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I first encountered renowned Canadian designer Bruce Mau's Incomplete Manifesto for Growth decades ago. And one of the points he made stuck with me. He said, "AVOID FIELDS, JUMP FENCES. Disciplinary boundaries and regulatory regimes are attempts to control the wilding of creative life. They are often understandable efforts to order...

“The primary organising dynamic in life is identity. The first act of life is to define a self, whether a micro organism or a human being. How we humans define ourselves determines our perceptions, beliefs, behaviours and values."Margaret Wheatley 1 The word identity was first recorded in 1560–70 from late Latin identitās meaning...

When organisations think about capital, two dominate. Financial and human. Both are crucial, and abusing them will collapse value and drive you out of business. Yet, you accumulate value across more than those two. But don't necessarily consider those things as capitals when making decisions. As a result, choices erode rather...

"Instead of bringing back 1600 plants, we might return from our journeys with a collection of small unfêted but life-enhancing thoughts." Alain de Botton Travel always reveals… something. A recent trip reminded me of the importance of getting the essential things right.  No matter what your business does. There is one thing that is...

It's time for a values reality check. Coming to work for you doesn't mean you get to tell me my values. I've had them long before I met you, and they'll still be around when I leave. Yet that's what too many organisations try to do. I've written countless words about values over...

You know the power of compounding. When you reinvest the interest on your investment, your return grows over time. Atomic Habits author James Clear discussed compound return of 1% habits at his Growth Faculty event in Melbourne this week. Describing how a daily 1% improvement in a habit will compound to...

Failing to communicate isn't entirely accurate. What mostly happens are well-intentioned if clumsy attempts that land as overly wordy, inadvertently patronising and jargon-filled information. And over and again, those efforts routinely fail to get any message across. Which is ironic given the roots of the word. Communicate emerged in the 1500s...

Do this.Start that.Add another idea.Layer a different process.All around is the quest for more. Bigger, different, shiny things to transport whatever you're doing to the next level or a new place.But is more the answer?Try this.Do less. Scale back and instead inspect what's happening now for places you can stop...

Buried in the PR about renaming French Connection (popularly known as FCUK) Australia, distribution group Brandbank CEO Peter Halkett says, “Now is the time to discontinue the Australian distribution deal”. But he stresses, “French Connection may continue in Australia through another distribution network”.Say what.So they are taking a shell, previously...