Most discoveries in business are the result of accident, rather than design

Jules Goddard and Tony Eccles

Misconception: Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 6.00pm are the most fertile and productive hours of the working week.

"Mould-breaking strategies grow initially like weeds; they are not cultivated like tomatoes in a hothouse". Henry Mintzberg

"A weed is a flower in the wrong place." Ian Emberson

"GET OUT of your office. Tell me, honestly, when was the last time that something inspiring, off-the-wall, counter-cultural or clever happened at that big table in your office?"

Tom Peters, the exuberant writer on management, poses this arresting question as a prelude to reappraising the conditions that are conducive to creativity, breakthrough thinking and strategic innovation.