"How to lose clients" by Greg Alder

How to lose clients

Most of you are already doing everything necessary to lose clients. But for those who need a few tips, here is a quick checklist of how to go about it. Implement any one of these ideas and you will start losing…

Station To Station is a concept that will work across continents and across national boundaries.

The music train

Back in the 30s and 40s, the great jazz big bands – Basie, Ellington, Miller, Dorsey, Goodman – crisscrossed the USA by train between performances. Now artist Doug Aitken has taken the concept of the travelling band, but turned the…

"Are you too old to learn new tricks?" by Greg Alder

Are you too old to learn new tricks?

Those who believe creativity is a gift will also believe that there’s no point in trying to become creative later in life. The truth is that creativity is a skill and creative thinking is a behaviour. Like all behaviours, it…

"You know too much" by Greg Alder

You know too much

Creativity comes about by connecting pieces of knowledge. The more experiences you (and your partners) have had in life, the more diverse those pieces of knowledge and the more likely you will be to come up with a truly original…

"To innovate, cross-pollinate" by Greg Alder

To innovate, cross-pollinate

Innovating in small communities isn’t easy. The fact is that non-metropolitan areas lack the diversity of cities. Diversity is a key driver of business creativity – the cross-pollination of ideas, the adaptation of innovations in one sector being adapted to…

"The road not taken" by Greg Alder

The road not taken

Do you know this Robert Frost poem from 1915? Here are the messages I get from it: The first message I get is one of independence, a literal message about taking the road less travelled, doing things your own way,…

"What is innovation?" by Greg Alder

What is innovation?

We are born. We innovate. At first we have no choice. Everything is a new experience, demanding. Then we go to school. We are taught to conform. We do exams. There are questions to which there’s one acceptable answer. We…

"Be the Car" by Greg Alder

Be the car

Some people look at a career like a firework rocket – once launched, there isn’t much you can do about it. You can’t change its direction. You can’t stop it. It travels through space and time until eventually its journey…

"Who killed ethics?" by Greg Alder

Who killed ethics?

This is Sophocles. He’s here because he’s at the heart of  The Moral Leader seminar from the Harvard Business School. A while back I came across a 2007 article on the seminar which started me thinking about a whole series of questions…