There is lots of buzz around – George is in town for the Topping Out ceremony £61m National Graphene Institute in Manchester. I attended one of the four technology project consortium building events in Manchester this month aimed at winning funding for feasibility studies to find our what it will take to win in the

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Today I was fortunate to be invited to MOSI in Manchester for the big launch for the Northwest Business Leadership Team’s latest thought leadership report on Science, Technology and Innovation.  Could there be a more appropriate location for such an event sitting next to the machine that in 1948 Alan Turing made possible? In the

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Chemistry Drives Growth.  The new report produced by the UK Chemical’s Industry lays down its claim to be heard and outline the critical importance of the chemical process industries in contributing to national economic, social and environmental well-being. System Growth Consulting supports this report and has commented on earlier drafts.  The chemicals sector has watched

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Several authors have written about the Dark-Side of leadership – I point you to the work of Conger in Tudor Rickards book: Perspectives of Leadership.  What does this say about the need for creative leaders? Over several years I observed first hand a well-intentioned innovation leader exhibit increasingly “dark” leadership traits such as believing ones

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A few personal notes to highlight this year’s annual showcase at the IfM demonstrated an interesting mix of research into technology and innovation management.  The resurgent interest in the future of high value manufacturing made the event the best attended I’ve seen. The mission of the institute at Cambridge University is to “research, teach and practically apply

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My 10-minute summary of Accenture’s Sustainability 24 online conference that discusses the global agenda, by advancing debate and discussion with clients, local government leaders and stakeholders around the world. 14th May 2013 8:10am – Business Strategy & Stakeholders:  Building Trust & Planning for Uncertainty “In hindsight, it is usually much easier to see what business leaders

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This short video recorded for the UKs Institution of Chemical Engineers by the CEO of Dow Chemical, Andrew Liveris, calls for balancing advanced economies in favour of high value-added economic activities. Certainly, in the UK, this is a live debate. While economics explains the natural trends in any economy from basic materials, to manufacturing, to

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As with our personalities, we each have a preferred style that we use to innovate.  This is useful to know how we tend to operate as individuals and for leaders and managers in formulating or increasing team performance.  We are all creative and have an innate ability to solve problems. The work of Kirton observed that individual personalities effect

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I heard a story about a management team that was presented with the results of an employee survey that covered amongst other things, the health of innovation in the business. An astonishing thing was that it described every single innovation score as healthy without one ounce of dissent.  To many it felt completely off base. Anecdotal evidence showed many innovation projects were

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