Weird is good: why dissonance fosters innovation

It seems like almost every organisation on the planet wants to become more innovative right now.  And let’s face it, thinking differently and creatively about challenges and opportunities that face us are table stakes to survival, given the ambiguous, multifaceted and unpredictable landscape we are operating in. As I was musing about this, I came…

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We Can Be Heroes: 4 Unabashed Lessons From David Bowie

David Bowie

There’s nothing like the death of your teenage hero to halt you in your tracks. The moment I heard the news of David Bowie’s death, I was instantly transported back to hormone-fuelled teenage dorm rooms; a vivid picture of my friends and I hollering “Lets Dance!” at the top of our lungs. My oft-kissed, most…

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Why Dreams Are A Creative Treasure Trove

Why Dreams Are A Creative Treasure Trove

The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, once said – “while we’re awake, we share the universe, but in sleep we each turn away to a world of our own.” Linking dreams with creative thinking might seem a little bit ‘out there’ for some people. But at the risk of being labelled ‘Spooky Suzi’, the reality is, if…

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Weird is good: why dissonance fosters innovation

As published by Idealog on July 16, 2015. I recently overheard someone talking about a cutting-edge leadership workshop they had just attended. “It was weird,” he said. “Weird good or weird bad?” I asked. The question caused my erstwhile friend to pause mid-sentence. “Weird good…I think…” He then admitted that the “weirdness” caused him to veer…

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Ruled by Rules? 7 Alternatives to ‘Death by Bureaucracy’

I’m a bit of a rebel when it comes to rules. Especially when they’re bloody stupid or defy common sense. Like the one I heard recently that forbade employees from bringing any pot plants to work. I mean, seriously…WTF?! Are we expecting an invasion of The Triffids any time soon? For the rule following junkies…

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7 Top Tips For Igniting Better Leadership

As the year draws to a close, I have been reflecting on the lessons I have learned this year. When it comes to leadership, I keep coming back to seven foundational principles. Whether it’s through my coaching practice, in researching in the subject or in my own bumbling experiences in being a manager, the same…

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Why Leaders Need To Lighten Up

One of the things I love about my husband is the fact that he takes the mickey out of me. Constantly. Many a tense moment has been averted by the fact he doesn’t take things (or me) too seriously – particularly when I get  a bit too sombre or ‘drama queen-ish’ for my own boots. At this…

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Why ‘Curiosity Killed The Cat’ Is SUCH A Dumb Saying

This is one ditty we should ditch. The best leaders are curious leaders. Along with developing a penchant for active listening, learning to love the question is one of the most important skills leaders should cultivate. I’m talking curiosity about: The people they lead The market in which they operate Competitors Themselves (perhaps most of…

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