Tag Archives: innovation

In which direction is the pen moving?

Grab a pen. Hold it straight up in the air and start “drawing” a circle on the ceiling, in a clockwise direction. Keep drawing and looking up. Now, as you continue to draw the circle clockwise, slowly start to bring … Continue reading

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Creating the 25 hour work day

The alarm goes off. You hit snooze and sleep for a precious extra 10 minutes. It goes off again… *BEEP BEEP BEEP*, to which you respond by dragging yourself out of bed and into the shower to slosh a bit … Continue reading

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Innovating culture

One theory of culture is that the organisation’s core business, or dominant technology, often gives rise to a pervasive culture. We experienced this in some recent client work: we were designing and facilitating a Top-100 event for a global company, … Continue reading

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The first step to leading innovation

Let’s just take a moment to reconsider the meaning of innovation. Suppose we took innovation in business to mean profound, system-wide change to the way things are done. We might be reinventing air travel, or building a totally new way … Continue reading

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Generation Y as Generation WHY

Generation Y is soon becoming the largest generational cohort in the workforce. As Gen WHY, they are motivated by a sense of service to and connection with the larger human community through the product or service they contribute to. They … Continue reading

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Overcoming personal agendas to create unified change

In 2010 the International Labour organisation reported that while mining employs 1% of the global labour force, the industry generates 8% of fatal accidents at work. This is a rather startling statistic and is certainly an issue mining companies take … Continue reading

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Solving the “greatest moral challenge of our time”

“Climate change is now one of the greatest moral and economic challenges of our time.” A sentence that draws a host of varied reactions, but was one that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stood by in a speech after ratifying … Continue reading

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A new way of finding the Emerald City – a fresh approach to sustainability

Dorothy (and Toto) had one hell of a time, trying to navigate the yellow brick road on their journey to find the Wizard of Oz and the Emerald City and, ultimately, the way back to Kansas. And yes, while this … Continue reading

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Sustainability as a platform for growth

Ten years ago, virtually no companies were making public commitments regarding sustainability. most companies treated sustainability issues as operational issues – strictly limited to their factory walls. sustainability was seen as cost, not profit. But quietly, many of the world’s … Continue reading

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Balancing the individual with the whole: Lessons from Greece

George Papandreou. One would guess he’s a popular subject amongst the internal comings and goings of the G20 and perhaps synonymous with the words “uncertainty” and “instability” within his own country. But given the most recent developments in Greek politics, … Continue reading

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How to develop core strength at pace

As a recent AIESEC alumnus, it is very interesting, though not surprising, to see the speed at which the global organisation changes in response to changes in the external environment. Programmes are added, acronyms are changed and within 2 months … Continue reading

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Lessons from stone sculptures

What can we learn from the 15,800-mile saga of a ton of African stone art… about working across sectors, about mutual understanding and about economic development in the global South? Continue reading

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