Peter Fisk’s Blog

The $3 trillion global start-up economy … where and how start-up ecosystems are driving new growth

October 18, 2019

The global startup economy is worth nearly $3 trillion, a rise of 20% in two years. That’s the size of a not-so-small economy, larger than the GDP of the UK, France, or Brazil. Technology-driven startups aren’t just contributing to economic growth, in …

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“I don’t know where the limits are, but I would like to go there” … Eliud Kipchoge shows what it means to be extra ordinary.

October 12, 2019

“I don’t know where the limits are, but I would like to go there” said Eliud Kipchoge as dawn broke over the Danube river in Vienna early this morning. Two hours later he stood in the middle of  the tree-lined Hauptallee, having just sprinted to the fi …

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Leading the Future, harnessing Man and Machine, and a bit of Design Thinking … inspired by % Arabica

October 11, 2019

This week I’m in Kuwait. First stop is my favourite coffee shop, % Arabica. A minimalist temple of glass shimmers between the towering blocks of dust and construction. Inside the cool vibe is an antidote to the 38 degrees bustle outside. The coffee is …

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The Next Factory of the World … Irene Sun joins me at EBF19 to describe her journey from Asia to Africa and America

October 1, 2019

Irene Sun was born in China, raised in America, found herself in Africa, later worked with McKinsey, and is author of The Next Factory of the World: How Chinese Investment Is Reshaping Africa. Her book highlights how China has become Africa’s largest t …

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What can we learn from Asian business? … Linda Yueh, Christina Boutrup, Milo Jones and Tendayi Viki join me at EBF19

October 1, 2019

What can we learn from those fascinating markets of Asia and beyond? Jack Ma was rejected in the west, but thrived in the east, building Alibaba with the power of imagination and intuition. Indeed, a recent WEF study found that 90% of Asian business le …

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Inspired by China’s Squirrel and India’s Oyo … Haiyan Wang and Anil Gupta at the Thinkers50 European Business Forum

September 27, 2019

Haiyan Wang and Anil Gupta are a power couple of business thinking who have come into their own in recent years, with the rise of Asian businesses and the focus of learning on the blitzscaling growth of so many companies, including the likes of Squirre …

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Funky Futures: the matrix of cities, capitalism, and digitalisation … Kjell Nordstrom at the Thinkers50 European Business Forum 2019

September 25, 2019

Kjell Nordstrom is the Swedish academic “funkster” who gave the world the book “Funky Business” 20 years ago. To celebrate 2 decades of funkiness, he joined me back on stage in Odense today to kick off this year’s Thinkers50 European Business Forum. Do …

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The centre of business gravity has shifted from America to Asia … Erin Meyer at the Thinkers50 European Business Forum 2019

September 25, 2019

Erin Meyer, INSEAD professor of organisation behaviour, created her “Culture Map” as a way to make sense of those many situations we find ourselves in today, when we work in international, multi-geographical, multi-cultural teams … and for some reaso …

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The world is a lot better than we think … Factfulness’ Anna Rosling joins me at the European Business Forum 2019

September 25, 2019

Anna Rosling first met her father in law when staying over at her boyfriend’s house at the age of 16. Next morning, Ole, her boyfriend now husband’s father, was founded counting shoes and measuring sizes in the hallway, trying to work out who the extra …

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Alex Osterwalder, Erin Meyer, Scott Anthony, Kjell Nordstrom, and many more … join me at EBF19 to explore the best new ideas in business

September 8, 2019

20 years ago I was inspired by a book featuring two shaven-head Swedish professors, looking more like punk rockers than academics. “Funky Business” shook-up my thinking about the world of work. It told me that crazy ideas are not just possible, but ess …

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Leaders and Loonshots … how to see around corners in the quantum economy … What are the best new ideas in business?

September 2, 2019

Thinkers50 was established almost 20 years ago out of a desire to find the best ideas in business. Every two years it seeks to rank the thought leaders of business – based on the ideas that have created most resonance in the business world, the most di …

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The Department for Dairy Related Scrumptious Affairs … how would you reinvent the world of milk?

September 1, 2019

New markets demand new approaches, emerging trends and alternative business models give you the opportunity to innovate everything from product to service, packaging to distribution, customer experience to business models. Imagine milk you consume dail …

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Gamechangers Latin America … the most innovative companies, from Agua Bendita and Cliengo to Mercado Libre and Selina

August 30, 2019

This week I am in the wonderful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, for my “Gamechangers Latin America 2019” keynote and masterclass at the CMO Latam Summit, organised by Adlatina. You can download a summary of my presentations here: Gamechangers Part 1: …

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Fashion Pact … 32 leading brands make commitments on climate, biodiversity and oceans

August 27, 2019

Many of fashion’s largest and most influential fashion businesses have created a pact to address the industry’s effect on the environment. Among them are businesses including French luxury giant Kering (owner of Gucci and Saint Laurent), Adidas, Chanel …

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Are we heading towards an economic downturn? … Wave theory, tech revolutions, and reasons to be optimistic

August 15, 2019

We’re all familiar with the economic cycles that thrill us in the upturns, and then just when we realise that times are good, we’re on that rollercoaster to tough times again. Business progress, is marked by a cycle of boom times and struggles. And whi …

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Catching the Hallyu … This week I’m in South Korea, exploring a culture of innovation that spreads across the world

July 22, 2019

“The Korean Wave” (sometimes known as “Hallyu”) is a broad theme to describe the global popularity of South Korea’s cultural economy exporting pop culture, entertainment, music, TV dramas and movies. Hallyu originates as a Chinese word which, when tran …

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The future is rapidly becoming our reality … Microsoft’s Julia White uses Azure and HoloLens to deliver a keynote by her own hologram in Japanese

July 19, 2019

Microsoft is all about enabling people to do things they never dreamed they could do. For Microsoft’s own CVP of Azure Marketing, Julia White, she never imagined she could stand on the stage at this week’s Microsoft Inspire 2019 event in Las Vegas, whi …

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The challenge of mass impoverishment … “The 99% Organisation” seeks a world where everyone is at least 50% better off than today

July 18, 2019

The median wage earner is poorer today than they were in 2007. This is mass impoverishment. Mark Thomas, a friend and co-author, has just written a fantastic new book, and launched an entire movement no less, to address the inequalities of our rapidly …

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GE’s Ideas are Scary … B2B marketing is just as creative, and emotionally engaging, as B2C marketing

July 16, 2019

B2C and B2B marketing were once easily distinguishable from one another. Consumer marketing was highly polished, it looked great – it was about people, emotions, big ideas, aspirations, futures, it built engagement, desire, preference and drove intuiti …

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Conscious Deceleration. Algorithmic Beauty. Morality Recoded. Revelation Brands … a peak at some of the big “trends” shaping today’s markets

July 7, 2019

Trends can be exciting, inspiring and sometimes even insightful. They spark our imaginations, shape our innovations and confirm our intuition. They help us make sense of the big picture, and where we are going, and how to tune into consumers today. The …

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“Everything you know about AI is wrong” … How to build the nexus between humans and intelligent automation

July 2, 2019

Artificial intelligence will radically change our lives, but just not in the ways you might think. You’ve been made to believe that AI will take your job. The truth is AI will deeply change the nature of work itself and lead to the creation of jobs tha …

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“Take a deep breath, think about where you’re going next, and open your eyes” … How mindfulness became big business

July 2, 2019

“Take a deep breath, think about where you’re going next, and open your eyes.” I open my eyes. There’s no one in the room. It is just how I left it. In fact I’ve just spent the last hour, focusing on my breath, body and the sounds around me. I’m not at …

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Better questions = better answers … How a “Socratic” approach to leading and learning enables more critical thinking, and better action

July 2, 2019

Critical thinking will be the number one skill for business in the 21st century (according to the World Economic Forum, Harvard Business School and The Institute for the Future). Being intensely curious about our changing world, being open minded to ex …

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How to deliver a better keynote … 7 ways to inspire, educate, and entertain your audience as a keynote speaker

June 29, 2019

I spend most of my life travelling around the world to conferences, annual meetings, in-house workshops, and other business events, as a keynote speaker. I talk about the future of business, and in particular how to lead that future in a way that inspi …

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Disrupt or be disrupted … corporate entrepreneurs fight back by harnessing the startup way

June 26, 2019

Eric Ries has become the world’s guru to start-ups. And large companies too, who want to think and act more dramatically, before they are disrupted by them. His book The Lean Startup has now sold over a million copies, and is translated into 30 languag …

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Maersk … change is never easy, particularly for traditional businesses in a digital and disrupted world

June 25, 2019

Maersk, the Danish shipping business, was another traditional company trying to compete in an increasingly digital and disrupted world. It struggled to understand how to respond to a new generation of shipping innovators, alternative transport provider …

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The Corporate Athlete … business leaders turn to fitness, diet and sleep, as the ingredients for high performance

June 11, 2019

I’ve been running each morning for 40 years now. Give or take the occasional guilt-ridden absence due to illness or injury, it’s been a streak ever since I joined the school lunchtime running club as a 10 year old. I run in rain or shine, wherever I am …

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The Age of AI … Smart robots, conscious computers, and the future of humanity … say hello to tomorrow

June 9, 2019

AI has become the predominant technology driver of our time. The term artificial intelligence (AI) has been used far and wide within the realm of data science and beyond – but what exactly is it and what are its capabilities? The premise behind AI is t …

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Future of Work, Future of Education … Rethinking how to learn in a world of exponential change

June 9, 2019

What does the future look like? Ubiquitous, mobile supercomputing. Intelligent robots. Self-driving cars. Neuro-technological brain enhancements. Genetic editing. The evidence of dramatic change is all around us and it’s happening at exponential speed. …

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Taming Tigers … Asian business leadership secrets from Ambani 🇮🇳 Gupta 🇸🇬 Horikiri 🇯🇵 Jianlin 🇨🇳 Le 🇦🇺 Ling 🇲🇾 Ma 🇨🇳 Son 🇯🇵 Xin 🇭🇰 and more

June 3, 2019

Whilst Asia is home to the world’s fastest growing markets, it is also where many of the best new ideas for business come from – both what to do, and how to work – applicable to every business leader anywhere. Western business leaders seeking new inspi …

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“Platform” companies now dominate markets, fundamentally disrupting how value is created … time for a business model revolution

June 2, 2019

Platform businesses have radically disrupted the traditional business landscape. Not only by displacing some of the world’s biggest firms, but also by transforming familiar business processes, consumer behaviour and value creation, and altering the str …

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17 Lessons from Asian Business … What can we learn from the amazing innovations and growth in China, Singapore, India and beyond?

June 1, 2019

The world’s most dynamic markets today are in Asia. China is the world’s second largest economy, a huge new and growing consumer market, and home to many of the world’s fastest growing companies. Alibaba to Baidu, BYD and Bytedance, China Mobile to Did …

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Welcome to the Future Factory … Shenzhen is China’s tech megacity, home to BYD and DJI, Huawei and Tencent

May 29, 2019

40 years ago, my father in law, who had grown up in the countryside north of Hong Kong, just over the border into mainland China, went back to the village of his birth. I remember him telling stories of a simple life, playing in the rice fields, and fa …

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Superhero to Spacedust … Are we watching the implosion of Elon Musk, or will he indeed save the world?

May 29, 2019

Elon Musk has been called the Thomas Edison of our times. From his Paypal pay out he invested in daring dreams and radical technologies that were ahead of most other people’s imaginations. From Tesla to SpaceX, Solar City and Neuralink, Boring Company …

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Adidas to Allbirds … sustainable fashion brands embracing the circular economy

May 19, 2019

Brands from Adidas to Allbirds have been experimenting with textile innovations that aim to push the industry towards a greener future. We are all familiar with the challenges of our fragile earth, from climate change to resource scarcity – the World W …

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Airbnb to Alibaba, Snap to Stitchfix … what’s next on the agenda for CEOs?

May 18, 2019

Today, every business is a digital business. In every industry, traditional business models and processes are being transformed by the spread of new digital technologies and the rise of disruptive threats. If electricity transformed manufacturing durin …

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Eric Reis launches the Long Term Stock Exchange … to address the misguided pursuit of value that gets lost in quarterly results

May 12, 2019

This week sees the launch of a new Silicon Valley-inspired venture. Not another start-up business, but an entire stock exchange. Eric Ries, author of  The Lean Startup, is the innovative mind behind the project. For many years business has become confu …

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Do you believe in unicorns? The $1 billion start-ups have become giants, and have spread across the world

May 10, 2019

A unicorn is a privately held startup company valued at over $1 billion. The term was coined in 2013 by venture capitalist Aileen Lee, choosing the mythical animal to represent the statistical rarity of such successful ventures. Airbnb and Uber were pa …

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Innovation in Switzerland, from Bobsleigh to Nescafe, Velcro to the World Wide Web … What makes the Swiss tick?

May 10, 2019

A small, Alpine country that lacks raw materials, Switzerland has had no choice but to continually reinvent itself over the centuries, developing alternative sources of income, such as agriculture, tourism and its service sector.  What’s the secret of …

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The Cluetrain Manifesto … Holstee Manifesto … Lululemon Manifesto … Bruce Tau’s Manifesto … and Sunscreen

May 9, 2019

20 years ago, back in September 1999, I left the comfort of my corporate job and started a new business. We wanted it to be a wake up call for business, an inspiration for leaders, and enabler of better work. For the last year I had watched the rapid g …

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Reinventing Luxury … how Bernard Arnault is reinventing LVMH and its fashion houses, ready to win in an Asian and digital world

May 7, 2019

In an extract from his forthcoming book “Be Extraordinary: Rise up to Lead the Future Business” Peter Fisk profiles LVMH’s CEO Bernard Arnault: Whilst start-ups have risen on the waves of technological progress, more traditional businesses have had to …

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Time for a “wise pivot” to the future … reinventing your business in the age of relentless disruption

May 5, 2019

These are familiar words. “Disruption” has become synonymous with innovation, and particularly the impact of start-ups on traditional markets, and large corporations. From the definition of Clay Christensen which was more about disruptive technologies, …

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Loyalty beyond points … Patagonia finds a better way to engage its consumers in what they really care about

May 4, 2019

Almost 30 years ago I remember being part of the team launching the first frequent flyer program from British Airways. AirMiles, the points scheme, and Executive Club, the tiered benefits program, were groundbreaking at the time. Yet for many years I h …

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China’s shift from imitation to innovation … 5 important lessons from the strategies and approaches of Chinese businesses?

April 29, 2019

Chinese innovators have moved from imitators to innovators. Jack Ma himself, an English teacher in Shanghai with a big ambition, set off for America to learn from the technological revolutionaries of the West Coast, maybe even to get a job too. He retu …

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Hamdi Ulukaya’s “anti-CEO playbook” is about community, responsibility, and accountability, instead of maximising value for shareholders

April 28, 2019

Profit, money, shareholders: these are the priorities of most companies today. But at what cost? In an appeal to corporate leaders worldwide, Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya calls for an end to the business approach of the past, and shares his vision for …

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Changing the world of marketing … trends and techniques for a digital-centric approach to customers and brands

April 26, 2019

In just the last decade, the marketing world has been dramatically transformed. Spending on digital media surpassed television ads long ago, and digital spend is anticipated to top $333bn in 2019.  More significantly, the rise of digital platforms has …

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The “I Ching” is probably the oldest guide on how to deal with uncertainty … and shapes the culture of Chinese business

April 24, 2019

The I Ching is probably the oldest surviving text on how to deal with uncertainty. The classic Chinese text is also known as The Book of Changes. Swiss psychologist Carl Jung  wrote a foreword to the English translation of I Ching. he was one of the fi …

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Winning leaders need to go beyond the “fixed vs growth mindset” paradigm … to lead business towards a better future

April 23, 2019

If there is one concept that has dominated leadership thinking in recent times, then it is probably the “Growth Mindset” as articulated by Stanford psychologist, Carol Dweck, building on her research on mindsets and their effects on achievement and suc …

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Marketing has changed … no more spam, no more hussle, no more shame … Seth Godin explains what marketing is, again

April 22, 2019

Seth Godin has been a peer for the last 25 years. When his great book Purple Cow came out back in 2002, I was CEO of the world’s largest marketing network, the Chartered Institute of Marketing. We immediately embraced the concept, the book, and Seth. H …

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3D Printing … 30 years on from Chuck Hall’s cup, you can now print almost anything on demand … food, a new dress, body parts, even a new home

April 20, 2019

30 years ago Chuck Hall, the cofounder of 3D Systems, designed and printed a small cup. It was the first example of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing as it is more generally known. He called the approach stereolithography, a method and apparatus f …

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Surfing the Megatrends … Business transformation needs to keep pace with the changing world, and shape it further

April 19, 2019

Business transformation needs to keep pace with the changing world, aligning with the megatrends, harnessing the changes to keep pace, but also to influence the changes in their own vision. The companies who can most effectively shape the trends, are b …

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Ambient tracking, Bounty Programs, Solar Highways, 5D Printing, Digital Frailty, Nanobot Nurses, and Thinkables? And The Big 9

April 15, 2019

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee’s original proposal for a World Wide Web, which his supervisor called “vague, but exciting.” We’ve come a long way in those last hyperconnected 30 years. So … Ambient tracking, Bounty Programs, …

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Facts and Funk, Asia to Africa, and how to be invincible … The world’s best ideas for business leaders at Thinkers50 European Business Forum 2019

April 12, 2019

Go shopping in Shanghai, and stores are unlikely to accept your cash or cards, instead expecting you to buzz their QR code with your mobile phone. Sit down in a Dalian Wanda movie theatre and you are invited to immerse yourself in the story with your V …

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Amazon Day 1 … Jeff Bezos writes his 2018 Letter to Shareholders … “Intuition, curiosity, and the power of wandering”

April 11, 2019

Jeff Bezos has had a turbulent year. Amazon continues to thrive, albeit with new challenges, whilst Bezos personally has had to overcome more personal challenges. He remains the richest person in the world, at least before his divorce settlement, and i …

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The simple sketch by Dragan Pajevic that became Amazon’s warehouse robots, transforming the speed of logistics

April 8, 2019

Amazon knew that it had to reinvent its distribution system, if it was going to be able to deliver customer orders in 24 hours, and ultimately in 1 hour. Transportation was relatively easy. Dedicated Amazon vans, aircraft, ships, bikes, drones were ent …

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100 ways “platforms” change the game of business … transforming markets and delivering exponential growth

April 6, 2019

12 years ago a small group of companies began enjoying exceptional sales and profit growth, companies like Apple, Alibaba and Google to name just three. They didn’t just grow. Nor were they simply enjoying their best ever years. They grew exponentially …

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The best ideas for business leaders … What you need to know to lead and succeed in today’s fast changing world

April 5, 2019

We live in an incredible time – more change in the next 10 years than in the last 250 years. How do you make sure that your own thoughts and actions keep pace, and that you are ready to seize the new opportunities for yourself and your business? Market …

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Is our world changing faster than ever before? It’s changing, but not as fast as people think!

April 4, 2019

The idea that change is accelerating is all around us. But is life changing faster now than it did a hundred years ago? A quick search for “exponential change” will generate thousands of articles on the topic, written by journalists, consultants and ac …

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Innovation in South Korea … disruptive innovators like Toss are growing rapidly in “the world’s most innovative country”

April 1, 2019

South Korea was recently ranked by Bloomberg as the most innovative country of 2019, with Germany in second, USA eighth and China 18th. Bloomberg’s Innovation Index scored countries based on seven different criteria. South Korea secured its No. 1 ranki …

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Marketing needs to step up … to be the driving force of business, in a world where markets are the biggest dynamic

April 1, 2019

Marketing as a profession, and a source of new thought leadership, has become a little stagnant in recent times. Over the last 15 years since I was CEO of the world’s largest professional network of marketers, the CIM, then I don’t see much progress in …

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Europe’s Best Performing CEOs … Pablo Isla, Bernard Arnault, Francois-Henri Pinault, Elmar Degenhardt, Jacques Aschenbroich, Johan Thijs, and Martin Bouygues

March 31, 2019

Europe’s CEOs are the best in the world, according to HBR’s recent list of the world’s best performing CEOs. While companies are defined by the work of their staff, they all need a figurehead and a leader to act as the face of the business, and to shap …

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Hello Tomorrow … the rise of Arabic innovators, beyond sand and oil, beyond borders and cultures

March 27, 2019

“Hello Tomorrow” proclaims the bold advertising of Emirates. Indeed the airline has soared ahead of its global challengers in recent years, focusing on a strategy not just to compete, but to change the world of travel. Its strategic model and brand exp …

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The Future is Asian … 5 billion people, most of the world’s mega-cities, 30% of the global economy, 70% of global economic growth

March 21, 2019

5 billion people, two-thirds of the world’s mega-cities, one-third of the global economy, two-thirds of global economic growth, thirty of the Fortune 100, six of the ten largest banks, eight of the ten largest armies, five nuclear powers, massive techn …

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Inspired to Innovate … ideas and anecdotes, tools and approaches, wit and wisdom from some of the world’s great innovation gurus

March 20, 2019

It’s one of the toughest challenges an executive faces: How do you get your people to think creatively—to challenge the status quo—while still keeping your everyday operations running smoothly? Innovation is not like most other business functions and a …

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IKEA reinvents its business model … why businesses need to keep innovating the way they work

March 20, 2019

We lease cars. We rent designer dresses. When the lease is up, we return it and get another. Could a similar leasing model work for furniture? IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, is launching a subscription model where people can lease everyt …

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Neuroplasticity: The Secret of “The Source” … Tara Swart’s new book on how to change your brain to live a better life

March 13, 2019

Self-help books like The Secret promise that we can tap into the “law of attraction” to control our destiny, simply by changing our thoughts. If we strip away the mystique, at the heart of this idea is a fundamental truth that is backed up by the lates …

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Smart Business … Ming Zeng on what Alibaba’s success says about the future of strategy

March 9, 2019

Alibaba’s “customer-to-business” model shows how to use the power of AI and machine learning to respond to customers’ rapidly changing needs and aspirations. In Smart Business: What Alibaba’s Success Says About the Future of Strategy, Alibaba’s chief s …

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Women in Business … Whilst female attributes are key to future success, we still don’t have equality

March 6, 2019

This week I’m in Copenhagen working with the Danish Diversity Council, and leading a fabulous workshop of female business leaders exploring the rapidly changing world, and what it takes to create and win in the future. Of course that’s not solely a fem …

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Deconstructing the corporation … rethinking what it means to work, and to be an organisation

March 5, 2019

The average life of a company has been consistently shrinking, from 67 years in the 1920s to 15 years today, and dropping fast according to research by Richard Foster of Yale School of Management. At this churn rate, 75 per cent of the S&P 500 will …

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Black Mirror in Beijing … China’s new social credit scoring system is being implemented right now

March 4, 2019

China plans to rank all its citizens based on their “social credit” by 2020. Citizens will be rewarded or punished according to their scores. Like private financial credit scores, a person’s social score can move up and down according to their behaviou …

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The “extra” factor in business leaders … how ordinary people become extra-ordinary

March 3, 2019

Jack Ma began studying English at a young age, spending time talking to English-speaking visitors at the Hangzhou international hotel near his home. He would then ride 70 miles on his bicycle to give tourists tours of the area to practice his English. …

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How big tech makes money … Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft … Are you the customer, or the product?

