• Why We Solve The Wrong Problems

    Everywhere I look I see organisations and people investing heavily in new initiatives, transformation, and change programmes.  And in almost every case the goals will never be met. One of the most crucial causes of the failure? The right questions were never asked at the outset. We default to ideas and plans. Too many of which…


  • Why We Love Silo Working And What To Do About It

    In 1988 Phil. S. Ensor coined the term the functional silo system.  His contention was that narrow, specialised teams and jobs were easy to manage but imposed a very damaging learning disability on the organisation. We become focused on addressing organisational fixes rather than exploring the underlying symptoms. Social chasms emerge resulting in people not seeing…


  • Embracing Challenge to Build a Stronger Innovation Culture

      Just as your body is designed to fight a common cold, most of our cultures protect the organisational DNA from any antibodies. Add something new and it can get rejected. As Chris Bolton has written organisations can have immune systems and idea antibodies. As Chris says – It’s not personal. It’s just an automatic survival mechanism.…


  • Why Collaboration Does Not Equal Innovation

    Transformation can’t happen without discovery and discovery can’t happen without experimentation. It’s a new year and at Bromford we are planning a reboot of our approach to innovation (actually we are planning a reboot of everything). My emerging thoughts are we need less talk of accelerated fast fail innovation and more a systemic and systematic…


  • Most Services Launched This Year Will Fail – Here’s Why

    According to Clayton Christensen , 30,000 new consumer products are launched every year—and 95% of them fail. There’s no equivalent figure available for the public or social sectors – but I’ve been wondering how many services have been launched in 2016 and how many will have met their objectives by next Christmas. In the social…


  • How To Fast Track Innovation

    If you speak at conferences about innovation you’ll almost always encounter some frustrated people. They approach you at the end, or contact you a few days later. They often have one thing in common. They, and others like them , have ideas that are being shut down because they don’t fit the system. They tend not…


  • Using Weak Signals To Determine Your Future Organisation

    “Weak signals consist of emergent changes to technology, culture, markets, the economy, consumer tastes and behaviour, and demographics.  Weak signals are hard to evaluate because they are incomplete, unsettled and unclear” – Vijay Govindarajan. Luckily for us the future doesn’t arrive in an instant – but unfolds seconds at a time. Despite our organisational 2025…


  • Why You Need To Selectively Forget Your Own Past

    Reset All Assumptions We must selectively forget the past. That means not accepting current practices but challenging underlying assumptions, our solutions and mindsets, and the way we tackle the problem. We need services designed as people need them – not as we have learned to do them. Bromford Design Principle 1 (Draft) I’m doing some work at…


  • Resisting the Rush to Technology for Solutions

    Is anyone else getting tired of the talk –  and it is mainly talk – of digital transformation? The endless rounds of conferences, clubs and lists of so-called digital leaders – all promising a tech utopia. At a recent event I observed an audience listlessly staring at their iPhones as a speaker described how digital was…


  • To Boost Innovation We Need To Make Ourselves Obsolete

    If you’re of a certain age you’ll sometimes find yourself reminiscing about an age where things were built to last. My own mother swears her first washing machine lasted for over 20 years. Today,  Apple expects the lifecycle for an average iPhone to be just three. Firstly – this is almost certainly a rose tinted view…


  • How Organisations May Stifle Community Creativity

    One of the many challenges for the public sector is that it must start believing in people and communities again. We know that many organisations are out of sync with technology , but there’s an argument that they are increasingly distant from an economy where sharing and collaboration trump paternalism and top down protocols. One of the…


  • Lessons From a Year Spent on a Two Pizza Team

    Work alone. You’re going to be best able to design revolutionary products and features if you’re working on your own. Not on a committee. Not on a team – Steve Wozniak In the early years of Amazon , as the company was in transition from fledgling startup to world-eating behemoth , managers held a corporate…


  • 10 things we learned from launching an Innovation Lab

    “If you are going to take an innovation job, make sure to buy yourself some time, and then, use that time to make sure you make a difference.”  Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg It’s now over six months since we launched Bromford Lab. I’ve been asked about setting it up more than anything else I’ve done in my career,…


  • A Revolution in Care Requires a Revolution in Thinking

    It would appear that a revolution is required in our thinking of older people as a ‘demographic time bomb’, ‘burden’, ‘bed blockers’ and an economic liability all of which engender ageist attitudes. We’ need to recognise the contribution of older people in the workplace, supporting families, friends, neighbours and society. We also need to radically…


  • Lessons in Customer Experience from Apple

    Apple has a clearly defined mission of creating products that are “insanely great.”   Simply stating that ambition achieves little.  It is Apple’s commitment to its values, such as integrated architecture and clean design (even on the inside of the device where no one will see it), that defines its products in the marketplace.  …


  • How your culture can promote innovation

    “Organisational culture is the sum of values and rituals, which serve as ‘glue’ to integrate the members of the organisation.” – Richard Perrin I spent a wonderful day in Belfast this week with a group of Housing Organisations. It was refreshing as I got to talk not about tech and social media – but of leadership…


  • We need less talk about innovation and more about mediocrity

      “The only way to get mediocre is one step at a time. But you don’t have to settle. It’s a choice you get to make every day.” – Seth Godin In my last post I named innovation as the most overused word of 2014. It’s consistently misapplied to things that really aren’t innovative at…


  • Throwback: Our Social Journey (So Far….)

    Your life story is being told by the digital content you produce  One of the downsides of our digital lifestyle is that we simply can’t retain the information that passes through it. I couldn’t tell you what I tweeted last week, much less a year ago. Digital storage is changing our memories. We don’t need to…


  • Five Things We Learned From Doing A Twitter Only Recruitment

    About five or six years ago I applied for another job. It would have been a significant promotion – nearly doubling what I earned at the time. I went through the usual shenanigans that come with this type of recruitment. The huge application form. The CV. The covering letter. The telephone interview. The online assessment.…


  • Why the Bromford Innovation Lab is only recruiting via Twitter

    Imagine a future where you don’t have a CV or resume. A future where your talent and achievements are broken down into tweetable chunks. Your professional life , and a good bit of your personal too, is available online for all to see. You are scored according to your worth and the value of your…


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