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Dealing with change and why we tend not to

In my book 'Powered By Change' I reference a fascinating piece of research that was conducted by the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors. The Association calculated that, out of a cross-section of companies of all shapes and sizes, 52% of businesses go bankrupt primarily because of “internal triggers” — meaning those in-house issues that [...]

2021-01-21T06:05:10+00:00March 12th, 2018|General thoughts|

The Poison of Presumed Influence

Back in 2011, Stephanie Rosenbloom wrote an article in the New York Times entitled “Got Twitter? What’s Your Influence Score?”. Here is the opening text: “Imagine a world in which we are assigned a number that indicates how influential we are. This number would help determine whether you receive a job, a hotel-room upgrade or [...]

2021-01-21T05:49:24+00:00February 11th, 2018|Business Poison|

Super Olympics

A thought on using human enhancement and augmentation in sport. Super Olympics is a really simple concept. Basically, competitors can incorporate any type of modification to their bodies, up until the point where over 50% of their human body is un-human. In other words, not made up of their natural selves. Let’s start with some [...]

2021-01-21T06:05:20+00:00January 5th, 2018|28 Thoughts|

Interview with Oleksandr Albul

In all the busyness of my life, traveling all over the world, one of the most important things I do is to stop and sit quietly. There are many techniques of doing this but ultimately it’s about the control of your breathing. This is a yogic discipline with origins in ancient India, called Prāṇāyāma. In [...]

2021-01-21T06:05:28+00:00January 5th, 2018|General thoughts|

Refuelling at Peace Time

It seems like every day there is a new example of a marketing campaign that “went wrong”. At the time of writing this chapter in 2013, the examples included the twitter campaign from McDonald’s restaurant that was ‘hijacked’ by the public who decided that the #MCDStories hashtag could be used for negative opinion rather than [...]

2021-01-21T06:05:34+00:00January 5th, 2018|28 Thoughts|

Let us not fight hate with hate

It’s all kicking off on my social media channels. One contact of mine has unfriended “dozens of people” and another has posted a vitriolic video full of venom. A school teacher friend of mine tells me of children hurling racist abuse in the playground at other children of any ethnicity, Irish to Italian. The shopping [...]

2021-01-21T06:05:42+00:00January 5th, 2018|General thoughts|

The Poison of Omnipotence

Sometime around 500AD, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite asked whether it was possible for God to “deny himself”. The question was arguably the first emergence of what is called ‘The Omnipotence Paradox’ which states that: "If a being can perform any action, then it should be able to create a task it is unable to perform, and [...]

2021-01-21T05:49:32+00:00January 5th, 2018|Business Poison|

This Is Your Heart

The year is 1931 and a man called Michael Unterguggenberger has just been elected mayor of a small Austrian town named Wörgl. The events of the coming two years will create a story of vision, courage, and one of the most ugly, most pertinent examples of industries that would prefer to suffer than change. Due [...]

2021-01-21T06:05:52+00:00January 5th, 2018|28 Thoughts|

The Poison Of Presumed Centralisation

On November 16th 2010 an article appeared in Harvard Business Review (HBR), written by James Allworth, about Google’s strategy. The gist of the piece can be gained from these two enclosing sentences; the first from the start, the second from the end: 1. “…But Google may regret the strategic choices that have led to this [...]

2021-01-21T05:51:01+00:00January 5th, 2018|Business Poison|

The Real Reality

I’m fascinated by the way our brains actually operate, generating thoughts that generate our framework of what we call reality. I first became interested with the way we think when I studied Social Biology at college many years ago. This fascination never relented. Interestingly, it takes around half a second for something to happen and [...]

2021-01-21T06:06:04+00:00January 5th, 2018|General thoughts|
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