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?”
Internationalising Your Business: The Strategy
21st Century Growth™ will come not from Fordism (faster, better, cheaper) but instead from constant corporate reinvention that develops new products and new markets.
And it’s this second part – the markets – where corporations get it wrong, over and over. They might have globalised, but they haven’t internationalised. The distinction might sound semantic, but it is critical. Continue reading “New York, London, Paris, Munich…”
But Stephen Jay Gould did. Continue reading “Don’t Know Much About A Science Book, Don’t Know Much About The French I Took.”
Clearly, you don’t need to live in the UK to find yourself exasperated by the working practices of doctors’ surgeries. And, across the pond, patients are voting with their feet.
Over at The Verge, they’re lauding the achievements of Reed Hastings and the crew at Netflix.
Everyone knows that 2015 is the year that Marty McFly visited when he travelled forwards in time.
The Telegraph reported that Andy Clark of Asda expects serious consolidation of the UK supermarket industry.
He also predicts the disappearance of some household names.
The Telegraph, following on from The Australian, reported on McDonalds ‘big experiment’ Down Under: to reinvent itself as a purveyor of gourmet burgers.
We recently took it upon ourselves to watch the Top 100 ads that featured in this year’s Cannes ‘Festival of Creativity’. Continue reading “Walking On The Beaches, Looking At The Peaches.”
Sree Sreenivasan is the Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.
Over at The Atlantic, William Deresiewicz, has written a frankly brilliant piece that takes the long view on creativity. Continue reading “I’ve Got The Brains, You’ve Got The Looks. Let’s Make Lots Of Money.”