The Meaning Economy: Welcome

Unlike my parents who worked to put food on the table, we now want to feel proud of the work we do and the companies where we work. It is no longer enough to make money without meaning. The Meaning Economy has also created a new kind of customer who is drawn to brands that…

No more kids?

What if, in some sort of sci-fi solar flare catastrophe, it was impossible for humans to have more kids? No more babies. How would we treat the last generation? Would we say to the youngest student on Earth, "sorry the school is really run-down and crowded and poorly staffed, but we don't want to invest…

Magic, the honest profession

Karl German, was an American magician and lawyer, once said: “Magic is the only honest profession. A magician promises to deceive you and he does.” What does he mean by honest when we know very well that magicians deceive us all the time pulling tricks in front of our eyes making us look stupid. What's…

Oxygen for ideas

When you hide your ideas, you suffocate them. Ideas need fresh air to flourish. Until your idea interacts with the market, you are suffocating it.  When someone comes up with an idea and champions it and it doesn’t work, all we usually remember is that here is a person who’s ideas are bad and don’t…

That still small voice: Specific help

When your friend, colleague, partner has a problem, do you say: Let me know what I can do / Let me know what you need vs. Here is what I want to do for you, would you like that? Both often come from a caring and thoughtful place. But one gently hands off responsibility for…

That still small voice: Practice it

That is what people call successful decision making that happens without a narrative. Intuition is not guessing. It is sophisticated pattern matching, honed over time. Don't dismiss intuition merely because it is difficult to understand. As Einstein has said: Intuition does not come to an unprepared mind. You can get better at it by practicing.…

Positioning your self worth

At different points in our life, we can find ourselves fixing our self worth to arbitrary measures without realising it. Our self worth is a composite index, what we in management accounting call, a weighted average, of how we feel about various things. At different points of time, we may overweight indicators such as the…