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Ian Percy

President, The Ian Percy Corporation

Ian Percy is a Possibilities Expert and the founder of The Infinite Possibilities Initiative, a process for applying principles from quantum and energetic science for exponentially higher levels of innovation and profitability. An organizational psychologist, he is one of the most acclaimed business and inspirational speakers in the world. Successful Meetings magazine declared him “One of the top 21 speakers for the 21st century” and he is one of only three speakers inducted into both the US and Canadian Speaker Halls of Fame. Ian’s remarkable ability to blend depth of insight with inspiration is sought after by a wide variety of corporations and associations.

Recently he’s developed a process that engages entire cities in ‘possibility thinking’ and in understanding that they control the collective ‘energy’ that attracts or repels new residents, investments and businesses. Many organizations are stuck in 16th century Newtonian thinking, he insists, and that makes them almost irrelevant to a 21st century marketplace. For starters, he says, we need to move far beyond ‘problem solving’ to ‘seeing possibilities’. When leaders focus on the latter, problems resolve themselves and a new and prosperous reality begins to emerge. That is the secret to building a culture of innovation!

In addition Ian is a co-founder of Verdant Technologies LLC, a company that brings advanced technologies to many sectors like sustainable energy, waste management, agriculture, water science, medical devices, electric vehicles. etc.

He has authored seven highly respected books including the breakthrough book on leadership titled: Going Deep and The Profitable Power of Purpose which challenges traditional thinking about corporate vision. His latest ebook is Make Your Life a Masterpiece, a modern English translation of James Allen’s 1902 classic As a Man Thinketh.

Ian has both Canadian and US citizenships and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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  • Posted on: 08/24/2016

    Has Sears discovered how to profit from its softer side?

    Clothing may be the most difficult category to use as a differentiator ... i.e., finding or doing something Amazon doesn't have or do as Chris suggests. I don't care what designer you're talking about, a man's shirt is a man's shirt. It's got buttons down the front, two sleeves and a collar. For the most part the most boring apparel known to man second only to blue suits. In the picture above there's a plaid shirt over a t-shirt on a mannequin. Boy, I haven't seen that before! What international designer did that come from?Unless you're looking for a $300 dry-clean only shirt woven from virgin llama in the Himalayas by a 98-year-old master tailor, you might as well buy a shirt from the big pile at Costco 'cause you'll not find anything much different at Sears, Kohl's, Target, Macy's, Walmart, Jos. A. Bank, etc.Now, if you're talking about "showcasing" Craftsman tools ...
  • Posted on: 08/23/2016

    Will Target get wrapped up in fake sheet controversy?

    I agree with your comment Steve, though I hope people aren't so ridiculous as to berate Target for "not discovering the deception earlier." You can't spend your life suspicious and distrusting of everyone and everything ... unless you're a survivalist and are self-sustaining out in the wilderness somewhere. Then you have only God to blame which won't get you far. Trust me, I've tried it.Sometimes people you trust (vendors or relatives) let you down. Thinking you could have avoided that by having perfect insight and knowledge in the past is illogical. In playing hockey you quickly learn to keep your head up ... but you're still going to get hit.
  • Posted on: 08/23/2016

    Why is Apple dropping ‘Store’ from the name of its stores?

    Exactly!
  • Posted on: 08/23/2016

    Why is Apple dropping ‘Store’ from the name of its stores?

    Lyle, your comment that "the staff count at Apple locations is proportioned to almost guarantee that patrons do not get into conversations with each other, which is not conducive to building and leveraging the community of users." is most insightful. I hadn't thought of that before. You're right, customers don't talk to each other so no community is developed ... OTHER than signaling that one is an Apple user. That seems to be enough, i.e., just having a reason to be there is a treasured identity. That may be the pinnacle of customer connection found nowhere else other than perhaps a Ferrari dealership.Frankly, I don't want to listen to other customers whine about their Mac or iPhone problems ... though I'm happy to whine about mine!
  • Posted on: 08/23/2016

    Why is Apple dropping ‘Store’ from the name of its stores?

    Looks like we're all going to say basically the same thing. "Store" is redundant and old as most have pointed out, and dropping it adds to Apple's cool-ness.The most interesting thing in this thread is Lyle Bunn's insightful observation, one I haven't thought of before. I'll add my thoughts to his submission above.
  • Posted on: 08/22/2016

    Is on-site childcare the key to cutting employee turnover?

    Totally on the mark, Cathy! I just wish you'd capitalized "only" in your second sentence. Consequently, the word "myopic" fits perfectly with most American business attitudes about family.
  • Posted on: 08/22/2016

    Is on-site childcare the key to cutting employee turnover?

    Max has it exactly right. If retail wants to join the ranks of places people actually want to work, it really does have to act accordingly.Recently I watched Michael Moore's "Where to Invade Next" mockumentary and, while you may want to add a grain of salt to Moore's work, he does point out just how far back in the dark ages the U.S. is when it comes to issues like this one. Canada, Italy and pretty well every other developed country eclipse the U.S. when it comes to almost any issue related to family. The health and well-being of the employee's family is very much related to job performance and employee retention. Surely this is not a big leap in awareness.
  • Posted on: 08/12/2016

    What does it take to regain customers’ trust once it’s been shaken?

