Tell Stories Not Bories

Tell Stories Not Bories

One of the unfortunate facts of innovation is that a great idea badly presented can lose out to an average idea well presented. Stories can make for a compelling presentation – or just as likely for a boring presentation...

Know More by Doing Less

Know More by Doing Less

One of the most important leadership roles is the act of leading a creative meeting. A better future depends on new ideas – otherwise we’re destined to just keep repeating the past. Having begun my career as a designer and creative strategist, I’d assumed idea generation was something every leader was trained to do. However I’ve since learnt this isn’t the case...

Disrupt Disruption

Disrupt Disruption

As a Futurist I’ve been as guilty as anyone for talking up how fast-moving and unpredictable the modern business environment is. The age of disruption. The trend is so well established it even has its own acronym, VUCA – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. Now I’m not denying that those factors exist...

Predict the Unpredictable

Predict the Unpredictable

Recently a number of people have commented to me that it’s impossible to predict the future. So on that basis they feel there’s little point developing strategies based on long-term time horizons. This seems logical. Which is where they’re going wrong...

Think outside your head

Think outside your head

From school to business, we’ve been conditioned to believe that the best thinking is done inside our heads. Problem is, that thinking about thinking is outdated thinking…

Best Practice = sloooww progress

Best Practice = sloooww progress

For many leaders “best practice” is the critical benchmark they aspire to. Focusing on implementing what’s commonly acknowledged as being the best approach. Problem is, in many cases that results in setting your sights too low…

Virtually real

Virtually real

I once went to the most amazing birthday party. To this day I remember riding in my childhood friend’s dad’s Holden Kingswood. Heading out of town, into the big city, to watch James Bond do battle in space with the archvillain Jaws...

The definition of definition

The definition of definition

When developing their strategy, almost everyone overlooks a critical first step – pausing to read the dictionary. Why does this matter? Because if you can’t clearly define the word “strategy” then you can’t define a clear strategy...

Are you double-minded?

Are you double-minded?

With the launch of UberEATS, you can now dine from a restaurant without leaving your couch. So Hilary Barry asked me on TVNZ Breakfast whether this shift and others will turn us into generation lazy? My answer was no. And yes...

The future has arrived

The future has arrived

Last year marked a tipping point in the rise of the robots. From Amazon’s Alexa to Google’s AlphaGo, artificial intelligence is advancing towards what was once considered a uniquely human quality – intuition...