Random (and hopefully useful) thoughts at the intersection of Design, IT, Psychology, and Business.

The wisdom of foolish

When Steve Jobs told students at Stanford University to “stay hungry, stay foolish” I’m pretty sure he did not mean being foolish foolish - the “fool and his money are soon parted” kind. “Good” foolish is knowing what to ignore, who to ignore, and when to do so. Being...

Staying hungry

Steve Jobs famously said “stay hungry, stay foolish” in a 2005 commencement speech he made in Stanford University. Staying hungry is to be open to and seek out new, experiences, and deliberately choose alternative pathways. The world is an endless buffet of...

CEOs out of touch with reality?

We have all heard tales of, and sometimes directly experienced, the rarefied world at the top of glass towers. Just how in-touch are the leaders who work in these spaces that can be so removed from the real world? Two recent media gaffes - by the respective CEOs of...

Pain and invoicing for work

We are not very good at remembering pain. When experiencing immediate pain, we would do anything, pay any amount, and do anything to be rid of it. This is why threats of physical hard or torture work. When the pain goes away, we immediately begin to forget just how...

Perceiving others’ pain

Pain is relative. The experience of pain is subjective to each individual.This can make it really hard for us to understand another person’s pain. We tend to gauge their pain by imagining how we would feel in the same situation. This is inevitably flawed as we can...

Confusing methodology with outcomes

Thefreedictionary.com provides the following definitions: Methodology: A body of practices, procedures, and ... working methods: Outcome: An end result; a consequence. In other words, methodology is the process of how. A methodology often creates tangible deliverables...

Coping with disruptions

In an interdependent system with established rules, a player can disrupt it by consistently acting contrary to the rules. To the point where no one wins and the system breaks down. I played my first game of Billionaire recently. I got the rules mixed up. Instead of...

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