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HAVE YOU BEEN TRANSFORMED BY AN ORGANIZATION?

HAVE YOU BEEN TRANSFORMED BY AN ORGANIZATION?

“Personality, in our sense, is a Shakespearean invention.”  This week I came across this rather large claim, made by Harold Bloom of Yale in his book Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human.  Bloom’s argument is that Shakespeare was the first writer to describe the development – as opposed to the mere unfolding – of personality.  In Shakespeare, Bloom says, characters such as...

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THE REVENGE OF HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

THE REVENGE OF HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

This time, a new book, a new vision, and some valuable additions to my mental tool-kit, which as you know is rather deep but very small.  Something to celebrate and learn from, even though I think maybe half of the book is profoundly wrong.  The book is from “global strategist” Parag Khanna.  Called Connectography it has made me re-think my assumptions and views.  In many ways the whole...

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9 VITAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EUROPEAN UNION

9 VITAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EUROPEAN UNION

On June 23 2016, two days after this is posted, British electors will make a historic decision, which will affect the peoples of Europe and America to a degree they do not yet appreciate.  The result of the UK referendum on whether to remain in the EU, or leave it, is still highly unpredictable; as are the consequences of either decision. Here are nine questions to set the context: Can the EU...

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7 WAYS TO HAVE LUCKY ADVENTURES IN LIFE

7 WAYS TO HAVE LUCKY ADVENTURES IN LIFE

You may recall from my last blog post that luck gravitates to people who go on many adventures. The lucky people in life, society, and business are not the cleverest, nor the best connected, nor the most hard-working and persistent.  The most successful are the luckiest.  Yet, the luckiest are the experimenters – the folks who pull the handle of chance most creatively and most often. That...

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WHY WE NEED ADVENTURE ZONES

WHY WE NEED ADVENTURE ZONES

To succeed, you have to be lucky.  To be lucky, you have to go on lots of adventures. I’ve just been re-reading one of my favorite thought-provoking – and sometimes irritating – books, The Black Swan.  One of Taleb’s characteristically sharp remarks jumped out at me.  “I disagree,” he says, “with the followers of Marx and those of Adam Smith: the reason free markets work is...

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CAN DINOSAURS SIMPLIFY?

CAN DINOSAURS SIMPLIFY?

“Long runs on Broadway,” Tom Peters notes laconically, “are rare.”   Are market leaders naturally vulnerable to simplifiers? Well, there are many instances where they have been – IBM suffering from DEC’s simplified ‘minicomputers’ in the 1960s, and in the 1980s been beat up in PCs both by proposition-simplifiers such as Compaq, HP and Dell, and by proposition-simplifier Apple;...

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