Stuff We Believe In – Howies philosophy for business…

1 02 2010

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Dave Hieatt - Co-founder of Howies | photo courtesy of Mike Lusmore see: http://www.mikelusmore.com

Being Authentic means having a greater purpose than making money. This is what drove Dave Hieatt, founder of Howies clothing, to give up a career in advertising and set up in business doing something he was passionate about. His desire? To make people think about the world we live in. Profits come second – or should that be third, after mountain-biking

I purchased a tee shirt from Howies recently and found a tag which tells customers about their business – I like the  statement below which convinced me to buy more of their products in future – I really empathise with these values :-

Stuff We Believe In…

  • We believe in making stuff that lasts.
  • We believe in good old fashioned service.
  • We believe in sport. We believe in play. We believe in having fun.
  • We believe the environment needs more friends.
  • We believe in making people think.
  • We believe the glass is always half-full.
  • We believe higher quality means lower impact.
  • And we believe tea should always be made in a pot.

It seems to be working – the company grows from strength to strength – 90% of their business is done via their website and catalogue and with minimal advertising – customers keep coming back, and referring family and friends – so Howies must be doing something right.

What do you believe in? Are you doing something that you are truly passionate about? Is the company you work for as Authentic as Howies? If not then why not? You can always talk to me about how myself and my colleagues from Authenticis can help transform your work into something truly motivational.

James Rock – Cultivar Consulting

For more about Howies visit their website : Howies

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Delivering Competitive Advantage through design…

26 11 2007

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Design plays a fundamental role in the success of many of the world’s leading companies. But how do those firms ensure that they are getting the best return on their investment in design?

For their most in-depth study ever, Design Council researchers visited the design departments of eleven companies, all world-leaders in their fields and all with a public commitment to the use of design to improve their brand strength and product and service offerings.

The study looked at the way design is used in these firms, how designers work with staff from other disciplines and how the design process is managed to deliver consistently successful results. How is design managed across complex, global, product and brand portfolios, we wanted to know. So they asked leading design teams how they select and organise their designers, and when they bring designers into the product or service development process. They also wanted to find out what skills today’s designers need in order to succeed.

From this in-depth examination the report aimed to draw out some of the key features that define the state-of-the-art in modern design practice, as well as the unique approaches that set some firms apart.

The full study includes eleven case studies looking in detail at the processes used at each participating company. The report can be accessed by downloading it from our website Articles page. Further informtion can also be obtained by visiting the Design Council website:

Eleven Lessons in Managing Design