Fireworks’ Final Kaboom!

Who hasn’t stood in awe under a glittering night sky dripping with colour and pattern, and felt transported into a state of wonder and nostalgia? Fireworks resonate deeply with people around the world as they continue to draw crowds into the tens of thousands and are looked upon with both fondness and excitement by children and adults alike. It may come as a surprise, then, to learn that fireworks could be extinct in the next decade. This is a perfect example of an industry that [...]

8 Tips for Today’s Entrepreneurs

It happens frequently after my Workshops or Keynotes on Innovation & Creativity that entrepreneurs will seek me out in search of tangible tips to guide them as they begin to navigate the often stormy seas of entrepreneurship. I am always happy to support in any way that I can, and as such I make my top eight tips for today’s entrepreneurs available to everyone, and in no particular order:   #1. Do what you love - invariably your passion will translate to excellence in your [...]


Earlier this week I was humbled to share the stage at a conference on Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) alongside both Sir Tim Berners Lee, the man who gave us the web, and Sophia, the artificial intelligence robot designed by David Hanson. As Sophia was about to commence her talk, the sense of anticipation and excitement among the audience was absolutely electric... palpable even, as people were vying for selfies and close up views of her. However, as Sophia was finishing her talk, the atmosphere had changed [...]

2019-04-08T16:52:34+00:0005 September, 2018|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

How to Harness the Momentum of Your Ideation Sessions

Have you ever pitched an idea you were passionate about, only to have it shot down without an iota of consideration? Are you walking into pitching sessions expecting to hear “no because” / “we tried that last year” / “it’s not a strategic brand fit” or perhaps the most dreaded… “hmmmm that’s interesting” (possibly punctuated by an eye roll)? The reality is that great ideas are squashed regularly - either in their infancy or in less tangible terms of being a potential catalyst for an [...]

2019-04-08T16:34:42+00:0023 August, 2018|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

How To Open The Door To Your Creative Genius

How To Open The Door To Your Creative Genius How many of us are encouraged to be playful at work? For most, the answer is a definitive NEVER! Yet, by invoking the power of play at the right time you put your brain into it’s best state for having those big, incredible ideas. Let me ask you to consider - where are you and what are you doing most often when you come up with your best ideas? The most common response to that question [...]

2019-04-08T16:43:30+00:0009 August, 2018|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

Crowd “Saucing” – The Secret Ingredient for Innovation

Crowd "Saucing" - The Secret Ingredient for Innovation Begin with the average boardroom of any major company in corporate America, and you’ll likely find a group of very like minded individuals, despite their genuine attempts at diversity. ‘Group think’ is one of the biggest threats to innovation, and yet these same minded groups are wondering why they struggle to innovate. Add Mums, who are estimated to account for ~ 80% of the household spend on everything from vacations to clothing, and domestic appliances to technology. [...]

Why I left Disney

  To understand why I left Disney, you must first know how I began there. In 1986, I started as barman at the Rose & Crown Pub at Epcot in Florida. I later moved to London and wanted to continue my work with Disney, but they weren’t hiring at the time. I called the Marketing office relentlessly, and after 27 days of calls the manager realized that I just wasn’t going away and opted to put me to use. My first six months were spent sorting papers, [...]

2018-07-18T16:24:43+00:0018 July, 2018|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation, Think Different|

Re-Expression & the Power of Words

SuperCaliFragiListicExpiAliDocious. “Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious," the power of this extraordinary word --and words in general-- cannot be underestimated. When you are trying to solve for something, simply re-expressing your challenge with a new choice of word, or words can get you to a very different place. What’s in a Word? - Walt Disney was the master of Re-Expression. Unknown to many, Disneyland was built in just 364 days, opening to the public on July 17, 1955. With about a month to go, [...]

Think Different

I believe everyone is creative.  I also believe it’s getting harder to convince people of that. Why? Because the world is changing.  It’s always changing.  But this time, it’s different.  This time the changes are coming so fast, it’s nearly impossible to keep up. Think of all the progress we’ve made in the past 25 years.  Now, compare those advancements to the previous 2,000 years. If I told you in 1999 that Kodak would be gone in 2 years, you would have jokingly laughed with me. If [...]

2018-04-13T16:11:13+00:0013 April, 2018|Creativity, Innovation, Think Different|
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