Step up into the new financial year!

Would you like the next 90 days to be your best so far? What would you be willing to do to make this your reality?

We have an opportunity for a fresh start – a new financial year – and embracing the opportunity to step up to your potential is a choice.  Get inspired by imagining what could be. Build a vision - what would you love to see happen? Put words to the progress you would like to see in the next ninety days – speak it out loud. Write down every benefit that you will enjoy when you accomplish your new goals. Get excited about the possibilities!

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There’s no Magic in Innovation

Someone recently told me that the company they worked for spent ‘2.8 million dollars last year on innovation.’

‘Great,’ I said. ‘Is it a very innovative company?’ He thought for a moment and then, slightly embarrassed, said ‘No.’

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Why Innovation Alone Just Isn’t Enough

Innovation alone won’t be enough to succeed in business during 2013. The key to growth is a return to execution and productivity.

Dr Adam Fraser is one of Australia’s leading educators, researchers and thought leaders in the area of human performance.

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The Galileo Effect

In the late 16th century, a medical student in the Italian city of Pisa observed a swinging chandelier with interest. Later, after scrutinizing a collection of chandeliers of all shapes and sizes arcing from left to right the student, one Galileo Galilei, concluded that whatever their form or size, chandeliers take roughly the same time to complete one arc.

Galileo’s subsequent experiments led to theories that rocked the prevalent school of thought in Europe at the time – namely that the universe revolved around the Earth.

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Innovation and Human Resources

Most organisations know that innovation is important, but many struggle to make it happen. It's a more complicated goal than, say, improving your IT. How do you increase the amount of new ideas your organisation generates, and create pathways for those ideas to be shared, grown, trialled and – when they are good – implemented?

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Terroir, Tradition, and Terrabytes - Futurist Thoughts On Provenance Marketing

The sense of place can be both a gift and a curse. The location which sits at the core of provenance marketing is a double-edged sword. Only Champagne from Champagne can be legally called Champagne. Chicken Bega doesn't have the same ring to it as Chicken Parmiggiano, and Yunnanese Pork doesn't whet one's appetite the way apple-smoked Canadian bacon does. A region has either built a world class reputation for a particular produce, brand equity in its provenance, and trust in its sourcing practices, or it hasn't.

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The Emergence Of A New Generation Of Business Innovators

When you look at the environmental and social challenges we face, it's often tough to stay optimistic. The worst predictions of climate science are coming true. Resource scarcity – especially water – is a major threat to business and the economy. Worker conditions around the world, like those that lead to the unfathomable tragedies in Bangladesh, can seem like intractable problems. And the political system that we need to tackle big issues is mostly broken.

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The End Of 'Product Real Estate'

It's almost become cliche to observe that the retail sector is in trouble. However, virtually every industry is having to reinvent itself and innovate to stay relevant in a world with changing market dynamics, models of communication and delivery as well as tastes and values.

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Future Of Retail

In this profile on the future of retail and consumer innovations, author and futurist Mike Walsh talks about the influence of social media on consumer behavior. He uses real-life examples like Japan's Tokyo Girls collection, which enables attendees to use their cell phones to scan the dresses they see and instantly order them. This segment appeared on Carte Blanche, a South African TV current affairs program.

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Fostering Innovation in the Travel Industry

If you work in the travel industry you sell something of immense value. Holidays are some of people's most treasured experiences. They provide us with time to unwind, time to have adventures, and time to spend with family and friends. If you ask people to list their 10 best experiences, many of them would be whilst they have been on holiday.

There's another benefit of travelling. It changes our perspective.

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