The Fragility Of An Idea

The Fragility Of An Idea This is my beautiful wife Kerry when she was pregnant with our first baby Iona. We’ve recently become pregnant with our second little bubba who’s been wrapped up warm in the womb these last 12 weeks. Sometimes when a new idea first comes to life, it is fragile and needs time to germinate. Like a …

Business Blame Cultures Kill Innovation

  Businesses with a blame culture that blame their staff for mistakes are businesses that can’t take initiative. It’s so easy for a business blame culture to emerge where people are punished, humiliated and made to feel small for the mistakes that they make. In such companies staff end up watching their backs, not innovating and performing. It’s everyone watching …

Hidden Persuaders- Learning How to Think Better

Have you seen Derren Brown’s ‘Heist?’ I love it. For those of you that haven’t had the pleasure, it tracks the story of Derren ‘influencing’ three people to use a gun to rob a security guard, and run away with two cases packed full of money. It’s very entertaining to watch, and is a brilliant reminder as to how powerfully …

Does Paying a Bonus Increase Motivation?

I was in a conversation with a friend recently, and we were discussing whether he should introduce bonuses into his organisation. And it reminded me of Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs. The American Psychologist, Abraham Maslow introduced the Hierarchy of Needs model in 1940-1950. Many would argue that his theory is still relevant today for understanding human motivation, management training, and …