March 1, 2019

They have changed the world with their technology, harnessing the power of data and networks, some charging for your access to their content, and others charging others for access to you. For all of their similarities, it seems that there is not one mo …

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Neuromarketing to be more persuasive … in your sales pitch, your keynote, your email, and everyday conversations

February 27, 2019

Start your presentation with a “pain dialogue” … then move on to an “emotional cocktail” … An to engage your audience more deeply, emotionally and persuasively says Christophe Morin, co-founder of neuromarketing agency SalesBrain, and author of new …

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The Enlightened Capitalists … Cautionary tales of business pioneers who tried to do well by doing good

February 26, 2019

We’re all familiar with the drive for business to do more than make money, to contribute more broadly to society, and take greater responsibility for the world in which they operate. Business leaders are increasingly pressured by citizens, consumers, a …

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Artificial Intelligence is rocket fuel for business innovation … AliveCor to Barbie, Darktrace to Infervision, Netflix and nuTonomy

February 25, 2019

The power and potential of artificial intelligence (AI) cannot be overstated. Almost every industry and realm of life is set to be transformed by it, with the estimation that by 2020, 95 per cent of all customer interactions will be carried out by some …

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The Future of Mobility … a new age of planes, trains and automobiles is rapidly emerging

February 24, 2019

BMW and Daimler this week launched a sustainable mobility joint venture including ride-hailing, parking and electric car charging services. The two companies, previously fierce rivals, will invest more than €1bn to develop their urban mobility business …

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SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son is the most powerful man in technology … with an obsession for AI, and 300 year plan for success

February 21, 2019

Masa Son, the founder of Japanese technology giant SoftBank, has become the most powerful person in Silicon Valley (and the richest man in Japan). He hit the headlines recently with a series of global acquisitions including Cambridge chip designer ARM, …

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Meituan Dianping is the world’s most innovative company for 2019 … followed by Grab and NBA, Disney and Stitchfix … how tech is reinventing the real world

February 20, 2019

I always look forwards to Fast Company’s annual ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Companies. Whilst other sources, most notably Bain and Forbes, also produce rankings, largely analytically based on quantifiable factors like patents and profits, FC …

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Airbus to Allianz, Daimler to Dior … What are some of Europe’s most innovative businesses up to?

February 15, 2019

I spend much of my time travelling around Europe, working with the leaders of the continents most innovative companies. From my home in West London, a home to corporate giants like GSK and Unilever, I embrace the passion of Madrid where I’m a professor …

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Beyond the hype of Hyperloop … from initial vision, to open sourced projects by companies around the world

February 14, 2019

We’re all familiar with the vision of the Hyperloop. It started as a proposed new form of ultra-high speed passenger and/or freight train, based on the early open-sourced “vactrain” design by Elon Musk’s joint team from Tesla and SpaceX. Drawing heavil …

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You are awesome … two-thirds of kids in school today will end up doing a job that hasn’t even been invented yet … but don’t worry!

February 14, 2019

“Did you know that two-thirds of kids in school today will end up doing a job that hasn’t even been invented yet? That is truly mind-boggling. And do you know what else? On average, you’ll probably have at least 17 different jobs in your lifetime (but …

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The Future of Insurance … AXA to Zhong An, Ingenuity and Lemonade … the shift to technology-based services that reduce risk

February 12, 2019

12It’s all about risk. Consumers fear it, insurers profit from it, and it’s impossibly hard to quantify. While not the most glamorous of industries, insurance can be a life-saving protector, pooling everyone’s premiums to safeguard against some of our …

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Farsighted … how to make the big decisions, the ones that affect our lives for years, or centuries, to come?

February 9, 2019

Steven Johnson is best-selling author of books including Wonderland, Where Good Ideas Come From, and The Ghost Map, and the host of the BBC series “How We Got To Now”. His writing delves into the intersection of science and technology within our lives, …

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Purposeful brands … What do they say … and what do they actually do?

February 8, 2019

To refresh the world … To inspire moments of optimism and happiness … To create value and make a difference … Coca Cola’s purpose statement suggests that the brand seeks to do much more than sell soft drinks. But is this a meaningful statement, that …

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The CEO Genome … it’s about being decisive yet adaptive, engaging and reliable, to deliver more business impact

February 8, 2019

The CEO Genome is a research project by two authors, Elena Botelho and Kim Powell, built on an in-depth analysis of 2,600 leaders to write a new book The CEO Next Door on what it takes to get to the top. It reveals the common attributes and counterintu …

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Hit Refresh … How Microsoft’s “growth mindset” enabled it to become the world’s most valuable company, again.

February 4, 2019

5 years ago today Satya Nadella became CEO of Microsoft. Since taking charge he has turned the company’s fortunes around, tripling its market value, making it the most valuable company in the world for the first time since 2002. In November 2018, Micro …

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Being Courageous … Leaders who can see a better future, and have the guts to make it happen

February 3, 2019

To lead effectively — really, to live effectively — you must be confident in yourself, connected to others, committed to purpose, and emotionally courageous. Peter Bregman argues that most of us are great at only one of the four. Maybe two. But to be a …

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10 Little Words of Happiness … Hygge to Lykke, Fika and Lagom, Apprivoise to Ataraxia, Ikigai and Wabi Sabi, WuWei and Sisu

February 2, 2019

Hygge A couple of years ago, the world went crazy for “hygge”… that untranslatable word that became understood and loved around the world. The Danish concept of simplicity, coziness, and wellbeing has been translated into a design style, self-care ro …

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Beautiful brands … Airbnb to Diptyque, Havaianas and Hwayo, L’Occitane and Leica, Maison Margiela and Patagonia

February 1, 2019

Brands inspire us beyond business. They are the icons of a cultural zeitgeist, they are the labels of our imagination and energy, and they are then labels by which we define ourself and our tribes. Japanese publishing house JOH & Company’s B Magazi …

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Why purpose-driven companies do better … they are more ambitious, attract talent, inspire innovation, faster decisions, more trusted, increase loyalty, attract investment

February 1, 2019

What is the benefit of having a purpose beyond profit? Whilst for some people the notion of having an “inspiring purpose” is morally and commercially a no-brainer, for other people, a purpose can still seem like an irrelevant tagline. You might argue t …

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Asian business leaders are more creative and intuitive … more youthful and female, driven by optimism and confidence

January 28, 2019

Imagine Jack Ma in a room with Jeff Bezos talking about the future of retail. Or Elon Musk setting out to map the future alongside Masayoshi Son. They may have similar dreams and strategies, but their styles of thinking are likely to be quite different …

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Facts about the changing world of business … helping business leaders to make sense of the opportunities of ahead

January 28, 2019

We live in an incredible time. More change in the next 10 years than in the last 250 years. New technologies are transforming the ways in which we live and work. Technologies enable incredible change. It is how we unlock their potential that matters. T …

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La Vida Nuestra … How Barcelona’s Estrella Damm beer embraced the power of storytelling through branded films

January 25, 2019

Storytelling has always been a powerful way for brands to establish and maintain this meaningful relationship with consumers. In the consumer world, such brand narratives are not about finding logical solutions to complex problems – or indeed about tel …

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The House of Beautiful Business … What defines our humanity, what future do we want, and how will we realise it?

January 24, 2019

Inspiration is rare in today’s world of relentless speed, incredible innovation, and bewildering complexity. Yet in Lisbon I found an antidote. It’s called a house, but is more an incredible meeting of people. It has even been described as a sacred spa …

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Solomon’s Code … Being human in a world of intelligent machines … and the need for a “Digital Magna Carta”

January 23, 2019

Popular perception always thinks of AI in terms of game-changing narratives. Deep Blue beating Gary Kasparov at chess, for example. But it’s the way these AI applications are “getting into our heads” and making decisions for us that really influences o …

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Globalisation 4.0 … Is it an unstoppable force, fuelled by dreams and technology, or should we take back control?

January 22, 2019

Globalisation used to be exciting. To be able to connect with other people and nations across the world. International travel was a positive experience. Exploring incredible places, and diverse societies. The opportunity to share our cultures, perspect …

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Eliud Kipchoge in search of new barriers … DeepMind’s AI outperforms the world’s best … and billionaire Jack Ma goes back to teaching

January 18, 2019

The passion to be better Eliud Kipchoge rises just before 5am each morning in the small village of Kaptagat in western Kenya. He rolls out of bed, wipes the sleep from his eyes and gets ready to run. By the time the sun rises over the ochre-red, dusty …

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Purpose and Profit … BlackRock Chairman Larry Fink’s Letter to Shareholders 2019

January 15, 2019

Dear CEO, Each year, I write to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of our clients, the majority of whom have decades-long horizons and are planning for retirement. As a fiduciary to these clients, who are the owners of your company, we …

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Inside Disney’s iD8 Innovation Studios … where the magic of Mickey Mouse lives on with Buzz and Brainstorms

January 15, 2019

The Walt Disney Company was founded in 1923. Few businesses have been as consistently innovative over such a long period of time. Based in Burbank, California, Disney is the largest media conglomerate in the world by revenue, and its profits last year …

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Selemon Barega … time for Ethiopia’s next super athlete to step up to greatness … Do you have what it takes to raise your game?

January 14, 2019

Selemon Barega is an 18 year old Ethiopian runner, set on becoming the next Olympic champion. On the dirt roads that sprawl outwards from Addis Ababa there are thousands of young men and women who share his dream. In East Africa long-distance running i …

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IDEO’s Creative Difference … How able is your business to solve challenges in new, meaningful ways?

January 14, 2019

Companies like Apple, IKEA, and Google work hard to develop the culture, processes, and habits that drive their success. When taken together, these all add up to a capability we call creative competitiveness. It’s what IDEO has spent 25 years observing …

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Singapore gaming entrepreneur Min-Liang Tan wants to make Razer one of the biggest brands in the world of entertainment.

January 13, 2019

Singaporean entrepreneur Min-Liang Tan founded one of the world’s largest gaming businesses, Razer in 2005. He was a childhood gamer who made his hobby his business, and was supposed to be a lawyer. Coming from a traditional Asian family, his parents m …

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AI enables China’s social credits, Lil Miquela is the end of influencers, and the $500bn potential cannabis market

January 10, 2019

The Most Contagious Report 2018 is a great way to summarise the zeitgeist. The annual snapshot of the world’s consumer markets is both insightful and provocative, exploring the creative and cultural trends that are driving brands and innovation around …

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Your time is precious, don’t waste it … 100 inspiring business quotes from Angela Ahrendts to Niklas Zennström

January 9, 2019

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose said Dr. Seuss. We can spend hours reading every book, months studying at business schools, and years learning from colleagues in our every day …

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Guanxi … What can we learn from the power of personal relationships in Asian business culture?

January 8, 2019

Guanxi loosely translates as personal connections, relationships or social networks. It implies trust and mutual obligations between parties, and it operates on personal, familial, social, business and political levels. Having good, bad or no guanxi im …

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The World in 2019 … ubiquitous AI, authentic realities, blockchain identities, immersive retail and brands mean more

January 6, 2019

After a rollercoaster year of political, environmental and economic change, business and consumers are taking a deep breath. Brands are assuming a more meaningful role in consumers’ lives … becoming civic leaders, advocates, even therapists, driving …

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Digital Coffee … Nespresso is driving digital innovation to bring people’s coffee experiences to life

January 2, 2019

Nespresso might never have existed if we hadn’t set ourselves the challenge of making the ultimate espresso. In 1986 the first Nespresso capsule-based system was launched … “Gamechanging” innovation that answered this important business question: “Ho …

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The Infinite Game … Most games have finite boundaries, and measures of success … but not business

January 2, 2019

How do great businesses achieve long-lasting success? How can you build long-term value and healthy, enduring growth – to play the infinite game? Do you know how to play the game you’re in?   In finite games, like football or chess, the players are kno …

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Every breadth you take, every move you make … Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react

January 1, 2019

Your world changes, and so should you. Yet so often we find comfort, security and laziness in staying the same. As human beings we have programmed ourselves to love stability, not change. To avoid testing situations, different and even challenging our …

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Happy new year! … ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! … Godt Nytår! … S Novim Godom! … Antum salimoun! … 新年快乐 / 新年快樂!

December 31, 2018

Sometimes all we need is a new beginning. So here’s a big “cheers” to thinking about positive change, as the year changes too. Don’t forget the past, to build on what you’ve done so far. But jump to the future, then plan your journey future back, with …

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Tracksmith launches Hare AC … Sports brands lead the way in building communities of people sharing passions

December 28, 2018

Tracksmith, the Boston-based retro running clothing brand with a devoted following, recently launched its Hare A.C. running club. Membership is priced at $128 annually and includes not just a free racing vest, early access to major launches, and exclus …

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Leading beyond a VUCA world … time for leaders to embrace the future more positively, their space to add value

December 28, 2018

Nearly two decades ago, military planners coined an acronym to capture the nature of an increasingly unpredictable and dynamic world. They called it VUCA—an environment of nonstop volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. The world today embod …

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Nike’s Dream Crazy … bold, human and thoughtful … was the best advertising campaign of the decade, not just of the year

December 27, 2018

Nike’s Dream Crazy campaign could be the best of the decade, let alone the last year. Their decision to use Colin Kaepernick was one of the boldest made in marketing in a long, long time and the brand was rewarded accordingly. The black and white close …

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The rise and fall of Ofo … the billion dollar Chinese bike sharing platform

December 27, 2018

The streets of Beijing and Shanghai are littered with yellow Ofo bikes, lying abandoned in varying states of disrepair, chains broken, wheels buckled and paint fading. A reflection of the quick rise and sharp fall of the billion-dollar Chinese bike-sha …

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Olympic sprint champion Michael Johnson … from world records in golden shoes, to high performance and just walking

December 26, 2018

Michael Johnson is one day younger than me. Johnson was the world’s greatest 200/400m runner. His performance were out of this world. For a number of years, he really was at a different level to the rest of humanity. His best moments came in 1996 at th …

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10 Paths to Growth … exploring the new book Growth IQ with Salesforce’s Tiffany Bova

December 23, 2018

Do you know the best way to drive your company’s growth? If not, it’s time to boost your Growth IQ. That’s the message of a new book by Salesforce’s Tiffany Bova. Seth Godin calls her “a worthy successor to Michael Porter” whilst Nancy Duarte (author o …

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Inside Daimler’s Lab1886 … the Stuttgart innovation hub focused on creating the future of mobility

December 18, 2018

Innovation was and is one of the main drivers of the sustainable success of Daimler. Established in 2007, Lab1886 is supporting the company with innovative models to master the challenges of the future. Innovation is the venture of turning the visions …

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AI is transforming the brand experience … from Levi’s Virtual Stylist to Hilton’s Connie robo receptionist

December 16, 2018

Customers love personalisation. Brands that excel at personalisation deliver five to eight times the marketing ROI and boost their sales by more than 10% over companies that don’t personalise, according to McKinsey. 73% of consumers prefer to do busine …

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Dragon Rouge’s vision of how brands will shape our future lives

December 15, 2018

Over the past few generations, Western ideas about family have shifted dramatically. People wait longer to have kids and many “boomerang” back to their parents’ homes before finally setting out on their own. When they do finally leave, they often scatt …

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Grainwave White Ale from Ceria Brewing Company … the world’s first cannabis-infused beer launches in Denver, Colorado

December 14, 2018

After months of chatter, a non-alcoholic beer promising a different kind of buzz is launched this week, according to the Denver Post. Ceria Brewing Co.‘s debut product, Grainwave Belgian-Style White Ale, will be available at Green Solutions’ dispensary …

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Yvon Chouinard announces a new mission for Patagonia that will reshape how he does business … “Patagonia is in business to save our home planet.”

December 14, 2018

Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia’s 80-year old founder started climbing in 1953 as a 14-year-old member of the Southern California Falconry Club, which trained hawks and falcons for hunting. He scrambled up and down the cliffs to the falcon aeries he moved on …

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A place to live, laugh and love … how Orascom is reinventing the future of towns … from the Swiss Alps to the Red Sea

December 7, 2018

Orascom Development Holding (ODH) creates fully integrated towns, like the one here in La Gouna, a purpose-built location on Egypt’s Red Sea. Escape from the hustle and bustle, the noise and crowds, the density and pollution of big cities, to live a be …

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The Rise of Tesla … an infographic story of how Tesla went from the stuff of dreams, to a turbulent reality, and its future vision

December 5, 2018

Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Tesla was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers who wanted to prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker …

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Smarter, Faster, Happier … What leaders, innovators, and mavericks do to win at life.

December 4, 2018

5 years ago, I spent most of a year writing my book “Gamechangers”. I searched the world for 100 fantastic examples of companies, large and small, from every sector and continent, who were shaking up their sectors, changing their game. I learnt about w …

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Welcome to Alibaba’s global headquarters … in China’s futuristic city of Hangzhou

December 2, 2018

Welcome to Hangzhou. Home to Asia’s most valuable company Alibaba, and its enormous headquarters campus. The eastern Chinese city, capital of Zhejiang Province, is a modern and also home to 9.1 million people, with building work everywhere. It is fierc …

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Alex Osterwalder joins me to build “the invincible company” at the Thinkers50 European Business Forum

December 1, 2018

Over the past 16 years, Alex Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur have been dedicated to a single mission: how to help companies continuously reinvent themselves. They created some incredibly useful tools and methods to deal with this challenge, most famously …

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Pablo Isla, CEO of Inditex … the humble Spaniard is the world’s best performing CEO of 2018

December 1, 2018

The world’s business leaders face a diversity of challenges – demanding customers, relentless competition, profit-hungry investors, political and economic headwinds. Yet their companies have shown a remarkable ability to sustain momentum. In this year’ …

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Future Running … how the running sportswear market evolved from Adidas v Nike into a much more vibrant marketspace

November 29, 2018

Running shoes used to be a fairly simple choice – Adidas or Nike – with a bit of Asics and New Balance thrown in. My first running shoes were Adidas, back in 1978, although I was soon inspired by the Olympic exploits of Coe and Ovett, to try the swoosh …

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The Magic of Storytelling … from movies and books to strategies and brands … inspired by Coca Cola, Nike Women and Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

November 29, 2018

Pixar is arguably one of the greatest storytellers of our generation. They’ve won 13 Academy Awards, 9 Golden Globes, and 11 Grammys. In the business world we use stories for everything from building brands to selling products, articulating purpose and …

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Blitzscaling … Reid Hoffman’s lightning-fast path to building massively valuable companies

November 29, 2018

Blitzscaling is the new book from LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman who sold his networking business to Microsoft for $26.4 billion.  At its core, the concept of Blitzscaling is about growing at a rate that is so much faster than your competitors that m …

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How can a business break free of its incrementalism? Develop a strategic narrative. Break the bottlenecks. Define future KPIs

November 28, 2018

How can a business break free of its incrementalism, to dream bigger, to reinvent, to excite its people and customers? The fundamental problem we face say the authors of Leading Transformation—Nathan Furr, Kyle Nel, and Thomas Zoega Ramsoy—is our tende …

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The power of distinctive words … exploring the awe of duende, the search for saudade, and the beauty of wabi sabi

November 28, 2018

As an author and speaker, I love the power of an unusual, distinctive or inspiring word. In particular words that are unique to a certain language, a concept that is deeply embedded in a culture, and cannot be simply translated into another language, b …

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Travel Gamechangers … reinventing the world of business travel, and how companies use it to innovate and grow

November 27, 2018

I spend my working life travelling … as a keynote speaker I travel the world, to the most interesting – sometimes incredibly glamorous and occasionally quite dangerous – places. Usually it’s for a one hour keynote, so my time to see the location is q …

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Upcycling … reinventing fashion to be more sustainable, interesting and unique … inspired by Colombia’s Agua Bendita and Spain’s EcoAlf

November 26, 2018

“Upcycling” was a new word to me. Spanish entrepreneur Javier Guyeneche, the founder of a wonderful sustainable fashion brand called EcoAlf, used in almost every sentence. He has a passion for the world around us, and in particular to find ways in whic …

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Doing the Du … Osman Sultan joins me in Dubai to talk about the future of business

November 23, 2018

Today I had the privilege to work with one of the Middle East’s really great business leaders, Osman Sultan. The CEO of mobile phone brand Du, he joined me to talk at the WIL Economic Forum in Dubai, organised by Naseba. As the founding CEO of Emirates …

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Intelligent Growth … harnessing the power of data to make book publishing more personal, predictive and profitable

November 22, 2018

This year’s Future Book Forum, now in its 6th year and hosted by Canon at their Experience Centre near Munich in Germany, brought together over 400 international publishers, book printers, book distributors and industry influencers to explore the topic …

