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Posts from ‘June, 2015’

Don’t be Different for the Sake of it

– By Andrew B Morris It’s all very well wanting to do things differently. But it’s important to identify WHY you want to be different rather than trying to be different just for the sake of it. Stand-up comedians love the challenge of improvisation, but few can really pull it off. When it works it […]

Are you Thinking in 3D?

– By Andy Hanselman It has become a mantra of mine that the best businesses think in 3D. They’re ‘Dramatically and Demonstrably Different‘ from their competitors. They do things that their competitors don’t do. Even better, they do things they can’t do. Gary Hamel encapsulated this in his book, ‘Leading the Revolution’ when he said: […]

Shake up your Thinking

– By Jurgen Wolff Shaking up your thinking and being open to new ideas can be hard, particularly if know too much about a topic or have been doing something a certain way for a long time. So how can you forget what you know? 1: Assume the opposite is true Write down the half […]

Case Study: Silence is Golden

Glenn Watkins is Chair of Academy 88 and Academy 08 which cover North and West Central London, Watford and Harrow. In May, he sat on the panel of London’s first ever Mindfulness Summit for business leaders in London. Last autumn Glenn decided to sign up for an intensive meditation retreat in early June as one of […]

If Only they’d Seen Things Differently…

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” (Charles H Duell, Commissioner, US Patent Office, 1899.) “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” (HM Warner, Warner Bros, 1927.) “We don’t like their sound and guitar music is on the way out.” (Decca Recording Company rejecting the Beatles, 1962.) “You ain’t goin’ nowhere son. You […]

Lift off for the Academy for Chief Executives Scotland

The Academy for Chief Executives, the UK’s leading executive coaching and mentoring organisation, reaches an important milestone today with the launch of a new group in Scotland. At the helm of this new group is Academy for Chief Executives Scotland Chair Justin Grace, a former MD who brings with him 20 years of international board […]