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: 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.
  • Posted on: 10/13/2020

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

    It's not about the cost, it's about the competency! Apple's Genius Bar works because they are Mac experts. Best Buy is trying to handle both Macs and PCs even in their major repair centers. As a Mac guy my only advice is NEVER buy an Apple product from Best Buy nor take one to the Geek Squad for repair! I'm resisting providing a description of the absurd multi-month process of getting a Mac Book Pro fixed that Best Buy sold and had under warranty. Finally they admitted defeat and gave me a new one. The big challenge is for Walmart to create a distinct brand built more on competency than low cost.
  • Posted on: 10/09/2020

    Is Petco really a health and wellness retailer?

    Makes me wonder if you have a dog, Lee. Most of us (though we might not say so out loud) would rather be sick than have our dog sick. Weird, I know. We'd even question the meme that "dogs are not people." Our dog has kept us sane over the last six months and kept my blood pressure down at the same time. Very talented pooch. My issue on this Petco thing is that so much toxic crap is out there for our pets that it's almost impossible to decide what is healthy and what is not. The attitude seems to be - hey, it's just a dog. cat, fish, etc. So a place where everything is health-curated is just fine with me.
  • Posted on: 10/09/2020

    NYC startup promises 15-minute grocery delivery

    I totally agree with you Georganne -- but I think their position will be that the clock starts once the groceries are on the bike.
  • Posted on: 10/09/2020

    Will Dollar General win over higher-income consumers with its new store concept?

    Solid advice Jeff, though going from $1 to $5 isn't exactly jumping lanes. I agree, it really is an interesting idea.

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