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!READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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?READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
On 11 September 2001 the world stood still — it was a crisis almost beyond imagining.
When the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the world was shocked.
As the second plane crashed into the towers and the world realised it was not an accident, the scale of the horror became apparent.
As far as crises go, September 11 was monumental and the images we saw on that terrible day will be seared into our memories forever.
And yet even that crisis created new opportunities.READ MORE
Drive Innovation In Banking
How increasing humanity in the financial sector is key
I was recently fortunate enough to be speaking at the Business Banking Innovation awards hosted by Australian Financial Publications and what struck me was how innovative the big four banks, traditionally portrayed as slow moving, actually are.READ MORE
In the ever-growing world of smartphones and smartphone users, one thing has become fairly clear: We all love our own phone, but we hate yours. A self indulgent view of life amongst mobile & social technologies.
Mobile life has become the norm, but it doesn’t mean we all have equal ideas about it.READ MORE
The core problem with credit cards today for consumers is that they are fundamentally designed to encourage spending, in order to generate revenue for card companies and issuing banks. While debit cards are marginally better for consumers on an interest rate perspective, the lack of visibility on spend and overdraft fees means that in the US the average consumer pays $225.00 in fees per year on a debit card/checking account – that includes all those “free” checking accounts, which are anything but!READ MORE
Silos – they are a part of any large corporation – and they are the enemy of innovation & creativity.
Too often, in the big telecommunications companies, you will find marketing on one floor, distribution in a different building, sales on an entirely different floor, possibly even split across different states.
And what falls down the gaps? Genius ideas, a wealth of knowledge and team morale.READ MORE
This name conjures up word and brand associations like high-tech, Facebook and big data. But think about the name in two parts.
Firstly, silicon - the raw material for most commercial semiconductors, the backbone of the digital world. Next, valley - a physical description of a geological depression with predominant extent in one direction.
Put the two words together and we have the metonym for the US high-tech industry. This physical, analogue place has been driving digital innovation and the creation of cyberspace for decades. There is a certain irony in this.READ MORE
One of the most abused words for the past few years is innovation. Ever since the likes of Apple or Netflix revolutionized their respective industries, you hear entrepreneurs telling themselves and others they also want to “innovate” and hopefully grow as large as these global brands. A good friend of mine recently borrowed Dan Ariely’s quote from Big Data to describe innovation:READ MORE
Nike’s recent withdrawal from the fitness band market has raised some significant questions regarding the future direction of wearable technology.
Although the size of the market is predicted to grow exponentially by most industry experts such as Credit Suisse, which predicts the market to increase five-fold to $50 billion by 2017 and wearable technology appears to have already reached a high level of awareness amongst consumers.READ MORE
For anyone working in the technology sphere, you will know that your consumers are no longer confining technology to their work lives. People are demanding technological intelligence in every facet of their lives - from data around their workouts to a home that echoes the Jetson lifestyle we all grew up in awe of.
As consumer demands continue to disrupt the status quo, even the IT & technology industries aren't safe from becoming irrelevant. Gen Y's & Gen Z's are their own computer experts and will soon no longer require an 'expert' as they continue to become one themselves. So how does this dynamic industry protect itself & ensure it offers something that no consumer can replicate? Embrace the home! As commuting becomes a thing of the past - the companies identifying & adapting to this need will truly thrive.READ MORE
In a recent UN/ICAO commissioned survey on the use of signatures in passports, a number of countries including the UK recommended phasing out the long held practice because it was no longer deemed of practical use. More significantly, however, is the emerging trend that has some parents, educators and lawmakers espousing their concern - when asked to sign most kids these days are simply writing their name - the art of the signature may soon be a lost art. A recent report in Gulf News disclosed that this is a global problem with kids in Canada, Tokyo, Hong Kong and elsewhere moving away from written signatures because they live their life through technology, but without the need to sign.READ MORE
I recently had the opportunity to interview Vince Gilligan, the creator, producer, writer, sometime director and overall mastermind behind ‘Breaking Bad’ one of the greatest television series ever made. In fact, in my opinion it’s the greatest. This is what I learnt from speaking with him:READ MORE
When you hear the word ‘innovation’, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? More than likely it’s something associated with business or industry or research and development. But to me innovation isn’t necessarily about big business, or even about any sort of business; it’s about thinking of ways of doing things better – and that can happen in business, but it can also happen in any aspect of our lives.READ MORE
We've all been there - the business is going in a new direction and you need to collectively think of ideas to support this, or maybe you have a client demanding a fresh approach and so a time and date are set; it's brainstorming time. You and the team sit in a room armed with pens and paper but the ideas just aren't flowing...READ MORE
Ideas are like buses, none around for ages and then five show up at once! There's nothing worse than staring at a blank page, pen in hand and radio silence between your ears and this is exactly why the Ode team have created the ultimate playlist to get those crearive juices flowing.READ MORE
Inspiration can be tough to come across, even when you make yourl iving from writing books, inspiring others and creating new ways for businesses to thrive, finding a never ending supply of light-bulb moments isn't easy.
