If you don't like something, just take away its only power: your attention.

What we pay attention to

I posted this aphorism on my Facebook feed a while ago which sparked a discussion with a friend. The following is a summary of the clarity that resulted…

Empathy in electronic communications

Empathy and connection works in electronic communications too. It just takes us a bit of time to adapt. I really do believe that the more we spend time…

Add your voice

Add your voice to the chorus of humanity. Don’t stay silent when you have something to say. Don’t shy back from adding your voice to the chorus of…

Incremental acceptance of the unacceptable

Social disasters stem from the gradual acceptance of unacceptable (but small) changes. Step by unchallenged little step, we march as a whole towards a greater outcome we would…

From Facebook to direct interactions

Image via Buzzfeed. It took about five minutes yesterday, standing on a busy train platform, to decide to scale back (ok, suspend) my interactions on Facebook. Nothing bad…

Fakery gives permission

Real or Fake? AI Is Making It Very Hard to Know, by Will Knight. The ability to fake evidence with increasing plausibility will like give more of us…

Asking the wrong questions of politicians

When our politicians make terrible decisions, when we struggle to comprehend their seemingly illogical or irrational support for certain causes, we often ask the wrong question. Why do…

Just hiring diversity is not enough

Diversity is more than just hiring diverse people in your organisation. If everyone in your organisation is unwilling, or don’t know how to connect to each other, then…

Ill-differentiated triggers

This was on the wall next to a secure door. To exit, I had to touch one of these buttons. But which one? With such ambiguity, I wonder…

Golden opportunity or trickery?

A friend of mine, faced with staying in or leaving a job, asked: “How do I differentiate between feeling like I am leaving a golden opportunity and being…

Seeing clearly and mastery

Many of us would have seen this “Game Changers” ad for the Australian government’s Department of Finance by now. It still surprises me that in spite of our…

Tech mags: from news to guidebooks

I haven’t bought a computer magazine for over 15 years now. The last time I flipped through one was more than five years ago. So it was interesting…

If you want to survive in design

I took the screengrab on the left. And mocked up the one on the right. It still astounds me how often I come across illegible designs. I can…

Reviewing commitments

How often are we caught up in a particular course of action – something we had committed to some time ago – when it no longer serves us…

Details details details

This is one of the monitors in a local McDonald’s. Do you notice anything odd about the display? It has been like this since I first came here…

Constructive versions of lying techniques

Here are the eight How to lie in a post-truth world techniques reframed as constructive actions. 1. Tap into an existing narrative. Building your audience’s existing knowledge and…

How to lie in a post-truth world

In this age of post-truth politics and alternate facts, lying had never been more in the public eye. We see it in politics and in marketing; in the…

The humble index.html page

In the age of WordPress and other cheap and easy content management systems, we should not forget the humble index.html file. You can build one with nothing more…

EQ visualised

This is my visualisation of Daniel Goleman’s definition of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) as he described in the video below.

Anything is possible

We live in topsy-turvy times. If Trump can become the leader of the most powerful nation on this planet, then anything is truly possible. He is challenging established…

Give as much as you take

Give as much as you take. (If in doubt, give a little more.) Balancing our needs and their needs, in a fair and reasonable way, is important for…

Macbook Pro 2020 Prediction

Just for fun, here is a parody prediction of the next Macbook Pro refresh in 2020. Thinner, completely portless, and still stubbornly non-touchscreen. 🙂

Four lessons in social manipulation from the 2016 US elections

Black and white thinking. This is the core of simplistic thinking, where we render complexity into easy, yes/no, good/bad, for/against positions. No individual is all “good” or all…

Five self-awareness lessons from the 2016 US elections

Judge others by their actions, not their words. A candidate can say anything they want before the election, then change their mind after. They can even do a…

 

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