worth a Look!

I wish I’d found this talk by Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya before I wrote my first book. So much of what he says resonates with what I wrote about how value creation is much bigger than traditional thinking about profit. He shows how, in his words. “If you are right with your people, … your community, … your product, you will be more profitable, … more innovative”. His success story shows how doing the right thing for your non-traditional stakeholders, as well as listening to your customers, will pay back handsomely.

Some really good points in here. As I have written before, innovation is often about the deployment of existing technologies and existing solutions and rarely involves brand-new inventions. And good to hear a strong message about the importance of diversity and the need for people to work together across organisational and national boundaries. https://www.imeche.org/news/news-article/engineering-diversity-is-key-to-tackling-global-challenges-says-sir-patrick-vallance-at-imeche-175-event

In this TEDTalk Anna Rosling Rönnlund uses a library of photographs to show how we all live in different locations around the world. It turns out that, given similar levels of opportunity, we’re all very much the same. I think that’s worth reflecting on and, when you think about it, is a very positive message for all of us. 

I like the thinking behind this article and the way that the author points out how important sustainability is to innovation – with some good examples. I particularly like the comment that “the reality is that innovation and sustainability are now inseparable”. The only point I take issue with is the suggestion that “innovation and sustainability functions” should be merged – although I do agree that they should not be separate.

I would argue that innovation and sustainability should both be embedded in the strategy of an organisation and therefore the responsibility of the whole organisation and that neither of them should be delegated to separate functions and thereby swept under the strategy carpet. 

How to embed sustainability into the innovation funnel


This is great. Every failure is an opportunity to improve. The more we fail, the better we get.


I love this talk by Juan Enriquez: how our sense of right and wrong changes over time and how that change can be driven by technology. Assuming technology continues to evolve rapidly, how will our sense of right and wrong change in the future?

Gerd Leonhard, “Sustainable is the new Profitable”, on long-term thinking and sustainability. Sustainability isn’t about being green, it’s about ensuring the long-term survival and prosperity of your business and all its stakeholders. Businesses will be more profitable if they consider long term goals, not short term results, and if they embrace the needs of all stakeholders and not just current customers.

Some good thoughts in here about strategy. Especially the last point. Despite what many will say, you don’t need a “digital strategy”, any more than you need an “ESG strategy”, or a “sales strategy”, or [insert strategy here]… You need one single strategy that considers the impact of digital, etc., etc… Makes life so much simpler as well!


Interesting take by Andrew Baum on the workplaces of the future and the concept of the “third place” – a flexible shared environment away from the home without requiring a full return to the office. Andrew expresses a concern that productivity lost as a result of separation will reduce the funding available for “third places”. I would be equally concerned about that same loss of productivity just ceding the market to more productive (new?) competitors who believe more strongly in congregation. 


One of the things I enjoyed about living in the USA was NPR and especially the TED Radio Hour. I’m revisiting an old episode here – Matt Ridley on where ideas come from, how we all gain from trade and how openness allows good ideas to spread.

A short but great talk from Jesper Brodin and Pia Heidenmark Cook from Ingka Group (IKEA) on how and why purpose and profit can “go hand in hand”.

This is a long watch, and it’s more than 10 years old, but still a great presentation by Charles Leadbeater. Firstly for his rules: don’t do it if you’re not interested in it; only do something if you’re learning; make good relationships. Followed by a great primer on what innovation is really about, starting with crises as the stimulus for many innovations – very relevant now. He talks through a number of “Cs” as he describes what’s really important. I would just add Courage to the list.

Great piece from Mike Cannon-Brookes on imposter syndrome, how successful people regularly question their ideas and knowledge and the importance of being open and asking for advice.

“…letting our minds wander is an essential mental state…”

Rahaf Harfoush challenges our concept of productivity. Personally, none of my best ideas has come when constrained in the office. Measure the value of output, not the quantity of input!

This is a 15 minute watch from Adam Grant. Well worth the investment of time. Love the message about the importance of failure, and having the courage to tolerate and embrace it. 


Rachel Botsman on how successful innovation demands trust, and how demonstrating integrity demands that intentions with regard to the customer are fully aligned with intentions with regard to the shareholder (and other stakeholders…!)

If you want people to buy from you, or follow you, you have to understand and communicate why you do what you do. Excellent TED video from Simon Sinek