Innovation

Innovation

Motivation (noun); "superleaders are geniuses at motivation. Unlike ordinary bosses they don’t want 80% of the attention and dedication of their people. They want 100%. And they get 100%. But not by waving big bonuses. It isn’t about money. People know when they are working for a special boss – someone who is changing the rules, is unafraid to take risks, deeply cares about achieving a higher objective and invites his or her people to be part of it and cares about them as if they were family. When you have that sort of leader you feel part of a much
Change (noun) (verb), "Kotter says that to create change you need to create a sense of urgency. To do that, he writes about creating a 'burning platform' i.e. spell out the consequences of not changing, loss of market share, potential revenue drop, 5 year trend of declining margins or an emerging market that everyone is ignoring, the loss of jobs and even the demise of the business. Talking about change suddenly becomes a lot easier. Creating a vision and developing strategies around it suddenly becomes obvious."
"Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What is Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!" Dr Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas At this time of year, we're getting more and more excited for Christmas - it's also that time when friends and relatives ask 'What would you like as a present?' ...Well, rather than risk another pair of socks, how about a good book to read over the festive period? Here are our favourites for this year: 1. Relentless, by Tim Grover. Grover is the international authority on sports performance and motivation...
Part three in our C*SR series: 'Everyone can be great because everyone can serve' - Martin Luther King There are 165,000 charities in this country and at present, over 71% of charitable funding goes to just the top 1%. This can’t be right. We believe that businesses have a role to play in fixing it. The challenge is this: How can businesses help solve the world's problems, effectively? We must combine our hearts and our heads and turn our good intentions into amazingly good outcomes.  There are thousands of passionate smaller charities out there in need of support, funding, guidance and networks.  inspire*, the gunnercooke charitable foundation, works
Our next pioneer is Henry Ford who created an automobile that was affordable for the average worker and, whilst doing so, revolutionised mass manufacturing for the motor car industry. Growing up on a farm, Ford could have safely followed in his father’s footsteps and become a farmer. Instead, he followed his passion and became fascinated with mechanics. He began by teaching himself and went on to train at Michigan Car Company. After several internships and jobs came his first self-propelled vehicle, the Quadricycle, which he sold in order to continue building vehicles. He was constantly pushing to improve Ford attracted funding from several investors,...
Service "you are always fully compensated for whatever you do, positive or negative. If you wish to increase the quantity of your rewards, you must first increase the quality and quantity of your service. Entrepreneurs, executives, professionals, sales people work on average, 59 hours per week for many years to become successful. Then everyone tells them how ‘lucky' they are."
Professor Cal Newport presents an argument for deep, concentrated work.  He states that the most valuable work comes from full focus and in society today, people face more distractions and pressures that lead them to shallow work. His following four key rules are there to help you to embrace work and become more productive. 4 Rules to help you embrace work: 1. Deep work involves periods of deliberate practice. At such times, you focus on the specific skill you’re trying to develop and you don’t switch among tasks. Deliberate practice calls for “uninterrupted concentration.” 2. People in today’s world suffer an addiction to distraction....
Part Four in our C*SR series: “If you have something to give, give it now" - Mark Bezos We are passionate about the work of not for profit and social businesses. We are passionate about the difference that they can make in the World. We want to accelerate that difference by bringing them in daily contact with the corporate world and successful business leaders. We want to provide them with business guides and mentors that can provide them with the direction that they need. Our Hub Leaders Are successful CEOs or entrepreneurs Work with the CEOs of 4 to 6 not for profit businesses drawn from the...
Travel industry pioneer Thomas Cook started his career as a preacher, though after he married, he could no longer afford this path and so made a business as a wood turner, whilst remaining a strict Baptist. His career in travel began in 1841, when he approached the secretary of the Midland Railway Company proposing a special train to carry a group of church supporters from Leicester to a meeting in Loughborough. This was believed this was the first advertised ‘trip’ of its kind. He made travel accessible for the working class On 5th July, the train carried 500 passengers the distance of 12...
Our next pioneer is Louis Pasteur, who's vaccines have saved more lives than any other. His scientific accomplishments and breakthroughs earned him France's highest decoration, the ‘Legion of Honour’ and consequently there are multiple institutes, hospitals, schools and buildings named after him because of the difference his work has made to modern pharmaceuticals. He used process thinking to build his legacy Following his education, Pasteur became a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Lille, where he was asked to help solve problems a local distillery had with alcohol production. He studied various aspects of fermentation, making a number of discoveries about...

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