Communications Directors’ Forum – I’ll be all at sea

I’m literally going to be all at sea over the next few days speaking at the Communications Directors’ Forum, sailing on the Aurora in the English Channel. I’ll be speaking to leading heads of Comms, PR and Marketing and revisiting one of my most cherished talks ‘Overcoming Stupidity in the World Around You’. It uses […]

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Open courses to boost your creativity and your brand story

There are great opportunities to catch me in action in Londonto transform your creative abilities or how you mange your brand story and personal brandcasting. […]

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What’s going to be your 70:30:10 of how you do things in 2012?

At last the magic ingredient of Coca Cola’s success is now being shared. No, I am not talking about the tightly-guarded ingredients of its flavoured water. Rather, how it allocates its precious resources for brand communications to ensure its future success by ‘gaining a disproportionate share of popular culture’. (Isn’t this what you are about: […]

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Your New Year’s resolutions need 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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How to Brainstorm

  Always define your question as tightly as possible. I define creativity as ‘flexible thinking around beautiful questions to add value’. Outstanding creativity is not coming up with 1001 different alternatives; it’s actually about asking the right question, the beautiful question. You can tell when you have a beautiful question your ideas ooze out. Conversely, […]

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8 flexible and creative thinking tips for responding to ‘the riots’

The riots across the UK have shown the worst – and the best of people. The film of a young man being callously mugged on the street while being injured can make you despair of humanity. Yet, the widespread responses of people positively demonstrating their reaction to mindless destruction can equally warm your heart – […]

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Seagulls miss creative Golden Swan opportunity

Sometimes a great idea or opportunity can be quite spontaneous. The trick is to both spot and be prepared to run with them. A great example is the story yesterday of the mischievous seat installers at the unveiled Falmer Stadium – the new home for Brighton and Hove Albion. They had placed extra white seats beneath the […]

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DLT, Burmese Nobel peace prize winner, and your business strategy

I once chided a friend for remembering a quote from former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis. (I think it was something profound like, “It’s easy if you know it.”)  I wasn’t the only one scornful, with comedian Harry Enfield also using him as inspiration for one half of his parody of insipid disc jockeys, […]

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Is Twitter reducing the creative need for graffiti?

With the ability to freely express ourselves, almost instantaneously, through social media, does this new facility undermine one of the oldest forms of offline social media – graffiti? Also, is social media the ultimate form of defining your urbanity – in all senses of the word? Can we measure this repercussion of the impact of […]

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6 lessons from the Egyptian revolution

What an experience having just visited and worked in Egypt, a country that is going through a political revolution. There were times when I thought I was going to die. I saw my life flashing before me, and thought this really was the end. But enough about being a passenger in a Cairo taxi! Seriously, […]

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