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: 05/27/2020

    Bookstores could be in store for a post-lockdown boom

    Interesting Gene. It has to do with energy. As you say, when you walk into a foreign book store there's an energy in the experience that washes over you. Amazon, on the other hand, is a mechanistic exchange - "Oh look, I saved 23 percent" is as intimate as it gets. I suggest that a true independent book store built by someone who wholeheartedly loves books like they are children emits that same kind of energy. Just feeling and being in it is worth paying a little more. Sadly they are hard to find.
  • Posted on: 05/27/2020

    Bookstores could be in store for a post-lockdown boom

    There are so many appealing things about New Zealand and this adds to the list. In contrast, I couldn't tell you how many times I've heard people observe that Americans don't read any more especially executives and investors who tend to brag about having a one page of bullet points limit to their reading attention span. Not reading is almost a badge of honor. Apparently one can run the entire free world without reading. Wondering if there's any data on that, I checked it out. According to Statistica.com, people in India read the most, an average of 10:42 hours a week. Closest I could find to New Zealand was Australia where they read 6:18 hours a week or 54 minutes a day. The report doesn't include demographics or what "reading" means. In the US it's 5.42 hours per week or about 49 minutes per day. If that includes reading emails and texts there clearly is no room for an actual book. Indeed, TIME says Americans read print 19 minutes per day. No idea why bookstores are hot in New Zealand though the secret may lie in the word "independent." Will there be a resurgence of book stores here? If at all, it will be in the independent category as well. Looks like Barnes & Noble are going for a disguise.
  • Posted on: 05/19/2020

    Wegmans breaks price increase news to its customers

    I'm of the "paint your problems in bright colors" school, Suresh, and you are sure on the right track. If people knew that a modest price increase meant a store employee who served them got a benefit so they could look after their family, it would gladly be paid. People like helping people. At Great Clipps for a haircut the other day, another customer gave a large tip to be shared among the three stylists. As that was done, it made the whole place happy including customers and we all wanted to help out more than usual.
  • Posted on: 05/19/2020

    Wegmans breaks price increase news to its customers

    IMO, the general public has no clue as to how a supply chain works or how the cost builds at each stage from beginning to end. And there is little awareness of how razor-thin most of the profit margins are along that same path. So we whine because a carton of eggs goes up 65 cents or that a single lime costs 35 cents. I love a good bargain as much as anyone, but for goodness' sake, let's stop every once in a while and think about what it takes to get those eggs and limes to us. What the public needs is education. The trick is how best Wegmans can create the lesson plan without looking like it's whining along with the rest of us. Tony Orlando, if you're reading this today - I'd love to know what the NET profit is on a carton of eggs! Just a guess is fine.
  • Posted on: 05/06/2020

    Will COVID-19 turn us into a society of health nuts?

    In my post, I meant to mention that the phrase "government-endorsed health programs" scares me half to death. As we see pollution standards diminished and poisons that all other countries have banned still being spread on our farm fields, and that even crop irrigation water is usually not something you'd ever want to drink -- the idea of putting our health under government thinking and into their hands is unfathomable.
  • Posted on: 05/06/2020

    Will COVID-19 turn us into a society of health nuts?

    There is always the tendency to be shaken into new behavior and then to revert back to the old ways once it's out of our internal psychic news cycle. That is -- unless the "shaking" is so severe that it becomes a tipping point, the bridge back is set on fire, etc. Where I hope that happens is in senior living and healthcare facility food services. I'm of the general opinion that facility food and health have little to do with each other. Even airplane food - back when there was such a thing - was often better. Proper, nutritious and uncontaminated food is critical to the immunological strength of seniors particularly.
  • Posted on: 04/21/2020

    Shake Shack returns $10M paycheck protection loan to the government

    Could not have been said better, Ken. Sadly we seem to be in an age where even "help" and generosity is polluted by greed and manipulation.
  • Posted on: 04/21/2020

    Shake Shack returns $10M paycheck protection loan to the government

    If the government was trying to rescue passengers on a sinking boat, the strategy would be: "Let's rescue the strongest swimmers first and then once the new shipment of life rafts arrives we'll get to those who can't swim." As colleagues have noted, in the end Shake Shack did a good thing. What companies who do good things have to be careful about is telling everyone they did a good thing. A true and honest good deed will always speak for itself. Karma does not like to be manipulated.
  • Posted on: 03/23/2020

    Costco is refusing returns on hoarded items

    Absolutely! Without question. I just wish there was a "Like All" button for my colleagues comments today. A "thumbs-up" to all.
  • Posted on: 02/24/2020

    IKEA tests the value of time as a sales incentive

    It must be 30 years now since my friend Donald Cooper had a very successful women's clothing store called Alive & Well, located way outside of Toronto. His pitch back then - one that pretty well everyone in Toronto could recite from his advertising - was that if you drove way out to his store and you hated it, he'd pay for your gas. As has been said, IKEA, there's nothing new under the sun. Mind you, it sure worked for Cooper! As I reminisce, he also bragged that his changing rooms had more hooks and were twice the size of anywhere else. In the children's area he served free drinks including grape juice, a beverage deliberately selected for the danger of it. Back then he was Canada's undisputed retail rebel.
  • Posted on: 02/20/2020

    Consumers hate paying for shipping more than just about anything

    The consumer's product delivery expectations is one of retail's most notable self-inflicted wounds. Is it just my scepticism kicking in or do most consumers not realize that there is no such thing as "free" shipping any more than there's a free lunch?
  • Posted on: 01/24/2020

    Can aesthetics cure our throw-away society?

    First, I'm an advocate of the principle that "Design Rules!" Appealing packaging design is, arguably, the best tool in the cause of sustainability. I also learned a long time ago that I throw few things out that have my name on them. So whether I was sending a client a proposal, report or a "motivational" coffee mug, I made sure their name was on it. I've had the joy of seeing some things still in use many years later. What if the store could print the family name or a slogan on an orange juice or ice cream container for example? The psychology behind the sustainability challenge is "What's in it for me?" Intellectually we all know that recycling is good for the planet but then recycled paper is usually more expensive than new. Unless I'm a tree-hugger (and I am) how is that a benefit for me? We have not yet figured out how to make a connection between cause and consumer.
  • Posted on: 01/20/2020

    Best Buy CEO faces alleged misconduct probe

    If any! We are a self-righteous society so prone to judge others, aren't we!
  • Posted on: 01/20/2020

    Best Buy CEO faces alleged misconduct probe

    Unknown accusers and very little information of the actual circumstances. Not a good foundation for someone to make an impactful judgement. Of course leaders, especially the most watched leaders, need to have the discipline to make wise choices. But so do those readily inclined to level accusations without the courage to stand up and take ownership of those accusations. I'm trying to decide with which proverb to end, please vote below: a.) Judge not lest you be judged. b.) Let those without sin cast the first stone.
  • Posted on: 01/08/2020

    Can casinos save the mall?

    Exactly what I was going to say Richard. But I hope this doesn't become a thing. Retail is getting more and more desperate and more and more sad as well.

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