quote-marksNik Badminton

CEO and Principal Growth Consultant of Design Culture Mind

“Crazy is not having compassion and an ability to forgive.”

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE A MAVERICK?

“A sensationalist and that’s maybe why I don’t like the phrase.  The people who make the biggest impacts in the world do it very quietly and do it in ways that have huge change.  Look at Richard Branson, he’s a business maverick.  Sure he’s a PR machine but he still goes back to his office and does good business and quietly gets on with it.  That’s what a maverick is vs. someone that is rocking rolling around somewhere in Rolls Royce’s and money.  It’s that very quiet certainty to something’s going to change.  And that you’ve got the drive to actually happen.”

NIK’S BIO

Nik Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that provides keynote speeches about the future of work, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. Nik is CEO and Principal Growth Consultant of Design Culture Mind which helps grow tech companies and make them famous.  He is a Guest Blogger for Forbes where he contributes to the Entrepreneur blog,  The Huffington Post writing about human behaviour in relation to mobile, digital and social influences  He is a Contributing Writer for both Vancity Buzz and Momentum Magazine Ltd contributing to the Bike and Innovation column  As a Futurist he is Curator and Executive Producer of Dark Futures a conference that speaks about the hidden systems that affect our daily lives [whether we are aware of it or not].  Nik is also Advisor at Timely Network Inc which profoundly improves how people promote, discover and share events. 

WHY NIK WAS INTERVIEWED

Nik was recommended to me by Mark Busse Director of Creativity and Engagement at HCMA Architecture and Design who I had already interviewed.  As Mark knew and understood the project Nik was included. Nik is direct, opinionated, fearless in some ways and yet completely down to earth.  He has been a catalyst for communicating thecrazyones.org to a global audience.

HOW ARE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION RELATED TO BEING A MAVERICK?

“Mavericks can be cold data and creative theory driven maverick resulting in creative outlets from the data. Innovation is the difference of thought and identifying an issue needs fixing.  It’s less of a maverick thing and more of a sensible thing.  The maverick is the person that makes it happen or finds the right people to make it happen, or tell someone that can make it happen.”

IS THERE ANYONE WHO’S A MAVERICK THAT INSPIRES YOU?

Jaron Lanier computer scientist, author and composer who advocates open free information and pioneered virtual reality and Richard Branson the English businessman and investor.” 

KEY LEARN FROM INTERVIEW

“Traditional Human Resources being the worst culture within business, with reviews and career ladders being completely ridiculous, because they are all structure in place as control mechanisms to stop people from realising their potential.”

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