Consultant, Coach, Author, Speaker
“I drive results through creative leadership development, business-wide innovation and transformational organisational change”
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“Allowed me to achieve goals that previously seemed impossible - a life-changing experience.”
Wil Harris, Co-Founder & CEO, ChannelFlip Media
“Incisive, insightful and the consummate professional.”
Tim Cunningham, Head of Daytime at Princess Productions
“He engages creative leaders in their language and with insights of genuine relevance.”
Alison Chadwick, Director of BBDO University, global advertising network BBDO
“Invaluable for my business, team and own personal development.”
Ben Liebmann, Chief Executive Officer, Shine 360°
“Inspiring, constructive - the feeling among our team sort of...magic!”
Caroline Palmstierna, Head of International Sales, Filmlance International AB
“Individuals said they left feeling inspired and focused. What more could you ask for!”
Liz Dowling, Head of HR, AKQA
“A first rate leader, coach and expert. I wholeheartedly recommend him and his services.”
Daniel Isaacs, Chief Operating Officer at Kudos
“A terrific achievement and one of the high spots of my career so far.”
Brian Wilkinson, Executive Board member, Randstad Group
“Inspirational - I have grown hugely since I started working with him.”
Lisa Perrin, Creative Director, Shine TV
"Inspirational, challenging and, most importantly, highly effective."
Adrian Monck, Managing Director, World Economic Forum
“Knowledgeable, well prepared, generous.”
Magnus Lindberg, Deputy Managing Director, Filmlance International AB
“Working closely with Greg was a transformational experience.”
Mark Ellis, Managing Director at Syzygy
“He was instrumental in helping us to significantly grow our business.”
Jonathan Peake, Commercial Director, Met Film School
“A fantastic partner and guiding light through our change programme.”
Denny Tu, Head of Strategy & Planning at BSkyB
“A fascinating experience working with Greg , I hope to have the opportunity to do so again.”
Robert Roxburgh, Head of Olympic Games Communications at the IOC
“Greg kept our team on a positive and results orientated path.”
Paul O'Higgins, Creative Director - Brand at BSkyB
“An outstanding strategist and leader of complex business projects.”
Sophia Ahrel, Senior Consultant at Strategy to Revenue
“Highly professional, very focussed, good at communication, and results orientated.”
Richard Charklin, Director, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Delivering a strategy and leadership development with the objective of culture change for the 300-strong internal creative agency.READ MORE
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Delivering innovative and transformational creative leadership programmes for senior EMEA executives across Europe.READ MORE
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Appointed as Interim turnaround CEO by venture capitalists. Restructured senior management, reduced staff costs by 20%, overhauled IT system and redesigned marketing and sales approach.READ MORE
Working with the founders and the management team to develop organisational strategy.READ MORE
Delivering strategic business development skills and 1-2-1 coaching.READ MORE
Delivering multiple cohorts of a ground-breaking 3-module, 15-day ‘Creative Leadership Programme’ across Europe and the US. Feedback from a few of the participants...READ MORE
Working with the board on developing a three-year commercial and organisational strategy.READ MORE
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To be innovative in business what matters more: people or ideas? This seems like one of those insoluble chicken-and-egg question, but it’s not.
People matter far more than ideas.
Pixar President Ed Catmull learned this simple but powerful lesson during the painful birth of Toy Story 2. He’d assigned an inexperienced “B-Team” to producing the Toy Story sequel because he figured making a hit would be easier the second time around. Half way through the production it dawned on Catmull he’d made a huge error – and he had a complete disaster on his hands.
Radical action was required.
For the first time in the company’s history Catmull removed directors from the movie in the middle of a production. He placed his trust – and the failing movie – in the hands of Pixar’s “Brains Trust” – the most talented team in the business which included legendary director John Lasseter.
The Brains Trust made important changes to the story, and the rest is history.Toy Story 2 became one of the few sequels in cinematic history to outshine the original and took $500m at the box office.
In his book Creativity Inc. Catmull sums up the lesson for leaders everywhere:
“If you give a good idea to a mediocre team they will screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a brilliant team, they will fix it or throw it away and come up with something better.”
If you want your business to be consistently innovative don’t focus on great ideas, focus on forming your best people high-performing teams with the right chemistry.
Ideas come from people. Therefore people are always more important than ideas.
If you like this try my book ‘The Spark: How to Ignite and Lead Business Creativity’ (FT Publishing) available on Amazon.
The Spark – How to Ignite and Lead Business Creativity (FT Publishing) is an inspiring ‘how-to’ manual to boost innovation in your team or business.
It offers unique insights and practical advice supported by compelling stories from the world’s most creative organisations including CERN, Netflix, Dyson, Apple, Saatchi & Saatchi, Aardman, Channel 4, Penguin Random House, 3M, IDEO, Sky, Pixar and Ogilvy & Mather.READ MORE....