Time to wake up and smell the coffee in terms of innovation?

Time to wake up and smell the coffee in terms of innovation?

The Boothroyd Room in Portcullis House in Westminster was an emotive place yesterday.  It was the venue for the UK parliament’s, Public Accounts Committee, to interview on the record, leaders from Starbucks, Amazon, and Google on the taxation of multinational corporations. Whilst this is obviously an emotive subject, the element of the discussion that I was surprised…

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Supply Chain Shocks - A Risk or an Opportunity?

Supply Chain Shocks – A Risk or an Opportunity?

You would have to have been isolated in a bunker for the last few years to have missed the number of natural disasters that have happened.  It can be debated whether they are becoming more frequent or more violent, however, what is indisputable is that the impact of these natural shocks is of greater significance and impact on global…

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How to Innovate out of a Tangle

How to Innovate out of a Tangle

One of the keys to successful innovation is to find an unsatisfied or poorly satisfied need.  Whilst we often think of innovation as being about step change, it can equally, and more often, be a small improvement that has disproportionate impact. A great example of a company that consistently achieves this is Dyson.  Dyson amongst other products…

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Passion vs. Objectivity - Is there a place for passion in business?

Passion vs. Objectiveness – Is there a role for emotion in business?

As Apple fans the world over waited for the release of the iPhone 5 last month the focus was really on the hardware as most of the new features of the next release of the iOS6 operating system had been publicized already.  In general there have been no real issues with the new hardware this time round,…

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