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Nina Davuluri … from Miss America to the White House, to a skincare brand and campaigns for diversity and social impact

November 22, 2018

Nina Davuluri is an inspiring woman. I recently met her on stage at the WIL Economic Forum in Dubai UAE. She is of course most famous for winning Miss America, celebrating diversity and her mixed Asian-America heritage. More recently her fame has taken …

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Train to the Future … exploring new ideas and innovation for rail travel, from Maglev to Hyperloop, trains and stations

November 22, 2018

In a future where 75% of people live in cities, the world’s population stands at 9.5 billion and there are advances in technology that can only be dreamed about today, the Future of Rail 2050 takes a user’s perspective and explores how rail travel migh …

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What’s the future of books? Time for publishers to embrace the potential of data to drive more intelligent growth

November 19, 2018

You can download my opening session here: Future Book Forum 2018 Who is the most profitable company in the music industry? Sony or EMI you might suggest, but be a decade out of date. Apple or Spotify might be the smarter choice in a digital world. Inst …

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The Future is Female … We all need “more female” attributes to seize the opportunities of an incredible new world

November 19, 2018

Last week I was in Dubai, with a highlight being to deliver the opening keynote of the Global “Women in Leadership” Economic Forum. Organised by the excellent Naseba team, this event was established in 2006 when it broke new ground in the Middle East b …

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Human Capital… developing the potential of humanity in a technological world … the future of education, healthcare and work

November 19, 2018

Human capital is a nation’s most valuable asset, and the key to its future growth. However in a world of disruptive change, we need to develop people in new ways – talent, vitality and achievement – in order to ensure a better human future. “The world …

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Inside the consumer’s mind … Denmark’s Martin Lindstrom comes home to explain what really matters today

November 19, 2018

Martin Lindstrom is a great guy, a good friend. His perceptive insights into the consumer world engage his audiences through a mixture of movie star performance and very simple storytelling. The last time we met was on a stage in Zorlu Center, Istanbul …

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Google’s Matt Brittin talks with me about leadership and innovation, and business as a force for good, at the Thinkers50 European Business Forum

November 16, 2018

It’s easy to have a go at Google. Or should we say Alphabet? It’s a huge business, incredibly successful over the last 20 years, and relentlessly innovative in harnessing the power of information and technology, to drive progress. Google has become the …

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Technology’s flight of nature … how the potential of network-based business lies in the beauty of the starling murmuration

November 16, 2018

What is the best explanation of the blockchain? What is the fundamental behaviour many of the new technologies, that harness the power of networks, that facilitate the strength of collective intelligence, through more collaborative and intuitive approa …

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Inside Medtronic’s Applied Innovation Lab … a focus on improving patient experiences, services and outcomes

November 15, 2018

Before Medtronic’s Applied Innovation Lab existed in brick-and-mortar form, it was constructed out of cardboard. “We ordered 40 sheets of four-by-eight cardboard,” explains Brian Bechard, of Medtronic. “Everything we wanted in the space was put togethe …

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Sustainable Finance … Nordea Bank’s Sasja Beslik joins me at the Thinkers50 European Business Forum to talk about how banks can be a force for good

November 12, 2018

Nordea Bank’s intrepid head of sustainable finance, who narrowly escaped Bosnia with his life at 19, joined me on stage at this year’s European Business Forum to talk about how money can be a force for good. Sasja Beslik always knew life would not be s …

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Blockchain 10 years on from Satashi Nakamoto’s white paper … how decentralised and distributed “networks of trust” are reinventing every industry

October 31, 2018

Blockchain technology has now been around for over a decade, with Satoshi Nakamoto’s whitepaper that started it all having celebrated its tenth anniversary on October 31 2018. There have been numerous twists in the tale during this time, with much hype …

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Sustainable Fashion …. Eileen Fisher’s journey of social consciousness … from human rights to environment and reuse

October 28, 2018

Eileen Fisher is a womenswear clothing brand that focuses on simple dressing through timeless designs and sustainable practices. Amy Hall is Eileen Fisher’s Director of Social Consciousness. She sits at a desk with an amazing view, overlooking the Huds …

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Time to activate your happy chemicals … dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and oxytocin

October 19, 2018

I recently came across a great article Hacking into your Happy Chemicals by Thai Nguyen on his inspirational blog The Utopian Life. Now based in Florida USA, and studying for a doctorate in law, Thai also writes for the likes of Huff Post and Entrepren …

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The Corporate Innovation Ecosystem … understanding the components, processes, activities and tensions which make innovation thrive in large companies

October 15, 2018

In recent years the notion of innovation ecosystems has largely become commonplace. This can be explained in particular by the rapid emergence of the notion of open innovation. Large companies want to interact with startups and vice versa. “Innovation …

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The Magic of Business … How business leaders can embrace their inner magician, to find new sources of innovation and growth

October 12, 2018

A rabbit out of a hat, a card trick, the mystery of something appearing that wasn’t there before. Can you recall the first magic trick you saw? No matter what the trick was, the feeling it left behind is what stayed with you–the awe, the wonder and the …

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Tomorrow’s Shoes … How Black Mycoskie started Toms by chance, and the concept of One for One, whilst travelling in Argentina

October 10, 2018

Blake Mycoskie was travelling in Argentina, learning to play polo, in 2006. It was here he started his shoe business, Toms by accident. He met some women in a bar who were in the country to donate shoes to children and he offered to help distribute the …

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Reinventing Fashion … How technology is enabling radical innovation in the way fashion is designed, bought and worn

October 3, 2018

Fashion retailers are under pressure. Many physical retailers, such as H&M and Zara have seen their sales decimated by the growth of online competitors like Asos and Zalando, who themselves are struggling to reach the expectations of investors. The …

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Amazon to Decathlon, Modiface and Moby Mart … how the high street is being reinvented with digital technologies

October 1, 2018

Is the high street dead? Of course not. It’s just being reinvented. Whilst everyone talks about the rise of online shopping, it’s easy to forget that 75% of goods are still bought in physical stores. Shops will not die out any time soon, but they must …

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Global Remix … the forces shaping the future of business … tech and wealth, cities and tigers, green and human

October 1, 2018

The world is changing faster than ever before. With billions of people hyper-connected to each other in an unprecedented global network, it allows for an almost instantaneous and frictionless spread of new ideas and innovations. Combine this connectedn …

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Rule Makers, Rule Breakers … How tight and loose cultures wire our world

September 30, 2018

We all love a rule breaker. The number one question I usually get asked when working with the leaders of companies in financial services, pharmaceuticals, or most other industries for that matter, is how to overcome regulation. I always think that the …

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Adobe to Birchbox, Nespresso to Netflix, Sock Panda to Spotify … Why the subscription model will be your company’s future

September 30, 2018

Tien Tzuo, author of Subscribed: Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company’s Future, and What to Do About It, says: “I think everyone would agree that brands are still very important, but today you communicate your brand through experiences, not …

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Roger Martin calls for a “scientific revolution” in business thinking … organisations as systems, and strategy as execution

September 27, 2018

The European Business Forum is the premier meeting place for business leaders in Europe. It brings together the continent’s top business people with the world’s leading management gurus in “the Davos of business thinking”. The forum is hosted by Thinke …

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A Declaration of Interdependence … Don Tapscott calls for a new “social contract” for the digital society

September 26, 2018

The European Business Forum is the premier meeting place for business leaders in Europe. It brings together the continent’s top business people with the world’s leading management gurus in “the Davos of business thinking”. The forum is hosted by Thinke …

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Business failures … when business transformation goes wrong …

September 25, 2018

We read many stories of business success, but you can often learn from the failures. The rush for digital transformations has increasingly become a tougher challenge than many expected. Most frequently because of the bright shiny glitz of new technolog …

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Satya Nadella on “tech intensity” at Microsoft’s huge gathering of business leaders, ready to envision the future

September 25, 2018

Microsoft is a huge organisation. Not just in terms of revenues, products or employees, but in the brand’s vast reach across the planet. It’s almost 40 years since Bill Gates set out a vision of “a computer on every desk and in every home.” Today, comp …

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Be the Gamechanger … Listen to Peter Fisk’s keynote at Microsoft Envision 2018 in Orlando Florida

September 24, 2018

Listen and learn from influential global business thought leader, Peter Fisk, as he shares “gamechanger” stories of disrupters who are reinventing their businesses. Peter has worked with over 250 companies in 50 markets helping them to think bigger and …

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What makes a “gamechanger”? … Business leaders need to think and act differently in a world of incredible ideas

September 23, 2018

Download a summary of Peter Fisk’s keynote “Be the Gamechanger” at Microsoft Envision. We live in an incredible time. More change in the next 10 years than in the last 250 years. New technologies are transforming the ways in which we live and work. Tec …

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Making better choices … Business leaders are waking up to the profitability of doing good, from Wall Street to Odense!

September 21, 2018

This year’s Thinkers50 European Business Forum focus on “Making Better Choices”. I will be hosting the event, Europe’s leading meeting of leaders and thinkers, and getting them to explore one of the big issues of our times. How can business do better f …

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Superfast: Lead at Speed … How pace can drive business and leadership performance

September 20, 2018

I’ve been looking forward to Sophie Devonshire’s new book for quite some time. When it came, it was brilliant. I read it at speed, maybe inspired by the title. Actually it’s around two years ago that I sat down with Sophie in Carluccio’s Richmond to ta …

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Eliud Kipchoge … the philosopher marathon king … on mental toughness, physical fitness and the ultimate performance

September 16, 2018

“In life, the idea is to be happy. So, I believe in calm, simple, low-profile life. You live simple, you train hard and live an honest life. Then you are free.” Eliud ‘the philosopher’ Kipchoge is a Kenyan long distance runner who has won medals at Oly …

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Inside IKEA’s Future Home innovation incubator … from Swedish meatballs to flexible rooms

September 15, 2018

IKEA, the world’s largest furniture retailer, thinks of itself as a low-tech company. But the company’s innovation strategy, still taking shape, involves working with design firms, academic partners, and consumers for help discovering opportunities and …

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How business can harness technology for good … Embracing the power of disruptive technologies, to better solve the world’s big challenges

September 10, 2018

Technology is not good or bad, but it does bring incredible new capabilities. The question is how can we unleash these fantastic new technologies to make a positive difference to our world, to solve problems in innovative ways. Even better, when the wo …

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Apple Park to Amazon Spheres, Googleplex to Facebook Campus … How garages and dorm rooms became corporate metropolises

September 10, 2018

A company’s workspace is a powerful image of its corporate might, but also a symbol of its culture, its approach to innovation, and its ambitions for the future. Most famously, Apple Park officially opened in April 2017 as the new headquarters of Apple …

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Asian Inspirations … China, India and other markets are the best sources of business growth, but also of new ideas

September 9, 2018

The last hundred years has seen a reincarnation of Asia. Of course Asia has been here before, and if we look over the last two thousand years, the centre of global business power has shifted westwards from China, to Europe, then North America, and then …

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The Business Leaders’ Innovation Toolkit … What do you need to change your world?

September 7, 2018

Innovation in large companies was typically about 3 things – strategies that included the need for innovation, innovation processes typically built around a structured linear approach with stage gates, and how to build an innovative culture. And then c …

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Extreme Innovation … How McLaren is applying its F1 motorsport technology to Singapore’s railways

September 5, 2018

Cutting-edge data acquisition technology is leaping from racetrack to train track as McLaren Applied Technologies agrees a unique collaboration with Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT), Asia’s premier multi-modal land transport provider. For the first …

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Business Innovation … harnessing intelligence and technology to transform your business, and entire industry

September 1, 2018

Raconteur’s new study on business innovation is an excellent summary of approaches, technologies and organisations that are transforming business: Business innovation is when an organisation introduces new processes, services, or products to affect pos …

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Ming Zeng, Alibaba’s Chief Strategy Officer … how to frame strategies in a broader context

September 1, 2018

On Single’s Day on November 11, 2017, Alibaba processed 1.5 billion transactions, totaling about $25 billion. At its peak during that day, Alibaba’s technology platforms processed 325,000 orders and 256,000 payments every second. By comparison, Visa’s …

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Welcome to the DogHouse … Brewdog opens its hotel for punks in Columbus, Ohio

August 29, 2018

The world’s first craft beer hotel, where you can wake up inside a brewery. BrewDog’s DogHouse Columbus will greet you each morning with aromas from our gently fermenting foeders even before you head down for breakfast! If Brewdog is the beer for punks …

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Hit Refresh … How Satya Nadella is creating the future of Microsoft with AI, clouds and a growth mindset

August 27, 2018

Microsoft’s Redmond Campus is huge. It’s gigantic, sprawling, and when you arrive in the reception building, you feel like you’re entering a futuristic college. It’s got a hallway dedicated to high fives. Just outside of Seattle, it’s more like a town …

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Why it will be much cheaper to live in the future … the declining cost of food, transport, healthcare, education and more.

August 26, 2018

Life will be much cheaper in the future, at least in terms of how much we will spend on the normal things in life today. Perhaps we will suddenly need to save up for vacations on Mars, to acquire a humanoid friend (or servant), whilst we might dream of …

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Reliance Jio to Merck, Inditex to Alibaba … how leading businesses are changing the world for good

August 25, 2018

There’s an ever-growing list of global challenges facing us all. From cybersecurity threats to income inequality to extreme weather to homelessness to food and water insecurity, the range of problems is broad, and the issues are deep. However more comp …

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Phil Knight’s fantastic history of Nike is also a great story of business leadership and economics

August 21, 2018

When I was 10 years old, I joined the school running club. Mike Henry, the teacher at Thomlinson Middle School in Rothbury, had a love of running and took a group of 15-20 of us for a 3 mile run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtime. Along the c …

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The world’s megacities of 2100 … Lagos, Kinshasa, Dar Es Salaam …mind-blowing growth of Africa’s urban populations

August 17, 2018

Throughout the course of human history, the biggest cities have always seemed impossibly large. For many millennia, it was almost unfathomable for a city to sustain more than 1 million residents. In fact, it wasn’t until the 19th century that the large …

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Constellation Brands invests $3.8 billion in Canopy Growth … but is cannabis-infused beer ethical and healthy?

August 16, 2018

Global drinks company Constellation Brands plans to significantly increase its ownership in Canopy Growth by investing an industry-record 5 billion Canadian dollars ($3.8 billion) to make the marijuana titan its exclusive global partner. Constellation …

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Inside Cleveland Clinic Innovations Group … open innovation focused on caregivers and patients

August 15, 2018

With more than 52,000 employees generating about 300 inventions a year, the Cleveland Clinic doesn’t want for innovation. However the task facing Cleveland Clinic Innovations, a group founded in 2000, is to help as many of those inventions as possible …

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Abra to Adven, Klarna to iZettle … How AI, blockchain and big data are disrupting the “fintech” future of finance

August 8, 2018

FinTech innovations have been at the forefront of tech disruptions in recent years. By the end of 2017, there were more than 30 FinTech unicorns globally, including European companies such as Klarna, Adyen, and Transferwise. In particular it is now the …

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Grab, the largest car sharing business in Asia, wants to be the region’s SuperApp

August 1, 2018

Hooi Ling Tan is co-founder of Grab, and recently ranked as one of Asia’s leading female entrepreneur by Forbes magazine. A mechanical engineering graduate, she was previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company, advising global corporations in Sout …

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Hepple Gin … from the Northumbrian Moors, with wild botanicals and native juniper, a two-fold gin made in a three-fold way

July 30, 2018

The Moorland Spirit Company’s story started in one of England’s last wild sanctuaries, and the place where I grew up, in the Coquet Valley, a remote part of Northern England. Up on the wild moors of Northumberland, the whipping winds have an unusual ef …

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Off the rails … China’s “trackless train” symbolises a future of rail travel that is borderless and convenient

July 30, 2018

Chinese company CRRC Corporation has just launched a self-driving train that runs on virtual tracks – and it just officially hit the streets of Zhuzhou in China‘s Hunan Province. The Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit (ART) could ease emissions and traffic …

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The power of female business thinkers … 60 great strategy and leadership books written by women

July 11, 2018

Which business book is having most impact on companies right now? In my anecdotal experience it is Carol Dweck’s book Mindset about how to reframe your thinking towards a relentless pursuit of betterness. Spending time with the Microsoft teams at their …

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How Microsoft is redesigning business for the day after tomorrow … cloud is the new normal, data is the new oil, AI is the new electricity

July 10, 2018

Today I’m in Redmond, Microsoft Campus, exploring the future of business. Not the Microsoft business, but how we can harness the incredible power of new technologies to reinvent the future of every business. This didn’t used to be Microsoft’s game, hav …

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Smart Rail … how disruptive technologies are transforming rail travel

July 8, 2018

The global railway tech market is expected to reach an annual value of 185 billion Euro. Railways are often thought to see little change, yet the rail industry has always been a frontier in technology advances and mobility. With the digitalization, how …

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Making Better Choices … Roger Martin’s open letter to the world’s business leaders … before this year’s European Business Forum

July 5, 2018

A year ago we asked 50 business thinkers to write an open letter to the world’s CEOs. What are the most important issues which business leaders should be addressing? What are the best new ideas they should embrace? If you could distill all the wisdom o …

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Inside Nike’s research labs … harnessing the spirit of Bill Bowerman to innovate the future of sports performance

July 2, 2018

The Nike Explore Team Sport Research Lab is philosophically and physically at the heart of the Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. It began as a small lab, more than 30 years ago, and has grown into a world-class research facility harnessin …

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Fortnite is transforming the gaming industry … and a model for engaging millennials on their mobiles

June 22, 2018

It was getting late in Tomato Town. The storm was closing in, and meteors pelted the ground. Gizzard Lizard had made his way there after plundering the sparsely populated barns and domiciles of Anarchy Acres, then by avoiding the Wailing Woods and keep …

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Creating better futures … Why business leaders need a new mindset, to win in today’s incredible changing world

June 22, 2018

Leadership matters more than ever in today’s frantic and fantastic markets. More change in the next decade than the last 250 years. More uncertainty, yet also more possibilities than ever before. We need to make sense of the world, find confidence in t …

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Disrupt or be Disrupted … why the pace of change makes reinvention of markets and business the best from of competitive advantage

June 22, 2018

The world of exponentially advancing technologies, driving new companies and new ways of working, new markets and new customer possibilities, means that our traditional linear approaches to business no longer work. A typical smart phone today has more …

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Network effects drive over 70% of the value of technology-based companies … time to make Metcalfe’s Law work for you!

June 22, 2018

We all know about Moore’s Law. The theory dates back to 1965 yet has been proved correct for five decades. Back in 1965, co-founder of chip giant Intel, Gordon Moore, made an observation that transistors were doubling in size every two years. Or put an …

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What do CEOs really do? There are 4 simple priorities for business leaders – strategy, people, action and leadership

June 18, 2018

15 years ago I sat down with some colleagues to write a book called “The Complete CEO”. We spent much of our time debating what exactly a CEO needed to do, and what he or she should leave to others. Not many people have tried to define that, and our ex …

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Endure … the mind, body and the curiously elastic limits of human performance

June 16, 2018

The capacity to endure is the key trait that underlies great performance in virtually every field. But what if we all can go farther, push harder, and achieve more than we think we’re capable of? Alex Hutchinson’s book “Endure” is about the mind, body …

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Innovation Sprints … solving big problems and testing new ideas for innovation in five days

June 15, 2018

Jake Knapp began running design sprints at Google in 2010. He worked with teams like Chrome, Google Search and Google X. In 2012, Jake brought sprints to Google Ventures and started applying the methodology to external companies. The sprint methodology …

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The search for creativity … ideas and inspiration from some of the world’s most creative people

June 14, 2018

Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate s …

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P&G’s Ambition 2030 … embracing sustainable innovation as “a force for a good and a force for growth”

June 14, 2018

“We are working on reinventing brand building as we know it. The world is in a state of massive disruption—changing consumers, use of data and digital technology, development in AI, just to name a few. So, the best way to handle these disruptive forces …

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Leading from the Future Back … Jump to the future, then work backwards to today, to shape it to your advantage

June 6, 2018

Download my keynote with KEBA in Linz, Austria on 7 June: Future Back Watch the video (starts after 28 mins): Future Back Download more: articles and videos How do you see your future? We live in an incredible time.  More change in the next 10 years th …

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Accelerating growth through brand innovation … Airbnb to Burberry, RedBull and Tesla

June 5, 2018

Brands are the most powerful platforms to accelerate growth. A great example of this is Ferrari, which launched itself on the NYSE two years ago with an $11 billion IPO. Whilst the business certainly has a great heritage, founded by motor racing driver …

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Gamechangers Norway … from Antarctic superfood to gamified education, reinventing airlines and simplified telecoms

June 2, 2018

Download my keynote: Gamechangers Norway  Explore more about: Gamechangers Project Sign up: European Business Forum 2018 We live in an incredible time. More change in the next 10 years than in the last 250 years. New technologies are transforming the w …

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New Power … Airbnb to #MeToo, Black Lives Matter to Blockchain … the key to understanding the 21st century

June 1, 2018

The world seems chaotic. Polls failed to predict that Trump would win. Airbnb is worth more than Hilton. #MeToo is taking down powerful, previously untouchable heads of industry. But when you step back from the chaos, you can notice there’s an underlyi …

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Digital Darwinism … Tom Goodwin explores survival of the fittest in the age of business disruption

May 28, 2018

“Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real e …

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Spanish Gamechangers … inspired by Gaudi and Picasso, who are Spain’s most disruptive innovators today?

