5 reasons why purpose-driven companies are more successful

Purpose = “an aspirational reason for being which inspires and provides a call to action for an organisation and its partners and stakeholders and provides benefit to local and global society”

This week we added our purpose statement to our website. Read more

Is Investing in Digital Transformational Change the Right Course for your Business?

Culture. What does it mean? Why do some companies ‘have it’ and others don’t? Read more

Where To Find The Greatest Motivators

Does anyone actually find these so-called “motivational pictures”, well, motivational?

Last week I mentioned Dan Pink (and what motivates us) and then I wondered where you can find great examples of businesses like this. A good a place as any to start was job website Glassdoor’s award for the 50 UK Best Places to Work in 2018. Read more

What Gets You Out Of Bed In The Morning?

“We want to change but the culture here is just too deeply embedded”.

A more traditional approach to tackling the problem of change within an organisation could be some encouraging words from senior management, a selection of PowerPoint slides detailing the company’s new Aims & Objectives or a departmental team building session… which we all know, rarely has any lasting impact. Read more

How To Be The New McDreamy In Business

An abundance of new research has been undertaken looking into the benefits of neuroscience upon leadership training. AGES Neuroleadership is one technique that suggests science can make leadership stick.

How? Neuroscientists know how the brain works. Grey’s Anatomy’s McDreamy proves this. Leaders know how businesses work. But how can learning stay constant? Let’s become surgeons of business. And let Davis’ AGES model take us there. Read more

Innovation In Business Award Winners

We are delighted to announce that we were the winners of the ‘Innovation in Business’ award at the 2018 Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The ceremony was held on the 8th February at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, and it was an impressive event that paid homage to the innovators and entrepreneurs who are the driving force behind Edinburgh’s financial and social economy. Read more

Newbies in the GWOF Team

New Additions to the Games Without Frontiers Team

Arguably the most important thing anyone can bring to a start-up organisation is a can-do and positive attitude.  Have a look at Wally Kozak’s Eagles and Ducks here (thank you ESpark Edinburgh for sharing) for some light relief on a serious point. I love it.

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Charities In Scotland Drive Commercial Success

With economic uncertainty hitting donations. Government and council grants being cut. Charities are finding it harder to compete. How do charities thrive?

To achieve a greater reward, greater risk has to be undertaken. Do existing management teams have the commercial awareness? Do they have the right experience and skill-set to mitigate these risks? Read more

Don’t Invest In Teamwork – The Answer Is Data Analysis, Isn’t It?

We live in an extraordinary age. Ever since the dawn of mathematics our world has sought to become ever more engineered. In this process we have accepted the need to collect more and more data. Data used to be kept in nice little packets however security specialists the world over have identified that users data is now stored asymmetrically on and off site and, indeed, listened to by Big Brother.  Read more

Management Development: Or, “Fergodssakes, don’t let the kids walk to school!”

Alex Ferguson (image above); “Who is on the pitch and are they capable of getting the ball in the net?”

Napoleon was right, we are a nation of shopkeepers. 96.7% of all UK Businesses (and a similar number in the U.S.) turnover less than a Million. So, why can’t perfectly good businesses scale up?

I can tell you for sure that it isn’t our technical expertise. We are brilliant at inventing stuff and solving problems. Read more