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…

Problems in an ego-driven business

When a business is primarily driven by the owner’s ego, the following problems often arise: Wrong priorities: The ego’s needs come first. Everybody else, including customers, must come…

The time for grassroots action is now

Forget governments and politicians; the time for grassroots action is now. Like many people I know, I have been increasingly disillusioned with politicians and governments of late; from…

Why ego-driven businesses fail

When the owner’s ego is the primary driver for a business, it can fail because the ego’s need for attention gets in the way. The dominance of the…

A body of worth

Create a body of work to demonstrate your abilities and commitment to your craft. Two examples come to mind: This guy who makes a new spoon every day….

Post-traumatic growth

The Surprising Benefit Of Going Through Hard Times is a positive article on thriving after traumatic events. A common traumatic event many working professional face is being the…

Some problems are insoluble

Let’s define solved as – the problem has be dealt with, or cleared up, in such a way that it has gone away and not likely to occur…

The pros and cons of being nice

Because humans are social animals, being nice is a basic requirement to stay in business. If we want our businesses to last, we must learn to work with…

 

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