Multifaceted Interests

Understanding Complexity Humanity Ingenuity Efficiency Efficacy

I am interested in:

  • Understanding people, systems, interactions.
  • Transforming chaos and complexity.
  • Designing to embrace the messiness of humanity.
  • Fostering and leveraging the innate creativity of people.
  • Enabling efficacy and resilience of individuals and teams.

I like models for understanding and working with:

  • People and emotions
  • Systems and relationships
  • Analysing situations
  • Solving problems
  • Getting things done more effectively

Most recent blog post:

Thank those who go the extra mile, because it probably cost them

Thank those who go the extra mile, because it probably cost them

Those who go the extra mile (to deliver outstanding results) are probably doing so on their own dime. This seems to be the unfortunate reality of work today. We have set up the organisations that run our government institutions, community causes, and private sector...

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Posts about models and frameworks:

From things to thinking

When it comes to business performance tools, we have evolved from the very tangible (computer hardware) to the very ephemeral and human (creativity and innovation) in the short short span of a mere few decades. The rapid pace of evolution of the computing industry is...

Innovation is not a business model

A successful sustainable business need to run on order and predictability. They do so with tested processes and systems that are dovetailed into a particular supply-demand chain. Innovation requires chaos and dynamism. Breakthroughs cannot occur when you are busy...

Decision making and change

People make choices based on two models: consequences (cost benefit; rational) or identity (Who am I? What would someone like me do?). Because identities are central to the way people make decisions, any change effort that violated someone's identity is likely doomed...

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Posts of checklists:

Rationality is an illusion

Businesses and certain "experienced business people" like to pretend that rationality is the only way to make "real" business decisions. Here are some irrational decisions I see many businesses make: Penny-wise and pound foolish. Buying under-powered equipment, not...


Hi, Your wisdum really gets me through the day zern. You are the guru of gurus. I picture you as a rich man who sips cocktails all day while wearing sunnies and board shorts with heaps of beautiful ladies around you while you’re typing business wisdom on your laptop...

What price self-esteem

I gave a talk this week to several hundred high school students at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research where the Eating Disorders Foundation had their Youth Forum. My talk was about body image – specifically how fantasies are literally manufactured in the media,...

Saving energy one search at a time

The ecoIron blog post Black Google inspired Blackle (ie Black Google). The premise is interesting. In summary: It takes less power (especially on CRTs) to display a predominantly black screen. Google, which has a predominantly white interface, is estimated to be...

Practical vs innovative; doing vs thinking

GK Chesterton in What’s Wrong with the World: “There has arisen in our time a most singular fancy: The fancy that when things go very wrong we need a practical man. It would be far truer to say that when things go very wrong we need an unpractical man. A practical man...

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