SF: A 24/7 City in Disguise

SF: A 24/7 City in Disguise

Our Strategy Director Lauren Liao recently transferred to our burgeoning San Francisco office from our New York office. In the land of Fernet and fleece, Lauren shares her thoughts on the hustle and bustle of the city by the bay and why she’s excited for Wolff Olins SF to be apart of NewCo this year...

by Lauren Liao - 29 Sep 2015

5 moves to drive change in tech culture

5 moves to drive change in tech culture

You need to make big changes at your company. You see it plain as day.  But no one else seems to. The work your colleagues do is complex and specialized.  They view enterprise-wide initiatives as “soft” and irrelevant. This is a frustration we hear all the time from leaders. It’s something we see m...

by John Hearn - 12 May 2015

Reading the tea leaves

Reading the tea leaves

“Big investors say social media influence investment picks” - so runs the headline following a new report from Greenwich Associates (1,457 followers on Twitter, broadcast only, no engagement. Ahem). The summary conclusions of the report outline how social media presence is increasingly a factor in h...

by Camilla Grey - 20 Apr 2015

A non-techie look at Facebook’s F8 developer conference

A non-techie look at Facebook’s F8 developer conference

I’m a news junkie, daily Facebook user and overall Facebook fan. I dig it. It helps me stay connected to friends and family and allows me to share what’s on my mind – which is usually something about my puppy, politics or pop culture. But when it comes to tech, I’m more of an “early majority” than “...

by Katy Mooney - 27 Mar 2015

Creativity vs. Illiteracy

Creativity vs. Illiteracy

We recently kicked off Creativity Vs. X, a series of breakfast brainstorms in New York. The concept is pretty simple: inviting a diverse group of experienced people into our office to shake up their thinking on how to tackle a big social issue they’re all passionate about. With coffee and granola on...

by Amy Lee - 25 Mar 2015

Q&A with GV Prasad of Dr. Reddy's

Q&A with GV Prasad of Dr. Reddy's

“Management is doing work through people, whereas leadership is developing people through work.” - GV Prasad, CEO and Co-Chairman of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Excerpts from a one-to-one interview with GV Prasad conducted by Zia Patel, Director of Wolff Olins in India, for the Wolff Olins Report, Impo...

by Zia Patel - 11 Mar 2015

To learn, To change, To grow

To learn, To change, To grow

What does it mean to be in a learning organisation in 2015? The speed of business has never been faster. We know that rapid change is the new constant. How can youmake sure your organisation doesn’t just keep up, but stays ahead? One answer: Become a learning organisation, an organisation with a s...

by Melissa Andrada - 04 Mar 2015

Taking change all the way to the edges

Taking change all the way to the edges

“Amar Kumar was one of our guest speakers at Wolff Olin’s recent leadership summit on Change. As a senior leader in an education business we were particularly fascinated by his ambition to instil more learning into the business itself. Here, Amar outlines how to change the business for a world where...

by Wolff Olins - 16 Feb 2015

Less nodding, more doing

Less nodding, more doing

Ever been in this position? You identify the need for change in your organisation. You set up a taskforce to tackle it and come up with some great answers. You present it to the company. It makes perfect sense, everyone is nodding in agreement. No one would disagree. But a month later nothing has ch...

by Caroline Goodwin - 09 Feb 2015

Thoughts from our New York Summit

Thoughts from our New York Summit

On November 5th in New York, Wolff Olins hosted a select group of 60 leaders, from dozens of industries, to share stories and gain insights about How to Change. We drew inspiration and perspective from an extraordinary collection of speakers. Each shed new light on the moves we need to make to affec...

by John Hearn - 09 Dec 2014

Everything will change, but people come first

Everything will change, but people come first

This year we’ve not only been renovating our website, but also developing a new strategic direction and offer. We’ve asked some of our people to explore what being creative partners for ambitious leaders really means in practice. To paraphrase Chris Moody, “Creativity is what we bring to the party”...

by Morgan Holt - 03 Dec 2014

Hollywood and AI

Hollywood and AI

What the advent of robotics means for our cultural world In our innovation-obsessed society, there’s a lot of talk about automation, about robots, about the end of jobs and of supercomputers. This is the adoption of technology as corporate tools. Elon Musk has been in the news recently saying the s...

by Dan Gavshon Brady - 25 Nov 2014

A new way of leading?

A new way of leading?

I was recently in Budapest talking at the Association for Coaching’s  international conference. They’re a not-for-profit organisation focused on improving and extending the capabilities of the coaching profession worldwide. It was a thoughtful and brainy bunch as you’d imagine. I was invited along ...

by Sairah Ashman - 11 Nov 2014

Thoughts from the summit

Thoughts from the summit

This is a great time to explore what Change means. The nature of change itself is changing, from long-range consultancy programs that focus on business efficiency… to moments of change that are more agile, more democratic, better aligned to the needs of individuals inside and outside the building.So...

by Morgan Holt - 20 Oct 2014

Getting our hands dirty

Getting our hands dirty

Something that unites pretty much everyone within Wolff Olins’ world wide diversity is food. Food as a well-being vector, something intrinsically rooted in our culture as a way to keep the energy high and to achieve better balance in our life.

by Pierre-Antoine Arlot - 15 Sep 2014

I'm scared of tech                                                                                         (Back to the Future)

I'm scared of tech (Back to the Future)

I’ve come to the conclusion that I know nothing about technology, and it’s freaking me out.

by Danielle Zezulinski - 02 Jul 2014

Sweat the big stuff

Sweat the big stuff

What kind of toothpaste do you use? Which side of the fridge did you return the jam to this morning? How many emails did you flick through and ignore? Do you know for certain? Can you really remember? Do you really care? Routines make life easier. They’re reassuring, consistent and comforting. They ...

by Camilla Grey - 17 Jun 2014

Running change

Running change

It’s that time of year: marathon training season is back. Fitness shop windows feature spandex and high-tech running shoes, there are sales on bulk purchases of energy gels and bars, and the streets are flooded with runners of every shape and size and level all readying themselves to go the distance...

by Danielle Zezulinski - 14 May 2014

Solving for 'x'

Solving for 'x'

Daniel Siders joins Wolff Olins as (what we’re calling) Visiting Technologist. This is Daniel’s first guest post. I wouldn’t call myself a technologist.

by Wolff Olins - 13 Jan 2014