Insights

What’s your Return on Energy?

“I can’t believe it’s already mid-February,” said the client, predictably, rolling her eyes skywards. “I don’t know where the time goes." Being busy is arguably the defining cliché of modern times. Like all clichés, it has its roots in truth: a toxic combination of...

The importance of being idle

“Lethargy, bordering on sloth, continues to be our style.” Warren Buffett’s investment principles are easy to grasp. Buy into companies whose core business you understand, whose long-term prospects appear sound, and whose management is owner-orientated. Then leave...

What’s the point of HR?

There is a long-standing game amongst Hollywood screenwriters in which they try to create the most expensive stage direction in the fewest number of words possible. (“The fleets meet” is the apparently unassailable winner.) It's a shame that the game is confined to...

Innovation at work: three ways to manage the emotional swirl

“Innovation,” said someone we met recently, about a business that is losing many of its more experienced staff, “is nature’s way of thinning out the herd”. At one level, the comment wasn’t wrong. Indeed, even those who discredit disruption acknowledge the vital role...

Innovation is not a question of ‘risk’

Unless you’re in the grips of a powerful hallucinogen, a traditional management consultancy wouldn't be your first port of call for insight about how to create an innovative digital business. As we mentioned in our launch post, the DNA of these consultancies makes...

The imposter delusion

Another week, another squeaky protest from the creative community about unpaid work. In fairness, this one was at least backed up by action. The agency in question stopped pitching creative - and survived. But one lone voice won’t change the status quo. The issue of...

In praise of School 21

Free schools have had rather a bad press of late. This is understandable: many of them are simply not up to scratch. When children’s futures are on the line, it’s right to be cautious about who is entrusted with their education, and to apply the highest levels of...

Cash is king

A few years ago, a huge FMCG conglomerate held a high priority global forum for their European Marketing Directors to [clears throat] ‘foster a culture of digital excellence’. Gingerly sidestepping the fact that ‘cultures of digital excellence’ aren’t ‘fostered’ by...