Your Design Strategy

Your Organisational Design Strategy Do you have a design strategy for your organisation? What is the role of design in your organisation? Is it an after-thought or the core driver of your success? Here we consider design strategy and the three building blocks for using it to make a difference. A key Apple strategy is […]

Five Lean Startup Principles

What are the key Lean Startup Principles? The Lean Startup principles are the key to understanding and implementing this approach. They highlight the difference between traditional management which aims to get things done and innovation management which aims to create new things. 1 Entrepreneurs are everywhere Startups don’t just happen in garages. Anyone creating a […]

Eight Innovation Sandbox Rules

Innovation Sandbox

What is an Innovation Sandbox? The opposite of hiding innovation is to create a public place to play – an Innovation Sandbox to promote rapid iterations. Did you play in the sand as a child? This might have been in your backyard sandpit or perhaps at the beach. It was a chance to get dirty, […]

Why Startups Fail

Why Startups Fail

The Lean Startup and Why Startups Fail The Lean Startup by Eric Ries asks the important question: why startups fail? Don’t let the word ‘startup’ fool you. You don’t have to be starting a whole new organisation from scratch, you merely need to be starting something new. For instance, creating a new product or service. […]

How Mobile Computing Changes the World

Mobile Computing

What is Mobile Computing? Mobile computing is a new form of technology that is driving major changes in how we do things. When we talk about ‘computing’ most of us think of a desktop computer. But mobile computing is both laptop and smartphone and both now have computing power that was equivalent to desktop computers […]

How to Choose the Right Product

The Product Food Chain

A simple framework for choosing the right product for you to create is the three Cs of the Product Food Chain: Capture, Create and Congregate. 1 Capture The first level of product creation is to capture what you’re already doing. For instance, in Speaker mode you can make an audio or video recording of you […]

Speakers Business Models

Speakers Business Model

What is a Speakers Business Model? A speakers business model is a way of operating a business for a professional speaker. Every business has a business model. It’s how you run your business. Popular examples include a retail store or an online store. They’re both stores but they run their business differently – they operate […]

Business Models for Speakers

Make Money From Speaking

Earlier this week I presented to National Speakers in Melbourne on the topic of Business Models for Speakers. I offered four key messages: What is a Business Model? – We discussed a simple definition of a business model that focuses on what and how you provide value to your customers. Romancing the Stage – Particularly […]

Four Digital Entertainment Shifts

Digital Entertainment

The Rise of Digital Entertainment As with all industries, the rise of digital technology has reshaped digital entertainment. Previously, the big media players controlled entertainment. They told us what to watch and when to watch it. Now we want to be entertained here and now – when and where we want it. Plus, we have […]

Seven Pitch Techniques to be more Persuasive

Daniel Pink - To Sell is Human

Seven Pitch Techniques to help you be more persuasive Having a range of pitch techniques in your toolkit is vital if you want to be effective at persuasion and influence. And this is not just for sales. You can use pitch techniques in a meeting to present an idea, a presentation to position a message […]