While most businesses measure their success by looking at tangible vital signs like sales, profit margins and market share, Michael McQueen explores why these 'audible pulses' of a business can be dangerously misleading and unreliable:
"By the time the numbers start showing that there's a problem, it's sometimes too late."
As a futurist, Mike Walsh doesn’t discuss gadgets or technology. His interest is in human behaviour and how the modern world is shaping our society.
In just a few years, the majority of consumers will have never known a world without the internet. How does this shape their expectations of product both digital and physical?
eriously...mobile at point of sale will change advertising as we know it
In Wikipedia, the universal arbiter of debates on definition or trivia, "Advertising" is defined as follows: a form of communication used to encourage or persuade an audience to continue or take some new action.
We were delighted to have been able to recently share international author and speaker, Yossi Ghinsberg with some of our clients during our DARE showcase series.
Lost in the uncharted wilderness of the Amazon for 20 days, Yossi's harrowing true story of sheer survival has moved audiences worldwide. We captured his talk at the DARE Sydney Showcase where he spoke of The Chalalan Project, a eco-tourism resort and ultimate result of his journey in the Amazon. This video will leave you in awe of Yossi's ability to take a vision and turn it into actuality.
More and more businesses are adopting new emerging 2.0 web technologies in order to facilitate and encourage collaboration inside their organisations.
In this video Dominic Thurbon shares with us three tools which he refers to as ‘The Holy Trinity of Collaboration’. When these three tools are put to use inside businesses they drive innovation, increase productivity and ultimately enhance staff engagement.
Dominic Thurbon works with companies to help them embrace new emerging technologies and deal with the rapidly changing future of the work place. With web 2.0 continually progressing, the need to collaborate across traditional business units to achieve collective outcomes has never been greater. In Dominic’s speaking demo you will get the sense of how this can achieved through the implementation of silos and disorganised collaboration.
In life we are all leaders in some form or another, and as leaders we need to be in a constant state of shifting. Shifting is a matter of moving progressively and purposely from where you are now, to where you want to be in the future. In this video Lisa McInnes-Smith shares with us the 1% improvement formula that creates long-term shifts and takes us and our teams towards achieving our greater goals.
Everyone can maintain contact with their clients – but how do you move from a contact to a connection? A long term client that ‘sticks’ with you for five, ten or even twenty years? The key is to provide not only great value, but to also in becoming their trusted advisor, confidante and hopefully friend! In this video Lisa shares with us some essential and very simple tools to retaining your client base for years to come.
In this video, you will be pushed from a paradigm of internal competition and control to a paradigm of collaboration. Specifically, we will discuss how:
- As organisations get more sophisticated, we drive our silos deeper
- Innovation in the future is just as likely to come from breaking down the silos internally as it is from building greater depth in the existing silos
- New technology will form the basis for many of the ways we collaborate in the future
I had a great conversation with Ken Wallace on the weekend, who's not only a cracking screenwriter but also has the pleasure of being my brother-in-law. He has recently had his second child, and was saying how he thinks in general people consider the way that they parent, 'normal'. Everyone else does it incorrectly or abnormally.
That is, you become your own benchmark for what is 'normal'. Everything else is a bit wacky or, often, 'dysfunctional'. There is such wisdom in this – it is not just parenting, it's everything. We become our own benchmark for what 'normal' all the time. And then we get caught up in diagnosing problems with others; we talk about how people need to change and improve and fix things.
My clients often ask me which web services I use and why. At first, I advocated the Cloud as a way of saving money and avoiding cruel and unnatural suffering at the hands of in-house IT. But after a while, I realised that the most disruptive impact created by the Cloud was not the death of traditional software, but rather a potential transformation in the way we work, collaborate and engage with clients. The Cloud was a behavioural rather than a technological revolution. Many of the insights that emerged from my discussions with companies, both big and small – seemed at first counter intuitive. For example – why would sharing private data yield new patterns for profitability, outsourcing business processes back to your clients provide them with a sense of control, or avoiding work actually result in you being more productive? Anyway enough with the preamble – here is my list of the top nine Cloud services that have both changed the way I work, and more importantly, the way I think about it.