Brainstorming is ‘politcally correct’

The claim that the word ‘brainstorming’ is politcally incorrect has raised its head again – this time in the Sun newspaper. Columnist Kelvin MacKenzie claims that a business colleague from a ‘Big Five’ firm of accountants had been rebuked for using the term; he was told to use instead the phrase ‘thought shower’. The suggestion […]

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Royal Society backs IdeasBank to boost creativity to help Barry Island

A new initiative I want to get underway – an IdeasBank for helping to develop my hometown of Barry Island has received a welcome boost – with a grant from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) The RSA’s Catalyst fund provides small grants to Fellows who have developed an […]

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7 lessons for management from Avram Grant

With West Ham United being the first football  club to be relegated from the English Premiership in the 2010/11 season – a team widely regarded as playing below its potential – what lessons are there for you to learn from the performance of the sacked Hammers manager Avram Grant? 1. Recognise your personal qualities and […]

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Friday 13th meme – could it be your campaign’s lucky day?

Today, I may have some good luck for you – there is a popular meme waiting to be further developed – which could help your campaign be even more effective. I refer to ‘Friday 13th’. Hollywood has already recognised the potential, with a series of blockbuster films using the date for their title. I reckon […]

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Squeezesteps: a tool for creative thinking and to make change happen

I have invented another new word: ‘Squeezestep’. 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 you require others to take.” It implies there is an onus on anyone engaged with change within an organization or community to recognize […]

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Bin Laden: Is Obama guilty of not having a meme strategy?

Has the US administration made a mistake in its handling of the killing of Osama Bin Laden by not have a fully thought-through memes strategy? By this I mean, is it making decisions and taking actions without due consideration of the potential subsequent word of mouth, the memes that are likely to occur as a […]

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Happiness: the need for learned helpfulness

Can you believe it? Apparently, people who live in places considered to be the happiest are more likely to take their own lives, according to new research. The phenomenon is caused by what is called ‘relative comparisons’ – your happiness is determined by how you perceive your satisfaction according to others. […]

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Why does ‘Titanic’ fascinate us so much?

While visiting London I came across the major exhibition on ‘Titanic’ at the O2. I pondered: Why is it, 100 years on, the story of how one ship sunk still holds such fascination for contemporary society? There have been other sinkings – with an even greater loss of life. (The story of the sinking of […]

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April 1st is Stupid Aid Day: tackling growing bureaucracy and stupidity

The world is getting more stupid. And there is now something you can do about it on ‘Stupid Aid Day’- appropriately on Friday April 1st-. This is a chance for everyone to fight back against ‘the Computer says No’ moments and other examples of stupidity in the world by submitting your examples of stupid thinking […]

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