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Why now? The case for becoming a better business

  • Posted by Hannah Keartland
  • On 30/07/2021
Why does your business exist? 20 years ago most businesses would have said it was to make money for shareholders.  Nowadays it’s harder to predict the response. Businesses create value for their stakeholders. And we’re increasingly recognising that businesses should consider a broader set of stakeholders than just shareholders – and so ‘value’ needs to […]
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Why build a system for innovation

  • Posted by Dan Toma
  • On 07/07/2021
While the debate of innovation being art or science is still raging on we have to admit that not everyone in a large company is going to be a ‘Steve Jobs’. And nothing’s wrong with that. Also, independent of how much your HR department is struggling to attract the best innovation talent, the company will […]
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What does it mean to be a ‘responsible business’?

  • Posted by Hannah Keartland
  • On 07/06/2021
What does ‘responsible business’ or ‘purposeful business’ mean to you? For some it might be about transitioning to a greener energy supply and recycling as much office waste as possible. For others is might be about deprioritising profit as a goal and focusing on achieving a social objective such as helping homeless people get back […]
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If innovation was human…

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 11/01/2021
If innovation was human, how would it feel? Would it be frustrated and angry at seeing its potential wasted? Would it be full of hope and joy at the positive changes it could deliver to people’s lives and livelihoods? Or would it be like the rest of us; working through a mix of emotions as […]
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Strategy ahead of the technological curve

  • Posted by Dan Toma
  • On 11/12/2020
Most established organizations tend to be a bit more prudent when it comes to new technologies and integrating them in their strategic options, however totally ignoring these is not an option either. Technology developments influence our lives. They bring about disruption by enabling business models that weren’t previously possible. Business models which squeeze out the […]
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What kind of VUCA leader are you?

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 08/12/2020
Don’t panic! From Corporal Jones’ immortal catchphrase in Dad’s Army to being written on the front of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it’s funny how often that instruction ‘Don’t panic’ reoccurs in books and films. A simple phrase, yet one which is almost as meaningless as it is helpful. The same potential for panic […]
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Leadership development is broken – so, how do we fix it?

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 01/12/2020
Leadership development is broken! How does that statement make you feel? Do you see it as a personal attack and demand proof, or do you nod sadly and agree? And who do you blame; the system, leadership schools, your predecessors, your employer; or perhaps you accept some of the criticism yourself? Now whilst psychologists may […]
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Leading FOR Innovation; It’s a numbers game!

  • Posted by Cris Beswick
  • On 25/11/2020
Let me make you a promise; nowhere in this article am I going to ask you where you see your leadership style sitting on a scale of 1-10. Nor am I going to set out to tell you that what you are doing is wrong. After all, every organisation is different, and every organisation may […]
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To drive innovation, you must understand your ecosystem

  • Posted by Dan Toma
  • On 17/11/2020
An innovation ecosystem’s many elements must work in sync for growth to happen, write Cris Beswick, Dan Toma and Ricardo Vargas In 1878 Leo Tolstoy released what would become one of his most acclaimed works, the novel ‘Anna Karenina‘. The book started with a quote that over the centuries has transcended disciplines: ‘Happy families are […]
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