While not without its challenges, crowdsourcing can help leaders revive an ailing organization, engage employees, and support a culture of continuous improvement...but only if they do so with sincerity, humility and patience.
Like millions of people around the globe who have no interest in American football, I found myself drawn to the world of Super Bowl TV commercials. As you would expect, I wasn't able to avoid seeing the Ellen DeGeneres fronted ad for Beats Music.
To anyone who takes only a cursory interest in the tech world, it's quite hard to understand how Microsoft has gotten itself into quite such a difficult situation. They were giants and pioneers, and they had it all. They were shaping the world, and suddenly the world left them behind - fascinating and terrifying to watch all at once.
It's the modern epidemic that's worsening by the day: the omnipresence of the smartphone. On the loo (my favourite spot to tweet from), on the bus, in bed, in the middle of meetings, at dinner, during s--- yep, seriously, some people do it.
In the last few decades, the way people listen to and discover music has changed in seismic ways. Streaming services are changing the rules for both music lovers and the music industry. It might not yet be a universally accepted, but streaming is certainly where the future lies.
Therapy. You need to climb aboard that bandwagon, because all the indicators show that there has never been a greater demand for therapy. Did you know there is a worldwide increase in anxiety?
As Grand Theft Auto tops the charts and smashes entertainment records, PlayStation and Xbox executives at Sony and Microsoft are probably high-fiving themselves on how the console market has bounced back against many pundits expectations.
Not a week goes by without yet another story which describes how executive managers have abused their compensation, most notably income generated via target-dependent bonuses. Ranging from investment bankers to insurance brokers, the public opinion has generally converged on the fact that the remuneration of top employees requires redesign.
Microsoft is sitting on an incredible array of technology properties. Of all the big tech companies, it has arguably the best set of toys in its living room to play with. Walk into the Microsoft playroom and you are instantly spotted by the Xbox Kinect.
Recently I branched out to Windows Phone 8 after a Nokia Lumia 928 came my way. Was it going to be a chance to relive the days of working with Windows mobile? In a word "no". I am in disbelief. I am staggered that this operating system exists in 2013.
Could the acquisition of Nokia see Microsoft finally wielding the kind of new product that matches the hype and consumer appeal Apple and Google have till now monopolised?... To prosper, Microsoft does not need a tech guru to take over, nor an out-and-out businessman. It needs a creative visionary...
It's still unusual to meet people in London who pull out anything other than an iPhone. So those of us who run businesses making mobile apps typically don't consider building apps for anything else. Outside London the picture is very different and the launch of Nokia's £120 phone looks set to be a game changer.
Over the past decade, as technology has improved, developments such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have enabled mobile gamers to achieve the Holy Grail: Multi-player gaming. For mobile phone users, an Infrared, Bluetooth, GPRS, 3G, Wi-Fi, AI, MMS, or Wireless LAN connection meant being able to play anything from Tetris to F1 together.
he average CMO has enough to worry about without needing to spend time poring over the fortunes of hardware companies. However, with consumers spending increasing amounts of time accessing brands via their mobile phone, surely it's important to know which devices are dwindling in popularity?
On 12 February we celebrated the premiere of the first year of films from Collabor8te, the scheme I developed through Rankin Film Productions, which hunts out and develops some of the country's best new filmmakers.
One of the key points made by each of these emerging talents was the importance of getting out there and creating - just getting stuck in - and not just waiting for things to be handed to you on a plate, that's not how it happens in any industry, let alone the notorious world of film.