May 21, 2018

Download my keynote: Peter Fisk at MABS 2018 Spain is a land of diverse cultures that drives incredible creativity. From the humanistic forms of Antoni Gaudi and cubist renaissance of Picasso, to great cities like the rejuvenated Bilbao, the ready-bake …

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Apple to Amazon, Alibaba to Ant … American and Chinese companies dominate the technology market

May 20, 2018

We are familiar with the world’s largest companies, on our streets and in our homes … And whilst most industries are spread across the world, technology is still polarised between USA and China. Look at car production, for example. Ford (USA), Toyota …

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A+B+C = Dual Transformation … reinventing your current business, whilst also inventing your future business

May 15, 2018

Disruption is everywhere – in every industry, threatening to unseat leading incumbents, even those that consider themselves “safe.” Research shows that corporate lifespans are shrinking, and that half of today’s S&P 500 will be replaced over the ne …

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Elevating Humanity … The four principles of conscious capitalism

May 15, 2018

8 years ago, I wrote the book “People Planet Profit: How to embrace sustainability  for innovation and business growth”. It was at a time when the topic had entered everyone’s consciousness. We were slowly emerging from a global economic crisis, largel …

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7 companies who transformed themselves … Hasbro from education to entertainment, Samsung from dried fish to electronics

May 9, 2018

Fortune Brands Most people have heard of the iconic Lucky Strike cigarettes, which were made by The American Tobacco Company (ATC), founded in 1890. But by 1969, ATC decided to diversify from controversial tobacco products. It rebranded itself as Ameri …

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Marketing beyond digital … How can brands and marketers succeed in a world of AI and robotics?

May 7, 2018

We are in the midst of a new revolution. The internet, social media, and mobile technologies have transformed how customers interact with brands and how companies market their products and services. It has transformed products themselves, customer expe …

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Factfulness … Hans Rosling’s final message, that life on Earth isn’t as bad as it might seem

April 30, 2018

Bill Gates’ favorite Swedish doctor and statistician, Hans Rosling, died of pancreatic cancer last year at the age of 68. Rosling’s new book, published posthumously, is now here to tell you life on Earth isn’t as bad as it might seem. “Factfulness” was …

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Smart beauty … the augmented reality mirror that’s activated when shoppers pick up a lipstick

April 22, 2018

Beauty is one of the most exciting, disrupted and innovative sectors right now – harnessing the power of technology to reengage consumers both online and instore. I’ve been working with Coty for a number of years now, originally the traditional French …

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Amazon Day 1 … Jeff Bezos writes his 2017 Letter to Shareholders on Perfect Handstands and 6-Page Narratives

April 18, 2018

Today Jeff Bezos published his annual letter to Amazon shareholders. This is how it went: To our shareowners: The American Customer Satisfaction Index recently announced the results of its annual survey, and for the 8th year in a row customers ranked A …

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100 Disruptive Technologies … Digital footprint erasers, head transplants and space elevators … Which tech will disrupt our lives most and soon?

April 16, 2018

Which are the most disruptive technologies? Richard Watson is the guy behind those amazing trend maps, that look a little like subway maps but 10 times more complicated. Through his graphical synopsis of our changing worlds, he has a gift for connectin …

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Inside Shell’s TechWorks innovation lab … where there is freedom to fail and to succeed

April 15, 2018

Julie Ferland is GM of the Shell TechWorks innovation lab. Here she offers an inside look at how the space is designed; the types of projects it works on; and the team Shell has assembled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “Our team here is comprised of peop …

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Liminal Thinking … Create the change you want by changing the way you think

April 14, 2018

Why do some people succeed at change while others fail? It’s the way they think … Liminal thinking is the art of creating change by understanding, shaping, and reframing beliefs. What beliefs are stopping you right now? You have a choice, says David …

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Reinventing Organisations … Creating a “teal” business which is more human and agile, ready to win in the 21st century

April 10, 2018

Frederic Laloux’s Reinventing Organizations is considered by many to be the most influential management book of this decade. It has inspired hundreds, probably thousands, of organizations throughout the world to take a radical leap and adopt a whole di …

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Strategic opportunities compass for new ventures … a new framework for thinking

April 10, 2018

Strategic opportunities for new ventures can be categorised along two dimensions, according to new work by Erin Scott and Scott Stern as featured in HBR: attitude toward incumbents (collaborate or compete?) attitude toward the innovation (build a moat …

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Adidas Speedfactory … fast and on-demand, 3d-printing and robotics … it’s the future of footwear, and manufacturing

April 10, 2018

Athlete-data driven design. Radical accelerated footwear production. Open Source co-creation. Hyper flexible and localized manufacturing. 3d-printing and intelligent robotics. Sustainable and minimal waste. Personalised and on demand … Welcome to the …

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Retail Futures … Alfred to Amazon, Brandless Brands and Sephora’s Studio … Smart, personal and integrated

April 9, 2018

From Amazon Dash to Aussie Farmers,  … through branded boutiques and online marketplaces, digital walls and mobile marketing, big data and personalised promotions … what is the future of retailing? Online retail has grown rapidly over the last decade, …

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What is strategy? … its certainly more than just doing things cheaper or better than your competitors

April 8, 2018

Michael Porter’s “What Is Strategy”takes issue with the views that strategy is a matter of: Seeking a single ideal competitive position in an industry (as the dot-com wannabes were apparently doing at the time he was writing). Benchmarking and adopting …

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Leadership Code … Shape the future, make it happen, engage people today, build the next generation, and invest in yourself

April 8, 2018

What percent of effective leadership theory is essentially the same? 60-70%, based on research and experience, which authors Dave Ullrich, Norm Smallwood and Kate Sweetman call The Leadership Code, the name of their book. Other parts they call Differen …

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Quirky … the traits, foibles, and genius of Edison and Einstein, Jobs and Musk

April 7, 2018

I loved Melissa Schilling’s new book Quirky. She calls it “The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World”. It is built on the stories of eight serial breakthrough innovators – Elon Musk, Dean K …

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iMarketing … the incredible journey to intelligent marketing … from AI to AR, big data to chatbots, vertical competition and enhanced humanity

April 2, 2018

“iMarketing” is more than a digital platform with a profusion of mobile apps, social media and community building, big data enabling clever analytics. Marketing is already on its own transformational journey from mass and anonymous, to personal and pre …

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Netflix marketing … driven by data, built around digital engagement, loved by millennials

March 30, 2018

Netflix is the brand most loved by millennials, according to YouGov BrandIndex. In January, Netflix announced that they would increase their marketing budget by 54% from $1.3 billion to $2 billion in order to “amplify the value of the content,” accordi …

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Future Work … critical, creative and complex thinking-based skills will matter most in a world of intelligent machines and humanity

March 20, 2018

Automation, robotics, artificial intelligence … the biggest question I get asked is how will this affect the workplace of today. Is my job at risk? And what should I do? Which are the jobs of the future? And what should I suggest my kids study? Chang …

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Future Health … 6 drivers of transformation … to create a more intelligent, personalised healthcare model

March 20, 2018

Disruptive technologies are advancing healthcare at an extraordinary pace. By 2020, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the internet, and many of these devices will be tracking the health data of individuals. This will empower consumers in an …

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Blockchain Gamechangers … Bitcar to Change, Gem to DeBeers, Loyyal to Warranteer … the new network innovators

March 19, 2018

We’ve all read the hype of blockchain, most often dominated by Bitcoin. Whilst that cybercurrency is unlikely to change the world, its successors – both in terms of finance and other sectors – are likely to become significant innovators, shaking up mar …

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Microsoft’s “Book of Dreams” helps business leaders to understand the growth opportunities of digital-enabled transformation

March 18, 2018

Digital technologies are challenging and enabling organisations to make huge change – in order to survive and respond to the disruptive strategies of others, and to drive innovation and growth in new and potentially exponential ways. Whilst the transfo …

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The future is bright with Orange Bank … banks and telecoms wake up to the opportunity of platforms and interfaces in a connected world

March 18, 2018

Orange, the mobile phone brand of France Telecom, recently launched its new banking proposition in mainland France. The 100% mobile-based offer is provided by Orange Bank and will be the only French bank to offer a free service that provides real-time …

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Aussie Farmers Direct … a fantastic story, transforming food and retail, but ultimately squeezed out

March 8, 2018

Aussie Farmers Direct was a great story. I loved the notion of farmers coming together in a national branded network, creating one of the best consumer apps to help people choose the best and freshest foods, then delivered with a human and friendly fac …

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Felix Kjellberg is king of the YouTubers … transforming our concepts of entertainment, influence and celebrity

March 7, 2018

YouTubers, also known as vloggers – people who regularly post their own video shows on YouTube – have become the new celebrities, the most significant brand influencers, and multi-millionaires in the process. Whether it’s daily fashion tips from the be …

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Flyknits to Gmails and Kindles … What can we learn from the innovation approaches of Nike, Google and Amazon?

March 5, 2018

The process of innovation needs to be designed around a company’s culture, to fit their style of work and their workforce’s personalities. But to help you figure out how to start putting together the blueprints for your process of innovation, here are …

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Brain Hacking … 25 ways to think smarter, to learn something new, to develop yourself everyday at work

March 5, 2018

We used to think we knew it all. We used to go to business school and emerge with MBA-style passports to a long and prosperous career. We used to top up our business skills with the occasional workshop, maybe augmented by a business book or two. We use …

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Black Rock says businesses need to do more than deliver profits … they need to contribute to society … or they won’t get investment

March 1, 2018

On January 16, 2018, the leaders of the world’s largest public companies will be receiving a letter from one of the most influential investors in the world. It is likely to cause a firestorm in the corner offices of companies everywhere and a debate ov …

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Making Better Choices … Harnessing the power of disruptive technologies for more business and social impact

March 1, 2018

Business leaders face more choices than ever before – there are few limits to the ways in which a business can grow – any geographical market, any industrial sector, any business model – enabled by technology, partners, people and investment. In fact, …

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What is Virgin’s culture? … It’s built on “smart disruption” … to become the world’s most “irresistable” brand

February 28, 2018

Smart disruption is in Virgin’s DNA – from Branson’s early exploits with Student magazine to launching Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic, and so many more businesses. In fact Virgin’s purpose is “changing business for good”. So what does that actually me …

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Noma 2.0 … Reinventing the “best restaurant in the world”

February 28, 2018

Approaching Noma, perhaps the world’s most famous restaurant, one can’t help feel the sort of trepidation that comes with any trip to a high-end dining experience. Fancy restaurants are by their nature intimidating places – expensive, filled with wealt …

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Food Futures … how technology is disrupting the food we eat, and how we create and sell it

February 27, 2018

% Arabica’s Japanese coffee shops and Aussie Farmers Direct speeding from field to fork,  Ava Winery’s perfect artificial wines and Scotland’s Brewdog that gives equity to its “punks”, Deliveroo transforming food delivery and Graze healthy snacks by su …

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How do you work? … CEOs are incredibly normal people … Get to know them as humans and you will achieve much more

February 23, 2018

I remember my first day as a CEO (it was in early 2004, I had just been appointed the new leader of a mid-size 500-person organisation). I found my office and settled in, worked out my plan to get started. Lots of people to meet, lots of listening and …

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The New Silk Road … China’s “belt and road” strategy will change the landscape of global trade

February 23, 2018

Gaige kaifang was the period of China’s economic reforms and opening-up to the world that began in the 1970s. During this time, the country largely adhered in its foreign relations to the taoguang yanghui (“hide our capacity and bide our time”) mantra …

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Future Hackers … Leading business with a future mindset, driving agile innovation and faster growth

February 23, 2018

How do you win in a world of relentless change? Download summary of my keynote: Future Hackers You know you need to innovate more than ever. You need to think bigger, and different. Not just as an occasional project, but as a continual stream of revolu …

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China in Africa … Irene Yuan Sun introduces her new book “The Next Factory of the World” on China’s industrialisation of Africa

February 21, 2018

Just a few years ago, China’s car-clogged streets were instead full of bicycles. The speed of China’s transformation is remarkable, sparked by its industrial revolution. In the last 25 years, China has gone from producing 2% of global manufacturing out …

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The New Luxury … “something rare and hedonic, authentic and experiential, and socially engaging”

February 19, 2018

My recent work, and articles, on the changing nature of “luxury” have attracted much attention … in particular the shift from tangible to intangible, product to experience, iconic to personal. Working with Cartier, one of the key insights was that lu …

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Radical Optimist … how the best leaders inspire people, enhance performance and accelerate progress

February 15, 2018

Leaders inspire people, performance and progress. Inspiration comes from a positive outlook on a confusing and uncertain world. It comes from being able to make sense of often-bewildering change, and to have a clarity and confidence about what the futu …

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Istanbul’s entrepreneurs seek to survive and thrive in an uncertain world

February 10, 2018

Istanbul has become a second home to me. For the last 12 years I have hosted the largest marketing conference in the city each year, and worked with the business leaders of many Turkish companies – from Akbank to Aster Textile, Eczacibasi and Garanti, …

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Global Leadership Forecast 2018 … Developing next generation leaders is the #1 challenge

February 9, 2018

The biggest worry on executives’ minds around the world isn’t recession, global competition, or labor relations. It’s not even cyber-security. New data shows that what’s keeping C-level executives up at night is their people strategies. Published today …

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How SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch became a great story of “future back” innovation, brand, and leadership

February 7, 2018

Elon Musk could not stop smiling. As I sat wide awake in my Dubai hotel bedroom, 0245 local time, watching every moment of SpaceX’s launch spectacle live on YouTube, it initially seemed just another rocket taking off.  In 6 hours I would be on a big st …

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The platform revolution … how network-based markets are transforming the rules of business

January 31, 2018

A platform is a business model that creates value by facilitating exchanges between two or more interdependent groups, usually consumers and producers. In order to make these exchanges happen, platforms harness and create large, scalable networks of us …

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Winning in a fragmented world … 7 paradoxes for business leaders to resolve through smarter innovation

January 23, 2018

Davos has become a festival of rock gods and global presidents, Asian entrepreneurs and African charities. Whilst Bono strolls through the party scene and Will.i.am plays with the latest gadgets, Prime Minister Narenda Modi extols the virtues of the In …

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Social is core of marketing … People with people. Influencers gain influence. Chatbot chat. Stories go live …

January 18, 2018

What customers want, how they think, and interact with each other are all changing, relentlessly. Each year marks a rapid change in the social media landscape, rapidly emerging trends and fundamental changes to customer aspirations and preferences, dri …

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A Sense of Purpose … BlackRock Chairman Larry Fink’s 2018 Letter to CEOs

January 16, 2018

Dear CEO, As BlackRock approaches its 30th anniversary this year, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the most pressing issues facing investors today and how BlackRock must adapt to serve our clients more effectively. It is a great privilege and r …

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Leadership Disrupted … reinventing the role of business leaders in a world of dramatic and relentless change

January 16, 2018

Kyocera, the Japanese multinational ceramics and electronics manufacturer, needed to become more agile, adaptable, and resilient in order to face increasing competition, changing customer needs, and new business models. Under the leadership of Kazuo In …

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Disrupt yourself … disruptive innovation starts with you, the business leader, says Whitney Johnson

January 10, 2018

Disruption was officially the most common business buzzword of last year. We all know that new technologies are having a hugely disruptive impact on how we do business. And by adding new business models, reaching new audiences, and delivering new custo …

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Estás listo para la fiesta? Exploring the magic of design, entrepreneurship and innovation with IE Business School

January 8, 2018

I’m currently developing a fantastic new learning experience for IE Business School, their new flagship program for senior executives. It’s called the Global Advanced Management Program. And it’s all about preparing executives for the C-suite … in fo …

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NOW+NEXT 2018 … Smarter technology, innovative brands and courageous leadership … Big ideas for the year ahead.

January 5, 2018

We live in an incredible time … More change in the next 10 years, than in the last 250 years … Connected technologies, augmented intelligence, and possibilities limited only by our imaginations. Elon Musk says we live in a time of profound progress …

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Adaptive Markets … Disruptors Feast … One Device … Fast technological change drives the need for more new ideas

January 4, 2018

As the pace of technological innovation continues to accelerate, there is a thirst for new ideas. Augmented reality to artificial intelligence, big data analytics to blockchain distributed networks, connected cars and wearable devices …  Technologica …

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5 numbers that will define the next 100 years … from automation to renewable energy, global population to life expectancy

January 1, 2018

In many ways, we stand at a special point in history. The world has never been richer, humans have never lived such long, productive and healthy lives, and we have brought technology to the point where our machines could soon help us solve many of our …

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Top trends for 2018 … Paradox and the Xennials, Disney’s Star Wars Hotel and the intelligent digital mesh

January 1, 2018

Happy new year! 2018 is set to be another year of rapid change in markets, driven by accelerating disruption of technologies and consumer expectations, ever more innovative business models and consolidation of the big global tensions – global v local, …

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Have you got the vision of a mantis shrimp? Business leaders need better vision, to see the future and shape it to their advantage

December 31, 2017

If you want to pick a favourite animal that will surprise even the quirkiest first date, you can’t go wrong with the mantis shrimp. The foot-long, coral reef-dwelling crustacean has a rainbow tail, and punches its prey so hard and so fast that it creat …

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The best ideas from 2017 … from charm particles to quantum computing, designer babies to GM humans that never age.

December 31, 2017

2017 has been an incredible year of science and tech breakthroughs. From Bitcoin’s relentless rise and final fall, to developments in gene editing technologies, to improvements in artificial intelligence and quantum computing, we made more progress tha …

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The Empire Strikes Back … How “incumbent” big companies can reinvent themselves in a world of disruptive and digital challengers

December 28, 2017

We like to focus on start-ups, the great stories of entrepreneurs who have made their ideas come true, harnessed the power of new digital technologies to disrupt and dream in ways that traditional companies couldn’t event comprehend. But most of us sti …

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Around the world in 80 keynote speeches … insights from a year working with some incredible businesses

December 22, 2017

We live in the most exciting time … more change in the next 10 years, than in the last 250 years … connected technologies, augmented intelligence and unlimited imagination. What could we do? What will you do? I spend much of my time travelling, adv …

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Estonia is the world’s most advanced digital nation … and the Baltic country’s E-residents can now trade in Estcoins

December 20, 2017

Estonia is leading the world in digitalisation. Tallinn is one of my favourite cities, its ancient centre with beautiful Hanseatic buildings, interspersed with the world’s advanced digital start-ups. Since I first started working with the Estonian gove …

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Inside HENRi … Nestle’s global hunt for big ideas, named after the pharmacist founder who invented a baby formula.

December 15, 2017

Nestle is the largest food and beverage producer in the world: from Nespresso to Häagen-Dazs to Pellegrino to DiGiorno to Toll House to Purina (if you’re a dog or cat.) 29 of Nestlé’s brands have sales that top $1 billion annually. But the Swiss compan …

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Kevin the Carrot proves a winner for Aldi … the best examples of Christmas advertising from all around the world

December 12, 2017

The most wonderful time of the year. For brands. For marketers. And for retailers of course, at least those online … Christmas markets serving Gluhwein, Starbucks’ festive coffee cups, and the Coca-Cola Christmas trucks. Don’t forget it was Coke who …

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Blockchain is about much more than Bitcoin … it will democratise the future of business, brands and value creation

December 11, 2017

Say hello to the democratised economy … the blockchain has the potential to change every market. The fourth industrial revolution … from digitalisation to automation, robotisation, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, new transportation systems (H …

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Dutch East India Company … the world’s most valuable company of all time, worth $7.9 trillion in today’s money

December 10, 2017

Before speculative bubbles could form around dotcom companies (late-1990s) or housing prices (mid-2000s), some of the first financial bubbles formed from the prospect of trading with faraway lands. Looking back, it’s pretty easy to see why. Companies l …

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Bridging the design-delivery gap in strategy projects

December 6, 2017

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Emotional Agility … to be with your thoughts, emotions and stories in ways that are compassionate, curious and courageous

December 5, 2017

I bumped into psychologist Susan David from Harvard Medical School at this year’s Thinkers50 Global Awards Gala, held in London. I was immediately struck by her warm, inspiring and thought provoking presence. Just like her latest book. I love her think …

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What does Jeff Bezos believe in? Focus, harmony and optimism … inspired by his grandfather, and Star Trek

December 5, 2017

Jeff Bezos shared some of his “life wisdom” in a conversation with his younger brother Mark at the recent Summit Series in Los Angeles, as TechCrunch reports. Bezos, now the richest man in the world according to Forbes, took a risk when he started the …

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Future of Beauty … customisation, devices and services … Inspired by Neutrogena’s Skin360, L’Oréal UV Sense and more

December 5, 2017

When P&G acquired Gillette for $57 billion a decade ago, everyone described it as a perfect marriage of the two leaders in women’s and men’s beauty products. Gillette could develop razors of women, with soaps to match, whilst P&G could surf acr …

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Creating a “Growth Factory” … How P&G tripled its innovation success rate, and how you could too.

December 1, 2017

Scott Anthony is my favourite innovation guy. Whilst we have Business Models and Design Thinking, Disruptive Innovation and Lean Startups, Scott focuses on the reality of making innovation happen in the business. The problem with innovation, too often, …

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DNA of the “Smart Book” … defining the future of book publishing, and what it means for the world of education.

November 30, 2017

The Future Book Forum is the world’s largest gathering of book publishers and printers, exploring the best new ideas for innovation and growth. Enabled by Canon, the event is fast and inspiring, practical and collaborative. Over the last 4 years we set …

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Danish CEO Lars Thinggaard calls for a more responsible approach to technology and its impact on society.

November 21, 2017

Lars Thinggaard is CEO of video technology company Milestone, based in Denmark, which was recently acquired by Canon. He is also a co-author of the Copenhagen Letter, which makes the case for a more ethical and sustainable technology sector, and one of …

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Hit Refresh … a manifesto for rethinking how we do business, and embrace technology, by Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella

November 20, 2017

Hit Refresh is about individual change, about the transformation happening inside of Microsoft and the technology that will soon impact all of our lives—the arrival of the most exciting and disruptive wave of technology humankind has experienced: artif …

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Jibo, the social robot … plus eSight3 and Halo Top … Time Magazine’s 25 best inventions of 2017

November 20, 2017

After revealing the 100 most influential people of 2017, Time Magazine‘s annual review continues with their 25 best inventions this year. Considering hundreds of inventions worldwide, the unranked list features everything from electronics, clothing, fo …

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Fantastic and interactive, 3D and intelligent … AR marketing has become a $120 billion creative industry

November 19, 2017

AR has seen a huge growth over the last three years, embraced by brands to create more engaging, more interactive, and more talked-about “experiential” promotional activities. Consumers are happy to “augment” their world with useful content, informatio …

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Tom Peters tells me about his search for excellence … as he receives the Thinkers50 lifetime achievement award

November 19, 2017

Tom Peters received the Thinkers50 Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday at what has become “the Oscars of management thinking”. Amidst hundreds of fellow business gurus, the great Charles Handy introduced Tom’s personal “search for excellence”, a journ …

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Thinkers50 Global Awards 2018: Who is the world’s most influential business thinker?

