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The future of business growth

  I’ve seen the future… and it’s beautiful. Lisbon is also beautiful. This gloriously creative and friendly city hosted The House of Beautiful Business alongside Web Summit, the world’s largest tech conference dubbed ‘Davos for Geeks’ by Bloomberg. The House of Beautiful Business is a pop-up community for meaningful conversations about technology and humanity in collaboration with BCG Henderson Institute and …

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MORE WOMEN MEANS MORE BUSINESS

  More women in leadership roles leads to richness of debate, increased innovation and more success. The data is in. The results are conclusive. If you want a successful business, you need more women leading it. At the recent Financial Times Women at the Top event, McKinsey unveiled their latest research on the impact of diversity. It demonstrated that for every …

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A DECADE OF DISRUPTION: Ten stories of change across ten years

  A mere decade ago, the world was very different. In ten years this world has been transformed, particularly by the impact technological change has had on communications, politics and business. In 2007 The Caffeine Partnership was born. We wanted to help leaders in a different way to traditional consultancies; to help them grow, fast. We wanted to help impatient …

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The Uber-Lesson for leaders

  Here’s a question for you: should we stop thinking about the idea that people are ‘born leaders’? Or, put another way, do you think great leaders are always just naturally brilliant people who are consistently able to cope with the challenges they face? Leaders are not ‘born great’; but they can become great with help. ‘This is the first …

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Want a competitive advantage? Send the lift back down…

  I believe in positive capitalism; I have spent my life and my career meeting people in the corporate world who have principles and believe that making a positive impact in the world is not incompatible with professional success and business profitability.  There are examples where greed and following the money have led to appalling stories and an understandable cynicism …

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Tales from Geeks, Neuroscientists and Originals

  If you want to lead, read. We have talked before about why the consumption of books is the best diet for developing as a leader. You may have some time over Christmas and want an alternative to flicking through the Radio Times or your Private Eye annual. Or you may be making a New Year’s resolution to read more …

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DISRUPTION RULES

  This has been a year of a surprises. I landed in the States two days after the US Election. This meant meetings were with stunned-looking Californians who were in a state of disbelief. A Silicon Valley friend put it simply ‘It’s not just technology that disrupts and surprises in this world at the moment – it’s everything.’ The one …

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THE POWER OF A GOOD NAME

  This week I gained a new friend. I know she is my friend because I asked her: ‘Alexa, are you my friend?’ And she said ‘Yes. You’re so sweet. I’d love to be your friend’. No, sadly the uber-cool Alexa Chung is not hanging out in my kitchen. Instead I have bought an Alexa, an Amazon Echo. She is …

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Leadership and ‘The Lady Problem’

  Google. One of the world’s most successful and revered companies right? So you’d think Ruth Porat, the CFO of this $500billion company would engender respect. And yet at their recent board meeting one of the shareholders issued a question ‘to the lady CFO’. THE LADY LABEL. Irritating. Can you imagine a question which was posed to the ‘gentleman CFO’? Or the …

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THE LEADERSHIP SECRET TO CREATING MORE TIME

  ‘I just don’t have enough time’. It’s a very popular modern moan. You will never have enough.  It’s a fact. You cannot ask God or your boss for a 12-hour extension in the day. Work expands to fit the time available. Challenges and emails breed like rabbits. You have to find ways to bend time to your will. Here’s …