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WALK TO THINK, TO DEEPEN FRIENDSHIPS, & TO MAKE MONEY!

WALK TO THINK, TO DEEPEN FRIENDSHIPS, & TO MAKE MONEY!

It’s official!  Through the miracle of Twitter, I have just discovered an article by Ferris Jabr (see end of this post) which gives scientific evidence that walking helps us think.  Walking stimulates the heart, sending more blood and oxygen to the brain, connecting brain cells, improves memory, and stimulates the growth of new neurons and of messages between the neurons.  Experiments on 176...

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HOW TO SPEND LESS TIME ONLINE & BENEFIT MORE

HOW TO SPEND LESS TIME ONLINE & BENEFIT MORE

“What information consumes is rather obvious – the attention of its recipients.  A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”  So wrote the great social scientist Herbert Simon, and his comment applies in spades to cyberspace.  We are deluged by tidal waves of information, and there have been few convincing guides to how to avoid drowning in data or wasting our time...

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THE NEXT BIG IDEA?

THE NEXT BIG IDEA?

It’s not every day that you hand over a cheque for £50,000 in exchange for a ten-page essay, and feel that you have a bargain.  But I was genuinely thrilled to do this last Thursday night at a gala dinner celebrating the winners of the Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize at the Senate House of the University of London, organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs.  The young winners were Mark...

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BEWARE OF THE NARCISSISTIC LEADER

BEWARE OF THE NARCISSISTIC LEADER

I’ve been reviewing a study of the top 25 instances of corporate fraud between 1998 and 2005, and there are some fascinating lessons that still apply today.  The research, by Kees Cools, a professor at Groningen University in the Netherlands affiliated to the Boston Consulting Group, accounted for $25 billion of corporate malfeasance.  Some of the headlines: 21 of the 25 companies involved...

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Simplify

Simplify

For the past 40 years I have searched for simple and parsimonious principles to help individuals create great new businesses, and thus enrich the world and the people involved. In SIMPLIFY, Greg Lockwood and I have come up with a new answer. Most of the best businesses in the world have simplified a product or service, and therefore a market. There are two almost opposite ways to...

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