‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’

This old proverb has been renowned and repeated through the decades, declaring that it is impossible to retrain someone or something that is aged and set in its ways. In our current age of disruption in the world of business, this is a toxic way of thinking that destroys the companies which live by it.

“Only those committed to the risk and promise of uncharted waters will thrive.”[1]

The most disruptive threats that you and your business will face will come from the periphery.

The unprecedented success of the iPhone is a globally recognised fact. It is known to have broken profitability records, dominated its competition and overwhelmed the market. It is likely that you are reading this article through the screen of an iPhone, and it is equally as likely that if you glance around you will see several more similar to yours in the hands of commuters or crowds or co-workers.

The age of minimalism and Marie Kondo is well and truly upon us and the latest disruption in the retail industry reveals its efforts to keep up.

Over the last week the world has watched as the restaurant empire of Jamie Oliver has partially crumbled. After struggling in many of its branches in the last few years and several attempts to revive it in investments,[1] the UK branch has collapsed.[2]

Collaboration is not about gluing together existing ideas. It’s about creating ideas that didn’t exist until everyone entered the room.

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