Leadership Cain Ullah

SoDA Lessons in Leadership and Empathy

The Society of Digital Agencies is an extremely diverse community of digital agency leaders from across the globe. At the most recent General Member Meeting in Lisbon, I discovered new learnings regarding listening and empathy, and how both are critical to being a good leader.

Leadership,Badger Life Cain Ullah

Red Badger - eight years and maturing nicely

It is crazy that three years have already passed since I was writing a similar blog post to this, celebrating Red Badger turning 5. In that previous post I started by mentioning how time goes so quickly and that still rings true. I cannot believe it has been 8 years since Stu, Dave and I started this company.

Leadership,UX & Design Andreas Conradi

Consultant skill 3: Inspire divergent thinking by asking

Most management consultants hone their skills in deductive, convergent thinking. Considering pros and cons and making informed decisions. Design consultants bring another skill to the table. Divergent thinking aims to create better options in the first place, before narrowing down and making decisions in the convergent phase. It requires an empathetic, generative, and optimistic approach.

Leadership,UX & Design Andreas Conradi

Consultant skill 2: A more intentional inquiry

When a problem is initially stated, everyone assumes they understand it in the same way. That might be false because we tend to unconsciously fill the gaps with our own projections, and colour in the words with our own point of view. My aim for this article is to show how we can be more effective and intentional with our questions.

Leadership,Opinion Cain Ullah

Alignment. The secret sauce to Scaling Excellence.

Scaling a company can be a bumpy ride but there are some key things you must do to ensure you can scale without reducing the quality or value provided to your clients or customers. Alignment is a critical part of your transformation as you scale.
 

Leadership Cain Ullah

Incentivising Your Staff beyond Carrot and Stick

A common misconception is that financial rewards, such as performance-based bonuses, always help improve employee motivation. In fact, the opposite is often true. So what are the best techniques for increasing employee motivation and productivity?

Leadership Jack Vickers

Red Badger meets Queensmead School for BIMA Digital Day

Over one hundred agencies and 100 schools from around the UK took park in BIMA Digital Day, a special day that helps to educate students giving them an insight into the tech world to impart their knowledge. A few Badgers attended Queensmead School in South Ruislip to participate on 17 November.

Leadership Cain Ullah

New Ways of Thinking...New Ways of Working

Why is there such little engagement from the procurement department during the process? The traditional set-up is run almost as if it is an external event; the outcome of which has no impact on the purchaser at all.

Leadership Cain Ullah

2015: Native App Development is Dead in the Enterprise

With Gartner results showing that in 2014 mobile and tablet sales equated to approximately 2.4 billion unit sales compared to 318 million PCs and with an ever increasing proliferation of mobile devices, for many enterprise level organisations developing an effective mobile strategy continues to be one of their biggest challenges.

Leadership Cain Ullah

Founders Week: The Importance of Taking Time Out

I suggested to Dave and Stu that the three of us take a Founders Week, to do some more strategic thinking away from the day-to-day of running the business. After I suggested the idea, it became apparent that Dave had also already been considering taking a week, but to himself, not the three of us together. When suggesting we do it together, both Stu and Dave were sold immediately.

Leadership Cain Ullah

Spree Commerce – The future of E-Commerce?

Red Badger are always looking at new ways of working with regard to our tech stack as well as our process engineering methods. Our focus is on helping our clients to realise benefit as quickly as possible.

Leadership Cain Ullah

Let Your Customers Lead the Way

Over the last year we have done a wealth of very different projects for a host of very different companies. In every project we have done, one thing has come across loud and clear, the customer. Almost everything we have worked on – internal and external, across every sector from finance to retail, media to technology – has been driven by the need to meet customer expectations.