Monthly Archives: March 2017

In search of shortcuts

There are not many actual shortcuts. There are merely direct paths… Most people do not like direct paths, because they entail being honest, putting the hard work and being patient. Things that look like shortcuts are actually detours [disguised as … Continue reading

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It is easy to criticise

It is easy to criticise hope. However in the end, cynicism is a lousy strategy.  

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Being Human: Filters and reality

 I have been having flu for the past two weeks which resulted in an infection, which means every morning I wake up with a headache. [I’m much better now] The manuscript for my next book is on hold for now. … Continue reading

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Being Human: is the only way to win

Business is people, and when we focus on taking care of the feeling of life and the humanity in the people in the enterprise, business will take care of itself. When business serves life, business also serves community, it serves … Continue reading

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Being Human: We don’t need more stuff

Traditional companies, particularly large-scale service and manufacturing businesses are organised for efficiency. Or consistency. But not joy. Joy comes from surprise and connection and humanity and transparency and new. If you fear special requests, if you staff with cogs, if … Continue reading

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Being Human: Do work that matters

Caring hurts sometimes, and that is inconvenient. The good news is that more than ever, value accrues to those that show up, those that make a difference, those that do work that matters. The good news is that digging deep … Continue reading

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Being Human: Why is it so difficult to be human?

What does it mean to be human anyway? A key part of being a real person, a human being, is showing up, especially when it is difficult, particularly when it is frightening to do so. Showing up counts for a lot. … Continue reading

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One of us is wrong…

“One of us is wrong… and it’s not me.” That is the way every single conflict begins. Of course it does, because if it did not, it would not be a conflict, would it? So, given that the other person is … Continue reading

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The Ego Diet: Great talkers, little doers

It is a temptation that exists for everyone, for talk and hype to replace action. The empty text box: “What’s on your mind” Facebook asks. “Compose a new tweet,” Twitter beckons. Tumblr, LinkedIn, our inbox, our iPhones, the comment section … Continue reading

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The Ego Diet: Work hard, stay humble

What replaces ego is humility, rock-hard humility and confidence. When we remove ego, we are left with what is real. Ego is stolen. Real confidence is earned. Ego is self-anointed, its swagger is artifice. Most successful people are people you … Continue reading

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