Plato and His Gang

Plato and His Gang

The port of Athens was the perfect backdrop to wax lyrical on the best way to live. Plato and his fictional gang (Socrates, Glaucon & Co.) would cruise the buzzy streets of Piraeus intoxicated by the colourful walks of life.

It was the scene that would goad Plato into shaping the world’s most important philosophical work... [READ MORE]

The Best Office? It's a Destination

The Best Office? It's a Destination

What makes an office a place you want to go to? The short answer is that it should nourish your mind, body, soul, and spirit.

Sounds a bit like a yoga class I know, but the truth is not far off. Several companies from Automattic to Zappos are aiming to design offices that encourage vulnerability, humour and personality... [READ MORE]

21st Century Leadership

21st Century Leadership

The command and control style of leadership popular in the industrial era is being flipped on its head. A fresher style, more suited to the networked world is replacing it. The new world demands new kinds of leadership.

Learn how The Teacher, the Learner, the Mobiliser, and the Giver will help modern workers bring their entire selves to the office... [READ MORE]

There's Nothing Like a Juicy Bet

There's Nothing Like a Juicy Bet

There’s Nothing Like a Juicy Bet. Cultural don, Victoria Stoyanova, said she wanted to celebrate the creative ways of others. She was challenged by a friend on the spot: stop talking and start doing.

Not a pushover, Stoyanova rose to the occasion and ten days later  The Work We Do was born. Conversations with her guests on the podcast series are raw. She digs into the ‘practices, journeys and rituals of professionals that can’t stand still’... [READ MORE]

3 Reasons Running Makes You Better

3 Reasons Running Makes You Better

My dad has been jogging three days a week for the better part of 50 years. That’s a half century of pounding pavement. It’s over 7800 jogs much of which were performed sans music (before the advent of the Sony Walkman). In between the chatter of buddies and chirping of birds, Pops would listen to his breath deepen.

Fortunately for me, Dad got me into the habit of running so I’ve never seen it as a chore. It’s a treat... [READ MORE]

The Office of the Future

The Office of the Future

A quarter of a century ago, renowned adman Jay Chiat proclaimed that his agency was moving to a "virtual office." No more cubicles. No more dedicated desks – just endless open space, with lockers for personal items and day-use-only laptops. Using technology as the ultimate enabler, his knowledge workers would be manoeuvring fluidly in the most open of open offices.

Unfortunately for Chiat, within a six-month period employees rebelled, and within 18 months the scheme had completely unraveled. Why did his zany experiment fail?...[READ MORE]

Building A Fluid Career

Building A Fluid Career

What does a top engineer at Volvo in Sweden, a creative director at Nike in Sao Paolo and a senior consultant at EY in Jakarta all have in common? They're all folks I’ve met that just made the leap. They’ve abandoned their cushy jobs in the pursuit of something unknown, something new.

The ability to navigate under ambiguous circumstances is an asset in today’s complex business world. Driven by an eternal curiosity and square shaped thinking the new fluid careerist is... [READ MORE]

Entertain Educate Engage

Entertain Educate Engage

Remember those three E’s when presenting and your audience will thank you for it. Entertain them by charming their pants off, educate by sharing information that’s interesting and relevant, and engage them by telling them a good story with a clear outcome.

And timing is absolutely crucial. It’s important to ask yourself why you’re delivering this pitch right now. Remember Napster? It popped up in the summer of 1999 and closed down just two years later... [READ MORE]