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Get the Most Out of Every Book You Read and Every Conference You Attend


When you attend a conference, do you make lots of notes to take action later – but most of them don’t get done? Or do you read a great business book and intend to put some of the ideas into action – but never find the time to do them? The trouble with having one big list of action...

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Be an Authority, Don’t Just Have Authority


Leadership now is not just about the organisational structure. It’s not even about the organisational structure turned upside down. Modern leadership is much more about facilitation and collaboration, and everyone can be a leader. This is not just some glib motivational statement (“You ...

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Disrupted!


(by Gihan Perera, with a nod and a wink to Clement Clarke Moore) ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse The stockings were hung by the chimney, in time For last-minute express delivery by Amazon Prime. The children were nestl...

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Solving Customer Problems? That’s Not Enough Anymore!


As a futurist, I’m often asked by business leaders how to stay ahead of their competition in a fast-changing world. Many of these leaders think it’s about embracing some new technology, understanding some future trend before anybody else in their industry, or creating an innovative prod...

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The Hedonist’s Guide To Getting Things Done: Goal Setting Made Easy


Most goal-setting programs are hard. The system might sound easy, but achieving the goals is difficult. It usually takes discipline, willpower, a strong mindset, hard work, sacrifice and struggle. No wonder most people fail at their goals or New Year’s Resolutions! I’ve got a different ...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Introducing AI Into Your Organisation


Every new technology appears with a lot of hype, but there’s one where a lot of the hype is matched by reality: artificial intelligence, or AI. Here’s some of the solid evidence supporting the adoption of AI: Respected technology adviser Gartner predicts that by 2021, 80% of emerging t...

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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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Artificial Intelligence In The Workplace: What Most Leaders Don’t Understand


What do these three things have in common? When I want to drive at a constant speed, I can set the cruise control in my car. When I want to hear music in my lounge room, I say to my Google Home assistant, “Hey Google, play some music” – and it automatically plays my favourite mus...

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