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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Use your 360 degree feedback wisely

Feedback isn’t a threat – it’s an opportunity for personal improvement and increased organisational trust.  We recently concluded our 360 degree feedback process, which was, like most years, met with mixed reactions. Not surprising though; because receiving feedback is always tricky. As leaders, we often think that we are required to have all the answers. […]

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The 10,000 Experiment, not the 10,000 Hours Rule!

Curiosity and everyday experimentation keep you at the cutting edge.  “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better” – Ralph Waldo Emerson How does a chess player go from good to great? What sets an extraordinary classical musician apart from the crowd? Why do some cricketers achieve legendary status, while others lag […]

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