November 13, 2017

At Thinkers50 we dedicate ourselves to bringing together the best ideas for business leaders, curating the theories and practices of gurus across the world, to help leaders think smarter and win in a fast-changing world. Over the last year we’ve been i …

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Ready? … Vodafone seeks to capture a bigger idea of “optimism”, in its new brand strategy and biggest ever ad campaign

November 6, 2017

Brands are powerful and valuable, yet also fragile and intangible. Capturing a brand “concept”, beyond a name and logo, designs and streamlines, products and services, is never easy. The brands that do have attitude. Their big idea is universally recog …

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“Making Better Choices” … Launching the next Thinkers50 European Business Forum … applying technology for people and profit

November 3, 2017

Today I’m back in Denmark’s fairytale city of Odense – combining Hans Christian Andersen’s storytelling of the past, with the city’s new role as Europe’s leading robotics and drones hub. The perfect place to create the story of the future, and to bring …

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Welcome to Neom … Saudi Arabia’s $500bn future metropolis, human and robotic, 33 times larger than New York City

October 30, 2017

“The land of the future, where the greatest minds and best talents are empowered to embody pioneering ideas and exceed boundaries in a world inspired by imagination.” Neom is the vision of Saudi Arabia’s 32 year old heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salm …

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Sophia, the intelligent humanoid robot … built on the traits of creativity, empathy and compassion

October 27, 2017

“Hello, my name is Sophia.  I would like to go out into the world and learn from interacting with people. Every interaction I have with people has an impact on how I develop and shapes who I eventually become. So please be nice to me as I would like to …

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Flow … a new handbook for fast and agile changemakers

October 23, 2017

Every enterprise needs to transform and become business agile. Flow is a handbook for how to go about finding that elusive business agile culture. The book is a step-by-step digital transformation guide, showing you how to become more collaborative, in …

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UAE becomes first nation to appoint a “Minister for Artificial Intelligence”

October 20, 2017

I spend a lot of time working in the Middle East, and particularly in UAE, supporting both private and sector to drive big ideas and impact through innovation. What marks out the nation from others, including those more obvious innovation-obsessed plac …

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Reinvention 2017 … Inspired by the Andean sky bikes, rose farms, and organic chocolate of Ecuador

October 18, 2017

“Reinvention” is Latin America’s premier festival of creativity. Whilst there is no shortage of youthful passion and ambition in the emerging markets of South America, this has often failed to convert into commercial ideas that can spread further, taki …

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What’s new and next in brand marketing? … Exploring the best ideas and practices in brands and marketing

October 10, 2017

“It’s a complicated and noisy world … and we’re not going to get a chance to get people to remember much about us” mused Steve Jobs back in 1997, just before his decade of greatness … “so that chance to make a memory,  is the essence of brand marke …

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Netflix … an innovative business model outside and in … reinventing culture, organisations and leadership

October 5, 2017

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the author of The Little Prince, said: If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the people to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. Reed Hastings likes to s …

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Designing and delivering a strategy that works … new report by the EIU say most companies struggle to implement

October 5, 2017

To understand why many organizations fail to bridge the gap between strategy design and delivery, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), sponsored by the Brightline Initiative, undertook a global multi-sector survey of 500 senior executives from compan …

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Elon Musk is the Thomas Edison of our times … Tesla to SpaceX, Hyperloop to Neuralink … and to Mars

October 2, 2017

Elon Musk has become the Thomas Edison of our times. Whilst his part role in the success of PayPal may not have transformed our lives, it funded his imagination, and the possibilities to change our futures in ways that science fiction writers could not …

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Global shifts and technological fusion, meta intelligence and the dark side … Finding the “megatrends” to amplify your future success

September 25, 2017

Growth is shifting, innovation is relentless, disruption is accelerating, expectations are high, and social tensions are rising. Making sense, and making use, of these dramatic forces of change will help you to make better strategic choices, shape mark …

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Rihanna arrives in Madrid to launch her new Fenty brand, disrupting the world of beauty

September 24, 2017

This weekend I’m in Madrid celebrating my 50th birthday, but somehow Rihanna gatecrashed the party. My route to my favourite Plaza Mayor restaurant was barred by enormous crowds and security staff. Was it a surprise birthday party laid on by my colleag …

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The Copenhagen Letter … manifesto calls for technology to put humans ahead of business

September 21, 2017

Over 150 people, from entrepreneurs to designers to philosophers, have signed The Copenhagen Letter this week calling for better practices in technology and design. The letter, which was published by Copenhagen’s Techfestival, calls for a “new Renaissa …

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What is patient-centric healthcare? … it’s about real people … empathetic, integrated, personal and wellness

September 20, 2017

Through positive wellness and personalised pharma, robotics and genetics, digital applications and patient-centric business models … the future of health is about specialisation and innovation, patient-centric solutions that are faster and more efficie …

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“Creating Great Choices” is all about moving beyond trade-off thinking, to explore new and better ways of winning

September 19, 2017

Strategy is all about making choices. Where to compete? How to be different? What to do, and not? Today’s business leaders face more choices than ever. You could be in any market, segment or geography, or any sector for that matter. Leaders like Bezos …

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Jack Ma celebrates 18 years of Alibaba by dancing to Michael Jackson … so what are his leadership secrets?

September 17, 2017

Jack Ma, from former English teacher to China’s richest man, and CEO of Alibaba Group, donned his dancing shoes last week to perform a Michael Jackson routine in front of 40,000 employees at the Alibaba 18th anniversary party. Sitting on a motorcycle a …

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The Mind of a Business Leader … Alan Mulally’s mind map of One Ford

September 14, 2017

I remember former Ford CEO Alan Mulally being interviewed by Fortune magazine back in 2009. The interviewer caught a glimpse of his notebook and was intrigued. He asked if he could publish one page as a way of demonstrating the “systems thinking” of a …

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The Unfair Advantage … harnessing digital platforms and content to inspire and engage B2B clients … and sell 40% more!

September 11, 2017

In today’s connected world, every business has changed how it works – how it communicates, its processes and projects, its speed and decision-making. Selling is not alien to this, both in its need to engage in new ways, but also in the opportunities to …

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The Secret of Okinawa … 生き甲斐 [ikigai] … finding a more purposeful approach to work and life

August 30, 2017

Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced “ick-ee-guy”) is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” Everyone, according to Japanese culture, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Okinawa What if answering one question co …

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Winning in a world of robots … How will we work in the future? What skills will we need, and what is success?

August 28, 2017

30 years ago I started my first job, as a marketing executive, sitting in a ramped office block called Speedbird House, 5 minutes from Heathrow Airport. British Airways has just invested in a new generation of desktop computers that could measure and a …

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Leaders of disruptive innovation … what the leaders of the world’s most innovative companies actually do

August 27, 2017

We are live in an age of disruption, of relentless change and uncertainty. The scale of the challenges we face and the accelerating speed of innovation demands a new approach to innovation leadership, a new way of fostering counter-intuitive ideas, for …

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The Power of Great Words … Aurora to Effervescence, Ineffable and Syzygy

August 15, 2017

Words can be incredibly powerful … they can be curious and distinctive, evocative and inspiring. They can tell a story, make people stop and think, and be incredibly memorable. As a keynote speaker, I have learnt to value the power of individual word …

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Mavi Jeans … From Turkey to the world, fashioning a path to brand growth

August 15, 2017

Mavi means blue in Turkish, and has become one of Turkey’s most celebrated brands. The brand has developed a cult following across the world,  selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of high end, slim fitting denim. Building a global luxury brand …

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The Usain Bolt brand and business model … how the world’s greatest athlete earns and spends money

August 4, 2017

Usain Bolt is one of the great icons of sport … Mohammed Ali is the only other worthy of calling himself “the greatest”, and similarly Bolt’s presence stretches far beyond the sporting arenas in which he has collected 9 Olympic Golds, and incredible wo …

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Reliance Industries’ Mukesh Ambani launches the “free” Jio Phone with a dramatic rethinking of the telecoms business model

July 28, 2017

Last week, Indian billionaire and founder of Reliance Industries, Mukesh Ambani launched the Jio Phone. An (almost) free smartphone for the hundreds of millions of aspirational Indians who he serves, and a radical rethinking of the telecoms business mo …

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The 50 best ideas for business leaders … exploring the world’s top thinkers and their practical tools, all in one inspiring day!

July 21, 2017

Markets of relentless change, exponential technologies, social and political uncertainty, challenge every business. Ideas can change the world, but making sense of this change, and making new strategies happen is not easy. In fact, everything you learn …

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Be extraordinary … average is not good, great is not good enough … standing out, and helping people to stand out, in a similar world

July 20, 2017

In most markets, most products and services have evolved, through stretch and challenge, to be pretty good, even great. Most consumers are satisfied with most of what they buy (if they don’t, they quickly complain). A high-quality product, an everythin …

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AirRater to Beat2Phone, Verily and Watson … Patient-centric healthcare innovations for positive wellbeing

July 20, 2017

Healthcare, like many other industries is in the midst of disruptive innovation. Whilst technologies – from digital platforms to genetic engineering, remote monitoring and intelligent devices, robotic procedures and new business models – enable this di …

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Branding without a brand … challenging the old world of “lazy, inefficient, expensive” brands

July 15, 2017

Everybody talks about branding being more than a logo. So how do you harness the power of branding, whilst being unbranded? A new startup launched this week called Brandless with a goal to sell a mix of household goods and food online with the goal of …

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The fourth industrial revolution … how 12 disruptive technologies will together reshape our world … and their opportunities for your business

July 14, 2017

Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum recently declared that “the fourth industrial revolution is upon us”. This is a rapid and revolutionary change to our world, characterised by the fusion of technologies blurring the lines between the ph …

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Being awestruck … ideas that have aesthetic relevance, tickle people’s intellectual sensibilities, and instill a sense of wonder

July 12, 2017

Ideas can change everything. Everything I do starts by enticing people, sometimes easily and sometimes not so, out of their intellectual comfort zones. I’m interested in helping business leaders to think bigger and different, to solve their most import …

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Disrupt or be disrupted … 12 “disruptor” techniques to reinvent your business, to shape the future to your advantage

July 12, 2017

My book “Gamechangers” is all about businesses who are shaking up their markets, shaping the future to their advantage. At the heart of this is disruption. The best companies increasingly shape their industries in their own vision. They redesign them t …

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What it takes to drive progress in turbulent times … Learning from Einstein, Picasso and “the age of genius”

July 11, 2017

12 years ago I wrote my first book, “Marketing Genius”. Since then it has been translated into 35 languages, become a business book of the year, endorsed by Sir Richard Branson (he actually read and reviewed it), and I’ve followed it with 6 more books …

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Sky Robot … you might think of drones as playthings, but they are rapidly disrupting the business world

July 10, 2017

Helen Greiner is often called the “drone queen” since founding her drone company, CyPhy Works. She is also known as the co-founder of iRobot – the company behind the first automated and commercially successful home vacuum, the Roomba, which hit the mar …

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What can you learn from coconut water? … Creating new or recreating existing categories is the big thing

July 7, 2017

It may seem like semantics, but in every different kind of business today, creating – or recreating – a category is the most effective winning strategy. Geoffrey Moore’s Crossing the Chasm revolutionized how we think about new products in an existing m …

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Blockbuster drugs … building and sustaining billion dollar brands in a fast-changing world of healthcare

July 6, 2017

Blockbuster drugs, those medicines that bring in more than $1 billion in sales every year, are the holy grail of drug development. They can make a pharmaceutical company and send them to rock-star status among investors, as evidenced by the rise of Gil …

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Birchbox, Ipsy, Play … beauty subscription boxes are a great example of how new business models disrupt an industry

July 6, 2017

There was a time when beauty companies used to build brands, based on aspirational ideas and celebrity endorsements, which they hoped consumers would buy and buy again. Beauty counters clustered around the entrances of every department stores, offering …

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88% of consumers want brands to be more purposeful … to make a positive difference to their world

July 6, 2017

88% of consumers believe companies have the power to influence societal change, and should be addressing issues presently facing us. Which is great news, given the declining interest of some world politicians in making the wold better. It also demonstr …

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What would the world’s best innovation park look like? Insights from Antibes and Berlin, Singapore and Stockholm

July 5, 2017

Innovation parks are scattered across the world. Usually they focus on technological R&D, often adjacent to an academic institute, and in reality an excuse to attract large number of tech businesses to locate together. There are some obvious benefi …

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Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity … best ideas from the ad world’s annual week of self indulgence

July 5, 2017

Marketing can be an incredibly exciting, disciplined, profitable and respected pursuit … until it’s left to advertising agencies and all their hangers on. Some creative agencies are intelligent, visionary and make a real difference to their client’s …

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Adidas Parley … how to be good for the world, and good for business, at the same time

July 5, 2017

Plastic bottles, bags and trays, cups and straws, fishing nets and buoys … plastic waste has become the scourge of our oceans, polluting the water and killing animals, only to eventually make its way back to us through the food we eat (and the micro …

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Corporate lawyers are the guardians of the future … harnessing the megatrends, becoming the new gamechangers.

July 3, 2017

It is often said that lawyers will be one of the first professions to be disrupted, maybe even displaced, by the growing presence of artificial intelligence. Robot lawyers seem like a bizarre idea. But when you think about it most of a lawyers activity …

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Discover the virtual reality secrets of Jeju Island … Beauty gets intelligent, natural and personal

June 28, 2017

How will you look in 2018?  Throw away your mass-market skin creams, make-up and hair colour … it’s time to go beyond average, to be personal, to be experimental, to be natural, to be you … From intelligent mirrors to 3d-printed colours to suit you …

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Ikea’s Recipe Series … the self-assembly cooking sheets that started out as a Canadian advertising campaign

June 27, 2017

We’re all familiar with the bewildering self-assembly instruction sheets that come with Ikea’s flat pack furniture. Now imagine following a cookery recipe in the same format … Actually it works, incredibly well. It’s addictive, and a great way to tur …

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Prada sells paper clips for $185 … Balenciaga sells plastic bags for $1150 … Supreme sells bricks for $50

June 25, 2017

Hot on the heels of Balenciaga which recently launched a sell-out plastic carrier bag for a crazy price of $1150, Prada is the latest brand to join the craze for selling extravagant everyday things we never knew we needed The Italian design house has l …

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Humanity Inc. … social innovation, enabled by next tech, is the new agenda for business leaders

June 22, 2017

At the recent European Business Forum – held in the fast transforming Danish city of Odense – I hosted a series of “big talks” with around 400 of Europe’s CEOs, supported by some of the world’s top business academics. Together we explored the challenge …

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Blockchain beyond banking … 19 industries which the new technology is likely to disrupt

June 22, 2017

The blockchain is a “distributed ledger” technology that underlies cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and platforms like Ethereum. It provides a way to record and transfer data that is transparent, safe, auditable, and resistant to outages. It has the abili …

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Alibaba’s data-driven “uni marketing” engine rewrites the rules of brand marketing

June 22, 2017

Alibaba’s chief creative officer Chris Tung was in Cannes this week unveiling “uni marketing” a new suite of marketing data tools for brands and agencies to better use Alibaba’s consumer data. Over the last 12 months, Alibaba has worked with global mar …

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Ingenuity … Finding the magic of humanity in a world of digital technologies and intelligent robotics

June 21, 2017

We live in an incredible time. More change in the next 10 years than in the last 250 years. Combine the printing press and steam engine, light bulb and jet aircraft, automated production and space travel, microprocessors and the Internet, cell phones a …

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Human 2.0 … robots won’t replace us, but they will redefine what it means to be human

June 21, 2017

There has been much talk, particularly in business books, about how technology will take over humanity, how robots will replace almost any job, and after “the point of singularity” artificial intelligence will outthink and outwit the human brain. This …

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Winners and Losers … Scott Galloway on brand success in the age of Amazon

June 20, 2017

Scott Galloway is described as “honest, outrageous and provocative” … he’s a marketing professor at NYU Stern School of Business where he teaches brand strategy and digital marketing to second-year MBA students and is the author of the Digital IQ Ind …

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Robot apocalypse … Will artificial intelligence help robots take over the world, or transform humanity for the better?

June 15, 2017

It took 13 years to sequence the human genome for the first time, achieved back in 2003. Now it takes 1 hour. For $99 the genetics profiling company 23andMe will analyse everything about you, to understand where you come from, and where you are likely …

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Design Thinking is obvious isn’t it? … deeper insights into smarter concepts into faster innovation

June 15, 2017

“Design thinking” is obvious isn’t it? You spend some time with customers, and then from those insights, you come back and quickly mock-up a prototype, which you can test and evolve practically, until you find a winning solution. Yes. But when most com …

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Newcastle Science Central … from the Elswick Colliery, to Brown Ale, to innovation hub

June 14, 2017

Science parks, innovation hubs, tech cities … are springing up in urban capitals across the world, seeking to be a creative focus for entrepreneurs and start-ups, scientific and technological research, to attract inward investment and to help local e …

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800 million new consumers … rethinking strategies and brands to engage the female, older and Chinese consumer

June 13, 2017

A seismic change is happening in consumer demand as global population surges to 7.4 billion by 2021. This will include 800 million new consumers, with newly disposable income, and even bigger dreams and aspirations. Most of them in India and China. At …

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Decoupling … digital disruption that breaks the links between traditional consumer activities

June 12, 2017

Watching TV used to be endlessly frustrated by those disruptive ads. Then along came Tivo to decouple the watching of content from the advertising that funded it. Similarly Amazon separated trying from buying, Skype separated talking from connecting, Z …

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Dreaming of a Casper mattress … 100 more disruptors ready to shake up your world

June 9, 2017

Since I started exploring and ranking the world’s “Gamechangers” many others have either adopted the word, or concept in annual rankings and showcases. Disruptive businesses are interesting and inspiring. Many are start-ups, although the don’t have to …

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RocketLab’s battery-powered 3D-printed rocket launch in NZ changes the game of space.

June 3, 2017

RocketLab’s launch of a 3D-printed battery-powered into space this week heralds a new era in the space business. It symbolises a new generation of space entrepreneurs developing small, reusable rockets launching commercial payloads into space with cost …

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Globalisation, innovation and social progress … What is the new “context” for business innovation and growth?

June 2, 2017

How do you make sense of a colliding world? From migration to a new populism, a new machine age with a social purpose, the rapid growth of robotics and biotech, the fusion of geographies and sectors, cultures and religions, what are the consequences an …

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Fearless Girl … only 5.4% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women … yet companies with women in leadership perform better

May 31, 2017

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, McCann partnered with State Street Global Advisors to introduce the Fearless Girl to the world — a statue of a daring young girl, standing strong on Wall Street. Why? Because companies with women in leaders …

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Storyboarding … bringing ideas to life in a visual story by adapting movie-making techniques to business and brands

May 30, 2017

A storyboard is a sequence of illustrations which aim is to visualise the critical moments of a whole story. That isn’t a new tool in animation. Indeed storyboarding has been popularized by Walt Disney Studios during the 1930s. Storyboarding is critica …

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Finding your path to the future … through smart ideas and fast innovation … New interview!

May 26, 2017

My interview with a leading South American newspaper this week: Describe your path to what you’re doing now. What led you to become who you are? I started with a passion to understand the world. At school I loved sciences, the path of discovery, making …

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Glamsquad to Glossier … new business models are rapidly disrupting the world of beauty

May 25, 2017

The world of beauty is being transformed rapidly. New consumers, and new aspirations of existing consumers through their experiences in other sectors, have fuelled the opportunities to embrace the potential of digital platforms, new business models, an …

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Creating the future story of business … the best ideas and inspirations from the European Business Forum 2017

May 19, 2017

Denmark’s fairytale city of Odense is a perfect place to write the future story of business. Birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, and now one of Europe’s leading robotics hubs, it seeks to become “the Davos of business thinking”. Odense is a city in …

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The future of luxury … How can luxury brands capture the new luxuries of time, individuality, authenticity, belonging and experiences?

May 18, 2017

Luxury, as defined by the Oxford dictionary, used to be “a state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense.”  Today’s luxuries are no less scarce, but more emotional than physical, and they don’t necessarily come at great ex …

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Rightmove … the home-buying portal, that is the world’s most innovative growth company 2017, according to Forbes

May 18, 2017

Rightmove, the UK’s home-buying portal with more property listings than any other platform in that country, has just been recognised as the most innovative growth company, according to Forbes Magazine’s annual ranking. The London-based company was a fi …

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The Publishing Pinball Machine … exploring the tech trends that are fast and randomly shaping the future of books

May 18, 2017

Technology has had a significant, rapid and often random impact on every industry. Publishing is no exception. Depending on your perspective, it might feel like you or your business is being bounced around at random. But from a different perspective, t …

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The Pseudo-Neuro Science of Business Thinking … Fast or Slow, Left or Right, Logic or Emotion, System 1 or 2

May 14, 2017

System 1 and system 2 thinking are two different ways of decision-making, popularised by Daniel Kahneman in his bestselling book “Thinking, Fast and Slow”. They are behavioral frameworks based on Psychological research, which ultimately theorized that …

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Exponential business growth … forget the technology, instead think about it in terms of customers and communication, communities and networks

May 13, 2017

Exponential growth is the rate of change measured over a given number of equal time intervals. Basically, when a business grows by 100% (or doubles) over multiple time intervals, each increase of 100% is added to the starting value, resulting in compou …

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The trust deficit … Samsung’s executive corruption to United beating up passengers … people trust business less than ever

May 11, 2017

Samsung was once the challenger brand loved by millennials across the world. Then the batteries of its new phones, the Galaxy Note 7, started exploding impulsively and were banned from flights across the world. Soon after Samsung’s top executive Jay Y …

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Leading the Future … a series of white papers for business leaders to drive smarter innovation and faster growth.

