Three Men and an Elephant

This presentation focuses on the lessons we can learn from Nature in managing innovation, market research and organisational change. To be more effective in the world of innovation, we need to learn from the patterns evident in nature.

The 25 words are the bedrock of a brand new management science. The world of Complex Adaptive Systems has been at the centre of research in fields as diverse as Mathematics, Physics, Anthropology, Biology and Sociology for the past 4 decades. As the world is becoming increasingly complex, Management theory is starting to encompass these philosophical foundations. The best way to understand this fascinating new field is to start learning the words that define the key concepts in this space. Each of these words is explained in graphical detail and is then matched to astonishing real world examples that exemplify excellence in Innovation Management.

Some of the words we discuss are as follows:

  • Exaptation – What do dinosaur feathers have to do with cars that are damaged in Thailand’s yearly floods?
  • Emergence – What does Mr. Price’s management philosophy have to do with Prussian Military doctrine and bird’s flocking behaviour?
  • Self-organising systems  – What can ants teach us about traffic jams?

This journey will not only astound you with novel ideas that were hidden for decades under our very noses, it will also open your mind to new innovative ideas you can harness within your own organisation. TheThree Men and an Elephant presentation is like a rollercoaster ride. The first 5 minutes may be daunting as we climb onto a higher level of understanding, but the rest of the ride is an exhilarating journey of discovery and astonishment that will forever change how you view the world.

Complexity – Keynote

Beyond CyberSpace

Reality has been changed forever as the entire world in covered in a fabric of Internet connectivity.

What happens next as we finally start utilizing this reality as we redefine business models and communication infrastructures? What happens to our jobs, money and ideas of value? How will this new reality change our ideas of banking, retail, intelligent homes, entertainment and individuality? What will happen when organisations finally realise that the Internet is far more than images on a computer screen, but an invisible environment that will change logistics, broadcasting, retail, personalisation & the very basis of our competitive environment?

2025: Preparing for a Complex World

In times where the only constant is change, organisations need to reframe their thinking, strategy and processes to stay competitive and relevant. We are operating in a complex world where a “best practice fits all” solution to challenges does not give optimum results any more. In this presentation the notion of reframing a business to ensure relevancy is discussed and debriefed. Extraordinary possibilities of success and failure lie in a gap between what is possible and what is organisational reality. Complexity management is also discussed in detail, giving various options of organising value creation in a complex environment where cause and effect are only coherent in retrospect and does not repeat.

Business Unusual

The Business Unusual presentation strives to make sense of the new opportunities available within this new hyper-connected world as it starts unpacking dozens of innovative business models and business trends from around the world. These new business models, which span the entire economy, are made possible by the advent of the Ubiquitous Internet and the unique interaction of recently adopted user patterns in the world of mobility, user centric computing and social networking.

The presentation will take the participants on a journey into an exhilarating and inspiring world where established business models are turned on its head, and where the mental maps in the minds of the entrepreneurs define the business landscape of tomorrow.

The Business Unusual presentation is renowned for its ability to inspire the audience to harness their intellect and to use their innovative spirit to benefit their organisations, themselves and ultimately mankind.



Advertising is the cost of being boring

The key to understanding the future of advertising is quite simple. People trust their friend’s opinion far more than a message via radio, television or a cellular phone advertisement.  In actual fact, only 30% of the youth trusts an advertisement on a mobile phone.

What is the next frontier in the discussion around Social Media?

Here is a tip: It is not about Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

In short, it is about Memes, the demise of Homo Economicus, the Primal Brain, SoLoMo and the emergence of the CyberSphere.