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TOP 10 – 4 OF 10 : RULES OF THE GAME OF LIFE

TOP 10 – 4 OF 10 : RULES OF THE GAME OF LIFE

This blog is the fourth most popular of all the blogs I have ever posted. For the next 3 weeks we will be counting up to number 1.  “Mother nature does not endow us with clear rules.  The game [of life] is not a deck of cards (we do not know how many colors there are).”  Nicholas Nassim Taleb is writing about probability, protesting that much of modern theory about it, especially...

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TOP 10 – 5 OF 10 : WHEN WE FELL OUT OF LOVE WITH SCIENCE

TOP 10 – 5 OF 10 : WHEN WE FELL OUT OF LOVE WITH SCIENCE

This blog is the fifth most popular of all the blogs I have ever posted. For the next 4 weeks we will be counting up to number 1.  Science made the West pre-eminent.  But in the last century the love affair with science has faltered.  One reason is that science has become weird.  Up to 1900, science made it easier to understand the world.  As we learned more, we understood more.  But since...

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TOP 10 – 6 OF 10 : DO YOU HAVE TOO MANY FRIENDS?

TOP 10 – 6 OF 10 : DO YOU HAVE TOO MANY FRIENDS?

This blog is the sixth most popular of all the blogs I have ever posted. For the next 5 weeks we will be counting up to number 1.  We under-cultivate what is most important.  And nowhere is this more so than with regard to our friends.   The 80/20 principle suggests a provocative hypothesis – that roughly 80 percent of the value of our friendships will derive from 20 percent of our...

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TOP 10 – 7 OF 10 : IS INDIVIDUALISM GOOD?

TOP 10 – 7 OF 10 : IS INDIVIDUALISM GOOD?

This blog is the seventh most popular of all the blogs I have ever posted. For the next 6 weeks we will be counting up to number 1. As the American government partially shuts down, it is easy to blame excessive individualism for the impasse.  Is individualism the root of our problems, or the answer to them? If there is one defining quality of the West, it is individualism.  Western...

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TOP 10 – 8 OF 10 : THE BEST THING EVER WRITTEN ABOUT STRATEGY

TOP 10 – 8 OF 10 : THE BEST THING EVER WRITTEN ABOUT STRATEGY

This blog is the eighth most popular of all the blogs I have ever posted. For the next 7 weeks we will be counting up to number 1. This weekend I’ve been revisiting my misspent youth, by reading again the musings of Bruce Doolin Henderson and his colleagues from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in its early years.  When BCG was an unknown, tiny company, Bruce spent his energy on just two...

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TOP 10 – 9 OF 10 : THE PLOTINUS PRINCIPLE

TOP 10 – 9 OF 10 : THE PLOTINUS PRINCIPLE

This blog is the ninth most popular of all the blogs I have ever posted. For the next 8 weeks we will be counting up to number 1. It’s just possible that I have found a source of insight comparable to that from Vilfredo Pareto, the nineteenth-century economist who inspired the 80/20 principle.  My new friend is Plotinus, a philosopher who was born in 205 AD, studied in Alexandria, joined the...

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