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|

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|

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 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|

Expansion of Thought to Unlock Success

Bill Gates once said: “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” I’ve learned the hard way that this statement is true. Of the many ventures I’ve founded over the years, three of which worked pretty well and four that were outrageously unsuccessful, the main learning and insight has [...]

2021-01-21T06:06:33+00:00January 5th, 2018|General thoughts|

Human Versus Machine

In 1996, World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov was undoubtedly the most famous chess player in the world. On February 10th of the same year, in Philadelphia, following many months of reminding the public of his supreme dominance, he sat down to face an opponent called ‘Deep Blue’. This wasn’t an ordinary opponent of course, this [...]

2021-01-21T06:08:10+00:00January 4th, 2018|General thoughts|

Your Days Are Numbered

Have you ever wished there were more hours in the day to get things done? Have you ever wondered where you will find the time to read the books that people have suggested to you? How about the gym membership you bought at the start of the year that is yet to be used? If [...]

2021-01-21T06:08:17+00:00January 4th, 2018|General thoughts|

Unlocking Advanced Innovation

Over the last few decades in business I’ve seen many companies come and go. I’ve been on the frontline of hugely disruptive innovations and also the founder of several innovative startups, most of which were spectacularly, and sometimes painfully, unsuccessful. Throughout all this experience, when it comes to innovation, there is a common trait that [...]

2021-01-21T06:08:28+00:00January 4th, 2018|General thoughts|

The Paradox of Life Balance

Recently I was having lunch in a hotel restaurant, at a table next to a family of four who were only noticeable because they sat in absolute silence. The parents where on their phones, the pre-teenager children were glued to tablets. Their meals arrived just after mine and for around 20 seconds their gaze drifted [...]

2021-01-21T06:08:49+00:00January 4th, 2018|General thoughts|

The Energy Within

Everything is constructed of atoms. If you looked at the composition of an atom up close, you would see a tiny vortex containing quarks and photons. If you zoom in closer still, you would see a physical void. The reality is that the atom has no structure. Every physical thing around us is actually constructed [...]

2021-01-21T06:08:57+00:00January 4th, 2018|General thoughts|
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