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Innovation is marketing and R&D collaboration, says Diageo chief – Louise Robinson, head of innovation at Diageo, has said the drinks giant is ramping up investment in marketing and NPD, as it seeks to drive a fifth of sales through “new innovation” by 2020. via @MarketingUK 3 Ways to Find Forgotten Innovation – Look to the myriad layers of corporate lore and blocks to creativity that add up to a pile of excuses. An article by TIME on finding forgotten […]

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It is a worrying fact that in today’s modern age, employee engagement is slipping. Be it the increasing size of the average business, or the ever-expanding distraction of modern technology, the causes seems unavoidable and the consequences are concerning. Deloitte recently completed a massive study of human capital trends around the world, measuring over 2500 major organisations across 94 different countries. The results, simply put, displayed that companies are struggling and in some cases, severely failing, to engage the 21st century worker, with the most […]

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According to HR Grapevine, the Chief Executive at Morrisons David Potts has decreed that all 2,000 headquarters office employees have to roll up their sleeves and spend at least one week per year working on the shop floor. The reasoning behind this is that it will allow the people in the top ranks of the company to really listen to what their customers and colleagues have to say. Although this is a laudable intention, listening to ideas and suggestions can […]

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I read a fascinating interview with Peter Ruis, CEO of Jigsaw in the last issue of the Mail on Sunday – courtesy of @NeilCraven – outlining his corporate culture strategy for the year ahead. He feels “creating a sense of belonging” and ensuring staff are “given ownership of the company” and are “able to share in the fruits of any success” are critical to victory. Peter’s plans are based upon his previous experience at British high-street stalwart John Lewis. You […]

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Rebooting Innovation in Japan – Inside a typical office building in the Akihabara districts of Tokyo is a high-tech factory that is created for use by anyone with innovative ideas. via @BBCBusiness Changing Room Innovation Poised to Transform Online Fashion – An innovative start up is launching a try-before-you-buy service for online clothes shopping that allows customers to order from multiple retailers at once and try items on in a luxury customer lounge:  via @NicolaRHarrison of Retail Week “To innovate, hire the ‘wrong’ people”, […]

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The music industry isn’t the same that it used to be. I am old enough to have bought new albums on vinyl and witnessed the rise and decline of the CDs, as Mp3s and other digital formats (and digital piracy) became the norm. With young people increasingly needing to be mobile and some living in smaller and smaller spaces, it’s no wonder that owning music as an object isn’t a priority for many these days. I’ve also seen vinyl rise again […]

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I read some interesting comments about the much publicised “failure” of Google Glass  from Google’s Innovation Chief Astro Teller this week from the legendary SWSW festival, courtesy of Seb Joseph at The Drum. In a nutshell he explains that the innovation team encouraged too much attention for the wearable technology and that they “did things which encouraged people to think of this as a finished product”. These comments raised two things for me. The first being that I don’t think […]

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Supporting the growth of agile and innovative SMME’s in a collaborative win/win way! On the 19th & 20th February 2015 I was invited down to Pretoria, South Africa to speak at the InnoLive Conference. The event brought together a diverse range of innovation focused people from all walks for South African life for two days of knowledge sharing, practical advice, interactive sessions, plenty of discussion and shared expertise. The hackathon produced some interesting prototypes as well. I was invited to […]

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Councils driving innovations in waste management – Councils are finding innovative ways to deal with waste collection and cleansing services to deliver efficiencies in the face of austerity, according to new research.  via @localgoveditors Innovation Key to Unlocking Africa’s Agricultural Potential – In order for Africa to compete in a developing global bio-economy, the continent must embrace agricultural innovations. via @cnbcafrica Google to launch own ‘Nexus’-like carrier network to push innovations in wireless – Speaking at a Mobile World Congress keynote on Monday, […]

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With the General Election coming up in just a couple of months, I wanted to bring forward an interesting statistic: In the 2010 General Election, the percentage of people under 25 who didn’t vote was as high as 48.8%. Almost 50% of the young population, the future of the country, didn’t think it was important enough to vote for how the country is being run. (This makes a total of 4 million people) To put this into perspective, the number of those people who […]

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