Posts in category: Human Nature

Tax office thank you

Tax office thank you

I spotted this rather nice (genuinely so) message printed on my Singapore tax return recently. “Thank you for your contribution towards nation building” Printed just under the total amount of tax owing. One part of me says I should be scoffing cynically at this. But I...

Crisis-driven change

Why does change always have to be crisis-driven? Is this simply another way of saying necessity is the mother of change? That necessity is driven primarily by crisis? Because we simply don’t feel a necessity unless it is actually hurting us? Is the average human...

Social media and the porn industry

How does the porn industry currently leverage social media, given its somewhat underground, brown paper bag nature, to service its needs? The likes of marketing, enabling and supporting tribes, etc. I am assuming the industry already uses social media to some extent....

At Poznan, no one is listening

“At the world climate change summit, few delegates paid attention to the tale of oil’s inevitable demise” writes Jeremy Leggett of The Guardian. Of particular interest: Here is the bottom line. At oil prices below around $70 a barrel, producing oil becomes...

Two insightful and fun gems

From Kate Carruthers’ blog: MBAs, ethics, pledges and virginity – “as those young people mature and obtain hostages to fortune, how will they resist the forces of conformity in the workplace? How will they resist those little daily compromises that...

Hyper-stimulated patrons at … the ad:tech keynote!

Further to my post about hyper-stimulated cinema patrons in Singapore – patrons who felt the uncontrollable urge to talk and text incessantly during movies – I have now discovered the exact same behaviour during a keynote speech at a conference! At the ad:tech...
Business is personal (in Arab culture)

Business is personal (in Arab culture)

A walk-by pickup at a bookshop: Spotted in Understanding the Arab Culture – a practical cross-cultural guide to working in the Arab world by Dr Jehad Al-Omari. Most Westerners have a tendency to divorce and separate their personal lives from business imperatives. The...

Transmitter and receiver orientations in communications

In reading about Geert Hofstede’s Dimensions, I came upon the following interesting proposition: Western communications has a “transmitter orientation” – the responsibility is on the speaker to make him/herself understood. Asian communications has a “receiver...

Nature versus nurture

Many industrialised societies today suffer from a poverty of desire – for excellence, quality and craftsmanship. Their citizenry value cheap-and-plenty seemingly over every other considerations. Can you desire what you don’t know? Is it still poverty if you...

Relationships more important than tech specs

According to a Wired magazine article, UK vendors Vodaphone and Radio Shack both gave away netbooks to customer who sign up to wireless data accounts. “… Computers are developing the same economics as mobile phones. Hardware is becoming a commodity. It is...

Alignment is a universal challenge

Where there is a relationship, alignment will be a key concern. Alignment is critical for organisations working to strong visions and causes. But less so for conventional organisations. Alignment is critical for life partnerships. But less so for...

What girls and boys value

Girls value: friendship, caring, collaboration, consensus and sharing. Negatives are: alienation, undermining others, being ostracised. Boys value: strength, self reliance, competition and winning. Negatives are: fear of emasculation, expressions of weakness and...

10 Worst Countries to be a Blogger

Read the full article on the Committee to Protect Journalists website. Burma Iran Syria Cuba Saudi Arabia Vietnam Tunisia China Turkmenistan...

The kindness of strangers

My friend Tanneke just sent me this link and it was so cool I had to post it straight away. Read Robots That Survive on Kindness of Strangers on DailyGood. I have always believed that most people are generally kind, trustworthy and nice. For most of my business life...
Status Anxiety

Status Anxiety

Some interesting points to ponder from Alain de Botton’s Status Anxiety ISBN 0-141-01486-5. “We hold divergent views about our characters and rely on others’ attitude to accept one set of views over the other.” Could this partially explain why relationships are...

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...

The shape of things to come?

This article: Dubai’s Lesson to America: How the Middle East’s Shangrai La Became a Hell on Earth, by Johann Hari of The Independent pains a disturbing picture. Is this what will happen (what could have happened) to Australia, the US and Europe if the...
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