Work Different, Think Different

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Those of us who can remember life before the internet and smartphones might associate brain training with crossword puzzles or Sudoku (which have long been purported to have positive impacts on the brain in terms of reducing the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s). Nowadays, there are around 1,500 different apps that help you train your…

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NY NZ

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Move over Simon Rogan.  Thank you Peter Gordon.  In 2010 pre The Rugby World Cup, John Kirwan and I hosted a dinner in Peter Gordon’s New York restaurant Public for big hitters in the US business and NZ Rugby union.  All Black Frank Bunce joined us in an attempt to showcase NZ for US business. …

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Bill Campbell, CEO Whisperer

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Bill Campbell’s career in leadership began as head football coach at New York’s Columbia University in the 70s (where he also co-founded the Old Blue Rugby Club). Since then he has coached some of the world’s top executives over the course of his career, and in June stepped down from the Board of Apple after…

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Creativity Is A Buzzword

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‘Creativity’ has become a buzzword. When paired with its mates ‘unleash’ and ‘unlock’, they suggest that a great swell of inherent potential is about to swamp us.  I’ve been an advocate for creative thinking and leadership for decades. It’s how I butter my bread. But a recent article by Joshua Rothman in The New Yorker…

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Affirmation of Humanity

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Image source: nationalgeographic.com | infinitelegroom.com Three recent articles affirm that we live in one world. Irishman Benny Lewis, 29, has been on the road for 416 weeks, almost 3,000 days, travelling to dozens of countries with few possessions and fewer funds in his back pocket. He has written 29 Life Lessons I Learned While Traveling…

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India Unleashed

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I first visited India in 1982 and have returned more than two dozen times. I was part of the team that brought Pepsi Cola to India in the late 80s, and have been following the country’s development with eager curiosity ever since. India is as SuperVUCA as you can get. Vibrant, Unreal, Crazy, Astounding, and…

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Cheering for Truckies

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Here’s one you didn’t expect. Trucking (or in industry parlance, HGV for heavy goods vehicle). This item from drivershortage.co.uk – not a website I regularly visit – caught my eye because of the critical role distribution plays in the retail and ecommerce worlds. For all the talk of Amazon delivering by drones and autonomous vehicles,…

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Maps Without Borders

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We tend to think of maps as definitions of space and geography. Lost? Check Google Maps on your phone. Planning a round-the-world trip? Chart your locations on an atlas (or online as most people do nowadays). But maps are not exclusive to locations and destinations. Maps can look at our DNA, our relationships, global development…

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Master Your Movements

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As the line goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So it comes as no surprise that if you want to build influence, it starts with how you enter a room. It’s about how you look, how you act and what you say – in that order. It’s about making…

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Like a Rolling Stone

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In anyone’s life, it’s pretty cool to be able to announce Bob Dylan. That’s the experience I had last week in New York when the University of Auckland’s Creative Thinking Project held a launch at Saatchi & Saatchi in New York. I had the pleasure of announcing Mr Bob as Founding Patron of the University…

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The Post-Failure Recovery Programme

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Image source: ceolifeline.biz | linkedin.com South African business coach Karl Smith has written about the seven steps to starting over after failure. He makes a valuable point that nothing great succeeded the first time. Failure is part of the process. And I agree with him that the best thing you can do post-failure is be proactive…

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Stress in the Spotlight

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I was once told by Bob Seelert that to run Saatchi & Saatchi effectively you need, every morning, to “strap on a waterproof back and a bulletproof vest.”  I took that advice and never looked back.  I’m passionate about what I do, I want to be the best and I’ve been determined to enjoy a…

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We Will Run More Global Pitches From India Now: Kevin Roberts – Business Standard

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Interview with Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi By Viveat Susan Pinto | Mumbai One of the longest serving chief executives in advertising, Kevin Roberts of Saatchi & Saatchi will make way for a new leadership team beginning next year. Robert Senior takes over as worldwide CEO, while Roberts, 64, will be the executive chairman….

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That Friday Feeling

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A survey on smiling commissioned by hello – an oral care company, not the magazine – has found British employees are much happier than people think. The survey also confirmed that Friday is a day for smiling. The survey of 2,000 British employees found people are most likely to get the “Friday feeling” at exactly…

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