Be More Creative

5 Habits to Help You Be More Creative

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In the past 2 years I’ve spoken with hundreds of CEOs, business leaders, startups, academics and systems thinkers about the qualities they are looking for in the people they want to work with, and the attributes they believe the successful organisations of the future will have. We’ve discussed the complex issues around the future of work, the impact that exponential technology will have on employment, and role of business in the challenges the world faces.

Several consistent qualities have emerged that these leaders believe are important for both organisations and individuals to cultivate. Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of these attributes is Creativity.  But how do you become more creative?  Here are 5 habits you can try which will help you activate the creative zone inside you and be more creative.  Read More

The Appetite Kitch

How to avoid overwhelm: do 3 Most Important Things every day

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This week a client reminded me of how successful she had become applying a technique I had suggested over 2 years ago: Most Important Things or MITs.  During a strategy meeting where it became apparent she and her partner in the business were almost mentally exhausting themselves with the incredibly long ‘to-do’ list they wrote every day, I passed on this simple technique which has worked for me for years.

At the end of every single working day, I write at the top of my notebook for the following day, the 3 Most Important Things I have to do that day.  There may be hundreds of things on my ‘to-do’ list but I select only 3 things to put on that piece of paper.  Why?  Because the mere experience of seeing a ‘to-do’ list as long as your roll of toilet paper can inhibit you from taking any action at all.  It may be a list with no priorities at all.  It may be so long you just can’t see how on earth you can accomplish anything. And the net effect is inaction.  You’re frozen.  Read More


On communications strategy for conscious business (and dog poo)

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Yesterday the Universe conspired to draw my attention once more to the difficulties of developing a successful communications strategy in the world today, especially for conscious coaches and mentors engaged in conscious business transformation of any kind. I love it when this happens. It happened like this. Bear with me, this is a long one.

I was on my way to a meeting in London, walking to the train station with my normal pace – fast – when I slipped over and landed flat on my backside – in a pile of dog poo!!! Disgusting and unpleasant. I had to retrace my steps and head home because no self respecting taxi was going to take me! I wasn’t going to get to my meeting on time so I reorganised a Skype. I popped a post onto Facebook about my misadventure – more to amuse than to be remotely insightful – and got out the rubber gloves. Read More


10 Questions to Ask in Your Annual Business Review

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I usually complete my annual business review at the end of November, so that I am well ahead of the Christmas rush and fully prepared for the next year. This year however, I have been so busy I didn’t get around to it until this week. It’s not a disaster if you haven’t done your business planning for 2017 yet, but it’s worth making your planning time sacrosanct and getting on with it.

So at the beginning of last week I took myself off to my office eyrie at the top of the garden to carry out my own annual review and work through the questions below. If you’d like to go through the same exercise, I recommend you gather up your diary, any major pieces of work you might need, some paper and settle down with a pot of coffee (or whatever is your preference) for an hour or so and ask yourself these 10 questions. Read More

Swansea Tidal Lagoon

Bring on The Activist Entrepreneurs

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2016 will go down in history as the year that everyone who is even the smallest bit conscious woke up to the fact that we have all been living in our own little bubbles of mindset, values, belief and worldviews.  I could have been at risk of being in the bubble again at Meaning Conference this week.  After all, this was a collection of concerned individuals who are all interested in meaningful life and work – otherwise they wouldn’t be there! But this year I felt a sense of urgency which replaced the curious inquiry of prior conferences. I felt a sense that there won’t be too many more wake up calls and that it’s time – for all of us – to take action.  So I was encouraged to see the group that I think we need the most – Activist Entrepreneurs – really well represented this year. Say what? Read More

Paul Mason

Neo-liberalism is broken; but what can you do about it?

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Author and writer Paul Mason made a clear statement at Meaning Conference in Brighton this week; neo-liberalism is broken. The collapse of neo-liberalism is the talk of the thinking elite these days. Mason, alongside other experts and authors like Otto Scharmer are codifying the thing most of us feel in our guts.  Something is rotten in the state of Denmark – well actually, most of the Western world.  That ‘thing’ is the slow grind to a halt of neoliberalism and capitalism according to Mason et al.

Why is neo-liberalism broken, and why should you care? What has gone wrong with the agenda of the 20th century resurgence of 19th century ideas associated with laissez-faire economic liberalism? Why have policies such as privatization, fiscal austerity, deregulation, free trade, and reductions in government spending in order to enhance the role of the private sector in the economy, resulted in a wave of discontent and populist support for demagogues like Trump and the rise of right wing leaders like Marine Le Pen? Read More