When lifestyle businesses go out of style

I was reminded this week about the ‘curse’ of the lifestyle business. If this term is unfamiliar, it refers to a business that has been founded and/or run primarily for the purpose of funding the lifestyle of its founders or proprietors. A lifestyle business is usually one that has been quite successful and has grown… Read More

Book Review Podcast: Scaling Up by Verne Harnish

In this month’s podcast, I share my thoughts and insights on the book Scaling Up by Verne Harnish. This is a fantastic resource for accelerating a business – a complete system for growth that sticks. The strategic map used in this approach is very simple and effective – one that aligns beautifully with Lego® Serious Play®.… Read More

Water, water everywhere….

…And not a drop to drink! As you will know, especially if you are a resident of the Western Cape in South Africa, Cape Town faces a dramatic drought and water crisis. Residents have had to drop their daily consumption to 50 litres or less per person to hopefully avoid what has been coined ‘Day… Read More

What great purpose is your company giving birth to?

In this transcription of a podcast (see link below), I explore the concept that a company or organisation, just like a person, has a purpose it is attempting to bring to life. What then is your role in making this happen? I share how Lego Serious Play is a powerful methodology to support this process… Read More

The eye of the beholder

On a lazy Sunday afternoon recently, my six-year-old son was bored and restless. He was looking for something interesting to do – a challenge in the midst of the TV being, without debate, switched off. The first idea that popped into mind, surprise surprise, was Lego®. My son is absolutely crazy about Lego and calls himself… Read More

Excavating the ‘Social Field’

I’m currently reading a great book entitled Theory U: Leading from the Future As It Emerges by Otto Scharmer. In his book, Scharmer speaks about a concept he calls the ‘social field’. This is the field of social interaction, awareness and understanding that is the glue that holds together our society and activity, be that within… Read More

Toppling the Holy Grail

In the Lego® Serious Play® (LSP) methodology, there is a 2 to 3 day facilitated process called ‘Real Time Strategy for the Enterprise’. This technique takes a leadership team or even a board on a journey of unpacking what the organisation really stands for, including how the company is viewed internally and externally.  A later… Read More