Apparently the saying, “The milk of human kindness” originated from Macbeth, which is appropriate as it is probably my favourite Shakespeare play. In order to put this into context we need to begin however at “Be careful What You Ask For”. I have ‘heard’ myself say to several people lately, “I would rather lose my […]
Don’t we all wish it existed? That book that holds within its pages the elusive magic formula that weaves its way from Ideation to Execution and results in a successful venture. I am constantly being asked by clients and participants to recommend IT, The Perfect Business Book, and I struggle with the question every time. […]
I confess that I am a musical tragic and some time ago took my daughter to see Matilda The Musical. I found myself relating the story to my work in innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2000, struggling to make a living from theatre and music, and fascinated by the work of Roald Dahl, Tim Minchen wrote […]
What difference can you make? How can you make life easier for others? When was the last time you took a stand against something you believed was not acceptable? How does your business serve your clients? It is widely accepted and scientifically proven that we actually feel good when we do good. And there are […]
So Just Do It! Don’t forget to Feed Your Soul along the way. And when you need some space or things get a little hairy, remember to Breathe. Super Habit Number 5. Just Do It Big or small – just START! Eat that Red Frog – Just Do It! How many times have you sat […]
So did you read Open Your Mind or Mind Your Open in our graphic? Either way the message should resonate! Here we go with Habits 3 and 4… Number 3. Open Your Mind If you keep your ‘circle of knowledge’ tight and routine, the extending influence of your knowledge is also tight and limited. When […]
Over the next few posts you will find simple ways to implement seven habits that come highly recommended (and tested) to make your 2017 a 10! Start by ‘sleeping on them’ each night. There is no ‘perfect plan’ to start on January 1. Good habits can be started and bad habits dropped on any day. […]
What an amazingly fast and furious year. While everyone is in evaluation and planning mode, here are five essential points to consider and execute for success in 2017. 1. Know Your Why. This is fast becoming a mantra but has been around for years and is integral to success. The concept has finally reached tipping point! When […]
Einstein knew it. He also knew that “Creativity was intelligence having fun”. Creativity and Innovation require Imagination. Futurists, science fiction writers and Hollywood have always flirted with the impossible and in doing so, seeded the possible. Consider Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the infiltration of Robotics into our everyday lives. The original Lost In Space series […]
I have been working lately on limiting beliefs, others and my own. One of the most common phrases I use in consultation is “You teach best what you most need to learn”, so when I find myself dealing with the same issue for several clients, I take notice. While enjoying some time out over the […]
Lesson 5 On a small island or village, your word is your bond. Once trust is gone, your name is mud. Last night an aerobics group was meant to put on a class on the foreshore. Word was you could go and watch or you could join in. People waited…and waited…it was a no show. […]
Lesson 3 This is a memorial where the old village church used to be. It was blown up by a German bomb in WWII. My mother, who was around 6 years old, told us stories of being thrown out of their home by the Germans and living inland in a goat shed with their animals. […]
Lesson 1 Here I am on the island of my ancestors. I am a fanatical walker and discover whatever I can on foot. This morning I set off on a walk up the mountain. I chose a destination and off I went into unchartered territory. Being a rugged island, the path at times was rocky. […]
This year, the Hunter Innovation Festival (HIF) saw a record number of entries for the Smart Ideas competition. Over thirty people took part in the inaugural HunterHackFest and two start-ups pitched at the Hunter Research Foundation breakfast. This city is bursting with ideas (and dare I say innovators) and the Festival opened several portals for […]
I’ve just attended the Front End Innovation Conference in Boston where every speaker highlighted the importance of workplace culture. Next stop was Las Vegas and after three days of intense learning and connecting at the Boston conference, Vegas was certainly confronting. It’s big, larger than life and full of fakes including a fake Venice, Paris […]
I have writer’s cramp! Thirty-two pages of written notes, 74 photos, 12 speakers, countless Tweets, and Instagram and Facebook posts. That’s how Day One of the Front End Innovation Conference looks like in numbers for me. But numbers don’t quite catch the energy in the room, nor the discourse that took place. Numbers don’t show […]
I’m sitting here in a little Italian eatery, drinking a semi-decent cappuccino, wondering what on earth I am doing on the other side of the world without my family. I am constantly talking about creating opportunities and hopefully at the end of a twelve-day whirlwind conference and meeting trip taking in Boston, Las Vegas and […]
Steve Jobs knew how to make connections. The MagTech AC adaptor for the mac laptops were actually a connection he made between his product and the magnetic power chords that accompanied rice cookers selling in Japan. The magnetic AC power adaptor was an impressive innovation. Picture a rice cooker simmering away and a child running through, tripping […]
Top of the list: Be brave enough to be exactly who you want to be, one hundred percent of the time. You don’t need to be one version of yourself at home and another at work. Next: Don’t get stuck doing something that cripples your soul. Especially don’t be crippled by a boss or manager […]
I’m writing this on the plane returning from two days of solid networking. As much as technology has connected us through video conferencing, Skype and countless equivalents, there is nothing as productive in the short term as face-to-face contact. The words authentic, honest and purposeful are becoming increasingly valued in today’s business world. And they […]
Getting it right – from the top down.
Four women. Three identified market gaps. Three opportunities.
What is Israel doing that we aren’t? And why?
What does Hollywood have to do with forward thinking? A lot more than you THINK!
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?