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Summer exodus

July 1, in Belgium heralds the beginning of the great summer exodus. Loaded cars with expectant passengers emerge from garages at unearthly hours; making their way to the network of motorways and their holiday destinations. Most in search of sun, but by no means all. And for those of us left behind, a welcome calm settles over the land. Even rush hour roads are pleasantly quiet, destinations reached in reasonable time. Shops seem too big for purpose, their windows cluttered with discount sales stickers crying out to almost empty streets.  How wonderful!  Only the ice cream vendors and street-side cafe's [...]

2018-07-06T09:56:45+00:00 0 Comments

What was your biggest ‘light bulb moment’ ever?

A few weeks ago, I invited a number of business leaders to share their biggest light bulb moments; the moments in their lives when they made their biggest discoveries or experienced their ‘eureka’ moments of sudden understanding.  Their stories were as inspiring as they were varied and really helped cement together the essence of intellectual leadership in the day to day work place. However, there was one moment with the group that I would like to share with you.  It was late in the second day and one of the delegates was telling his story. He was a little embarrassed [...]

2018-05-09T05:58:22+00:00 0 Comments

Seeing something familiar for the first time

In my house hangs a painting that I have known all my life. It was painted around the time I was born. The artist was a friend of my parents. Considered to be very avant-garde in his day, to me its form is so familiar that I sometimes forget that it is considered by many to be an abstract. When we are familiar with even the most complex things in life, they become obvious to us in such a way that they can easily be taken for granted.  It’s as if the moment we recognize an object, our brains shut [...]

2018-04-30T09:05:02+00:00 0 Comments

Closed to new ideas

While doing my research for my upcoming lecture and workshops on Leadership, Intellectual Stimulation and its relationship with creating a culture of innovation and creativity in the workplace, I came across a video of a talk by John Cleese where, while referring to the work of Donald W. Mackinnon from the Institute of Personality Assessment and Research, University of California, Berkeley, he talks about people being in one of two states ‘open’ or ‘closed’. I just love it when I learn something so obvious that I ask myself ‘why haven’t I thought of it like that before?’  - Simon Sinek’s ‘Why, [...]

2018-04-23T08:46:10+00:00 0 Comments

It’s the boss who’s the problem

What if it’s the boss who’s the problem? And what if you are the boss? Well I’ve got good news for you! All in my 40 years in business I have never yet met the perfect boss.  I have worked with some pretty awful ones and with one or two great ones too, but never the perfect one.  This week I am preparing a two-day lecture workshop on innovation and leadership and in doing so, I find myself reflecting on leadership styles and their impact on creativity and innovation in the workplace. It’s very easy to blame a lack of [...]

2018-04-16T06:28:17+00:00 0 Comments