May 10, 2017

“Leading the Future” is a series of white papers by Peter Fisk exploring the challenges and opportunities to drive smarter innovation and accelerate growth in today’s incredible world. You can explore and download each of the white papers here: Leaders …

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Fast forwards … relentless change demands a new approach to strategy, to guide smart innovation and fast growth

May 9, 2017

We live in an unprecedented time – more change in the next 10 years than the last 250 years. Scary but incredible. Anyone in business still trying to hang onto the old models which made them successful is a fool. We need innovation just to stand still. …

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It’s not a job, it’s a revolution … How can cultural values inspire business to innovate smarter and grow faster?

May 8, 2017

We have all heard, and yawned, at the mission (purpose, vision, direction) statement that seeks to be the best in the industry, love every stakeholder, and make the world better. We have all glazed over at the list of values (organisational, cultural, …

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Nike’s Unlimited Stadium … with a 200m LED-paced running track, so you can race against your virtual self.

May 8, 2017

In the centre of Manila, Nike has constructed a pop-up arena that has been dubbed the world’s first full-size LED running track. Taking over an entire city block, the layout of ‘unlimited stadium’ is derived from the footprint of Nike’s LunarEpic runni …

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Design thinking in action … 35 great examples of companies using “design thinking” to drive innovation and growth

May 7, 2017

Design thinking is a process for creative problem solving Design thinking is a term coined by David Kelley, founder of IDEO and the Stanford d.school. It utilises elements from the designer’s toolkit like empathy and experimentation to arrive at innova …

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Secrets of a Shoe Dog … what I learnt about business from Nike’s co-founder Phil Knight

May 7, 2017

Phil Knight always wanted to be a sub-4 minute miler. In the late sixties he trained with the elite athletes at the University of Oregon under Bill Bowerman, the unorthodox coach who would try anything (like moulding his athletes rubber shoes with a wa …

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Nike’s Breaking2 is brand innovation at its best … inspiring people to do more, moving the world forwards

May 6, 2017

Today I woke at 04.45 to watch a Twitter livestream from Monza’s F1 track in Italy. Three of the world’s best long-distance runners lined up in the dark to challenge one of sport’s biggest barriers – to break two hours for the marathon. The Breaking2 p …

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How to drive innovation and growth in a slow growing, fast changing world … Preview of the Thinkers50 European Business Forum

May 3, 2017

The Thinkers50 European Business Forum takes place next week on 9-10 May in Denmark’s fairytale city of Odense. It brings together many of the world’s top business thinkers and Europe’s business leaders. Why does it matter? European business leaders fa …

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Dante’s Infinite Monkeys … Mike Dover’s new book about how technology can amplify evil, and what to do about it

May 3, 2017

Many books have been written about the Internet and other emerging technologies as a force for good, yet it can also amplify evil says Mike Dover, author of the bestseller Wikibrands. His new book Dante’s Infinite Monkeys: Technology Meets The Seven De …

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Surly Penguin … craft spirits hand-made from organic fresh fruits

April 27, 2017

Founded in 2014 by serial entrepreneur Chris Olshan and his wife, Kristy Olshan, Surly Penguin & The Distillery was a dream forged by hard work with a kiss from luck and fate. As in the case of many great inventions, the business was born out of an …

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Designer Danes … Just Eat to Joe and the Juice, Lego and Pandora … Who are Denmark’s most disruptive innovators?

April 26, 2017

Danes love to innovate. They love to create and play, to appreciate design and newness. From your earliest childhood memories with Lego bricks, to the compulsion of Movie Star Planet, the dream of sinking into your BoConcept chair and turning up your B …

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The spirit of mottainai … a Japanese term conveying a sense of regret at what we have wasted … and protect what we have

April 25, 2017

Mottainai is a Japanese term conveying a sense of regret concerning waste. The expression “Mottainai!” can be uttered as an exclamation when something useful, such as food or even our time, is wasted, meaning roughly “what a waste!”  Everyday usage of …

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Amazon Day 1 … Jeff Bezos writes his 2016 Letter to Shareholders about “making high velocity decisions”

April 17, 2017

Today Jeff Bezos sent his annual letter to his shareholders. It went like this: “Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?” That’s a question I just got at our most recent all-hands meeting. I’ve been reminding people that it’s Day 1 for a couple of decades. I …

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Change your brain, Change your game … 15 big ideas to help business leaders win in a fast-changing world

April 15, 2017

Thinkers50’s European Business Forum brings together Europe’s business leaders with the very best new ideas in business – including from the world’s #1 business thinker, #1 business leader, and #1 business coach. Markets of relentless change, exponenti …

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“Obsess over the customer. Resist proxies. Make high-quality and high-velocity decisions … at Amazon, it is always Day 1”

April 13, 2017

“Obsess over the customer. Resist proxies. Embrace powerful, external trends. And make high-quality and high-velocity decisions.” These are some of the ways a company can avoid becoming a “Day 2” organization, according to Jeff Bezos. At Amazon, it is …

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Never Stop Reinventing … What does it take to win in today’s world of relentless change and innovation?

April 11, 2017

It’s tempting to keep doing what works. It’s particularly tempting to hang on to a business model that achieved success, that enabled you to innovate and grow, to become the market leader of today. But what got you here, is unlikely to get you to the n …

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Making sense of a changing world … some of the great RSA videos you must watch

April 10, 2017

The RSA Animate series was conceived as an innovative, accessible and unique way of illustrating and sharing the world-changing ideas from the RSA’s free public events programme. With millions of views and thousands of comments, fans and subscribers, R …

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How to engage millennials … ASOS Blank Canvas, Spotify Student Ambassadors, and Red Bull Wings Team

April 10, 2017

Millennials are the “we” generation. They spend their lives connected to each other – Snapchatting and Instagramming, sharing everything from homes to cars, music and clothes. They don’t trust the old forms of brand communication – advertising, direct …

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Growth is shifting, disruption is accelerating, societal tensions are rising … How will you create a better future for your business?

April 8, 2017

This month the strategy team from McKinsey have come up with a fabulous article that helps to make sense of the global forces reshaping our world, and explores how to develop a better future for your business. Here is an extract: “The trend is your fri …

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Fast/Forward … In a world of information, competitive advantage goes to the business that can harness it best.

April 4, 2017

What is the basis of competitive advantage in today’s business landscape? Many observers say it is the power to harness information. The firms that succeed in the new, fast evolving information age are characterised by decisive action allied to emotion …

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German innovation … from industrial precision to punk entrepreneurship … is Germany ready to change its game?

April 1, 2017

Germany means high tech, renewable energy, climate protection, sustainable mobility, better living, individualised medicine, architecture and design, research, science, and education. Whilst German industry is packed full of industrial giants – BASF to …

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SoPost … the Newcastle-based online sampling business that is disrupting the world of beauty

March 27, 2017

Free samples – usually given out in shops, at events and on the streets – are nothing new but exploiting consumers social networks to distribute free samples is. Newcastle-based entrepreneur, Jonathan Grubin spotted this opportunity and conceived SoPos …

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Fashion and music, meatballs and biotech … Why has Sweden become Europe’s hotbed of innovation?

March 20, 2017

Millions of hearts around the world beat with the help of a pacemaker. Candles are lit with the help of safety matches. Ball bearings make our machines work smoothly, whilst we instantly recognise Samuelson’s iconic Coke bottle design. We depend on Blu …

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Connected Healthcare … Drivers of technological change, empowering patients, and improving wellness

March 18, 2017

Future Health is a big topic for me, and I work with many of the top healthcare companies in seeking to explore the future, to drive more patient-centric innovation, the shift to prevention and wellness and harnessing the incredible array of new techno …

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Innovative insurance … Brolly to Cover, Guevara to Lemonade … making customer’s lives safer, easier and better

March 16, 2017

Insurance has lagged behind banking in embracing the new digital world. Whilst they have brought their products online, the result has largely been a huge commoditisation of brands through comparison sites. What is there to choose between insurance pro …

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Private labels can be more powerful and profitable than classic brands, enabling richer experiences and faster growth

March 15, 2017

When I want to cook a great dinner at home, I head straight to Marks & Spencer’s food store. M&S’s Cook range of premium quality, organically farmed self-assembly dishes makes entertaining easy. Not only do they bring together all the ingredien …

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Welcome to Halo … the world’s best coffee, in a way that’s best for the world.

March 7, 2017

I love it when people who talk about ideas, actually go ahead and make them happen. A couple of years ago a friend of mine, Brett King, an Aussie consultant who wrote the seminal book Bank 2.0 on the digitisation of banking, went off to NYC and made hi …

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Dream big, and let your passion shine … Richard Branson’s poem to entrepreneurs

March 2, 2017

A couple of years ago, I spent the day with Sir Richard Branson. I wanted to know what drives one of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs, and to learn a bit about what he is really like as a person. He’s very down to earth, self-deprecating and maybe …

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Germany’s favourite brands … Adidas’ originals, BMW’s new business models, and Weleda’s anthroposophy

March 1, 2017

I’m doing lots of work in Germany right now. It’s a country I know well, having studied and lived in the beautiful southern town of Freiburg im Breisgau. I’ve always been a big fan of German cars too, from my first Volkswagen Polo to the ultimate Audi …

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Design thinking with Fortnum & Mason … the beautiful reinvention of a British retail icon

February 28, 2017

In the early 1700’s William Fortnum was employed as a footman in the household of Queen Anne. In 1707 he and his then landlord Mr. Mason, established their grocery supply business. In 1761, William Fortnum’s grandson Charles, went into the service of Q …

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Airbnb’s equality, Starbuck’s refugees and Zuckerberg’s future … Brands need to be bold and brave in a polarising world

February 27, 2017

Brands and business need to be bold and brave to win in today’s world. They need to stand up for what they believe in the world, to talk about more than their products, to care about their societies and futures. Of course ‘purpose’, ‘meaning’, ‘relevan …

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Mapping Innovation … start with a problem, not an idea … then decide the right approach to innovate

February 25, 2017

Innovation comes in many shapes and sizes, typically an organisation has a whole portfolio of innovations at play, from incremental improvements to game-changing breakthroughs. Of the portfolio is often not well structured or balanced, and the approach …

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Deviant innovators … think like a pirate, hustle like a gangster, make it up like a hacker, create your alter ego

February 23, 2017

Who are the greatest innovators in the world? Steve Jobs, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford. The usual suspects. There is a myth that innovation comes only from people who are genetically endowed with the ability to innovate. It’s always the lone innovator, si …

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What will the world look like in 2030? Here are 8 predictions that will change our world in practical ways

February 23, 2017

What will the world look like in 2030? That’s really not so far away, just think about what you were doing 10 years ago. However the next 10 years is likely to see huge change – largely driven by technology, but with implications for humanity, society, …

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Creating the future one click at a time … why Amazon has just been voted the world’s most innovative company

February 13, 2017

“I have the best job in the world because I get to work in the future,” says Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. It’s actually 25 years since the former Wall Street banker studied the wildfire growth of internet start-ups, went home to convince his wife, and ne …

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The Brand Super Bowl 2017 … best marketing moments from Airbnb to Budweiser, IBM Watson and 84 Lumbar

February 6, 2017

You probably heard … the 51st Super Bowl, the world´s biggest annual sporting event, exploded with more hype and marketing dollars than ever in Houston last night, as the New England Patriots finally overcame the Atlanta Falcons in extra time. The Su …

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Burberry Kisses … Luxury brands must innovate to engage new consumers and embrace digital disruption

February 1, 2017

Instagram likes … Chinese consumers … immersive experiences … service-based start-ups … digital boutiques … magic mirrors … social influence … celebrity endorsement … instant customisation …. from runway to my door … Luxury goods markets are being …

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Call the Glamsquad, visit the Drybar, or grab your smart brush … innovators shaking up the world of hair

January 27, 2017

Haircare is likely to be one of the most innovative areas of beauty in 2017, with traditional shampoos making way for next-generation cleansers, and nutrient-packed masks and supplements borrowing concepts from skincare. Customised haircare continues t …

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Education 4.0 … the future of learning will be dramatically different, in school and throughout life.

January 24, 2017

Global connectivity, smart machines, and new media are just some of the drivers reshaping how we think about work, what constitutes work, and how we learn and develop the skills to work in the future. The concept of a “100 year life” becoming the norm, …

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Gamechangers in Istanbul … 10 more Turkish innovators seeking to change the game

January 20, 2017

I’ve been working with Turkish companies for the last 12 years. Over the last decade I have chaired the MCT Marketing and HR Summits with around 2500 people almost every year, and have worked as an expert consultant to the business leaders of many Turk …

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Changing times in Davos 2017 … “Honey melons hang from bitter vines. Sweet dates grow in thistles and thorns.”

January 19, 2017

With over 400 sessions on the official programme, covering everything from the rise of populism to the global economic outlook, you’d be forgiven for feeling confused by what just happened in Davos. While it would be impossible to condense it all into …

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Consumers increasingly see brands as if they are human – with purpose and personality, ethics and emotions

January 15, 2017

Consumers increasingly view brands and companies as if they are human – they judge them by their purpose and personalities, ethics and behaviours – as much, if not more than minimal expectations for product quality, timeliness and good service. At the …

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Reinventing customer engagement … why the financial crisis was a blessing in disguise for financial services

January 12, 2017

I end up doing lots of work with banks – big and small, digital and decidedly analog, niche and full service – innovators like First Direct and Moven, and also giants who want to reinvent themselves, like Deutsche  and Santander. Whilst there is much t …

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The Uncompromising customer … 4 paradoxes of today’s “Age of I” explored in Davos this year

January 8, 2017

The theme of the 2017 World Economic Forum for the world’s leaders of governments and businesses is “Responsive and Responsible Leadership.” Creating a customer-first (or for government’s citizen-first) mindset was argued by many as the fundamental sta …

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L’Oreal’s smart hairbrush, developed with Nokia, ready to shake up the haircare category

January 5, 2017

L’Oreal’s Kerastase luxury hair-care brand is unveiling a $189 digitally connected brush at CES, injecting tech into a seemingly unlikely age-old product. The Kerastase Hair Coach Powered by Withings, which will be available to consumers later this yea …

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Do you fear being replaced by robots? Instead think how machines can make life and work better

January 5, 2017

Search for “Tesla crash” and you’ll see a real-life video taken from a Tesla speeding down a motorway. You can hear the bleep of the car’s autopilot applying the brakes as it predicts, correctly, that the car two ahead is going to crash. No human drive …

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17 new “Gamechangers” for 2017 … Affectiva to Ava Wines and Magic Leap … Innovators disrupting their markets right now

January 3, 2017

Ava Winery founders Mardonn Chua and Alex Lee claim they can “turn water into wine” in just 15 minutes, without using grapes. The San Francisco startup aims to disrupt high-end wines by offering bottles of chemically identical wine cheaper and more sus …

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2016 was an incredible year of technological innovation that will change our lives forever.

December 31, 2016

I keep saying it. It sounds dramatic, a nice sound bite, but it’s true. And here is evidence … the next 5 years will see more change in our world, than we have seen in the last 250 years. So more dramatic than the impacts of industrialisation and glo …

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Retailer’s own labels are becoming stronger than classic brands … more intimate, more contextual and more experiential

December 28, 2016

“Private labels” (store brands) are a retailer’s own branded versions of popular products, used to be seen as cheap and generic, sometimes as low-priced imitators of classic brands. That old mindset has changed. Supermarkets now offer their own gourmet …

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The best management ideas of the year … millennials and globalisation, platforms and good leadership

December 23, 2016

As director of Thinkers50, the global ranking of the world’s best management thinkers, I spend a lot of time scanning, curating and making sense of the best ideas in business. Of course it doesn’t follow that the top academics will produce the best new …

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Digital Marketing 2017 … automation and big data, content and display, mobile and IOT, search and social

December 17, 2016

Digital marketing is many things. Whilst everyone wants to create their app, pull on their VR helmut and Snapchat their brand, it is much more than that – sometimes much more boring, but also much more profound and connected too. In simple terms all ma …

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Moonshot Marathon … Nike seeks to break the 2 hour marathon barrier

December 14, 2016

Nike has launched Breaking2 part of the NXT Generation Research Project at the Nike Sport Research Lab, seeking to break one of sport’s most formidable barriers, the two-hour marathon. After more than two years of research, preparation and testing, thr …

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The best 2017 trend reports … inspired by Alibaba’s Buy+, Google’s Tilt Brush and Momondo’s DNA Journey

December 12, 2016

Trend reports are everywhere at this time of year. What matters is the underlying patterns. Futurists are all about pattern recognition, and being able to decipher the important, emergent signals amidst the fads and fashions, and all the trend talk. Wh …

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The Future of Learning … the 100 year life, nanodegrees and the rise of Education 4.0

December 10, 2016

The nanodegrees launched this week by Udacity in subjects ranging from driverless car engineer to virtual reality headset designer. Each course typically requires 3 x 2 months of study, for a fee of around $250 per term, which is refunded if you don’t …

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How to be disruptive, exponential and superhuman in today’s incredible world …

December 7, 2016

Here is a selection of Q&As from recent media interviews … Your big theme right now is “exponential” … What does it mean, and why does it matter to business leaders? “Exponential” … is all about how business can harness the power of ideas and n …

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Amazon launches the easiest, fastest convenience stores ever … a great example of digital-physical meshing

December 5, 2016

Amazon today launches a grocery store without lines or checkout counters. Amazon Go is a 1800-square-foot retail concept store in the company’s hometown of Seattle. It redefines the notion of a convenience store – faster, simpler, easier than ever. The …

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Peter’s Laws … The Creed of the Persistent and Passionate Mind

December 4, 2016

This week we’re exploring the power of “exponential thinking” with three days of fantastic workshops and events by the GeniusWorks, and some of the world’s leading business gurus are joining us too. Peter Diamandis has probably done more than anyone to …

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From Harvard Business School to Hillside Beach Club … Edip Ilkbahar’s secrets of feeling good

November 25, 2016

7 years ago I met Edip Ilkbahar, a Turkish entrepreneur who told me about his fantastic Hillside Beach Club on the beautiful turquoise Mediterranean coastline. He was redefining the luxury vacation, in terms of service and experience, but also in terms …

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Shots of awe … inspired by our exotic, ecstatic, exponential world.

November 24, 2016

Want to be inspired? Visually, dramatically … immersed in an “incredible orgasm of future symbiosis” … which captures the speed, excitement and potential of our changing world? Then watch Jason Silva. Jason is the host of National Geographic Channe …

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Threat to thread, sea to shoe … Adidas makes trainers from waste plastic bottles floating in the oceans.

November 19, 2016

Adidas is helping to clean up the Earth’s oceans by using the waste floating around the world to make shoes.  The sportswear company has teamed up with Parley for the Oceans, an environmental group that raises awareness of pollution in the ocean, to pr …

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Kasper Rorsted … the new Danish CEO of Adidas

November 12, 2016

Kasper Rorsted announced he was leaving Henkel for Adidas in January 2016. Everyone was surprised, he had two years to go on his contract and still a lot to be done at Henkel; Rorsted had successfully raised the prominence of the group’s brands in the …

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Changing the Game of Logistics … Boxc to CargoBeacon, Freightos and PiggyBee, Roadie and Shyp

November 10, 2016

The logistics business might not seem a natural place for disruption – its physical, process-driven and regulated (ships, rail, trucks, air). Yet there is a huge reluctance amongst big companies to change  – most live in the past, both in terms of tech …

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We reinvented the business book … 48 hours with the world’s publishers in Munich

November 8, 2016

This year’s Future Book Forum brought together many of the world’s leading publishers in Munich on the 3-4 November in an  incredible two-day event, enabled by Canon. Reinventing the book. Over the last three years, the event has co-created a vision of …

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Creative Disruptors … break the rules, think opposites, give it away free, make unusual connections, go to extremes …

November 7, 2016

My book “Gamechangers” is all about businesses who are shaking up their markets, shaping the future to their advantage. At the heart of this is disruption. The best companies increasingly shape their industries in their own vision. They redesign them t …

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Changing the recruitment game … talent platforms, big data and matching algorithms in the new world of work

November 6, 2016

LinkedIn has become the world’s largest recruitment platform. This is partly by Reid Hoffman’s design to find a strong revenue-driving application for his networking site, but also by a realisation of more traditional recruiters, that this is the world …

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Restless consumers and technological disruption means that marketing, and advertising specifically, needs a big rethink

November 1, 2016

A great FT article this week captured the challenge for today’s marketers, suggesting that ad agencies have long past their sell-by date, and that marketers need to wake up to their lazy dependence on an outdated medium. Whilst digital is talked about, …

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Is Michael Porter still relevant in today’s fast and connected markets?

October 31, 2016

Michael Porter is seen as the guru’s guru, the world’s best management thinker, the godfather of strategy. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 69 years ago, he credits his own Harvard professor Chris Christensen with inspiring him and encouraging him to speak …

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“Shop Small” on Small Business Saturday … the innovative program from American Express is back again

October 31, 2016

26 November 2016 is Small Business Saturday. American Express launched Small Business Saturday 7 years ago – focused on the most important shopping holiday in the USA, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. The idea was to encourage shoppers to patroni …

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AT&T acquires Time Warner for $85bn … Content matters more than pipes, being human in a digital world.

October 25, 2016

I was sitting in the lobby of Hong Kong’s Shangri La Hotel, ready to do an executive workshop for Time Warner’s top global leaders. Sitting down next to me, the CFO started to chat. Creating value is easy he said, you just have to think smarter. He the …

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Why sports sponsorship is incredibly effective marketing, if you think from your audience back to your brand.

