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The one thing that creative people do – a lot!

The one thing that creative people do – a lot!
Here it is. Are you ready? Creatieve people spend a lot of time bouncing ideas off other people. You just have to watch or listen to them. For example: ‘Hey jane, have you got 5 minutes — i just want to bounce an idea off you.’ Creative people know that great ideas emerge from the interactions of a diverse range of people. They have a starting or initial idea but they would like to get a quick reaction. They also look for people who are open to new ideas and that they ... Read more

Where to start innovating?

Where to start innovating?
I am often asked by leaders and managers: Where is the best place to start innovating? There is no one best place. Simply making a start is half the battle. It’s like a fitness program, the hardest part is just starting. But here is my suggestion: Start by concentrating on the small losses that consumers feel when they use your product or service. A small loss are those bite-size, yet frustrating mistakes or slips ups that all businesses make. It could be for example: – making ... Read more

Would young leaders be better off by thinking small?

Would young leaders be better off by thinking small?
Leaders are encouraged to think big. They are encouraged to create a big vision and make big changes. But is this the only way? What about the mid-level managers? Or young, future or emerging leaders? They often do not have the opportunity to make these dramatic changes even if they wanted to. So we need a new approach. I call this The Small Wins Way. It encourages young leaders to: – form small teams, – take on small challenges – with small budgets – take small ... Read more

Can big companies still do big innovation?

Can big companies still do big innovation?
Think of all the big, disruptive innovations or new business models and you realise that almost none of these have come from big companies. For example: Uber Twitter Instagram Gum Tree Air B&B I could go on. These are big companies now but they all started by often young entrepreneurs. And what happens is that in the market-place of new business ideas the best ones rise to the top. They then get bought for big dollars by a big company . For example: Facebook has acquired more that 40 ... Read more

The Small Wins Way vs Business Improvement

The Small Wins Way vs Business Improvement
I was just asked by a leader of a large financial organisation: How does The Small Wins way compare to Business Improvement? This is what I said (although in fewer words): How the 2 approaches are similar: Both: - Adopt a continuous journey mindset - Have a formal, semi-structuredprocess¬† - Are important to an organisation’s ability to adapt, change and grow - Value measurement and learning But there are important differences: The Small Wins Way is: - Aimed at developing a higher ... Read more

How to brainstorm big, new ideas in minutes

How to brainstorm big, new ideas in minutes
I had an insight a few years ago when I was working with managers and leaders. During their planning away-days I noticed that when they were working in a group and had one hour to address a challenge, nothing much happened until I opened the door of their room and said – 10 minutes to go. Then there was a flurry of activity, ideas and energy. In next to no time the group often generated some amazing ideas. I wondered. How much time did an individual or group really needed to start ... Read more

What about a leadership masters competition?

What about a leadership masters competition?
It’s that time of the year when the golf world turns to Augusta for this years Masters Tournament. The best male players in the world compete for this celebrated title. Even the greatest player of his generation Tiger Woods says that he has ‘worked his butt off from sun up to sun down’. This gave me an idea on how to improve the performance of every emerging leader. Perhaps every CEO should consider hosting its own Masters Type Competition for all of its future leaders ... Read more

Is the time right now for leaderful teams?

Is the time right now for leaderful teams?
I was working at a large media organisation this week and one of the corporate leaders mentioned their plans to move people around and also have younger people buddy up with older managers. This was to share and deepen the organisations collective understanding of technology and social media. I know this is a good idea because I often lean on my teenage daughter for help in these areas. Although I do notice she has a short attention span and becomes increasingly frustrated with my lack of ... Read more

What is your glass of water moment of truth?

What is your glass of water moment of truth?
Imagine this scenario. You walk into a new cafe or restaurant but feel a tiny bit unsure whether to stay or not. Then the waiter suggests a table and offers you a glass of water. Before you know it, you are sitting down and examining the menu. But what happened? My theory is that it was the glass of water! It’s a small action that can generate big results. The cafe or restaurant is offering you something you need and its free. A physical and emotional transaction has taken place. I ... Read more

Learning from customer hacks

Learning from customer hacks
Recently coffee culture has really evolved. Sometimes pretentious, sometimes practical. One of my favourites is the three quarter latte. The three quarter latte is a coffee prepared with the normal coffee shot amount, but with one quarter less milk. The cup is not quite full. This gives the drinker the full taste and effect of the coffee, but less milk which is often a concern if you are drinking lots of coffee, or really just love the taste. The cup pictured is slightly smaller than my ... Read more