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:

Stability amidst change

Stability amidst change

Change is constant. And inevitable. But we also need stability. We are creatures of comfort. Change can be invigorating in short bursts, but we can only tolerate a certain amount of change-stress. Stability is the salve for change-stress. It is necessary for our...

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Posts about models and frameworks:

Easy access to diversity

Europeans have an amazing level of easy access to diversity. I can in to dinner at a friend's house in another country (different political education systems, different culture) on a metro train system. Less than an hour's travel time. No passport required. No...

Most businesses can’t and don’t want to be more innovative

No slack-off time = no innovation. Most of us work too many hours trying to keep on top of our to-do lists. How many have time to think? Let alone thinking, reflecting or reading up on new things. Or exploring new things, new approaches, trying out a new gadget....

Resistance to knowledge, thinking and change

In the absence of insufficient knowledge, we build simplistic and incomplete models of the world around us. And over time these become immutable truths. Society has role-specialised to the point where we have successfully outsourced our knowledge creation to...

Fashion design drawing IS reality!

I stand corrected! See my previous post Toilet designed by a fashion designer. It does appear that the 9-heads proportion used in fashion design drawings is a realistic representation of women in real life. As French model Isabella Caro demonstrates below (red lines...

Merry Consumption-mas!

This is Christmas in a shopping centre in the middle of Orchard Road, Singapore. I have layered the image to emphasise the crowded chaos: Imagine a vast marbled hall, ringing with the screeching of excited shoppers as they paw eagerly through the latest lot of...

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Posts of checklists:

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...

A Technique for Producing Ideas

An oldie but a goodie - written in 1965 by James Young. Read Kirby Ferguson's summary: Book summary: A Technique for Producing Ideas My paraphrasing: Gather input Let it stew Walk away from it for a while Listen for the "ding" that says the idea is ready Serve it up,...


Flow. By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. ISBN 0-7126-5759-2. After reading Good Business by the same author, I just had to get this work. This book provided a lot more details on the author's research into flow and happiness. He tackled the subject of consciousness, and our...

How do you shop?

There are two types of shoppers - the checklister, and the gut-feeler. The checkllister looks "objectively" at features and price. I need a website with a homepage, a products list and a blog. The cheapest supplier wins. The gut-feeler places more importance on the...

Design effective signs and posters

Various posters on Flickr Signs and posters are short and sweet A sign or a poster has a very specific function – to clearly communicate a (usually limited) set of information in a way that both attracts attention and can be read in a fairly short period of time. A...

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