Posts in category: Efficacy

Making it to the middle

Making it to the middle

An Intercontinental Hotel ad: “Ever heard of anyone dreaming of making it to the middle?” Nice copy. The reality is – many do end up in the middle (and below the middle). This aspiration is related to the same flawed belief that every business must grow ever bigger...

No to pessimism paranoia and selfishness

Sacha Molitorisz’s opinion piece Hoarse men of the Apocalypse in the Sydney Morning Herald provided some much appreciated optimism and reality check amidst the current trend of doom and gloom. Survivalism is an interesting concept. It is a different way to look at the...
Silence is golden is innovation

Silence is golden is innovation

We live in an input-saturated age. We are bombarded with input from the moment we wake up. We read the paper, watch the news, check emails… The taxi plays multimedia advertising. The buses play dramatic soap operas. There is flickering puke-inducing advertising...

Perspective, perspective, perspective

Read The story of the ‘poor’ family on Wake Up Tiger. In a recent set of conversations about the future strategy for a company, I realised that most of such discussions are centred around lack. We are not big enough. We don’t turnover enough. We are...

Empathy in action

When you walk a dog for long enough, you start seeing things from the dog’s perspective. Often it is impractical or impossible to literally walk in someone’s shoes. I cannot be the dog. But I can do the next best thing. I can walk with the dog. This is empathy in...

Self-censorship and the fear of creativity

“it’s our inner critic that serves as the world’s most powerful deterrent to artistic expression, or any kind of self-expression, for that matter.” Patricia Kokinos commenting on Talks Elizabeth Gilbert: A different way to think about creative genius on TED....

Competing with everyone

Are you trying to compete with everyone? Trying to compete with everyone is like trying to appeal to everyone. If you are operating on the assumption that everyone is your customer, then you will fall into the trap of thinking that everyone is your competitor. Your...

The power of belief

Belief is powerful and irrational. Most if not all of us have a set of beliefs. May Singaporean taxi and truck drivers have ornate and elaborate altars installed on their dashboards. There are often also charms and talismans hanging from the rear view mirror. The...
What shape are you?

What shape are you?

IDEO’s Tim Brown first wrote about T-shaped people in Strategy By Design. A T-shaped person is essentially someone with a core principal skill (the stem of the T) that is complemented by a range of complementary(!) skills which form the horizontal bar of the T....

Lessons from transitions

Transitions – saying goodbye, moving home, changing jobs, starting/ending a business – are often hard. They are rife with emotions and chaotic thoughts. Transitions also offer the potential for clarity and realisations. If we can avoid being consumed by the whirpool...
Existential mulling 1 – Blogging

Existential mulling 1 – Blogging

Perth is a great place for a spot of introspection. With wide open blue blue skies by day. And a great swath of the Milky Way by night. I have been walking my sister’s dog in the long Kodachrome twilights and evenings. After the endless bustle of Sydney and the...

To improve or not to improve?

Some people say “work on fixing your weaknesses.” Others say “forget trying to fix your weaknesses, focus instead on really making your strengths shine.” The former has us striving for an average between our strengths and weaknesses. The latter focuses on maximising...
Outliers

Outliers

Outliers: The story of success by Malcolm Gladwell, ISBN 978-0-141-03624-3. Another interesting read from Malcolm Gladwell. Full of statistical patterns, facts and insights from a variety of fields from hockey to air crash investigation. It takes 10,000 hours of doing...

Social graces, ethics and learnt behaviour

The idea for this post came to me while “chatting” to Robert Rath’s friends on his Facebook page a few weeks ago; about the annoying people who put their seats all the way back on a plane. You know the type. As soon as the seatbelt sign pings off, they got their seat...
Chinese blog posts idea

Chinese blog posts idea

It has been a super-busy month. My ideas-file is filling up with stuff waiting to make it onto this blog. Oh well, such is life. More thoughts and posts are coming when I get to them. Promise. 🙂 Here’s a question for you: would you like to see (selected) blog...
Visual thinking and napkins

Visual thinking and napkins

Have a look at Dan Roam’s site. He is the author of The Back of the Napkin – which is about how to leverage the power of visual thinking. His site has some great presentations – doodle on a virtual napkin of course – on visual thinking. Definitely well worth a...

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

I like these: Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before your eat. Flush. Warm cookie and cold milk...

The hours are long…

DHL is running an ad that showed how they help bring the F1 to different locations around the world – a most worthy exemplar of their logistics capabilities indeed. The ad is beautiful to look at, the message is clear, and the emotions come through. One line of...

E.piphanies

E.piphanies – worth a look, and a think. Share yours!
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