The100: Flabby thinking, thinking on your feet and angry hipsters

Flabby strategic thinking “Too many objectives fall into one of two camps. Either they are analytical and devoid of imagination, driven by metrics that are easy to measure rather than necessarily the right things to measure. Or, on the other hand, they are highly evocative but meaningless. You hear them and leave the meeting in …

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Bringing back meaningfulness – the 2018 Golden Thumb Awards

You know when someone says to you out-of-the-blue and in a truly meaningful way: “Thank you – that work you did was utterly superb.” That the delivery. The sincerity,. The unexpected and voluntary nature of the message means it is genuinely meant and sincerely appreciated on the giver’s part? That’s the feeling we want to …

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The100: Intuition, choice paralysis and Dolly Parton

Binning the blinkers Trusting your intuition is something we’re often told to do. It’s romantic even. The idea that we can ‘just know’. However, this is ceremoniously debunked by Koen Smets. “The assumption that the things that are either common or unusual to us are common or unusual in general is, well, not that unusual.” …

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The100: Cognitive blind spots, polarisation and styrofoam

Procter’s Gamble I was going to write something about the Gillette campaign. And then I read this. You know when people say they couldn’t have said it better themselves? In this case I genuinely couldn’t, both in the literal sense and the metaphorical. Proper vox, not flops Mark Urban (he of the BBC) wrote an …

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The100: self-reinforcing cultures and goats cheese  chasers

We’re back (panic over). Popping bubbles Years past, we’ve talked quite a bit about empathy and understanding the consumer better. You know: the echo chambers, the disparity between what you think and what others think, on why we understand people not-like-us less and less. There is a classic example that’s in the news now: the In/Out …

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Artificially Inflated Future?

Every time I hear someone use the term “AI” I usually cringe. You say tomaytoes, I say tomahtoes. They say Potaytoes, I say a pair of King Edwards to that. AI is NOT all the same thing. Many people use the term to cover wildly different things – from Siris to C3POs to HAL9000s – …

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The100: fantasies, fallacies and chocolate hobnobs

“Narcissism described as Strategy” Okay, stand back. This is powerful stuff and not for the faint hearted MRXer. It’s Martin Weigel with his Escape from Fantasy talk – and yes, we’ve now built a shrine for him (hand-hollowed out off the wall using unfurled paper clips)  at Watch Me Think towers. It’s next to Dave Trott’s. …

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Platform 9¾

Many people know us for our video qual projects that bring sledgehammer realisations to the bored and the boardroom. Others for our observation methodologies that ice bucket the presumptions. And some for our ability bring the numbers to life and make the proof, well, foolproof. But Platforms? Don’t you find them on train stations? While …

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The100: rotten brands, effective habits and Fenton (FENTON!)

Just say “no” Gareth Kay writes brilliantly about Brand Rot. A 5 mins read. It’s worth it: “Brands that are free of rot tend to exhibit decisive leadership that protects the code that instructs and inspires everything they do. They simplify the experience to do one thing (or a few) well. They remember the old …

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