PROFILE

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: 11/14/2017

    Is workplace collaboration a drag for headquarters personnel?

    "Having lost sight of our objectives, let us redouble our efforts."
  • Posted on: 11/10/2017

    Omnichannel is just a term to describe everyday shopping

    The attention-grabbing snap of the article title is much stronger than the questions at the end of it.Look, nothing over the years has wasted more time and money than consultant-speak! That is evident in all sectors and especially in retail. The more protracted and obtuse the words you use, the higher your fees I guess. (See what I did there?)
  • Posted on: 11/08/2017

    Big Data is done, put a fork in it

    You trigger the thought that "information" and "insight" are totally different things though often confused.
  • Posted on: 11/08/2017

    Big Data is done, put a fork in it

    Excellent response, Stephen!
  • Posted on: 11/08/2017

    Big Data is done, put a fork in it

    I'm with Stephen Needel on this. Retail (and most other organizations) are prone to a "band-wagon" fetish. Too often we jump into things like Big Data out of desperation with little insight or foresight. Too much fertilizer is called weed killer. Too much data is called stagnation and paralysis.
  • Posted on: 11/06/2017

    Can Kroger make a name for itself in fashion?

    You and Phibbs said it better than I. But we are all on the same wave length which, IMHO, makes our point brilliant and unarguable. I'm sure you agree!
  • Posted on: 11/06/2017

    Can Kroger make a name for itself in fashion?

    Whatever happened to the "stick to the knitting" principle we learned about in "In Search of Excellence?" I know that was way back in 1982 so is that passé now?I was horrified when Cadillac decided to make a compact and I refuse to accept the idea of Ferrari making a SUV. Is there nothing sacred any more? Now it's "look at my new outfit from Kroger and I got this purse at Safeway." Perhaps Monsanto should launch a meal replacement product or a multi-vitamin. Burger King doing sushi?Come on people ... pick a lane!
  • Posted on: 11/01/2017

    Would store associates benefit from acting lessons?

    At first I had a push-back on teaching associates "acting." But I feel better having actually read the article. In my mind it's more about presentation and communication awareness and skill development than acting which implies being something you're not. But potato potah-to.There is so much to learn about having persuasive presence and presentation. And it is desperately needed in retail. I am alarmed at the widespread ineptitude at just putting sentences together and learning to listen. I blame it on texting having become the communication vehicle of choice.
  • Posted on: 10/31/2017

    Corona owner is getting into the legal pot business

    Wow, Neil. I didn't know this. Thanks for the education.
  • Posted on: 10/31/2017

    Corona owner is getting into the legal pot business

    Yes, it will be made legal.But as per the American way, it will be a matter of which lobby wins. There are a number of contradictions if not hypocrisy. Why is tobacco legal everywhere? Why is alcohol legal? How about opioids? Each one is federally legal because of influence on government decision-makers.Tobacco was historically pictured as a sophisticated, high society habit and even recommended by doctors. Alcohol was historically (and still) pictured as a way to joy, fun, friends, love. Opioids, supposedly, are under the control of doctors who, of course, can do no wrong. Drugs are beautifully pictured in magazines and on TV as solving all one's ills. Cartoon illustrations show how they cure our body's problems and you can't argue with the evidence provided by animation. We're even told to tell our doctors about them in case they need our diagnostic help.So cannabis? That comes from the "everything-goes" hippy culture aka potheads. Smoke filled rooms. Cheech and Chong movies. What medical cannabis producers need to broadcast is that "It's not about the smoke!" There are many safe and non-addictive ways for this to be the answer to a lot of mental and physical health challenges. I've seen this among my friends and documentary after documentary have told the story.The tag line of my nano-tech company is "What would nature do?" The plant Kratom has also been shown to be of enormous value to rescue people from addiction. What needs to happen most is keeping the greed out of the weed. If we act wisely for the greater good, the answers have already been given to us.
  • Posted on: 10/30/2017

    American Eagle invites college kids to do their laundry

    And if I'd have seen your submission in time, Ben, I'd just gone with your suggestion! The desk is just somewhere to line up your empties or to play beer-pong while you wait for the dryer to go off...
  • Posted on: 10/30/2017

    American Eagle invites college kids to do their laundry

    One might throw a bone to American Eagle for coming up with a different idea ... but not everything "outside of the box" is worth doing.Will this result in more clothes being bought? I doubt it. Those jumping on the chance to save a few bucks on their laundry are not going to be spending money on custom jeans, at least not very often. (I'm amused that the more rips and holes there are in "repurposed" jeans, the more expensive. I have GOT to get out more!)As other realists have commented, this location:
    • Has to be relatively close by;
    • Has to be open 24/7;
    • Has to have safety measures in place, especially given university-related sexual harassment experiences lately;
    • Has to be accompanied by something to do -- coffee, Wi-Fi, desks, etc.
    I would not bet on this moving from fad to trend.
  • Posted on: 10/26/2017

    Nike turns its back on ‘undifferentiated, mediocre’ retailers

    For any initiative to be successful, the process and content have to match. So if a manufacturer wants to limit itself to exclusive channels it has to have an exclusive product.There are SO many athletic shoe manufacturers with many of them very comparable in quality and innovative technology. My runners are so light and comfortable I'd be happy to sleep in them. But honestly, as I sit here, I can't tell you the brand. They are not Nike because there's no swoosh, that much I know.Finally, thumbs up to Phibbs for his comment on Nike's mediocre fixtures. Nike needs to ensure consistency with its branding position. This is like buying a luxury car only to find cheap plastic trim. It's what I call a "dropped ball" and ALL organizations drop the ball somewhere. As many know, a dropped ball can cost you the game.
  • Posted on: 10/23/2017

    Will same-day pay help hourly workers and their employers?

    Interesting observation, HY. Would love to know the specific reference. Lot of wisdom from way back!
  • Posted on: 10/23/2017

    Will same-day pay help hourly workers and their employers?

    Most of us, at some time, have lived paycheck to paycheck. Heck, I've lived no-paycheck to no-paycheck. Stressful, no doubt about it.But there is a dangerous psychology at play here. First, as you approach the end of your work shift, what will you be thinking about for the last hour or so? It's like making every day a Friday afternoon. According to INC., "research suggests that in an eight-hour day, the average worker is only productive for two hours and 53 minutes." This immediate gratification sure won't help that!More importantly, this continues to hurt people's ability to handle time and circumstances. We've had many items in this space about how consumers seem unable to wait even for a few minutes for anything. Even educated senior executives have become unable to handle more that a page of reading at one time. One CFO, explaining why he hadn't read an email, told me it was a "book." It was actually a nine line paragraph. We're shrinking our brains!What does this approach teach people, especially our kids? That you don't have to plan and manage your circumstances; that your problems can be solved by day's end just like on TV. This isn't solving the problem of a tight budget, it actually exacerbates it.

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