    Trust is relevant only in the context of a risk. If no risk is involved, trust is not even in the equation.A customer takes a risk (whether it is conscious or not) by eating in a restaurant. If that is a wonderful experience the trust is rewarded. If they get food poisoning the trust is betrayed. The same thing happens in every customer/vendor interchange. It seems to me the only way to overcome that is not to explain it away somehow (PR) but to extend another opportunity to take a risk while making sure that, if taken, it is very well rewarded.
  • Posted on: 08/09/2016

    Is a ‘DARK’ cloud looming for brands over GMO labeling?

    Boy am I being prolific today! The reason is that I've work going on in the agriculture space so this is a passion. Ken, sorry, but Nikki is right. The answer IS technology but NOT of the Monsanto/chemical/GMO sort of technology. That food we're wasting (and we should stop doing so)? It's filled with chemicals. Not much of a gift; like giving your teenager the old car that doesn't have good brakes. They are grateful, but....It is possible to dramatically increase food yield WITHOUT chemicals of any kind. I won't get into it because it will look self-serving, but merely changing the frequency of irrigation water for any and all crops will produce: 30 to 40 percent increase in yield, a better quality crop, the chance to eliminate pest and herbicides ... and all while reducing water use about 30 percent.What we need is a new mindset about food production!
  • Posted on: 08/09/2016

    Is a ‘DARK’ cloud looming for brands over GMO labeling?

    This is one of those occasions where we are in violent agreement! Sadly, it is becoming more and more difficult to produce chemical-free food -- beyond "organic." This is why, if you look for it, you'll see a wave of new hydroponic food operations that look like a clean room for silicon chips. Sealed, climate-controlled rooms with employees encased in sterile suits. This may be the last bastion of self-preservation.
  • Posted on: 08/09/2016

    Is a ‘DARK’ cloud looming for brands over GMO labeling?

    Stephen, it was I who clicked on the thumbs down but the red indicator looked far too aggressive a way to express my thought. I apologize for it. Because I'm a fan of your insights, a comment is a far better response. I see it differently on several levels. First, I think MOST people want to know what's in their food. Second, what is in our food IS killing us. And third, there are few things more important to worry about than what we are doing to self-inflict harm through our food, water and air. My comment below gives a brief overview of my reasoning.
  • Posted on: 08/09/2016

    Is a ‘DARK’ cloud looming for brands over GMO labeling?

    Along with the GMO assault it's the chemical assault that we endure 24/7 that is costing us and hurting us and our children more than we know. Eighteen unregulated chemicals and 21 contaminants are found in one third of U.S. water supply. Chlorine is used to control that contamination, but it's a poison itself. Only 1 percent of pesticide sprayed across food crops actually hits the pests. 99 percent is sent into the air we breathe.This is not some alarmist or conspiracy rant. It is simply our reality.The Alliance for Natural Foods reported significant amounts of glyphosate (a herbicide developed in 1970 by Monsanto) were found in 10 of 24 common breakfast foods ... including non-GMO, non-food things like coffee creamer. Said the researchers, "We were unprepared for just how invasive this poison has been to our entire food chain."GMO seeds with glyphosate poison -- which the WHO declared a "probable" cancer-causing agent -- account for 94 percent of all soybeans and 89 percent of all corn being produced. One estimate claimed that means "hundreds of millions of pounds of glyphosate are dumped onto the land every year." Animals eat it so it also shows up in meat, milk, eggs and so on. Concludes the ANF article, “Glyphosate has been linked to increases in levels of breast, thyroid, kidney, pancreatic, liver and bladder cancers and is being served for breakfast, lunch and dinner around the world."And we're debating whether or not we should tell anyone?
  • Posted on: 08/08/2016

    Amazon launches Prime Air

    if the numbers work for this strategy, good for Amazon. But as a "branding" strategy? I don't think so. Not any more than seeing a Trump plane makes Trump more endearing. An overemphasis on branding that does not add actual value soon wears thin. Like people who wear their clothes inside-out so you can see the label.People don't care how their stuff arrived at the door as long as the right stuff arrives when expected.
  • Posted on: 08/04/2016

    Will Target and Harry’s make for a perfect retail partnership?

    I won't subscribe to anything anymore. The "auto-ship" scheme is another Trojan Horse (like gift cards and multi-level marketing products) that takes advantage of customers under the guise of helping. In this case, however, and depending on the price, I might try Harry's since I can get it off the shelf at Target.The price of razors is crazy with profit margins second only to mattresses. And one of the discussions in my house is why razors for women cost at least 15 percent more than men's according to Business Insider. "The Pink Tax" at work. Still, watch for a Harriet's version soon! Same thing, pink plastic, higher cost.
  • Posted on: 08/03/2016

    Russell Athletic champions high school underdogs

    It's been a long time since I've seen a marketing strategy this brilliant. I'd encourage them to push it even further.Individuals and teams who win the top prize would be meaningless except for those who didn't. In other words it's the "losers" who make the "winners."Does anyone really believe that wearing Jordan-branded shoes will make them a better basketball player? If that were even remotely true I've got a grandson who will look after me financially through my elder years. What a relief!Obviously there are a LOT more players on teams who didn't claim that single "winner" category. But for the most part, they put their heart and soul into it. Some of them had their best season ever though they didn't make even the semi-finals. There are players who played against all odds, never expecting to be a headliner. They simply reached as high as they could. That, to me, is a lot more inspiring than watching someone blessed with almost supernatural gifts do what everyone expects them to do.If Russell Athletic can energize everyone to reach for their highest possibilities they sure have my vote. Like I say ... brilliant! As a side note, I've never heard of Russell Athletic, but since I need new runners ...

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