Nation-building. Team-building. In 140 characters, twitter-stylee (x3).
Ann Summers is a household name in the UK.
And for a nation that still has a – well let’s just say – complex relationship with sex, the business has carved out a beautifully shaped niche for itself on the British High Street.
The Future of…..Consumer Insight
– by Andy Morris, Chief Innovation Officer, YouGov plc Continue reading “Do You Hear The People Sing?”
But I get up again……
Reinvention and bouncing back is the story of Madonna’s (long) career. Continue reading “I Get Knocked Down…”
A lot of tough decisions need to be taken: in politics, in Washington, Brussels, and in business.
Are we ready?
The typical successful American probably isn’t, in reality, any more productive than your typical successful Brit, or any other nationality for that matter.
But what is different is the propensity within a certain strand of our cousins across the pond to talk about work; seemingly at every possible opportunity.
Continue reading “Heigh-Ho! Heigh-Ho! It’s Off To Work We Go.”
Well, according to Moisés Naim, you might not for much longer.
Your name is down amongst the Black Hearts in the Black Book and this is to advise you and the like of you to make your wills……Ye have not done as ye ought. Swing.’ Continue reading “I Predict A Riot.”
My poor family.
As if mile upon mile of Pacific Coast Highway with only the ‘Tapping Game’ (a spectacularly under-rated form of in-automobile entertainment in which ‘Tappees’ barely notice the hours as they try to guess which particular tune the ‘Tapper’ is knocking out on the dashboard, window, etc) to break up the boredom wasn’t bad enough, yesterday I subjected them to over an hour of ‘Speaking Personally: Aldous Huxley.’
In the spring of 1991, very quietly, a scientist named Christina E. Shalley published an applied psychology paper that, in retrospect, was perhaps more newsworthy than the rest of the year’s events put together.
Continue reading “Am I Living In A Box?”
This week, the scientific journal Plos One published a piece of research by Annabel Nijhof and Roel Willems.
Their paper is entitled ‘Individual Differences in Literature Comprehension Revealed with fMRI’, and its results are, to say the least, noteworthy.
Globe-trotting, London-dwelling Shonagh Primrose has internationalised and digitised businesses as diverse as Tesco, Betfair, Wiggle and Ann Summers. email@example.com
I) I am the LORD OF CREATIVITY, who brought thee out of the desert, regardless of thine own so-called ‘efforts’. Thou shalt have no other creative directors before Me.
Continue reading “What If God Was One Of Us?”
The election looms.
And most of us, according to Russell Brand, will respond with:
“absolute indifference and weariness and exhaustion from the lies, treachery, deceit of the political class, that has been going on for generations now.”
He’s got a point.
Continue reading “If Your Lips Are Moving…….”
I’ve got a friend who met his wife in a brothel.
Oh, don’t worry – it wasn’t his idea. It was his financial advisor’s. (He takes him everywhere.)
Continue reading “You Don’t Have To……Put On The Red Light.”
ISIL want their Caliphate to grow, and to last forever.
Most CEOs want the same for their corporations.
Both would do well to brush up on their history.
The middle of nowhere takes a long time to get to.
Especially when it’s in Devon, and you’re in London.
Some say the centre of Paris is prettier than the centre of London. That may or may not be true. What is true is that physically Paris has changed a lot less than its British counterpart in the last 150 years.
Internationalising Your Business: The Execution
In our previous paper, we made a distinction between a globalising approach to beyond-home-country growth and an internationalising approach. We also set out the two most important considerations when developing an internationalising strategy. Continue reading “Been Around The World, Don’t Speak The Language…”
Who says the Germans have no sense of humour?
I sat down at an EAT café recently with a smoothie and absent-mindedly read the label.
It delighted me.
Once upon a time, there was a big company.
It was powerful, and it made lots of money.
The key to thriving in the 21st century is, we are often told, a readiness to adapt.
We live in a time of ever-increasing flux: post-modernism meets the information age, at the speed of light.
In 2013, at least on one reading, the heart of the creative world was knifed; violently, and by one of its own.
I’m an atheist.
It’s really easy for atheists to take potshots at religion.
But religion gets some things right.
Religion understands (cliché alert) “storytelling”.
Who knew that luxury retailers such as L’Oreal and Pernod Ricard consider travel their ‘sixth continent’?
This was a talk that we were invited to give to a group of emerging leaders.
It’s rough and ready, but we had a lot of fun.
We were invited to speak about ‘Adapting To A New Environment’……..
Continue reading “Everything Changes. But You?”