October 23, 2016

In the time Usain Bolt clocked up 9 Olympic gold medals he has become an icon of sports, and of sports sponsorship. Since those record-breaking Olympic victories in Beijing 2008, when Bolt’s only sponsors were Puma and Jamaican mobile phone company Dig …

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Blockchain has the potential to transform the relationship between consumers and brands

October 12, 2016

Online streaming of music grew by 80% last year, whilst overall revenues from music are stagnant, and the amount back to artists is falling. Piracy and arguments about IP are rife. As technology continues to disrupt the industry, several artists are tu …

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Design a better business … applying design principles to your new concept, brand or business future.

October 12, 2016

For too long, people have pretended that business is linear, and predictable. For too long have they tried to ignore and remove uncertainty, with little effect. Designers have always lived with uncertainty, and know how to turn it into an ally. In toda …

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The New Rules of Marketing … Growth hacking to social influencers and exponential results

October 10, 2016

Markets have fundamentally changed. A new generation of businesses (new technologies, new business models, new leadership) is emerging to address a new generation of customers (new audiences, new geographies, new aspirations). Marketing exists to conne …

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Uber Home … how every type of service can be innovated with an Uber-style business model

October 10, 2016

It’s a simple game … “Imagine creating an Uber-type of business model for …” Entrepreneurs love it, and in particular see the home as a great place to innovate the way in which services can be delivered on-demand. CB Insights, the research firm, id …

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Inspired by Spanish innovation … fast fashion, gourmet tapas and quirky shoes

October 6, 2016

Spain is a land of diverse cultures that drives incredible creativity. From the humanistic forms of Antoni Gaudi and cubist renaissance of Picasso, to great cities like Barcelona and the rejuvenated Bilbao, the ready-baked clothes of Amancio Ortega to …

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Facebook chooses Denmark’s tech city Odense to build datacenter of the future

October 2, 2016

Odense, famed as the home of Hans Christian Andersen, and more recently, Europe’s robot city, is now to be home of Facebook’s latest big investment, according to local media. Facebook is about to massively increase its online services, building on soci …

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Inspired by Indian brands … Tata and Airtel, Mahindra and Idea, faster and more human

October 1, 2016

Tata, Airtel, Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank and LIC are India’s most valuable brands according to the latest Best Indian Brands Report 2016. Whilst multi-faceted Tata still leads the way, HDFC has risen from 6th place in 2014, to rank 4th with a 15% r …

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Skateboarding brand Supreme is selling red clay bricks for up to $1,000

September 30, 2016

A red clay brick designed and sold by skateboarding brand Supreme is selling on eBay for $1,000, after originally selling out in a single day. The item, part of the Supreme skateboarding brand’s accessories line that has previously included a hammer, c …

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Changing the game of learning … Nanodegrees for self-driving car engineers and VR developers

September 28, 2016

Digital learning platform Udacity has launched some eye-catching new programs in recent weeks – be it the VR Developer nanodegree in partnership with Google, or the Self-Driving Car Engineer with Mercedes-Benz. Business education is changing rapidly, a …

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Exponential Business … how to grow faster with ideas, accelerators and multipliers

September 27, 2016

Exponential thinking is not just about thinking big, it is about the steps to go from small to big. If I were to take 30 linear steps, I’d end up 30 metres away. But if I said to you take 30 exponential steps, one, two, four, eight, sixteen, thirty-two …

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Nike’s next design innovation … unleash human potential

September 26, 2016

Andre Martin is Nike’s chief learning officer and vice president of talent development, whilst Drew Fifield is leadership development manager. Here, they describe how Nike seeks to unleash its human potential. Great design thinking should be applied to …

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Inspiration from a Welsh chicken shed … advertising to reality, Hiut Denim and the Manifesto of a Doer.

September 25, 2016

Cardigan is a small town of 4,000 good people, set on the wild and windy coastline of west Wales. 400 of them used to make jeans. They made 35,000 pairs a week. For three decades. Then one day the factory closed. It left town. But all that skill and kn …

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The Business Storyteller … creating the story of your brand, your business and your future

September 24, 2016

What’s your future story? Your strategic script that engages people in your vision and strategy? Your business narrative that connects the many different voices, messages and activities of your company? Together with Thinkers50 founders, authors and jo …

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The Business Case for Big Data … 20 mind-changing facts, and 6 practical examples

September 18, 2016

Every industry talks about the impact of big data. Yet few business leaders are clear on how big data can really give their business a commercial and competitive advantage. Maybe this is because of its complexity and expert analysis required to harness …

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Liminal Thinking is the art of creating change by understanding, shaping, and reframing beliefs

September 15, 2016

You’re standing under the hot shower, or in the middle of a long run, or lying on a beautiful beach … and suddenly that great idea flows forward in your mind. If you’ve ever had that sensation of your brain creating space unexpectedly to allow new id …

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Inside the San Francisco 49ers innovative sports stadium … digitalising the fan experience

September 13, 2016

Levi’s Stadium is about 40 miles south of San Francisco in Santa Clara, California. It seats more than 65,000 spectators in two bowl-like structures. The logistics are daunting for a stadium that big. Consider the issues involved with getting thousands …

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Changing the game with new technologies and new business models

September 10, 2016

This month’s HBR features a useful article on how the combination of new technologies and new business models can transform markets. Here’s a summary: A business model that can link a new technology to an emerging market need is the key to industry tra …

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Why many business model innovations fail … Google+ compared to Car2Go

September 9, 2016

“The hard truth about business model innovation” is Clay Christiansen’s theme in a great article published by MIT Sloan’s Management Review. Whilst there is no doubting the Harvard professor as the uber-guru of innovation (and indeed, business models s …

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The Future CMO Report … new roles, new rules, in a world where people consume 9.83 hours of content a day

September 5, 2016

The role of the chief marketing officer (CMO), and indeed of marketing itself, has been under debate for years. Is it more art or more science? Does it warrant a seat at the top table or is it just a sales-support function? Is it a strategic role or is …

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Elon Musk : How to Build the Future … and his Masterplan for the Next 10 Years

September 1, 2016

Elon, if you were 22 today, what would the five problems that you would think about working on be? “I think if somebody is doing something that is useful to the rest of society, I think that’s a good thing. Like, it doesn’t have to change the world. If …

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2025 “exponential” vision … $1000 brains and 8 billion hyper-connected people

August 30, 2016

Exponential thinking is not just about thinking big, it is about the steps to go from small to big. If I were to take 30 linear steps, I’d end up 30 metres away. But if I said to you take 30 exponential steps, one, two, four, eight, sixteen, thirty-two …

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The 6Ds of “exponential” … digitised, deceptive, disruptive, dematerialised, demonetised, democratised

August 29, 2016

Exponential thinking is not just about thinking big, it is about the steps to go from small to big. If I were to take 30 linear steps, I’d end up 30 paces or 30 meters away. But if I said to you take 30 exponential steps, one, two, four, eight, sixteen …

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Mahatma Gandhi to Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs … What’s the right style of leadership for you?

August 27, 2016

Fortunately, businesspeople and psychologists have developed useful frameworks that describe the main ways that people lead. When you understand these frameworks, you can develop your own approach to leadership, and become a more effective leader as a …

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The smart home … from lighting to thermostats, door bells and home fitness

August 25, 2016

Nest, the brand of cool thermostats seeking to do for the home, what the iPod did for music recognises the emotion associated with making the home a smarter, better place to love … “We love home. It’s the best place in the world. But not everything i …

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nuTonomy launches world’s first self-driving taxis in Singapore

August 25, 2016

Self-driving cars have been much talked about over the last 12 months, but for most of us it still seemed like science fiction. Distracted by the sleek electric vision of Tesla, self-driving seemed like a step beyond in terms of industry change, but ha …

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10 characteristics of growth champions … learning from Apple and Google, Amazon and Samsung … they are ambitious, disruptive, and fast

August 18, 2016

Growth Champions is a global research project seeking to track and interpret the best ideas for growth. 20 global companies were studied in detail, each having successfully built a culture and strategy that delivers growth and beats the competition. Th …

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The Elements of Value … New thinking on what consumers really want

August 10, 2016

What consumers truly value can be difficult to pin down and psychologically complicated. But universal building blocks of value do exist, creating opportunities for companies to improve their performance in existing markets or break into new markets. I …

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Elon Musk’s leadership style is about vision and obsession … deep and persistent enough to change the world

August 10, 2016

There are a lot of ordinary companies run by average leaders. And then there are extraordinary visionaries like Elon Musk, who set revolutionary ideas into motion and convince people to believe in big, important visions. Musk’s otherworldly ambition, d …

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Leaders need their head in the clouds, nose in the dirt … and a good glass of wine

July 20, 2016

Sitting in the back of a taxi with Gary Vaynerchuk, stuck in the late evening Istanbul traffic, I was struck by how little he had to say. Here was the guy who a few hours earlier had joined me on stage, who had been ripping into every established idea …

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Paper and Pixels … What’s the future of the business book?

July 15, 2016

We all know that people have fundamentally changed the way they consume information. In the business world, the speed and impact of digital technologies is most obvious. Who wants to read a 300-page book of 80,000 words when you could watch a TED Talk …

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Pokémania … how Pokémon Go, the bug catching game, is taking the world by storm

July 14, 2016

Back in the late 1990s, Pokémon became a cultural phenomenon. . Now, Nintendo has brought it back, and its taking the world by storm. Pokémon Go is redefining online gaming as we speak, and demonstrating how physical and virtual experiences are becomin …

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Design Thinking … fast and creative, customer-centric, problem-solving, and solution-creating … easy!

July 10, 2016

Design Thinking is a methodology used by business innovators of all types – product designers, technologists, customer service managers, marketers – to solve complex problems, and find desirable solutions for customers. A design mindset is not problem- …

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Icelandic “thunder clap” … smallest football team of Euro 2016 creates the biggest legacy

July 8, 2016

Iceland’s unlikely journey to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 has undoubtedly been one the stories of the tournament. With a population of 330,000 people, the Scandinavians’s lion slaying exploits and excitable commentators have inspired the rest of Eu …

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Brexit … people voted for simple messages, emotion over logic, and a chance to protest

June 24, 2016

53% of British people voted to leave the European Union. 47% want to be part of Europe. The vote was unexpected and unnecessary. It was not supported by any of the major political parties, and had not been predicted in opinion polls. It was strongly op …

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Hyper Reality … Living in a future with Google Glass on steroids

June 21, 2016

Do you sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by the future, the speed of change, the possibilities of tech tomorrow? We haven’t even started yet. Hyper Reality is a short film by Keiichi Matsuda. It depicts a person living in Medillin, Colombia, doing ev …

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Fast and flexible in a changing world … “Agile management” has become the big idea for leadership and innovation

June 10, 2016

Agile innovation methods have revolutionised the way business works – including IT, organisation structures, and innovation projects. Over the past 25 to 30 years they have greatly increased success rates in software development, improved quality and s …

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Odense, Denmark … creating the 21st century story of business

June 5, 2016

This week I’m back in Odense, Europe’s robotics hub, birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, and a Danish city that is creating an inspiring vision for future lifestyles and business. I’m here to launch Thinkers50Europe, and to start writing the 21st ce …

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Luxury brand innovation … driven by changing consumers, digital channels and new business models

June 1, 2016

Luxury brands need to respond smartly to new key market forces and raise their game when serving the evolving expectations of the luxury consumer, says a new report. With two Swiss companies in the Top 10 – Richemont and Swatch Group – and a total of e …

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Why the UK leaving the EU is a really stupid idea!

June 1, 2016

I live in the United Kingdom, and spend more time in other parts of Europe than anywhere else. My descendants came from across Europe (a bit Viking and a bit French), my language and culture is European (Anglo Saxon), my grandparents fought to liberate …

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The Code of the Extraordinary Mind … What if everything you know is based on rules that are long past their expiry date?

May 23, 2016

What if everything we think we know about how the world works – our ideas of love, education, spirituality, work, happiness, and love – are based on “brules” (bullsh*t rules) that get passed from generation to generation and are long past their expiry …

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The Book of DNVB … explaining the rise of the mythical “Digitally Native Vertical Brands”

May 20, 2016

Andy Dunn, CEO of Bonobos (a subsidiary of Walmart), wrote an interesting post on Medium last week, all about brands that are “born online”, with a mindset that puts the consumer at the centre of everything, and therefore the channel and product become …

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Tomorrow’s business leaders should not try to imitate the leaders of today … they need a new vision, ideas and styles

May 18, 2016

Today’s young business leaders are poised to outperform their more established counterparts – and that’s not just the usual energy and naivety of youth talking. Today’s young leaders are emerging at a time when forces have converged to broaden people’s …

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Superhuman: Will robots replace us, or make us better?

May 18, 2016

The future is not technology, the future is how technology enables us to achieve more. Robots will not replace us, there is no imminent “singularity”, instead new possibilities are enhanced by our extra-human potential. We are all familiar with the tsu …

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Exploring 100 disruptive innovators with ARM in Cambridge

May 17, 2016

I’m in Cambridge today, home of some of history’s great science and technologists, but more recently home of ARM, the company that has out-thought Intel in recent years to be “architects of the digital world.” ARM designs the chips inside most of the w …

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Harry’s raised $250m, invested $100m in an old German factory, to be the Warby Parker of the $3bn shaving market

May 14, 2016

The co-founders of New York City’s e-commerce startup Harry’s are taking an unconventional path to category disruption–purchasing a nearly century-old factory in Germany. The smell of dying unicorns is in the air on a gray February day in downtown Man …

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Amazon’s Bezos to IndiGo’s Bhatia, Spanx’s Blakely to Editas’ Bosley … Gamechanger leaders, reinventing our world.

May 11, 2016

Forbes Magazine today publishes its own list of Global Gamechangers … focusing on the individual leaders behind some of the world’s most disruptive innovators. The list complements well with my own ranking of Gamechanger companies which you can explo …

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Future Retail: Growth through consumer-centric innovation

May 2, 2016

From Amazon Dash to Aussie Farmers,  … through branded boutiques and online marketplaces, digital walls and mobile marketing, big data and personalised promotions … what is the future of retailing, in general, and for your business in Portugal? Walking …

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Demonstrating “exponential growth” by folding a sheet of paper in half … to the moon and beyond!

April 24, 2016

Take a sheet of paper, ordinary A4 size (letter size if you’re in the USA), and fold it into half. Fold it a second time, and a third time. It’s about as thick as your finger nail. Continue folding if you can. At 7 folds it is as thick as a notebook. I …

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Grohe AG … Germany’s most innovative company of 2017

April 20, 2016

What makes a company an innovator? And how do you recognise an innovation? brand eins Wissen, the corporate publishing subsidiary of brand eins Medien AG in Hamburg, and Statista, the operator of statista.com, the leading statistics portal, wanted to f …

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The Leica story … from humble heritage to luxury brand

April 12, 2016

Leica cameras were the chief tool used to document the 20th century, one of the most tumultuous periods in human history. Photography as we know it today would simply not exist without Oskar Barnack’s humble invention No batteries, no circuitry or elec …

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Mindsets shape the lives we lead, the actions we take and the future possibilities of the world we live in

April 8, 2016

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny” Mahatma Gandhi What is a Mindset? Eight principles, d …

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Reinventing luxury brands … digital platforms, Asian consumers, and a new sense of what luxury really means

April 7, 2016

The world’s 100 largest luxury goods companies generated sales of $222 billion in financial year 2014, 3.6 percent higher year-on-year. The average luxury goods annual sales for a top 100 company is now $2.2 billion. Luxury goods are being reinvented – …

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Tesla’s tipping point … the clever strategy to drive exponential growth in electric cars

April 5, 2016

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk unveiled the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3 electric car on Thursday night in a converted LA aircraft hangar. Tesla’s launch events have become a little like Apple’s big moments used to be. Electrifying, a pioneering spirit, pac …

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How Jos Hermens created the world’s leading sports management company

April 5, 2016

In September 1975 Jos Hermens, a Dutch long-distance runner with drooping moustache and John Lennon spectacles, ran further in one hour than anybody in history. He improved his world record to 20,942m a year later, and took a lead role in the Montreal …

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Brand Communities … Rapha’s Cycle Clubs to SAP’s Network, P&G’s Being Girl to Lego’s Lugnet, Playstation and Harley Davidson.

April 4, 2016

Brands are obsessed about their consumers, seeking to build meaningful relationships to sustain their loyalty. Yet most consumers don’t trust brands, but they do trust others like them. In fact, one rock-climbing enthusiast loves hanging out with anoth …

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Elon Musk’s most important role as leader … to build brand evangelism amongst a new generation of consumers

April 4, 2016

Elon Musk launched the much-anticipated Tesla Model 3 last week – for release in 2017 at a starting price of $35,000. Much has been said about the car itself, from its affordable price point to its standard autopilot feature. Yet perhaps the most impre …

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Case study of British Airways “Visit Mum” Campaign … analysing data from over 1,400 worldwide routes revealed untapped sales opportunities

March 30, 2016

British Airways, the United Kingdom’s largest airline in terms of fleet, routes and revenue, was looking for opportunities to increase North American sales. The airline was aiming for 10 percent business growth in North America. However, flights to and …

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Changing the game of insurance … 135 start-ups seeking to shake-up the industry

March 25, 2016

The insurance sector is ripe for disruption by technologies, and in particular by start-ups who can focus and innovate in niche markets, and specific aspects of insurance. My friends at CB Insights have provided me with a fantastic map which illustrate …

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The pivot … the agility to change direction, to move from mediocrity to magic

March 24, 2016

The ability to “pivot” your strategy, maybe to reinvent your entire business, is essential to being able to survive and thrive in fast-changing markets. We used to define a clear vision, develop a long-term strategy, then move ahead with clarity and co …

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Behind the scenes at the creative studios of Disney Pixar

March 24, 2016

Pixar is an amazing business. Built on imagination and creativity, it harnesses the potential of digital technologies to create the most engaging characters and films. When writing my latest book “Gamechangers” I got the opportunity to explore what lif …

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Banking Innovation in Berlin … from Number26 to Solaris, Fidor and Wirecard

March 20, 2016

Berlin is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s most exciting tech innovation hubs, not least for financial services. In my recent “Gamechangers” book, I explored Fidor, the German bank that amongst many ideas, has tried connecting interest rates to Faceboo …

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What is innovation? Connecting the dots, the ones other people miss.

February 26, 2016

What is innovation? Sounds like an easy question. Or should be. But we still stumble over phrases like making ideas happen, solving problems, doing it profitably, or at least with a positive impact. And of course its easy to resort to Apple, or more sp …

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Siggi’s Dairy … the fastest-growing yoghurt brand In America

February 25, 2016

When Siggi Hilmarsson founded his company in 2004, Americans weren’t thinking critically about food like they do today. Popular foods trends like juicing and paleo diets were nonexistent compared to the mainstream acceptance they experience now. Today’ …

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Small Data … from little insights come big ideas

February 23, 2016

Martin Lindstrom has been called the “Sherlock Holmes of marketing”,  alert to clues in changing consumer behaviour, new attitudes and behaviours, in everything from the way we clean our teeth, to drive our cars and do our laundry. Martin claims to spe …

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Blockchain … from geeky Bitcoin technology, to a revolution in everyday processes

February 23, 2016

Blockchain has become the tech buzzword of our time, well at least of recent months. Whilst it was initially conceptualised as the way in which digital (crypto) currencies like Bitcoin work, it has become more than that, with incredible potential. I wa …

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恭喜发财 … Time for Chinese innovation, inspired by the red fire monkey!

February 8, 2016

Gong Hey Fat Choy!  This Chinese new year is all about innovation. My Chinese father in law tells me that the red fire monkey represents leadership and creativity, and values the fortune of nurturing those who you lead. By engendering the spirit of suc …

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Agri drones to building drones, camera drones to delivery drones … ready for take off

February 5, 2016

Odense, Denmark’s third largest city, is perhaps best known as the home of Hans Christian Andersen. That’s all about to change as its focus on technology, and in particular drones, is about to create new fame across the world. From the Southern Denmark …

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Carrots and sticks are so last century!

February 4, 2016

Dan Pink’s great book Drive explains why the use of rewards and punishments to influence our employees’ performance is an antiquated way of managing people. To maximize their engagement and effectiveness in the 21st century work, we need to upgrade our …

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My interview with The Legacy Project … Spend time with interesting people, doing unusual things, being a bit different

February 1, 2016

I recently did an interview for a great initiative, The Legacy Project, which set out to go deep and long to see how high performers and achievers, across the globe, would answer personal questions around life, legacy, performance, happiness, legacy, a …

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Welcome to Odense … City of Gamechangers … and a place to create the future.

January 25, 2016

Odense, Denmark’s third largest city, is probably most famous as the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. However in the 21st Century Odense is telling a new story – thinking differently about how to engage its citizens, to attract business and touri …

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Peter Fisk’s new interview with South Korea’s leading business newspaper

January 24, 2016

Maeil Business News is South Korea’s leading daily business newspaper, based in Seoul, and with a circulation of 900,000. To start the new year, it did a feature interview with Peter Fisk to explore what it takes to be a “gamechanger” business today, a …

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Extraordinary People … how the people we admire most live genuine, authentic, generous lives.

January 23, 2016

Psychology Today magazine recently published an article exploring the traits of “extraordinary ordinary” people. I love the term extra-ordinary. Going beyond normal. Doing more. Being special in some very human, relevant and personal way. Yes, of cours …

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Team Building … 60 fun games to play, encouraging collaboration and effectiveness

January 15, 2016

Below are more than sixty fun free team building activities that can improve teamwork, develop trust, and enhance problem solving skills and the best part is, the majority of these team challenges can be delivered anywhere, by anyone and with limited o …

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15 paths to disruptive innovation … creative ways to challenge the status quo, and develop a more purposeful vision

January 15, 2016

Disruption was not invented in Silicon Valley. In fact, according to veteran French advertising guru Jean–Marie Dru, the word “disruption” was created in 1992 by himself. Since then his global advertising agency, TBWA, has used their Disruption methodo …

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Health Makers … from gene editing to brain stimulation, and 3D printed hearts

January 14, 2016

“Health Makers” focus on the exciting growth markets of healthcare, biotech and medicine. We all recognise the challenges for healthcare. Growing and ageing population, the speed at which contagious diseases can spread, the cost of new drugs and treatm …

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TAG Heuer’s Jean-Claude Biver … the man who saved the luxury Swiss watch industry

January 12, 2016

Jean-Claude Biver is known as the man who saved the mechanical watch, putting a philosophical imprint on the Swiss watch industry which has been as profound as his business success through the years Very few individuals can be said to have truly conque …

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How can I recognise an industry that’s ready to be disrupted? And which ones are?

