The blog

What do the Beatles and Google have in common?

I had the pleasure of meeting The Beatles in the 60s. Here we are together in my parents old record shop, the Loft. I know what you’re thinking, is that really me? Yes it is. And that’s...

Give yourself the silent treatment.

I’ve just returned from a 10 day Vipassana retreat – no talking, no eye contact, no gesturing or sign language, no intoxicants, no sexual misconduct, no devices, and no killing....

Why fear is the biggest idea killer.

Last week I was confronted with a terrifying choice. I was in New Zealand with my 12 year-old daughter and, having spent three days skiing and snowboarding, we decided to try another action...

Off with the pixies? Attention training might help.

Research from Harvard reveals that we are not living in the moment, we’re ‘off with the pixies’ 46% of the time. How often do you find yourself fully “present” as opposed to dipping between...

Don’t waste your time on pointless innovations.

I’m involved with several startups and am often invited to get involved in more. It’s wonderful to see so many people working on ideas they believe in. Innovations are exciting but how do you...

Are you nerdy enough to be creative?

I was talking to a prominent figure on the global awards scene recently and the conversation turned to data.  Is working with data just part of the business and marketing mix or is it a...

Creativity and humility.

I’m frequently reminded just how exceptionally clever and creative some human beings can be.  The kind of cleverness and creativity that is off all ‘normal’ charts. Last week I had the great...

Is it creative to sell a destructive product?

You can be thankful that cigarette advertising is banned in so many parts of the world.  Bans remove any temptation to ply your creative skills on these lung busters. Cigarette advertising was...

Building Brand Australia.

When you’re born in Australia you’ve already won the lottery.  We live in one of the most naturally abundant places on earth.  But are we smart enough and prepared to work hard enough...

Beware of boring.

It’s not a good time to be boring.  Boring is no longer synonymous with safety. Boring just means you’re staid and allergic to change. That’s the problem with big businesses,...