Light the Fire of Innovation


All the disruption we experienced in 2020 – and will continue to face in 2021 – means we need to be constantly innovating to adapt to change. Innovation isn’t something you can leave to an R&D team, and it isn’t something you do “when things quieten down”. I...

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Twelve Insights for 2021 – And Beyond


As we come towards the end of this wild and crazy year, you might be looking ahead to a very different 2021. In this episode, I share 12 quotations I use with my audiences and clients when talking about innovation, change, disruption, leadership, and making a difference. Here’s the list of th...

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Our Fast-Changing World Needs Fast-Moving Teams


I was recently working with a leadership team in a financial services business. Their business, and their industry as a whole, hasn’t been badly affected by the pandemic – at least not directly. But, of course the pandemic – and its health and economic impact – affects us al...

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10 Ways to Bring Innovation To a Screeching Halt


The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic means many people are going through massive disruption right now. The impact is different for everybody (we’re not all in the same boat; we’re in the same storm, each with our own boat!), but there’s never been a more important time to be open t...

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Leverage Your Assets to Solve New Problems


The last decade has seen the growth of “the sharing economy”, with Uber and Airbnb the most famous examples. The fundamental idea driving the sharing economy is that ownership is inefficient. Most assets sit idle most of the time: Most cars spend most of their time parked, houses are le...

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The #1 Thing That Breaks Your Digital Transformation Program


For the last three years, KPMG has published an annual report, “Keeping Us Up At Night“, where Australian business leaders rank their top challenges and issues. The same topic has ranked #1 for all three years: digital transformation. No surprise, right? Of course, leaders recognise the...

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The #1 Habit That Boosts Innovation


Just as most plants don’t grow in an arid space but flourish in a fertile environment, if you want to build a culture of innovation, you must create the right environment for it. You don’t need special rooms with bean bags and coloured walls to inspire creativity. But you must make inno...

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When it Comes to Innovation, Habit Trumps Discipline


What are the habits in your personal life? Things like brushing your teeth twice a day, getting dressed, a glass of red wine with dinner, washing up the dirty dishes in the sink, putting on your seat-belt when you get in the car, going to the gym, eating everything on your plate, locking the door w...

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Look Beyond Your Hierarchy


New York City, like many other large cities, is the home to many cyclists – about 200,000 a day, according to the city’s research. Most of those cyclists take their bicycles home safely every day, but a small percentage of those bicycles are abandoned, tied to cycle racks, fences, and raili...

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Fan the Flames of Innovation


Creativity is about generating ideas, and innovation is about putting them into action. To make a difference, it’s not enough to just generate the ideas. Acting on an idea not only creates real change from the idea itself, but creates a positive feedback loop for your team members to create m...

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