Posts in category: Authenticity

What drives a closed mind?

What drives a closed mind?

What would compel someone to be so rigid, inflexible and exclusive with their thinking that they end up disrupting discussions and alienating themselves from groups? I noticed these unhelpful and disruptive behaviours from someone in a group ideation session recently...
Movie soundtrack censorship fail

Movie soundtrack censorship fail

[Warning: this post contains uncensored naughty words.] I really don’t get why some cultures still censor “bad” words from movies. It can’t be about the children surely – because inevitably the movies these words are meticulously removed from are ones that show...

The Divine One

In the business media, we love to celebrate the Divine One – like Steve Jobs. Undoubtedly, Apple would not be where it is today without Steve Jobs. But at the same time, we tend to forget that Steve Jobs would not have been able to make his contributions without...
Purposing

Purposing

I have always be somewhat uncomfortable with the notion of “repurposing”. It’s like leftovers. Nothing wrong with it. But not quite the sort of thing to serve dinner guests. To repurpose is to re-use an existing product with minimal modifications so as to create...

Coca Cola “Happy Cycle”

I can’t decide if this new online Coke ad is a covert attempt to go viral, or if it is a genuine irony fail. In an obese nation like the US that already consumes way too much calories and sugar, running an ad that shows passersby riding a bike to expend 140...
Listening to transform crises and conflict

Listening to transform crises and conflict

I was once asked to meet with a “difficult” bank executive on behalf of a client. The rising frustration between the parties was holding up the project. The meeting started off as described by my colleagues. Anger, frustration, defensiveness; expressed as strong...
McDonalds: our food, your questions

McDonalds: our food, your questions

McDonalds is running a “we’ll answer your questions” campaign in Australia at the moment. Some of the questions and answers are interesting, from a human interaction/social media perspective. Here are a couple of expected passive-aggressive...

Whole-self, not wholesale

One of the greatest gift of working for myself is that I can create client relationships where I am able to bring my whole self to work. Bringing my whole self makes things easier as I can just be me. I don’t need to pretend to be who I am not. This enables more...

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...

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...

Selling short? Or practising abundance?

If we give away something we have worked hard on for free, are we selling ourselves short? Or is there more to it? Designer Adam Whitcroft gives away a set of beautifully crafted icons for free. This is his rationale: I didn’t start Batch with the aim of selling it,...

Fear-based workplace

This Businessweek article – Ten Signs of a Fear-Based Workplace was written near the start of the global financial crisis. The points are nonetheless still very relevant today. Some, like points 3 and 4, have long been unquestioningly accepted “rules” of...

The voices within

The internal conversations we have with ourselves have a significant bearing on our well-being and our responses to external stimuli. Awareness of these conversations is an important step toward more conscious, deliberate and authentic being. Similarly, organisations...
Whole-heartedly; or go home

Whole-heartedly; or go home

Someone once said to me once (with a fair amount of contempt): Why do you bother to try and bring your whole self to work? Why do you need to care about the project’s purpose, the organisation’s values, or how well the business’ ethics line up with...

Making an impact authentically

Making a significant impact on the world must necessarily involve others. Not to mention the critical importance of intention alignment for any sustainable and effective working relationship. I was listening to someone on the train talk passionately about changing the...

Honouring ideals and values

When we fail to honour our ideals (or if we have completely malleable values) we become flip-flopping arseholes; where integrity means the ability to consistently do/say whatever for our own immediate gain. “Let the highest truths and values guide you. Live up to...

Illiteracy in the post-PC era

The term “post-PC era” is increasingly being bandied around the media since it was invented by the Magical Apple Marketing Machine. Even as we increasingly flock glassy-eyed to the shiny, fondle-able tablets; “…fewer and fewer people have the ability to read and write...
Apple a narcissistic organisation?

Apple a narcissistic organisation?

I came across the following characteristics of a narcissistic organisation on SlideShare. The first organisation that came to mind as I was perusing this was Apple. Their actions seem to fit a lot, if not all, of the following characteristics (my paraphrasing): Some...

Sing from your heart

Remember this from 2007? It always reminds me that all is well with the world. Totally deserving of the close to 100 million views! I reckon the lesson here is: do what you are here to do; and all will work out. Even in the cut-throat music world, you don’t have to be...

Beliefs and care factor

Our beliefs about a group of people, like our customers for example, can enhance or retard our ability to understand and empathise with them, and consequently how we value and treat them. Unquestioned beliefs silently become unconscious behaviours. Shared beliefs can...
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