We recently hosted another one of our Lazy Book Club sessions. This time, we covered Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari’s widely acclaimed follow up to Sapiens (which we also discussed earlier this year), and asked ourselves: 'What can the future of humanity teach us about the future of strategy'?
To help get our anniversary month off with a bang, heavy hitter Christian Barnett, Founding Partner at the creative strategy agency Sword & Stone, joined us and 10 lucky members for a breakfast Q&A. He's been described as 'provocative', so no wonder there's some interesting (and honest) answers to questions such as:
"How do you deal with clients trying to water down the pitch work?" & "Is constantly working on new biz detrimental to my development as a planner?" & "Do you ever worry you've made the wrong strategic recommendation?"
For March we had Tim Loo, Director of Strategy at experience design agency Foolproof join us for a breakfast Q&A with 10 lucky members. The sausage sarnies were on form and so was Tim. Have a read of his answers to members' questions such as:
"What is the biggest challenge in developing new products or services?" & "Got any secret tips for how you create persuasive stuff to engage CEOs/boards?"
(We love a secret tip.)
In our latest Lazy Book Club, we brought to the table (literally, it was on a pub table) Yuval Harari’s ‘Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind’, and discussed its implications for how we see our species as a whole, but also some elements of strategy in particular. Now, granted, this is a huge book, and one hour of debate doesn’t do it proper justice, but still we managed to condense it into four provocations that the next generation of strategists should consider.
In December, Max Wright of iris kindly agreed to be put on the spot by 10 of our members and their questions over breakfast.
Here's a flavour: 'What's the difference between working on global vs local accounts?'
'What's the best way to work with a senior planner?'
'How do I avoid screwing up when starting out?!'
It's a new year and Group Think's just turned 6 months old. With +200 members and a mental 18 events run, we'd like to share with you why it's working and thank everyone for engaging with all the stuff we do.
Last week we had strategists of all stripes coming to help us celebrate passing 200 members.