From Senator To Stage – My Next Event with President Barack Obama

I'll never forget the first time we met. (Like any good Disney story, there always must be a great "Once upon a time" intro, right?) He was a young Senator at the time, and I was lucky enough to give him his first pair of custom Mickey Mouse ears. Little did I know that this interaction would be the first of many wonderful stunts that we would collaborate on. And now, again we are about to add another event to our list! President Barack Obama [...]

2020-04-08T17:41:42+00:0013 February, 2020|Creativity, Innovation, Re-Expression, Think Different|

How to create a culture of innovation by leveraging diversity the right way!

Let’s be honest. Diversity quotas are the single most frustrating thing about workplaces today. The reasoning for having a quota is well-intentioned, but, ironically, it’s the quota itself that is getting in the way of diversity, every single day. Because of this, companies are wasting the talent they have hired and don’t even know it, because it’s never crossed their minds to do more than simply hire a candidate and check off the “diversity” box. Hear me out. The problem is that companies hire diverse [...]

2020-04-08T17:37:39+00:0010 February, 2020|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation|

5 Industries That will be Turned Upside Down Over the Next Decade (and How you Can Survive)

Can you remember the top 15 companies of 2000? How about 2010? Last year, even? If you were to sit down to try and rank just the top five companies globally by earnings alone who would you include? Apple? McDonald’s? Coca Cola? Ford? Disney? Take a minute and watch the following video clip that ranks the top 15 best global brands by year, starting in 2000 all the way through 2018.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQovQUga0VE   Done? What did you notice? The usual characters like IBM, Microsoft, [...]

2020-04-08T17:36:40+00:0030 January, 2020|Innovation|

Delivering a Speech That Matters – 6 Lessons from a TEDx Veteran

Imagine yourself backstage at a theatre. The Production Assistant has just finished clipping on your microphone, and the Stage Manager has given you the one-minute warning. Beyond the curtain, you hear the muffled sounds of the audience taking their seats. Pacing back and forth, you review your opening line over and over in your head. But this rehearsal doesn’t last long. Before you know it, the house lights dim, the stage lights go bright, and you’re given the cue. You walk out, face the crowd, [...]

2020-04-08T17:36:05+00:0017 January, 2020|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

Fail, Fail, and Fail Again – The Secret To Innovation

Why Failure Is the Secret to Innovation... What do fireworks and cornflakes have in common? Let me tell you; they were both invented by mistake — each a botched attempt to do something completely different. One day, the Kellogg brothers tried to make a simple pot of boiled grain. It's hard to believe that the brains behind the world's biggest cereal brand could fail at such a task. Yet, they did. They left the pot on the stove by accident, where it festered for days. [...]

2020-04-08T14:49:33+00:0003 January, 2020|Innovation|

Why Your Business MUST Adopt a “Purpose-Driven Strategy”

“The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe.” – Simon Sinek The next decade will perhaps be the most disruptive of our lives. Artificial Intelligence will be able to think thousands of times faster than the human brain. Blockchain will make the world more transparent than ever before. And big data will enable all of us to provide individualized, custom experiences at scale. But there is one other disruptor in the marketplace that I believe will have as much impact [...]

2020-04-08T14:49:43+00:0017 December, 2019|Consumer Experience, Innovation|

How to Use the Nurturing Tool to Grow Your Ideas

If I were to approach you with two different seeds and ask you to show me which one is a weed and which one is a flower, how would you know which is which? Do you think you’d be able to tell simply by looking closely at each seed? Of course not! The only way to tell is by planting both seeds and allowing them to grow. Initially, both will break the surface with a tiny sprig of green, and likely look very much the [...]

2020-04-08T17:24:50+00:0013 November, 2019|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

Reimagining the Conference Industry

What business conferences can learn from Comic Con “How did I come to this?” This is one of the very first lines in the 1999 cult classic film Galaxy Quest. It’s uttered by one of the movie’s main characters, Alexander Dane, an esteemed British Stage Actor who – much to his dismay – is best known for his role playing the alien Dr. Lazarus on the popular, kitschy sci-fi television show Galaxy Quest. In this scene Mr. Dane, along with the rest of his castmates, [...]

2020-04-08T14:50:38+00:0025 September, 2019|Consumer Experience, Innovation|

Why Marketing Will Be Dead in Less Than 10 Years

Why is Mickey Mouse still alive? While I start off with the title "Why Marketing Will Be Dead In Less Than 10 Years" let's skip back to one of the worlds most iconic successes in marketing... Mickey Mouse. Sure, as a fictional character his life is much more resilient than us flesh and blood mortals. But still, how is it possible that 91 years after his introduction to the world in Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie, that Mickey Mouse remains as popular as ever? Snoopy? He [...]

2020-04-08T14:50:49+00:0017 July, 2019|Consumer Experience, Innovation, Think Different|

Man on the Moon

It was nearly 4am Monday morning when my mother woke us. Minutes earlier, I had been tucked in tight and fast asleep in our cosy English home. Now, along with my two sisters, I was being marched in my sleeping gown and plopped in front of the television. As I went to inquire about what was going on – my mother always making it a point for us to watch less TV, after all – I was stopped dead in my tracks. “Sit down, shut [...]

2020-04-08T14:51:11+00:0015 July, 2019|Innovation|
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