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YOUR HIDDEN FRIEND

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

YOUR HIDDEN FRIEND

Our hidden friend is something we all possess.  It gives fantastic results for almost no effort.  It largely determines our success and happiness – yet very few of us use our friend to anything remotely near its potential. I speak of the mind, and in particular the most powerful and “80/20” part of it – our unconscious mind. The unconscious is the seat of intuition and creativity.  Where else, for example, could surrealist art have come from?  Salvador Dalí would sit down, relax, and day-dream in order to conjure up the weird...

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THE UNCONSCIOUS IS YOUR TRUMP CARD

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Blog | 16 comments

THE UNCONSCIOUS IS YOUR TRUMP CARD

I believe future history examinations will contain this question: “Explain how it was possible for Donald Trump to become President of the United States.”  There are all manner of political answers to this question – for example, the fact that Trump identified a new constituency, the socially disengaged; the weaknesses of Hillary Clinton and of Trump’s opponents for the Republican nomination; and many, many more.  But I want to exclude all such considerations to concentrate here on the power of Trump’s mind, both his conscious and...

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7 REASONS TO REJOICE

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Blog | 3 comments

7 REASONS TO REJOICE

It is in our nature to be dissatisfied with life and to look for improvements, both for ourselves and for society.  That is good.  But it is also sometimes good to look back on the past and realise that we live in the best times that have ever existed, only to be bettered by the future, to which we should march confidently forward. Collectively, we are Richer and Healthier than ever, and Live Longer It’s easy to forget what it was like two or three generations ago.  I was privileged to listen recently to a speech by Mark Littlewood of...

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

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Blog | 8 comments

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 Stanford students showed they scored substantially more on creative tasks when they walked than when they sat. Meanwhile a study at the University of...

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HOW TO SPEND LESS TIME ONLINE & BENEFIT MORE

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Blog | 3 comments

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 online. But help is at hand from an old friend of mine, the 80/20 principle.  You probably know this is the observation that usually at least four-fifths of...

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THE NEXT BIG IDEA?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

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 Feldner, a recent Cambridge graduate, and Mathew Bonnon, who is still at Cambridge, and they have come up with a corker of an idea. The idea is local...

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BEWARE OF THE NARCISSISTIC LEADER

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Blog | 5 comments

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 were American They were all large publicly traded corporations, including Enron, WorldCom, Ahold, and Parmalat One surprise was that the cause of...

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Simplify

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Books | 0 comments

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 simplify: Price-simplifying – the route taken by Henry Ford, by McDonald’s, Southwest Airlines, IKEA, Charles Schwab, and Honda – reduces the price and...

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THE RISE & FALL OF ORGANIZATION MAN

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Blog | 4 comments

THE RISE & FALL OF ORGANIZATION MAN

One of the surprise bestsellers of 1956 – frequently reprinted throughout the 1960s – was an epoch-defining book by William H. Whyte called simply The Organization Man.  Those were the blessed days when books didn’t have to have subtitles to tell you what they were about.  One of my odd habits is re-reading important books of social commentary from the past.  The habit often reveals how hard it is to read social trends, and yet throws a lot of light on what has happened to define our own times. The Organization Man Thesis It is about...

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NINE THINGS YOU MIGHT CHOOSE TO BELIEVE

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Blog | 3 comments

NINE THINGS YOU MIGHT CHOOSE TO BELIEVE

I keep coming back to the words of Leonard Mlodinow: “We choose the facts we want to believe.  Unlike phenomena in physics, in life, events can often obey one theory or another, and what actually happens can depend largely upon which theory we choose to believe.  It is a gift of the human mind to be extraordinarily open to accepting the theory of ourselves that pushes us in the direction of survival, and even happiness.” It is because he is a professor of physics and neuroscience, not a preacher or a self-help guru, that I find it easier...

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