Category: Innovation

Achieving New Ways of Work – What it Takes
Think about a workplace where one is able to write on walls, partition a room to how you would like for it to be configured depending on the type of session you would like to have. A place where cycling into work and taking a shower afterwards isn’t taboo. Having a chef prepare every meal...
The Socioeconomic consequences of banning Bitcoin
The South African Intergovernmental FinTech Working Group (IFWG) released its consultation paper on policy proposals for crypto assets and requested members of the public and any impacted stakeholders to provide comments on the document. I prepared and submitted the following response. I am pleased to provide my comments on the IFWG’s Consultation Paper. I do...
True disruption is less about technology and more about people
There can be no doubt that over the past decade, technology and digital innovation has had a transformative impact across sectors and industries. Corporate juggernauts such as Kodak have been toppled, whilst small and nimble innovators have changed the face of entire sectors. The local financial services sphere is currently undergoing its own moment of...
Building Blocks of Mitigating Risk
As people, we often want to succeed through taking the shortest possible route, we don’t like to take the scenic route when we’ve got our eyes set on a specific goal. How does one then guarantee success for themselves? I think about this particular subject matter like baking a soufflé. How do you ensure you...
Failure and success – Why we should fail and fail fast
Success is important and in order to succeed you need to not fail… right? We are raised from a young age to be the best, which is often associated with the absence of failure. The word “failure” itself is synonymous with disappointment, disaster and tragedy. There’s nothing positive about any of those associations. Yet we...
5 sources to up your innovation game
Innovation involves exploration, and you need to be aware of what is happening in your industry. In many cases, you can learn a lot from products or services that are already out there. The research will help you find some innovative ideas from other industries which could eventually fit yours. But finding the right trends...
Inclusive Innovation: What every organisation should be thinking about
There is no doubt that innovation has dramatically revolutionized the way we do business and is a key driver of economic growth in our hyper-connected world.  For most companies to stay in the game, they’ve had to rethink their products and services. That said, it is difficult to ignore that although technology is advancing at...
Learn quickly, don’t be a sponge
People whose minds retain information well are referred to as sponges. Instead of retaining water, they are able to retain a large amount of knowledge. Organisations tend to do the same thing; in retaining knowledge. Knowledge Being a Commodity When it comes to hiring people, you find that the majority of individuals in large corporates...
Smartphone Banking: Will smartphones replace bank branches?
There are several retail models that have remained unchanged throughout their existence, banking is most definitely not one of them. Banking has seen significant improvements over its existence, however, the way we interact with banks remains a brick and mortar branch. Will that change with smartphone banking? First National Bank (FNB) and Capitec Bank are...
Build Creative Confidence for Innovation Success
Creative confidence is the notion that you have big ideas and that you are able to act on them, according to David Kelley (Founder of IDEO). Many successful innovation companies have cross-functional teams that create great ideas, but what really creates great innovation are teams with creative confidence. It does not mean you need to...

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