"The reason I don't have a plan is because if I have a plan I'm limited to today's options"

Sheryl Sandberg

About Us

Since 2001, we have worked with executives from leading multinationals globally, across a wide variety of sectors.


Our work is at the intersection of strategy & growth, corporate innovation and organisational change.


We are true trusted Advisors: independent, objective, unorthodox, sagacious, transparent, refreshingly candid, experienced, hard-nosed, persistently analytical... and prescribing bold recommendations.


We have successfully delivered 400+ engagements in 60+ countries worldwide.


We are unconventional in our viewpoints and how we engage with our clients.

"Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does. Keep moving"

Sam Levenson

Our Pov's

We believe the Digital Age will have a far greater impact on industries, governments, societies and people than the Industrial Age preceding it.


We believe we are in the midst of a significant corporate innovation crisis globally. Worldwide, we witness innovation teams toiling away on incremental/sustaining innovation which is necessary, but utterly insufficient for the decade ahead. We see rampant 'innovation theater' that (for the most part) simply isn’t delivering the goods. We believe most multinationals are buzzword-compliant, and have a false sense of security that their investments in innovation and change will achieve strategic & transformational outcomes.


We believe startup-centric, incubator-centric and VC-centric approaches to corporate innovation are (largely) not working. There are fresh and emerging models to orchestrate innovation, strategy & growth and organizational change that multinationals have yet to understand and implement.


We believe Digital Age companies are winning on talent. Further these Digital Age companies have mastered a new ‘organisational DNA’ that is wholly foreign to incumbent multinationals, who continue to default to Industrial Age leadership models, mindsets, thinking and culture.


We believe that ‘big' doesn’t beat ‘small' anymore, rather that ‘fast' beats ‘slow'. We also believe that doing something ‘now' with imperfect information is a far superior action, rather than cautious waiting months/quarters/years until the 'perfect information’ to make a decision finally arrives.


We believe we are at the dawn of a new Digital Age where corporates globally need to fundamentally reexamine how they are thinking about the decade ahead. We believe opportunities abound for incumbent multinationals, but they must radically re-think their existing approaches to innovation & change.


We believe there IS a better way forward for organizations…

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer"

Albert Einstein

Services

We focus on one thing and one thing only: helping our Clients with their most inextricable business issues and challenges. It starts with analyzing where they are stuck (and why) and figuring out a plan to execute. Properly diagnosing where they are currently at and objectively/analytically figuring out what’s the best prescription going forward takes dedication, experience, perspective, objectivity and candor; it’s what we’ve been doing since 2001.


Our work is a mix of standardised and bespoke service offerings. We do short/sharp interventions that are typically workshops and/or a critical keynote highlighting how we see things, or more intensely, uniquely tailored interventions around corporate innovation, strategy & growth, and organisational change that are customised for a particular Client's own situation and requirements.


We also do extensive applied research, understanding cutting edge multifaceted industry and management issues as they relate to corporate innovation, strategy & growth and organisational change.


We are not like the others. Really. We promise we won’t tell you what you want to hear just to curry favor and/or get the follow-on consulting work. We believe advisors telling you what you want to hear just so they can continue to send you outrageously large invoices is a broken business model.


Unfiltered, unfettered, unconventional, and un-consulting like.


Perhaps we should start a dialogue and figure out what’s really going on?

"If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, then the end is near"

Jack Welch

Clients

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"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from the old ones"

Oliver John Maynard Keynes

Partners

There are a few select software companies who's solutions align quitely nicely with what we do.


We know each of them very well, we collaborate with them, we trust them, and we know the high value their respective solutions offer.


We encourage our clients to consider working with them - we've vetted them. They deliver what they promise.


We have no economic interest in transactions between our Clients and our Partners.


Our Partners have very strong solutions and stand on their own merits.

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete"

Buckminster Fuller

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