Join me for Connected Women – Powering Women in Business Philippines

This year we are bringing Connected Women to the Philippines with a goal to create a community of 100,000 women to techup, skillup and linkup for online jobs. If you know any ladies who would like to be part of this programme pass this link on!Sign up your name if you want to get more information about the programme. Let's get … [Read more...]

9 Quotes From ‘The Hobbit’ That Social Entrepreneurs Can Relate To

(The first of a series of posts 'Reluctant Leaders and Unlikely Heroes') Our family are huge Lord of the Rings fans and we have been waiting for The Hobbit movie for what seems like FO-E-VA. The big day finally arrived and we were not disappointed - the Jackson-Tolkien mash-up rocked as always and heaps of even more advanced special effects … [Read more...]

Entrepreneurship Tips from Pacquiao

  I love boxing. Yes I know it's barbaric, but there's something spectacular about watching the inconceivable power of mind, body and spirit a human being can muster when challenged to overcome an opponent in physical combat. Today's fight between Pacquiao & Marquez was a heart thumping thriller from the offset, only to climax … [Read more...]

007 – Leadership lessons from M

I have just got back from watching the latest Bond Movie 'Skyfall' - in traditional Bond style it was a flamboyantly British, exuberantly patriotic, nail-bitingly action packed and an all-round bloody good film. Apart from enjoying the movie itself I was completely enamoured with M and her no-nonsense, pragmatic and ballsy leadership. As we were … [Read more...]

Gina Raves About … The Measure of Success at Singapore Polytechnic

I was honoured to have been included on a panel of experts at Singapore Polytechnic to share my experience as an entrepreneur. The students were such a bright and engaging bunch, I really enjoyed talking to them during the Q&A session. Thanks to my friend George Mathew and his fantastic team at Servolve Singapore for giving me the … [Read more...]

7 Lessons on Collaboration from Marvel’s Stan Lee

This week is Comic-Con, the annual geek fest in San Diego and a gathering of all things related to the comic book industry. In honour of Stan Lee, the revered Marvel Comics editor writer, this post looks at how his management style revolutionised the creative process at Marvel and how we can use the same method to manage our own teams more … [Read more...]

How Niche is Too Niche?

“Don't become a wandering generality. Be a meaningful specific.” ~Zig Ziglar Niche, niche, niche. If you are a networker you will hear this a lot. And it's great advice. Niching - or catering to a niche market - is simply being very specific about who your target customers are and focusing on providing a product or service which addresses … [Read more...]

How Refreshing, How Heineken

  How refreshing, how Heineken is one of my all time favourite ad campaigns. This ad in particular has, in my opinion all the elements of a brilliant advert – it grabs attention, holds interest, is culturally relevant and appeals directly to the target market. The result – a clever message wrapped up in British tongue-in-cheek … [Read more...]

The Success Conundrum

I recognize in thieves, traitors and murderers, in the ruthless and the cunning, a deep beauty – a sunken beauty. ~ Jean Genet In business misplaced trust comes at a high price and being open and transparent is a vulnerability. On the other hand, how many opportunities have you lost to fear? So do we need harden up & close ourselves … [Read more...]

The Legend of Leeroy Jenkins

Any self respecting World of Warcraft fan (and a fair few who have never played the game) would have heard of the Leeroy Jenkins phenomenon. World of Warcraft is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (or MMORPG), which isn’t as geeky as it sounds – in fact it is a serious game of strategy and execution, much like … [Read more...]