A holiday proves a point!

I have just returned from a holiday with our three-year-old granddaughter. As well as being a magical experience for me, it also reaffirmed all that I believe in when looking at how best to develop entrepreneurship and creativity for the 21stCentury. I have always said that children are born naturally creative and that it...

What makes women good entrepreneurs?

When I have been making presentations I have often espoused the idea that women have a number of skills that are valuable in running a business. I have praised their abilities in multitasking versus the single thread approach of men. One only has to watch a mother getting a child ready for school to...

Let’s ban boxes!

Much of what I do these days centres on celebrating the individuality of people and of assisting them to make the most of this uniqueness. Sometimes this seems to be a bit like King Canute trying to turn the tide as one sees a world where conformity seems to be heralded at every turn....

Are social attitudes killing creativity?

When I lecture on entrepreneurship I often set some simple tasks to test the creativity or otherwise of the audience. It is not surprising to me that the same, non-creative, answers are the quickest to appear. For many in the audience have been conditioned by an education system that believes that there is one...

In praise of social entrepreneurs

In the past the political structures existed to deal with the problems faced by the people that they represented. However, at every level of politics, this has ceased to be the case. Politics has become much more adversarial, much more dogma driven and much more about power and legacy than about real problems. Even...

Would you invest in this business?

It is a major international company that has a long track record of managing major contracts in a variety of industries. Whilst very few of its contracts would be regarded as ground breaking, there have been very few total failures. However, performance of late has been marred by a large amount of infighting, not...

Releasing positive creativity

Einstein once defined creativity as intelligence having fun. Unfortunately, intelligence is often trained to be more logical than creative. Recently, I spotted an interesting new project in Brighton that used Einstein’s definition to create something rather clever. I have always believed that everyone has a creative streak in them that could be put to...

Just because you can …….

In the past I have talked about whether it is right to do something just because it is possible. I am sure we all know of examples and mine include everything from the selfie camera on a smartphone and the selfie stick, to the availability of devices that can be used for harm. However,...

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