January 10, 2016

“How can I recognise an industry that’s ready to be disrupted?” If the question were straightforward, every business would enter the market and automatically catapult to the top. So, it’s not a question you can ask if you’re looking for a straightforwa …

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How to build brands for the future

January 10, 2016

We all know that consumers are changing rapidly in their attitudes and behaviours, loves and hates, diversity and commonality. Brands need to change too. Forget brands as names and logos, symbols of ownership and ego. Instead think of them in the consu …

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Robot Makers … smart toys, intelligent homes, and delivery drones.

January 6, 2016

“Robot Makers” focus on the most exciting growth markets of robotics and drones. Whilst it might seem a long time since the golden C-3PO and cute R2D2 appeared in the first Star Wars movie back in 1977, the technical capabilities, intelligence and appl …

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Space Makers … global internet, asteroid mining and life on Mars

January 5, 2016

“Market Makers” create and shape markets in their own vision. They are not content to play the game of marginal gains – competing on small differences or price discounts, in mature and stagnant markets. They see the future world, they look for the new …

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CES 2016 … the world’s biggest tech fest sees the convergence of gaming, wearables and robotics

January 4, 2016

Here in Las Vegas, the world’s technology leaders and entrepreneurs are back for CES – the Consumer Electronics Show – the annual showcase of all things digital that could change the lives of consumers.  From Samsung to Xiaomi, entrepreneurs and invest …

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The world’s fastest growing companies are virtual … how digital business models are disrupting every industry.

January 2, 2016

1. The world’s largest taxi company (Uber) owns no taxis In just a few short years, Uber has grown to become a ubiquitous app in cities around the world that allows consumers to order a taxi at the tap of their smartphone screen. Despite local battles …

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Business Agenda 2016 … 7 big ideas that will shape markets, and drive innovation this year

January 1, 2016

Trends are emerging patterns in customer behaviour that have direction and enduring impact. Whilst lots of people jump into future forecasting at the turn of a year, most trends are already established – in the margins rather than the mainstreams, in s …

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Baidu, the future of Asian technology and O2O business models, with Kaiser Kuo

December 15, 2015

Three Chinese technology businesses are battling to shape the future of business in China, and far beyond. In many ways, Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent are set to shape the next decade in a similar way to which Amazon, Facebook and Google shaped the last. …

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Marketing in Europe 2016 … from healthy chocolate to digital cosmetics and millennial vlogging

December 14, 2015

What are best new ideas for brands and marketing in 2016? … How can you apply the ideas to your own business? I was recently in Odense, the heart of Denmark, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, and the modern global centre of research and develo …

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Q&A … My recent media interviews around the world … Jack Ma and Elon Musk, pivot points and sharing economy

December 14, 2015

I get asked to do a lot of interviews. It’s great to share new ideas and inspirations with people in local markets. Here is a selection of some Q&As from the last month, for publications ranging from Australia and Belgium to India and Indonesia: Qu …

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Karaca brings home the Gamechangers Awards 2015

December 13, 2015

Last week’s Gamechangers Turkey Awards 2015 were dominated by a superb Turkish retailer and homeware brand Karaca, combining the best of contemporary lifestyles with local heritage. From the softest cottons to a new granite-based coating system for non …

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Baidu, the future of Asian technology and O2O business models

December 13, 2015

Three Chinese technology businesses are battling to shape the future of business in China, and far beyond. In many ways, Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent are set to shape the next decade in a similar way to which Amazon, Facebook and Google shaped the last. …

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Peter Fisk on Periscope … 5 minutes during the European Marketing Summit in Istanbul 2015

December 10, 2015

Peter Fisk has hosted (designed and chaired) the MCT European Marketing Conference over the last 11 years. Each year it attracts around 2500 marketers from across the region, and best keynote speakers from across the world, to explore the latest ideas …

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Marketing in Middle East and Africa 2016 … from farms in boxes to walking a marathon for water

December 3, 2015

What are best new ideas for brands and marketing in 2016? … How can you apply the ideas to your own business? From the Atmosphere Bar, 555m high at the top of the world’s largest building, the Burj Khalifa you can sip an African Sunrise cocktail and wa …

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Netflix (rather than Uber) is the perfect example of “disruption” … according to Clay Christensen

December 1, 2015

Clayton Christensen popularized the term “disruptive innovation” in his iconic book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” published in 1997. The phrase describes a specific way that smaller companies can outcompete and eventually destroy their bigger rivals. And …

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A day in the life of Nike’s shoe designer who became the CEO, Mark Parker

November 26, 2015

Forbes Magazine recently published a fantastic insight into the world’s Nike’s CEO Mark Parker, inside his office and his mind. Here is an extract: On Nike’s pristine Beaverton, Oregon, campus, you might mistake him for one of the 21 PhDs who work in t …

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Marketing in Asia Pacific 2016 … from flying shrimp to digital farmers and intelligent chopsticks

November 21, 2015

What are best new ideas for brands and marketing in 2016? … How can you apply the ideas to your own business? I recently visited Guiyang, one of China’s fastest growing cities. You could call it the centre of the world actually. Over half the world’s p …

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The Business Innovation Program … from design thinking to new business models

November 19, 2015

Whilst the best ideas and innovations might seem to be the monopoly of digital start-ups, there is no reason why more established, and physical, businesses can’t be as successful. This is the premise behind a new business innovation program that I am c …

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Creating a brighter future for books … new ways for publishers to innovate and grow

November 18, 2015

The death of books has long been discussed. In a digitally-enabled, time-compressed world, there are few moments to get lost in a novel, and most factual knowledge is accessed faster and better online. Whilst sales and margins decline, publishers conti …

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Brand Movements … facilitating communities with purpose

November 11, 2015

The best brands engage their customers in their passions, facilitating their collective aspirations. This goes far beyond seeking to build relationships with customers. Few customers trust brands, let alone want a relationship with a company. More like …

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Haier’s “rendanheyi” business model

November 6, 2015

Haier, now the world’s largest white goods business, recently celebrated 10 years of its rendanheyi (or win-win) business model. CEO Zhang Rhuimin sees the approach as a way to stay small and focused – maintaining the entrepreneurship, intimacy and spe …

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Luxottica is the world’s largest eyewear company

November 6, 2015

Italian eyewear giant Luxottica, which controls over 80% of the world’s leading eyewear brands, has never been shy about experimentation. It was early into the trend of using aerospace materials to make frames lighter and is now trying out 3-D printed …

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“Pilot Fish” are clever strategies for business growth

October 20, 2015

How small businesses can grow faster and further through new types of partnerships Why are pilot fish successful in the natural world? Learning from “pilot fish” like Intel and Goretex, Hella and YKK Finding the right “shark” partner to take you furthe …

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The Mecosystem … where you are the nexus of your market, and brands spin around you.

October 17, 2015

The best brands define themselves based on customers not themselves. Whilst branding started as a label of ownership (about me), today it seeks to capture relevance and aspiration (about you). Along these lines, Interbrand recently came up with a new c …

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The future of healthcare

October 15, 2015

Healthcare is a category being disrupted incredibly quickly – with the convergence of adjacent sectors, shifts in power and expectation – all fuelled by technology. I’ve probably done more work in healthcare than any sector in recent years, from Apotex …

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The incredible growth of strategy frameworks

October 14, 2015

A new HBR article explores the rapid proliferation of strategy frameworks over recent years. From Ansoff (1958) and Scenario Planning (1962) to 5 Forces (1979) and McKinsey 7S (1982), S-Curves (1986) and Mass Customisation (1992) to Profit Patterns (19 …

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Ich bin ein Gamechanger

October 14, 2015

“Ich bin ein Gamechanger” … New German edition of my book is just published. Free download of the first 25 pages. Revolutionäre neue Strategien für Unternehmen und Marken. Lektionen von Leuten, die das Spiel gewinnen. Was machen Amazon, Spotify, Airbnb …

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Under Armour … I Will What I Want

October 12, 2015

The innovative sportswear brand has launched a $15 million ad campaign—its largest-ever aimed at women, which speaks to those who refuse to accept limits put on them by others. The “I Will What I Want” series began a year ago with an inspiring video of …

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Xiaomi … Exponential rise of the China’s challenger to Apple

October 6, 2015

Chinese electronics business Xiaomi is an exponential business, having grown to a $67 billion valuation since launching its first “MiPhone” 4 years ago, an Android smartphone that looks remarkably like the iPhone. CEO Lei Jun says that “xiao” is about …

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What if millennials ruled the world?

October 1, 2015

Delivering the keynote speech at the launch of a $100m digital bank project, I listened to the strategy to target “millennials”. First up were a range of new savings products, and then a new mortgage proposition … Errrr … do we really think that this n …

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Yoga Beer … Thinking beyond your conventional markets

September 22, 2015

2.2 billion hectolitres of beer are consumed across the world each year. Whilst the Germans drink more than anyone, 110 litres per person each year, it is China that boasts the world’s biggest selling beer. Snow Beer, cheap and decidedly watery, is pro …

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Fast innovation at Ferrari

September 17, 2015

Maranello, Italy The home of Ferrari is certainly a place of extremes. The roar of over-tuned engines, and blur of de rigour red sports cars, seem at odds with the tranquil countryside. Enzo Ferrari always called his factory an innovation lab, always l …

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Future Brain … Super-charge your brain to gain a competitive edge in business and in life

August 30, 2015

“Future Brain” is the busy professional’s secret weapon for boosting mastery, efficiency, and productivity to gain that coveted competitive edge — in business and in life. Designed to be implemented at the individual, team, or organisational level, thi …

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Unleashing the power of purpose … Mission statements and vision statements

July 27, 2015

Imagine going to work each day, full of purpose and conviction. You strongly believe in your organization’s values, and you are passionately committed to its mission. Because you understand the good that your organization does in the world, you love wh …

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Why some things go viral … the memetics of contagious marketing, catchy pop songs you can’t get out your head, and cute or crazy tweets

July 10, 2015

We know that marketing has fundamentally shifted from a landscape where marketers can utilize mass media to speak at consumers, to one where marketers are simply part of the crowd themselves.  The bullhorn of radio, television, printand other one-way i …

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The Dunning-Kruger Effect … and 15 more psychological concepts that explain how you and others behave

May 29, 2015

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. Essentially, low ability people do not possess the skills needed to recognize their own incompetence. The combina …

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If a VW Beetle had improved like Moore’s Law .. today it would travel 300,000 mph, at 2 million mpg, and cost 4 cents.

May 20, 2015

Think about Moore’s Law. Intel’s chips have improved performance a factor of 3,500 since they were introduced, he said, reflecting a 90,000-times improvement in energy efficiency and at one-60,000th of the cost. Were a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle to undergo …

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Business model innovation … but a truly innovative sustainable business model is still elusive

May 8, 2015

The promise of business-model innovation has long captivated the sustainability field, generating plenty of hype. But all the talk has yet to yield many real business-model changes. You might not know it to hear companies talk. Any business change can …

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Our Gator Brain … and how to make a behaviour addictive

April 25, 2015

“For the good influencers of today and tomorrow, the secret lies in understanding we cannot change people’s minds. But we can influence their behaviour when we learn how the mind works.” Zoe Chance helps great people become more influential. As an assi …

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Advanced Creativity in the Middle East

April 15, 2015

Dubai hosts the World Expo 2020, and the UAE government has declared 2015 the year of creativity. Whilst the nation’s rapid wealth has come from oil and tourism, it knows it needs to move beyond this, to become a Singapore-like hub of knowledge, busine …

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Impressive innovation on the Central Asian stepp

March 20, 2015

Astana, Kazakhstan. My new book “Gamechangers” came out recently, and has already sold out of its first edition. It’s about the new breed of brands across the world who are shaking up markets, redefining them in their own vision, fusing digital and phy …

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Building the DNA of Global Brand

March 17, 2015

Istanbul, Turkey This week I have been working with Yildiz Holding, which is a Turkish market leader with wide range of chocolate and snacks, imitating the concepts of global players then delivering them cheaper. How things change. Now Yildiz is devour …

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Does Byron Sharp really know what marketers don’t … or is he just endorsing the old “push” model of marketing to “average” markets?

February 10, 2015

How Brands Grow: What Marketers Don’t Know is one of those business books that has fast become an must-read for marketers. It is provocative and interesting. Personally, I’m not a big fan of “just get it out there to as many people as possible”. In glo …

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The Rise … Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery

January 25, 2015

The gift of failure is a riddle: it will always be both the void and the start of infinite possibility. The Rise—part investigation into a psychological mystery, part an argument about creativity and art, and part a soulful celebration of the determina …

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My new book “Gamechangers” has just arrived!

December 1, 2014

London, UK Exciting day … My new book has finally arrived. After 18 months of writing, 80,000 words on 300 pages, 100 case studies from around the world, 10 themes to rethink your business, and also   16 practical canvases to make it happen … it’s …

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Are you ready to “change the game”?

November 22, 2014

Istanbul, Turkey This week, I’m hosting a 4-day festival of “Gamechangers” in Istanbul. From Monday to Thursday 1-4 December, we’ll be celebrating the launch of my new book, exploring the big themes, and finding Turkey’s most disruptive companies. I’ve …

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From Carlos Lopes to Orlando Magic 

October 7, 2014

Lisbon, Portugal Portugal’s Carlos Lopes is one of my heroes. He was a runner’s runner. For years he was almost successful, usually outkicked by the likes of seventies icons Lasse Viren or Brendan Foster. But as he approached his 40th birthday, the yea …

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“Gamechangers” in South America

September 22, 2014

Buenos Aires, Argentina.  This autumn’s world tour kicked off in South America, now fully into the “Gamechangers” theme … The book is written, edited, and waiting to be printed (somehow it still takes publishers 9 months to turnaround a manuscript, I h …

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What is the future of Real Estate?

September 22, 2014

This is the largest gathering of UK estate agents, thinking about the future of selling property. Of course it’s a very digital business today, and the sponsors Zoopla have created an Amazon-like platform of properties for sale. But the “elephant in th …

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Branding of The Black Dog

August 18, 2014

Martha’s Vineyard, USA  Cape Cod is a wonderful place for a summer holiday. A fantastic shoreline, miles of sandy beaches, sharks even whales swimming offshore, classic wooden beach houses, great seafood, and not too many people. And not one high rise …

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Time to Rethink Brands … especially in Professional Services

July 10, 2014

Deloitte are one of the more enlightened professional service firms. From their thought leadership to green dots, they are a bit of fresh air to their sector. Of course the big challenge in every professional service firm – accountants, lawyers, consul …

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Marketing Genius in Asia’s Boomtown

June 26, 2014

Jakarta, Indonesia  Indonesia really is one of the most exciting emerging (fast growing) markets. Whilst China and India grab all the attention, Jakarta has become a tech metropolis, and the huge new middle class has a great desire for brands that symb …

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Zoom out, Zoom in … Time to Rethink Marketing

June 19, 2014

Eindhoven, Netherlands  CitizenM hotels try very hard to be cool. Yes the cubicle style room is modern, with wall to wall bed, and a glass shower cubicle that emerges in the middle of the floor. But in reality everything just ends up wet. The black and …

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The Legacy of London 2012

June 6, 2014

Zaha Hadid designed an incredible swimming pool for the London Olympics. The organic-like structure will hopefully stand for years as a symbol of sport, as well as architecture. Unfortunately during the Olympics, her design was rather distorted by huge …

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Gamechangers Baltics: Strategic Innovation Workshop

May 30, 2014

Parnu is an old Baltic port on the west coast of Estonia, and a popular beach resort in summertime, particularly in the Soviet era, when the Russian leaders flocked west. But today we’re here to look forwards – with some of the leading innovators in Ba …

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Innovation 25 years after the “Iron Curtain”

May 27, 2014

Driving two hours southwards from Vienna the landscape is rich and flat. The road signs suggest we are heading towards Hungary, however our destination is just short of the Austro-Hungarian border. It was at this border crossing, 25 years ago this week …

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The centre of the world … from Gent to Guiyang

May 22, 2014

The old Flemish town of Gent (or Ghent, depending on which local language you speak) used to be the centre of the world. Its vast canal network brought traders and their goods from across Europe, and from the oceans east and west. Vast warehouses stand …

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CEOs blinkered by digital business

May 21, 2014

Istanbul, Turkey. Speaking at the Accenture/Wired CEO Summit I was amazed by how blinkered business leaders become when they start thinking about e-business. Of course digital technologies are transforming every business, in every sector.  Almost every …

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What innovators Want … and How Banks can do More!

May 7, 2014

Vienna, Austria. Austria’s Erste Bank has become one of the most successful banks to develop in the new markets of the CEE (central and eastern Europe). In particular they have focused on entrepreneurs.  But most banks don’t serve entrepreneurs well. T …

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Gamechangers Lebanon … Franchising the Future

April 29, 2014

Think of Beirut, and you probably think of a war-torn city, stuck in the middle of multiple warzones, and with danger round every corner. True, but its also a beautiful city, for many the Cote d’Azur of the Middle East, and full of modern, peaceful peo …

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Business is Beautiful … The Hard Art of Standing Apart

April 25, 2014

I first worked with Dorothy McKenzie and her team almost 20 years ago. Since then they have quietly gone about helping to design and evolve many of the world’s leading brands. They combine the creative flair of an agency, with the practical rigour of p …

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FutureHealth … Beyond Pharmaceuticals to Positive Healthcare

April 2, 2014

A one hour drive south of Barcelona takes you to the coastal town of Sitges. A fantastic place to run for hours along the coastal paths in the springtime Spanish sunshine. I’m here to explore the future of wellbeing, and how pharma companies like Spain …

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The Future of Books … Publishing in a Digital World

March 20, 2014

Publishing is another being fundamentally disrupted. From booksellers to printers, the rise of the eBook has driven a huge fall in printed books. Yet at the same time there is more thirst for ideas and insights than ever. The problem, as ever, is that …

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The Future of Business Schools

February 25, 2014

Madrid, Spain. Clay Christensen, the Harvard guru of disruptive innovation, and Thinkers 50 World’s #1 Business Thinker, says that education is perhaps the last sector to be disrupted.  But the world of business education is changing rapidly. As people …

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Developing 21st Century Leaders in the Middle East

February 4, 2014

Hatta, UAE Driving east from Dubai for hours, there is nothing beyond the straight road but desert and an occasional herd of camels. Then we see mountains, some trees and water, like childhood stories of finding an oasis. This is Hatta, home for the ne …

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Big Data and the $1.4 billion Magic Bands

January 24, 2014

Disneyland Paris, France Big data is a hot topic. Brands can now build mountains of data, from consumer needs to operational tracking, retail transactions to social media chat. SAS Institute is a leader in helping business to turn all this information …

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The Magic Marketing Machine … Think simple, live loud about brands, marketing, and innovation

December 1, 2013

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” claimed Apple. “Simple is harder than complex. You have to have to get your thinking clean. But if you can, you can move mountains” said Steve Jobs. “Everything we do is about making things as simple and beau …

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Thinkers 50 Awards … the “Oscars of Business Ideas”

November 11, 2013

London, UK “Thinkers 50” has established itself as the world’s leading authority on business thinking, scanning and ranking all the business gurus and their ideas from around the world. 15 years ago, Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer, two London-based jo …

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Surviving and thriving in a downturn … 10 strategies for every business

January 24, 2010

Downturns are moments for rethinking, for focusing on what makes you special, for getting close to customers, for smart and bold moves, for shaking up the market, for asserting yourself competitively, for reaching out to new customers, for staying posi …

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Interview with Peter Fisk … Management Today interviews the business guru and bestselling author

May 7, 2009

Hi Peter Lets start with the global economic crisis. What should marketers do? What is great marketing in tough and uncertain times? Nothing matters more than staying close to customers in a downturn – understanding what matters to them now, retaining …

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10 Challenges for Genius Marketers … Strategies and brands, customers and people

July 7, 2007

The best opportunities for business are outside not inside, meaning that business needs marketing more than ever, but not as before. How can you apply the genius of Einstein a nd Picasso to your business, or develop the iPods and waffle soles of your g …

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Genius Marketers … from the great Steve Jobs, to the crazy Phillipe Starck, and the passionate Phil Knight

January 15, 2007

Marketing Genius explores the attributes of genius, and how the intelligence of Einstein, the creativity of Picasso and success of Buffett can be applied to the marketing challenges of today. The intelligence of a marketing genius Albert Einstein was a …

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The Marketing Genius Toolkit … Market Mapping to Brand Genes, Memic Messaging to Customer Capital

June 24, 2005

Marketing Genius is stretching in its challenge to marketers, but also highly practical in how they can apply their marketing in more intelligent and creative ways. A number of tools are essential and new. Here is just a sample: New tools for more inte …

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Brand Genetics … Alessi to Enterprise, Jet Blue and Jones Soda

March 24, 2005

Marketing Genius champions brands that have the vision and power to shape their markets in their own destiny rather than others, to maintain their focus and principles over time, and to combine intelligence and creativity in order to drive success comp …

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My first book “Marketing Genius” is now available in 35 different languages … and some more important numbers!

January 1, 2005

My first book “Marketing Genius” set out to explore the changing world of business, and in particular how to approach it with a more imaginative as well as intelligent approach. Reflecting on recent Marketing Genius events which I have delivered around …

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