So we thought we'd turn to our inspirational team of thought leaders to find out what they do to get the creative juices flowing, whether you are a bath person or love the outdoors there will be a gem in here that you can use in your own life - enjoy!READ MORE
It's 6.30pm. You’re completely exhausted. You barely notice the other people on the bus as you drift off into your own world. If you close your eyes for a moment, you’ll probably fall asleep. The headlights of the passing cars refract through the raindrops that are trickling down the window next to you. And that’s when it happens. Pure genius - only in hindsight it’s actually obvious. That solution to the problem you’ve been trying to solve since 2pm when you got back from a late lunch break. You feel a sudden burst of energy mixed with more than a little bit of relief. You write down this amazing idea in your diary, smile, and settle in for the trip home.READ MORE
Innovation is full of surprises, that might scare you.
Over the past decade I’ve seen my fair share of attempts at innovation. Everything from incremental enhancements, through to bold attempts at disruptive innovation. One thing stands true, innovation is full of surprises that NO company ever prepared for. And often, scares the c#$% out of them. The key to getting 'ideas' right is to make sure you really understand who you are innovating for by getting out amongst your consumers.READ MORE
From corporate lawyer to successful comedian and well-known TV personality to keynote speaker for innovation; James O’Loghlin explains how an innovation mindset asks the uncomfortable questions. In this post he outlines 5 key steps that can navigate towards your goals and transform the shape of your life’s direction.READ MORE
John Sweeney's new book The Innovative Mindset: 5 Behaviors for Accelerating Breakthroughs helps you identify what you need to do in order to become more innovative and less fearful, and assists in creating a regimen that transforms how you act.
In this video, John says 'thank you' for your collaboration on the journey, and makes a very special offer to celebrate the launch of this exciting new book.
It couldn't be clearer. Big business is committing to climate change. TED speaker, sustainable business strategist, advisor and author of The Big Pivot, Andrew Winston talks mega trends, and what savvy corporations are doing to capitalize on The Big Pivot shift towards a sustainable and profitable future.READ MORE
In this video, innovation expert and author James O’Loghlin shares 3 key steps you can start using today and every day to turn your mind into a natural incubator and creative channel for innovative thinking.
James has written a brand new book "Innovation is a State of Mind", due for release on March 1st, which outlines a step-by-step process to identify opportunities for innovation, develop better ideas, and grow those ideas into something real.READ MORE
John Sweeney is the innovation behavioralist changing the face of business and author of the Innovative Mindset: 5 ways to accelerate breakthroughs. But you may be more familiar with Jiggly Boy - John's invention and larger than life character who is the embodiment of pure innovation in practice, going viral to delight over 150 million times!READ MORE
To respond to the ever growing demand amongst my clients, I'm launching my new book Innovation Wars, with the pre-orders starting on May 2nd. After the success of my previous book Mobile Ready, I've chosen to partner with Publishizer to build the support to produce an amazing innovation tool. You can pre-order the book here.READ MORE
Scott Bales is a leading tech innovator. This video-clip covers one of the ideas at the heart behind Scott's newest book Innovation Wars: Unlocking the Secrets of Corporate Innovation.
How do banks and financial services break through the 'fear barrier' to design innovative products and services... and survive?READ MORE
After 15+ years, working with some of the best organizations in the world, John Sweeney recognizes that leadership can be both a blessing and a curse. Your behavior as a leader has tremendous impact and the way you show up every day is underpinned by your mindset. In this short yet powerful video-clip, John shares 5 key behaviors you can start using today to adapt and develop a Mindset of Discovery.READ MORE
When a company is small and starting out, everyone has to be innovative. It’s a necessity. You need to innovate to survive, because everything is new. There are new challenges and problems every day, every hour, and a lot of time needs to be spent thinking about how to meet those challenges and solve those problems. Companies have to work out how to supply something of value to customers, how to market their goods and/or services, how to attract and retain the best people and a hundred other things. As they do this, they are being, by definition, innovative.READ MORE
From Sony to Microsoft, Adidas to Alcoa, and Billabong to Lego, many a brand has lost their mojo at one time or another. Michael McQueen shares key insights on how we can keep the pedal on momentum.From Sony to Microsoft, Adidas to Alcoa, and Billabong to Lego, many a brand has lost their mojo at one time or another.READ MORE