Organisation Z, not Generation Z

I recently read about a conversation between Eric Ries and the then CEO of GE, Jeff Immelt. Immelt said that “Nobody wants to work at an old-fashioned company. Nobody wants to buy products from an old-fashioned company. And nobody wants to invest in an old-fashioned company”. It nicely encapsulated many of the problems we hear … Continued

Generation Z deserve Organisation Z

“We may be young, and of the information age but know the future is ours, and beautiful.” Those closing lines from a poem performed by Tyreece Akwasi Asamoah as part of a Nationwide advertising campaign highlights his vision as a member of Generation Z. It’s a vision which I’m seeing come more and more to … Continued

Design thinking; the framework for success

What sits at the heart of success? A quick flick through the search engines might suggest that hard work might be one of the prime contenders. Now I’m not decrying the value of hard work, but simply grafting away, putting the hours in, is never going to lead to the kind of success that you … Continued

Generation Z – Rebels with an innovation-led cause

In 1955 a film burst on to the silver screen which changed the way in which young people were viewed forever. Its star, James Dean, had suffered an untimely death just one month before the film’s release; but nevertheless, his portrayal of teenage angst made such an impact that he was widely seen as someone … Continued

Building a culture of innovation: The role of adaptability

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; – William Shakespeare Take your time. No really, take your time. After all you don’t want your business to be like one of those quiz shows where you are working against the clock to come … Continued

Building a culture of innovation: The role of collaboration

“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin On a scale of 1 to 10 how open is your business to customer collaboration? Whatever number you pick, unless your organisation is already well on its way to setting … Continued

Building a culture of innovation: The role of intelligence

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? – T.S. Eliot How much do you know about your customers? Before you answer let me rephrase the question; how much do you really know about your customers? Do you collaborate with them, interact with them regularly, network with them, observe … Continued

Building your future on digital sands

I’m sure most of you reading this thought piece are all too aware of the Gartner Hype Cycle that so neatly encapsulates the path many technologies take, from the froth and outlandish expectations that mark their early emergence to the inevitable failure to meet those expectations, and then their gradual adoption across society. It seems … Continued

Innovation Leadership – not as we knew it!

Saying there is a memorable moment in the TV series ‘Blackadder goes Forth’ is like saying that the sea contains a fish! Quite frankly, Rowan Atkinson is a comedy genius. However, comedy or not, there is one interchange which sticks in my mind, as it encapsulates the traditional view of leadership. Speaking to the troops … Continued

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