Board Buy-In. Maths or Magic?

Board Buy-In. Maths or Magic?

There is more than one zeitgeist that Dragon’s Den taps into. In a world where everything is up for grabs as entertainment, it’s all about the pitch and we watch fascinated as contestants hit or miss. In a world where you are only as good as your last business decision, data is our security blanket....

by Rose Bentley - 18 Dec 2015

Scaling Peter Pan

Scaling Peter Pan

NewCo SF has wrapped and our Director of New Business, Carolyn Centeno has been reflecting on the companies she encountered and how they’ll maintain their Peter Pan magic as they grow.   It’s not every day you get to peek inside some of the world’s most influential disruptors. At NewCo festival, a ...

by Carolyn Centeno - 30 Oct 2015

Think employee.

Think employee.

It’s not an exaggeration to say the Volkswagen emissions scandal is one of the most serious cases of corporate wrongdoing in recent times. But it’s also easy to focus solely on the damage being wrought to Volkswagen's reputation and potential criminal action, and their public reaction to the crisis....

by Danielle Zezulinski - 25 Sep 2015

What I Mean by Promise + Delivery

What I Mean by Promise + Delivery

This week, we welcome Tim Allen as Wolff Olins’ first North American President. Tim comes to us having led world-class product, experience and technology teams at Amazon and R/GA. Over 18 years, Tim has collected numerous patents and awards as he’s sought to help companies build human-centered exper...

by Tim Allen - 18 Sep 2015

GV Sanjay Reddy on Leadership

GV Sanjay Reddy on Leadership

Wolff Olins’ Director for India, Zia Patel, spoke to GV Sanjay Reddy for our leadership report, Impossible and Now. Here, she expands on their conversation and hears more about his approach to the “Indian leadership style”. Zia Patel: Tell me a little about how you understand leadership? Leadership ...

by Zia Patel - 16 Jul 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

Time to grow up

Time to grow up

So another week on the election trail and more policy promises from the mainstream political parties. Can you remember what they were? No, me neither. What I do remember is quite a lot of finger-pointing and name-calling.  In fact this election campaign has been characterised by a level of personal ...

by Owen Hughes - 28 Apr 2015

When cultures collide (in a good way)

When cultures collide (in a good way)

When two great cultures come together we all hope they amplify each other. As a toast is raised to the newly wedded Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, it raises the question of ‘which culture wins?’ and I hope it’s none. We’ve worked in several mergers recently - Orange and T-Mobile in the UK, Zon and Optimu...

by Morgan Holt - 15 Apr 2015

Repairing party brands

Repairing party brands

Of the ten most hated brands in Britain, four are political parties, according to recent research. So there’s a bit of a problem here. And it matters when political parties are the organisations that enable people to take part in democracy. So what do we do?

by Robert Jones - 14 Apr 2015

Desperately seeking dragons

Desperately seeking dragons

Two big news stories this week. The return of Game of Thrones – the biggest drama series on the planet - and the announced acquisition of BG Group by Shell, now arguably the biggest energy and petrochemicals company on the planet (though no offices in Kings’ Landing at the time of writing). One has ...

by Rose Bentley - 09 Apr 2015

Omniwomen

Omniwomen

About 6 months ago an email dropped into my inbox asking if I’d like to get involved in launching the UK chapter of Omniwomen… On Thursday 5th March, 170 fast rising women rocked up for a day of learning, laughter and discourse around what it takes to lead authentically, inclusively and effectively....

by Sairah Ashman - 19 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

Introducing the Wolff Olins Report 2015

Introducing the Wolff Olins Report 2015

Today we are immensely proud to launch The Wolff Olins Report 2015: Impossible and Now. We started with a simple question, “How has leadership practice changed in the last five years?”. To start to tackle it, we interviewed 43 global CEOs and 10 leadership experts. And we ran a counterpoint survey ...

by Camilla Grey - 25 Feb 2015

Positive energy

Positive energy

Energy is the most and least important industry on the planet. On the one hand, energy is indispensable. Around the world, just over 62,000 power stations support a population that will grow by 145 people in the next minute alone. The future of our increasingly populated, connected, and complicated...

by Zami Majuqwana - 24 Feb 2015

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

Here's the lowdown on the new guy, Ije

Here's the lowdown on the new guy, Ije

After 14 amazing years at Wolff Olins, I’m making a move to Apple. As I hand over as CEO of Wolff Olins to Ije Nwokorie I thought I’d leave you with an idea of what you can expect from him: 

by Ije Nwokorie - 23 Apr 2014

Five questions with... Carolyn Dailey

Five questions with... Carolyn Dailey

In the sixth of a series of interviews with inspiring female leaders, Wolff Olins’ global COO, Sairah Ashman, interviews Carolyn Dailey. Carolyn is one of the most influential figures in the creative industries, currently founder and CEO of The Dailey Partnership, the strategy and branding boutiqu...

by Sairah Ashman - 09 Sep 2013

Hello from the new guy!

Hello from the new guy!

By Daljit Singh  When I started out in the clunky, early days of the interactive world, CD-Rom was a leading format, Shockwave was the plug-in you needed to make things move online, and ‘broadband’ could have been a name of Sheffield colliery brass band. That was 1994 and I was only going to do the ...

by Wolff Olins - 28 Aug 2013

Five questions with... Niamh Corbett

Five questions with... Niamh Corbett

In the sixth of a series of interviews with inspiring female leaders, Wolff Olins’ global COO, Sairah Ashman, interviews Niamh Corbett. Niamh is a steering committee member of the 30% Club and VP - Equity Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley. What are the most significant shifts influencing your busin...

by Wolff Olins - 21 Aug 2013