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.

  • VIEW ARTICLES
  • VIEW COMMENTS
  • Posted on: 02/09/2021

    Will retail pharmacies be the cure for America’s ‘vaccine deserts’?

    In a word — ACCESS. I read with interest and delight how Olivia Adams who, while on maternity leave with a new born and a toddler managed to design a user-friendly website for making vaccination appointments. Governments spend millions on IT matters and seem to mess it up every time. Olivia did it for free in 40 hours of her time. If her work is applied to every vaccine outlet (churches, stadiums, schools, retailers, etc.) problem solved! Of course that assumes distribution is up to speed and we can't count on that. I say let's find the supply-chain version of Olivia! She's out there somewhere.
  • Posted on: 02/08/2021

    Will same-day delivery pay off for dollar stores?

    My point exactly, Doug, though much better said!
  • Posted on: 02/08/2021

    Will same-day delivery pay off for dollar stores?

    Like several respondents, I don't get the same-day delivery math for a dollar store either. The exception, perhaps, is for the house-bound. For the rest of us -- how often does one urgently need oven mitts or a ladle? More importantly, it seems to diminish the very experience of a dollar store. Isn't the joy of finding and purchasing items you had no intention of buying for almost pocket change essential to that experience? One you don't get anywhere else? Now Family Dollar is trying to be like everyone else. The "lemming culture" is far too pervasive in retail. Treasure your uniqueness!
  • Posted on: 02/02/2021

    Allbirds’ profitable business soars higher as it continues opening stores

    "Zig when others zag" has to be one of the first principles we all learned in our earliest marketing course. Following that principle has always required a lot of courage and creativity but, at this point at least, it looks like it's working for Allbirds.
  • Posted on: 01/18/2021

    Does a Staples/Office Depot merger now make more sense?

    I was going to say "You can say that again!" but it looks like you did! :) I've never understood why people don't get your point about there being "no such thing as a merger." One party always takes over everything from systems to marketing to product development and especially culture. Even in acquisitions it often happens that the acquired entity is killed off for exhibiting the very value for which it was acquired. E.g., too much creativity, free thought, innovation, etc.
  • Posted on: 01/18/2021

    Does a Staples/Office Depot merger now make more sense?

    Office supply retailers are heading down the same road as bookstores. Very few will survive even with so many of us working out of our homes. There is no discernible difference between them so they do need to merge to have a hope of competing with Amazon.
  • Posted on: 01/15/2021

    Would a Not-Amazon.ca-like effort help indy retailers compete with the online giant?

    As much as I love living in Arizona, Ali makes me proud to also be a Canadian. Good for you Ms. Haberstroh! I love this idea and it would be a great platform supporting the Buy Local movement.
  • Posted on: 01/11/2021

    Retailers give customers refunds and tell them to keep items

    My eyes are misty because of allergies! Really it's the allergies.
  • Posted on: 01/11/2021

    Retailers give customers refunds and tell them to keep items

    I understand the logic of the math and of virus control -- but the hole just keeps getting deeper.
  • Posted on: 12/30/2020

    Is it time for retailers to reconsider Instacart?

    Is it just me or does retail seem to be obsessed with self-inflicted wounds? All these "innovations" seem to be additional shots into the retail foot. The price-war race to the bottom, free shipping, the fastest shipping, and on and on. Customers will take anything retail wants to give them pretty well -- until the cord breaks such as Gene describes in his post. The biggest challenge in almost all businesses today is a growing aversion to SIMPLICITY. I don't know who to credit but I'm fond the truism: "If it's a simple idea it probably came from God."
  • Posted on: 12/16/2020

    It’s time for innovation or stagnation

    Here's the cornerstone principle: It's ALWAYS about the energy. Poorly executed "innovations" can drain organizational energy as easily as stagnation can. When we watch sports it is blatantly obvious when the "energy" switches from one team to the other. I believe that is true in retail as well. Lose energy and you lose the game. There are times to move and there are times to stay still. Both can be energizing if led wisely.
  • Posted on: 12/01/2020

    Dick’s Sporting Goods to test new ‘Public Lands’ outdoor concept

    The jury seems to be unanimous at the time of this writing. And the value of getting out there with the right gear is unarguable. Clearly the pandemic is what's pushing everyone out before they go crazy. But think of this like a rubber band. Once the tension is released, will people still have the same drive or will the couch and remote pull them back? Regardless of the answer it's still a great movement especially if Dick's can easily pull it back if the movement stops. That's the thing when we humans turn to something to "rescue" us, it is quickly set aside once we're safe again. As an aside, one lesson I've learned about innovative products and strategies is that if everyone's talking about it, it's probably too late to invest in it. As evidence I give you air-fryers and sourdough bread. At my house, both provided a diversion from isolation for about three weeks.
  • Posted on: 11/13/2020

    Should C-suite execs keep their opinions to themselves on store visits?

    I didn't notice anyone commenting on "the question of how conscious a capitalist Mr. Mackey is in reality." So I guess that's another topic. Having just watched a documentary about Socrates, I think he might be helpful in situations like this. "Telling" isn't nearly as effective an educational process as "discovering." Pretty well every teacher will tell you that. So a boss can say "I noticed the different way you displayed product at the storefront, I'm interested in learning your thinking behind that idea." Or he /she can say "That front display is ridiculous, take it down and do it this way." Which way would a true conscious capitalist do it?
  • Posted on: 10/13/2020

    Has Walmart come up with an answer to Best Buy’s Geek Squad?

    We're both smarter now, Richard! Mine was a hardware issue too. For others in a similar situation -- instead of giving a Mac product to the Geek Squad, call AppleCare and they will send you a shipping box so you can send your computer to them. You'll get it back fixed in relatively short order. I learned that from an anonymous Geek Squad guy.
  • Posted on: 10/13/2020

    Has Walmart come up with an answer to Best Buy’s Geek Squad?

    I agree almost totally with you, Peter. My issue is that I don't think "low cost" from Walmart will ever build the bridge to "competency." With the complexity of technology these days, this equates to bargain priced brain surgery.

Contact Ian

  • Apply to be a BrainTrust Panelist

  • Please briefly describe your qualifications — specifically, your expertise and experience in the retail industry.
  • By submitting this form, I give you permission to forward my contact information to designated members of the RetailWire staff.

    See RetailWire's privacy policy for more information about what data we collect and how it is used.