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Is this one way Oscar Pistorius will get off?

There are a number of high-profile trials, notably the OJ Simpson one, which captured the imagination of the world - only for the accused to evade punishment.

By Sid Peimer 19 Mar 2014 12:44

Strategy: Are you flying blind?

There were six men from Indostan, the most learned of gentlemen, who wanted to expand their knowledge by getting to know elephants more intimately. So...

By Sid Peimer 18 Mar 2014 06:50

How innovation nearly killed LEGO

LEGO was the world's most profitable and fastest growing toy company from 2007 to 2012, but had a near-death experience in 2003. How did this happen even though they ticked all the boxes for innovation?

By Sid Peimer 27 Jan 2014 06:02

The eBay PEZ dispenser story is not true

Life poses an interesting enigma: Although we can make the atomic bomb, we still don't know the answer to simple things, like where do songs come from? Where do ideas come from?

By Sid Peimer 22 Jan 2014 08:11

Nomophobia: A growing problem with no solution in sight

Some 58% of men and 47% of women suffer from this disease.[1] I personally think it's getting worse with very little relief in sight with more and more people contracting the illness. Technology has not come to the rescue; on the contrary, technology has made it worse.

By Sid Peimer 15 Jan 2014 06:22

The challenges innovators face

Face it. Today everything is so connected and time to market so short, that the only real competitive advantage that has slowly crept up on us, is innovation. The surge of interconnected ICT has also fuelled the fire.

By Sid Peimer 13 Jan 2014 05:50

Will someone please define strategy!

There are a gazillion books in my local business school library with the word 'strategic' or 'strategy' in the title.

By Sid Peimer 17 Dec 2013 06:46

Creative Destruction and the Schumpeterian Gale

In the early 1900s, the economist Joseph Schumpeter coined the term Creative Destruction (also known as Schumpeter's Gale).

By Sid Peimer 11 Dec 2013 15:40

Brand Hate: Why aren't we measuring it?

You either love Miracle Whip or you hate it. You either love Marmite or you hate it...

By Sid Peimer 10 Dec 2013 07:40

Coconut headsets and other management delusions

The difference between an illusion and a delusion is this: when Usain Bolt broke the 100m and 200m world record, it looked as if he was jogging. That's an illusion. If you think you can beat his time, that's a delusion.

By Sid Peimer 6 Dec 2013 07:26

What is strategic intent and why does it matter?

The term 'strategic intent' entered our lexicon in 1989 with an article by that title appearing in the Harvard Business Review. The authors are Gary Hamel and (the late) C K Prahalad.

By Sid Peimer 1 Dec 2013 12:48

Is the cash register in your agency broken?

The cash register in an agency is the PowerPoint presentation (not just the PowerPoint, but the whole package that comes with it - which is usually you).

By Sid Peimer 27 Nov 2013 05:05

There's a problem

I am not going to pontificate upon the merits of creative awards, neither the fact that a large amount of winning entries are not necessarily in the interests of paying clients.

By Sid Peimer 24 Nov 2013 10:07

Talent is a myth

I always thought that you were either creative or not. I also felt that I had an uncanny ability to determine whether an applicant would be a good planner or not. Either you had it or you didn't. Boy was I wrong.

By Sid Peimer 22 Nov 2013 06:40

You have the power. But don't use it.

Imagine you're at a workshop, and that you're matched with another delegate. Your task is to explain how to buy a Big Mac from a drive-through. The twist in the tale is that you must assume the person is from the 1700s.

By Sid Peimer 15 Oct 2013 07:54

Briefs with insights: It's not what you think.

This is the second in a two-part series on insights. The first article 'Why insights should not be in creative briefs' can be found here.

By Sid Peimer 14 Oct 2013 12:03

Why insights should not be in creative briefs

Don't panic. I'm not saying that insights aren't important. I'm just saying that they're not a prerequisite for great advertising.

By Sid Peimer 3 Oct 2013 04:34

E3 Errors are killing agencies

Say for example there is a drug on the market that enhances creativity. Just say. We call that Drug A...

By Sid Peimer 26 Sep 2013 07:33

The innovation blind spot and avoidable failure

An innovation blind spot cost Philips Electronics US$2.5bn in the form of write-offs. They brought out the magnificent HDTV in 1980; unfortunately they were 20 years too early.

By Sid Peimer 10 Sep 2013 06:53

Problem finders are better creatives than problem solvers

The subject of creativity is an elusive one (especially on Fridays at lunch time), so perhaps it's time to go back to school...

By Sid Peimer 4 Sep 2013 06:28