Had I the power to cast a bell…..

24 December 2015

A Bell Poem by Clinton Scollard — Had I the power To cast a bell that should from some grand tower, At the first Christmas hour, Outring, And fling A jubilant message wide, The forged metals should be thus allied:- No iron Pride, But soft Humility, and rich-veined Hope Cleft from a sunny slope; And […]

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Thinking Outside-In: A Thinking Tool for the Festive Season

19 December 2015

Looking at “Major Tim” the Astronaut talking from space on the TV last night, it got me thinking.  How cool it must be to get outside of the earth’s atmosphere and look back down on the earth! It triggered another thought.  One particular type of thinking I find very useful is called “Outside-In” thinking.  It […]

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Jump Out!

10 December 2015

Yesterday I flew from the UK to Germany to have the first meeting this year with a client that I last worked for ten years ago.  Getting up at 4.00am and struggling through the security gates which reminded me of a cattle ranch and then twisting and turning through the duty-free glitter path that is […]

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To bomb or not to bomb. That was the question.

4 December 2015

The arguments raged for ten hours in the House of Commons.  The vote was cast.   The MPs agreed by a sizeable majority that it was a good thing to let the Royal Air Force bomb Syria.  A few hours later, the Tornado Jets were set loose like the dogs of war. The rest of the […]

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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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