Uganda – international conference speaking

A big ‘thank you’ to the delegates who provided me with such inspiration, challenging questions and new insights at the International Congress – Public Relations & Human Resources in Kampala, Uganda last week. Thoroughly enjoyed delivering conference presentations and training sessions on creativity, brand story-telling, brand management, PR strategy and communications. It was also good […]

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Make your New Year’s resolutions happen by using Squeezesteps

If you have made New Year’s resolutions the critical challenge is to make them happen. Here’s where you need to use ‘Squeezesteps’. The dictionary of the future will define a ‘Squeezestep as: “Actively breaking down into smaller, more do-able, nudgeable or more compelling steps in any change requiring you or others to take.” It implies […]

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The new verb – ‘to Danny-Boyle’

One unintended legacy of the Olympics won’t be the stadia, the investment in the next generation of sports stars, or a better Tube system but an addition to the English language. The new contribution our lexicon is a verb. A doing word. It’s a denominalisation. It describes an action that can proudly transform what you […]

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It’s half time for 2012 – how you doing?

Wow! We are now over half way through 2012. Now is a great time to take stock of your plans – and crucially how you can make the most of the remaining six months to ensure 2012 is another great year in your life. Here are some great innovation and creativity tools – to ensure […]

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A major new resource for innovation and creativity

I have produced for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) a downloadable Innovation & Creativity Toolkit as part of a major drive by the Institute to transform innovation and creativity skills for its members. The Institute is providing a free to members – with a  free sample for non-members. The substantial resource – over […]

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56Up & your Innovation, Creativity and Brand

I have a particular interest in the documentary TV series ‘56Up’; three of the girls featured in the ‘experiment’ were at the same school, as me in the East End of London. The series is not only of personal interest but offers lessons for brand communications and for managing innovation and creativity. […]

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7 tips for Kanter’s Law – everything looks like a failure in the middle

All of us must have experienced Kanter’s Law: “Everything can look like a failure in the middle.” The great innovation writer Rossabeth Moss Kanter highlights how everyone loves inspiring beginnings and happy endings. It is in the middle however, where the realization that the vision and ideas is actually harder to do than anyone had […]

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Summer Eventia – here I come

Looking forward to meeting the good people at the Summer Eventia 2012 this week, the major showcase conference organised by the official trade body for the events and live marketing industry in the UK I will be delivering a special innovation and creativity keynote session. As the show programme describes: “There has never been a […]

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How to boost your creativity while you are driving

When it comes to driving habits most of us confess to listening to music, even getting angry with other motorists but few of us take advantage of the great opportunity behind the wheel – to think up new ideas. Some 81% of drivers in a new AA/Populus survey of drivers confess to having ideas while […]

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‘The Artist’ – lessons for your innovation and creativity

The triumph of The Artist at the Oscars has profound lessons for innovation, creativity and strategic management. The film scooped five awards including best picture, best director and best actor yet was a silent movie: fundamentally using a technology and formula for telling its story from an era of your grandparents or great-grandparents. The cue […]

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