Avoid the traps of safe thinking

New challenges demand bold, creative thinking – not tired, “safe” solutions.  At our Kenya head office, we have a sign that greets everyone at the entrance – “KEEP SAFE IDEAS OUTSIDE”. To succeed, we need to be bold and agile. However, the further we go into unknown territory, the more we crave stability – because uncertainty makes us […]

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Fuel creativity

Creativity is serious business: ten ways to spark your imagination and unlock new ideas.  We all know how the speed of change and increasing volatility is creating significant challenges and providing new opportunities for many organisations. Apart from becoming more operationally efficient, in order to sustain performance, companies need to nourish creativity and drive innovation at a […]

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Lead with compassion

Compassion is a “power” skill that drives performance and innovation.  When you think of successful leadership, what qualities come to mind? Decisive, ambitious, passionate, objective?  It’s not surprising if “compassionate” didn’t occur to you. Compassion is usually classified as a “soft” skill, which makes people think it’s optional. Yet, as growing research shows, compassion is a […]

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