Passion and Purpose, Bitcoin, Democratisation, Universal Basic Wage, Artificial Intelligence and Leading from Behind are concepts that were once considered fluffy at best. Until recently. Today, many experts are making predictions and assumptions about the roles they do and will play in our lives. Fifty years ago we didn’t have mobile phones, computers, ATMs, mapping […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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?
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.
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.
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 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 […]
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 […]
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: […]