Give Thanks! Fire, Aim, Ready.

26 November 2015

Last week we explored what it was to be “on purpose”.  The various meanings of the word and the importance of living a purposeful life or working within a purposeful organisation.  It has been very encouraging that so many readers have commented on the post and that the ideas resonated with many of you so well.  Thank you also […]

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Acting On Purpose: A Twin-Edged Sword

19 November 2015

Picture the scene.  A young child who has done something wrong.  A parent standing tall over the child looking on in disgust or anger.  The young child cowering, knowing that they should not have done it – whatever the act was.  The parent erupting: “You did it on purpose, didn’t you?” Doing something on purpose, […]

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Experiencing Flow and Being in the Zone

12 November 2015

The older I become, the clearer I become about one thing. Life is all about flow.  And the current modern madness that we see in society is mainly due to us being “out of the flow” and not “in the zone”. What do I mean? Last week, a friend asked me to act as a witness […]

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The Single Most Important Ingredient for a Great Product Launch

24 September 2015

This week’s “Thursday Thoughts” is one in a series on Product Launches – a subject that I find fascinating and so important to growing a successful business. So, what is the single most important ingredient of a great product launch?  We need to look no further than the film (or movie) industry – and to a quote Shawn Amos: “Every […]

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The Art & Science of a Successful Product Launch

17 September 2015

Steve Jobs became the iconic figure standing in a black turtleneck sweater introducing the next wave of Apple’s innovation in the noughties.  Year-in, year-out, Apple perfected the pre-launch leaks, the launch itself and the post-launch record-breaking.  It is difficult to find another company that has done this so well and with such theatre. The challenge […]

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You Can’t Push String!

3 September 2015

After the July/August holiday period, I always enjoy the first week of September.  I see it as the beginning of a new year.  Not the calendar year, nor (in my case) the academic year, but the start of the year for new projects.  People return from asynchronous communication through the holiday period to ramp-up for […]

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Zen and the Art of Business Conversation

6 August 2015

It is August and the holidays are here!  For many, July and August are the months for rest and recuperation and spending time with family on holiday.  For those that live in the northern parts of the Northern hemisphere, it is a time for getting some sun on our skins before the longer winter months […]

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The Nature of Reality

9 July 2015

I have always been fascinated by debates on the differences between objectivity and subjectivity; art and science; East and West; X and Y.  The truth normally lies somewhere in between. 85 years ago two great minds met in Berlin and debated such issues in what must be one of the most interesting thought pieces in […]

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What’s Your Favourite Colour?

17 June 2015

I’ve always been fascinated by colour and believed that men and women see colours differently.  So I was both interested – and not surprised to see what researchers have found on the subject.  It proves that men and women not only prefer different colours, they also see more hues of colour than men.  Men, on […]

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How a £2 coin changed the landscape of British politics FOREVER

7 May 2015

In 2011, a Scottish couple, Colin and Chris Weir bought five EuroMillions tickets.  The tickets cost £2 each. Colin and Chris won £161,653,000 pounds   and celebrated the fact! So how on earth did that change the landscape of UK politics? Well, Colin and Chris gave £3m to the Scottish National Party (SNP) and a […]

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