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Month: May 2017

Knowledge

“This is the paradox of historical knowledge. Knowledge that does not change behaviour is useless. But knowledge that changes behaviour quickly loses its relevance.”  Homo Deus: A brief history of tomorrow – Yuval Noah Harari This great phrase made me think a lot about what we do and don’t do with knowledge. So often we have the knowledge but we…

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Do we need to die?

What is the reason we still die? Is it just a technical glitch we haven’t figured out how to fix yet? We’re busy solving all the other technical glitches so we should eventually get to this one. Our religions have told us our only reason for living is to get to the glorious hereafter, but if we didn’t have to…

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Zone in to your comforts

You decided to get off the couch and get yourself to gym. But 6 months later you’re still doing the same exercises. You realised you couldn’t eat take-outs all your life and learnt to cook. A year on and you’re still only making the same 3 dishes. You started feeling out-of-date so decided to expand your musical soundscape by hooking…

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The next evolution

We’ve been evolving for years. Our genes have kept mutating, testing out combinations that may work better in our environment. The aim is for the organism to survive. Genes are selfish – they want the organism to survive at all costs so that they can survive and propagate. Evolution goes a bit further. Some organisms have learnt to collaborate with…

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Think about the entire customer experience

While I was ordering at a fast-food chain recently, I experienced a bad customer experience. The chain had implemented a new Point-of-Sale system which utilized a fingerprint reader for when the store manager might need to override a transaction. It was peak trading time and the franchise owner was hovering around front-of-house, I assumed to help if there were any…

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Lift up or bring down – you choose.

Overheard this conversation between 2 elderly men at gym: “How’s work going with you?” “Same shit, different day.” The conversation continued along this vein, both parties moaning about their daily work lives. This isn’t a unique case. It seems to be the norm to bitch and moan about work. Either it is really boring, mundane or painful, or it’s just…

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Org Structure

The organisational structures we live and work in have been around for so long we don’t know anything else. We just accept them and become part of them. But just because it’s all we’ve ever known doesn’t mean it’s right and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s the only way to be. There are other ways. Ways that don’t involve the…

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Creation

It’s rare that any creation, be it a work of art, a piece of music, a novel, a business idea or even a blog post comes out fully formed. It’s more likely to start off as a small kernel of an idea with not much surrounding it. When you focus on that idea and give yourself the space and time,…

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Show up

You won’t always be playing your A-game. You can’t always be firing on all cylinders. You’re definitely going to make mistakes. You’re sometimes going to be down, sometimes tired, sometimes scared. It doesn’t matter. There’s no point stressing about it. Just show up. Get yourself out of bed, slap some cold water on your face, get outside and get going.…

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