The Sounds of Our Lives

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Image source: abload.de | hitfix.com If you had to ‘brand’ your city or town with a tune, what would it be? In New York City’s case, it’s hard to go past Frank Sinatra’s ‘New York, New York’ (though “Welcome to New York” by Taylor Swift is a lively reprise). However, most of the sound we typically…

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Scoring With Sustainability

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There are billions of sports fans around the world. Each Premier League match attracts an average global audience of 12.3 million people. This year’s Champions League final reached an estimated 380 million football fans. These fans watch and support their team – so what if their team supported sustainability? Sport has the potential to reach…

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Deep Time Thinking

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Every now and again I’ll come across something that really surprises. This time that something was an article about ‘deep time’ thinking, which explores our understanding of time and how our collective experience of it is being transformed. In many ways, in many places around the world, projects and initiatives are challenging our notion of…

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A Case for Radical Optimism

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Business Insider strikes again on behalf of radical optimism. In a piece this week by Natasha Bertrand, the case is made that the world is getting better on a whole lot of fronts, despite the pressing urgency of daily headlines.  Dr. Max Roser from the Oxford Martin School and a fellow at the Institute for New…

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What Made Abbey Road So Good

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Image source: according2g.com | oppositelock.com Abbey Road is undoubtedly one of the most famous recording studios of all time. It made a name for itself with the Fab Four – literally, when it was renamed after The Beatles album that made it famous. Then followed Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Elton John, Nick Cave and the…

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Donut Theory

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Edge is one of my big E words. Edge theory is the idea that change happens at the margins rather than in the muddling orthodoxy of the center. I came across a prescient expression of edge theory in the donut analogy that leadership expert Camille Preston used in a Fortune article last week to decipher…

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Putting the Magic in CMO

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Rich Karlgaard, in his Innovation Rules column in Forbes, suggests that two C-suite roles that are sure to change are the chief information officer (CIO) and chief marketing officer (CMO). “The CMO will spend less time communicating to the outside world and more time shaping the inside story,” writes Karlgaard. “What else can hold a…

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Sir Roland Smith, Lancastrian

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I’m looking forward to Thursday evening in London where I’m delivering the annual Professor Sir Roland Smith Lecture hosted by Lancaster University, where I am an honorary professor of creative leadership. I met Sir Roland briefly in the nineties but the memory is indelible. Roland Smith was a marketing pioneer and businessman and fellow Lancastrian….

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What Most Parents Want to Teach Their Children

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Responsibility. It doesn’t matter what age, race, religion or political leaning they have, parents want to teach their children to be responsible – so says a Pew Research study on parenting. Responsibility was overwhelmingly the most important trait, with 93% of parents saying it is especially important, and 55% rated it as one of their…

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The Right Language

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Revolution begins with language, not just in political movements and at the organization-wide level with a company dream, but right down to the interpersonal level – at the desk, in the corridor, at the water cooler. Career-enhancing and life-changing moments often occur in everyday conversations where an impression is made, an opinion is formed or…

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Immaterial Joy

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Here is a good probe by James Hamblin in The Atlantic into the understanding that people are happier buying experiences rather than things. In short: Happiness comes from anticipation of the experience purchase, not just after it. Waiting for a possession is more likely fraught with impatience than anticipation. Experiences tend to makes us happier…

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#Kia Ora Chicago

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Image source: joyviewer.com Well, the weekend in Chicago was everything it was cooked up to be and more. Take the game they play in heaven and mix with America’s second greatest city, a Kiwi invasion, a sold-out iconic football stadium, and massive support from American rugby players and supporters. I was having breakfast at the…

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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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