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Dimis Michaelides

Magical Ideas and Creative Solutions

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” Arthur C. Clarke A Magical Idea is a brilliant solution to a challenge with a “minor” proviso: it is unrealistic, not feasible, not implementable, impossible! When …

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Trust Is a Gamble, a Noble One

Why Good Leadership Is Based on Trust Trust is, by definition, a gamble. Trusting is about taking risks–for a job to be done, for an agreement in good faith, for sharing information openly, for honesty and integrity in a relationship. It comes with the responsibility to deliver what one has been entrusted to deliver. Micro-managers …

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The Incredible Brightness of Leading

Covid-19, a microscopic piece of genetic material, is testing our leadership. Competence matters. In the midst of our crisis today we turn to the leadership of experts – epidemiologists, researchers, pharmacologists, doctors, health professionals, food producers, food distributors, refuse collectors, public utilities. We turn to political leaders, company leaders, community leaders, volunteers, family and so …

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Politicians and Bureaucrats – Friends or Foes of Innovation?

Politicians and bureaucrats are condemned to coexist with each other and with the other pivots of entrepreneurship: businessmen. Sweet or toxic their symbiosis is necessary, as they are both key players in the innovation game. A private company in a capitalist system will innovate by starting up a new enterprise, or by improving its products …

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To innovate or not to innovate? That is not the question

The case for innovation in 99 seconds, using art and a touch of magic to illustrate the accelerating pace of change. Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay Wait! Before you go… Choose how you want the latest innovation content delivered to you: Daily — RSS Feed — Email — Twitter — Facebook — Linkedin Today …

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“I think, therefore I am” … said the machine to the stunned humans

She didn’t actually say it like that. She might have asked “to be or not to be?” and insisted that “that is the question”.  In any case, machines are already up to asking profound existential questions. On 11th February 2019 a very unusual event marked the latest man-versus-machine challenge: a debate on whether we should …

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Innovation takes hard work

How innovation impacts work: Technology as game-changer and life-changer

“The job your child will do doesn’t exist yet”, said the young principal from one of Singapore’s most prestigious private schools in a conference I attended ten years ago. Ten years from now a good number of today’s jobs will not exist, a good number of entirely new jobs will be created and ALL jobs …

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Three Tips on Organizational Change

The essence of timing, improvisation and exiting the realm of reason Leading innovation in organizations calls for changing strategies (objectives, business models), structures (processes, systems, hierarchies and ways of working) and cultures (behaviors, attitudes and organizational norms). Some attempts at deep transformational change succeed (IBM and Whirlpool are well documented) and many fail (Kodak and …

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Food for Thought: Innovation Menu for 2019

Food for Thought is my new pop-up restaurant where people who can think (our innovation experts) serve their ideas to people who can’t (everyone else).  STARTERS The Next Big Thing It’s different every day! Dip a genetically modified Quorn™ chip into “a new generation” grand statement from an opinionated innovation expert. Choice of three classic …

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Innovation as a Path to Peace

Can collaborative entrepreneurship facilitate a rapprochement in Cyprus? How can innovation offer a path to peace? This question was asked by two young entrepreneurs in Cyprus. For readers unaware of the Cyprus problem, the island of Cyprus is physically divided into the Republic of Cyprus (a UN and EU member) inhabited principally by Cypriots of …

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