Posts in category: Resilience

The impetus to change in times of comfort

The impetus to change in times of comfort

Change is constant and all that – and more often than not, externally imposed. An immediately threatening situation arises, and so we make decisions, set up a course of action, and action that. Very few organisation (or individuals), no matter how “change embracing”,...

Too incompetent to know your own incompetence?

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to appreciate their mistakes. From Wikipedia. This seems to be more pronounced in...
Ethics and moral judgements

Ethics and moral judgements

Is it possible for us to be ethical without passing moral judgements? I am aware that many discussions around ethical business practices seem to revolve around what is “right” and “wrong”. This black and white approach makes things easier to discuss, but is...
Bloom’s Taxonomy diagram

Bloom’s Taxonomy diagram

A tidied up doodle I did of Bloom’s Taxonomy some time ago. This shows the different levels as subsets of each higher order level. Education starts with the remembering of facts. Then we move up to comprehension of these remembered facts. And so on. I have not...
The developing, the developed and the brave new world to come

The developing, the developed and the brave new world to come

Given the access to the same technology and knowledge, coupled with the hunger for rapid growth, the developing world is fast catching up to the developed world in just about every way – according to Fredrick Härén in this book The Developing World. Here’s the model I...
“To hell with being a home-owner”

“To hell with being a home-owner”

An article entitled as above, by Georgina Carr, caught my attention whilst browsing the February 2010 issue of Psychologies magazine. Returning home from another dull day at work, I collapsed on my luxurious must-have sofa, and contemplated the surface of my life. … I...

F**k my weaknesses

This is my response to an overheard piece of advice (person A was vehemently trying to convince person B to spend loads of time and effort on fixing their weaknesses): No. I don’t want to improve my weaknesses. It is never pleasant nor particularly effective. It saps...

Reflections on travelling: enoughness

Travel is a structured way to practice letting go of the need to micromanage the day-to-day. To exorcise that sense of never-quite-having-enough-time that has plagued my life for long enough. There is nothing else I have to do other than wake up on time and get on the...

A worthy vision

Designers stand between revolutions and everyday life. … Designers make disruptive innovations manageable and approachable, so that they can be embraced and assimilated into life. In 25 years designers will be at the nexus of things. They will not be divvied up...

Taking a sabbatical

Dear readers, I am about to kick off my sabbatical this Sunday by flying to the Middle East for several weeks of sightseeing. My plan is to post my thoughts each day and some images; assuming I am not too knackered given the daily 7:45am starts. I will also share my...

Working to a higher purpose

Here’s a part of what I wrote down recently as the vision for what I want my work to be: My work solves worthwhile problems and enriches the lives and wellbeing of individuals; especially the forgotten, the small and the least empowered. My work contributes to...

Personal development underlies good business and good governance

People are at the core of human activities on this planet. This is stating the obvious perhaps, but it seems like we forget that – in the way we select our business and political leaders, in the way we hand over our power to supposedly-infallible humans. And in the...

On success in life and work

Subba Iyer’s post It’s not what you think, but how you think that matters! resonated with a few of my personal realisations and musing recently on business and personal success. “Create a strategy for [my] life” – having a purpose enables purposeful work. Many of us...

What happens to the dreamers of big dreams?

Every so often, I come across words that resonate deeply with me, with my particular circumstance at a particular time. This post by Michael Tate is the most recent. Via Mia Jane. My summary below – though I strongly urge you to read the entire original post: It...

Empathy vs second-guessing

The following is a collection of somewhat related thoughts I found on my Blackberry: Empathy requires active involvement and constant flow of information. So as to help us stay in character. Trying to stay in someone else’s shoes without this stream of input...

Tools to access our personal truths

In increasing order of effectiveness: Our words – the stories we tell the world about who we are. Our thoughts – the rational discussions we have with our selves. The rationalisations we have for our actions. Our feelings – our emotions, internal dialogue and our...
Boo to perception management

Boo to perception management

“Why change the world when all you need to change people’s perception?” — Claudia Bing, a PR magnate character in Absolutely Fabulous. The older I get, the less concerned I am about trying to “manage” other people’s perception. These days I am more...

Passion and attraction

Beware the people your passion attracts! When I first read what Hugh MacLeod wrote in his book Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity, it struck a deep deep chord: “…as soon as they get a foothold inside the inner circle, you soon realise they never really...
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