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Food for thought: innovation menu for 2019

By Dimis Michaelides

Food for Thought is my new pop-up restaurant where people who can think (our innovation experts) serve their ideas to people who can’t (everyone else).

STARTERS

 The Next Big Thing

It’s different every day! Dip a genetically modified Quorn™ chip into “a new generation” grand statement from an opinionated innovation expert. Choice of three classic dressings: “Awesome”! “Amazing!” “Wow!”

Cryptocurrency Consommé

Who said money doesn’t grow on trees? Our soup of the day is sourced from fresh trust trees, seeded from seedy software. Prices vary (a lot).

Quantum Quesadillas

The world’s first computer-generated recipe. Made in 0.001 nanoseconds, it takes a little longer to digest.

 Caesar’s Salad

A relic from the olden days. A Nokia executive once said that “Although his strategy and tactics were unquestionably superb, Caesar was slain because of his own greatness.”

 

MAIN DISHES

Blockchain Bouillabaisse

Very fishy, as are all blockchains. You are challenged to identify the ingredients and the logic that binds them and, if you get them all right, we will transfer ownership of our restaurant to you.

 Keynote Kebab

“Food for thought” keynotes are shorter and sharper than “Ideas worth spreading”. We spread our ideas on toast that is fired on charcoal by innovation experts who were fired from their real jobs. We deliver with pizazz and Powerpoint which, despite the trite phrase “death by Powerpoint”, has never actually caused anybody’s death. The only casualties are the reputations of the speakers themselves.

 Think Tank Tandoori

We recycle old ideas in hot air form that is spicier and tastier than any of its rivals.

Barbecued Business Buzzwords

We shelved productivity, efficiency, quality management, re-engineering, benchmarking, best practices, back to basics and so on. Nowadays, we do entrepreneurship, ecosystems, technology, robotics, big data, disruption, culture, mistakes, failures and unleashing the creativity of the masses (eat your heart out Karl Marx!). Our intelligence is truly artificial, we all live in virtual reality and our ribs are finger-licking good!

 Time Warp Wrap

The future is here and now! Wrapped in a leaf of fresh imagination which questions the meaning of time: our expert chefs assume you have infinite time to implement their wacky ideas and they argue in earnest when you explain why you don’t. They will often say “if you don’t innovate you’ll die”.

 Hummus “How to”

“How to be a great leader” meets “How to disrupt your business” meets “How to implement an action plan” meets “How to achieve perfect happiness and bliss”.

 

DESSERTS

 Hot Hackathon Hooch

Your choice of ice-cream in alcohol that takes 24 hours to ferment.

 Humble Pie

Not available – suppliers out of stock. Whatever is beyond the sell-by date is fed to our own innovation consultant-chefs.

 Patrons are advised that if they pay us in cash we’ll give them the change, or at least a roadmap to implement change. Our motto is “The only thing that never changes is the fact that we are always telling people they have to change and they won’t.”

May your New Year be Creative and full of Good Health! To this end eating organic won’t help, but looking left and right before you cross the road will.

Happy New Year!

Dimis Michaelides is a keynote speaker and author on innovation, creativity and leadership. He also offers workshops and change management consulting for private businesses, NGOs and public organizations. His book “The Art of Innovation – Integrating Creativity in Organizations” has been hailed as a “Bible for 21st Century CEOs” [email protected] www.dimis.org

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