Anyone who wants to be successful in business needs to stay ahead of the game, that's why I've built my career around innovation. From the early days of competing in equestrian competitions and progressing to training and selling horses, I then learned the ropes of internet marketing and set up my own company in my garden shed...
Future ready organisations will grow if they find people who have the distinctive ability to drive change and innovation. Organisations need to create a culture architecture that enables, engages and empowers individuals to seed, nurture and harvest ideas.
As part of an ongoing effort to add insight into some of the most successful business tomes, I am pulling my favourite leadership books off the shelf and giving them another worthwhile read.
The UK has the largest digital economy in the G20 and we need fresh ideas and innovation to stay ahead and support our economic recovery. However, ideas alone will not be enough to sustain this powerful competitive advantage.
I have to say that I felt dreadfully sorry for Maria Miller during the recent vicious public 'stoning' over her expenses.
What is wrong with today's network? How can the Internet, that has powered so many of the innovations in the 21st century, be holding innovation back? In short, networks are starting to show their age.
The Designs of the Year awards and exhibition at London's Design Museum offers plenty of food for thought for marketers.
The FIFA mission statement commits the international footballing body to taking "even greater responsibility to reach out and touch the world, using football as a symbol of hope and integration."
What we need is fewer rules so staff have more freedom to create the environment and experience that meets the needs of their customer. It's simple really. Give staff space to do their job, provide the training and support to help them master their role, and empower them to make the decisions on the day.
As we grow up we have this natural behaviour suppressed. Schools encourage children not to make mistakes, to get things 'right'. This continues through into the world of work, where the making of mistakes can be criticised and mocked.
Fact: The more we understand about the lives and environment of our target customers the better we are able to market our products to them and accelerate adoption