shifting group generated more ideas and broader ideas.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
As any entrepreneur will tell you, you won’t get far without determination, commitment and collaboration. These qualities have never been more imperative than during the present time, when the only thing that we can count on, is that we can’t really count on anything – well not permanently anyway. Cases in point. Seven years ago […]
Brazilian company Semco made its debut on the Internet in July 2005. Sometime prior, Semco was a manufacturing company in decline. According to the April 2013 issue of Forbes, Semco has experienced a 900 per cent growth in the last ten years. In case you aren’t familiar with the story, the company’s modus operandi includes: […]
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 – […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]