Creativity and Craft I think I can best be described as a dabbler. A tinkerer. A hobbyist. I’ll try almost anything once. For example: handcrafts. I can sew, knit, embroider, crochet, quilt – I even learned how to make bobbin lace. And while I love the idea of being creative, my enjoyment of these skills has … Read more Creativity: Why the Best Ideas come from Improbable Connections
Powerlessness and Personal Agency Do you generally believe that you are in control of your own life? Or are you a victim of circumstance? In psychological terms, everyone can be placed somewhere along a spectrum from one extreme end to the other, and everywhere in between. At the ‘victim of circumstance’ end are a special subset … Read more Powerlessness: Wasting Time on Inert Emotional Banter
Why Communication is Hard Communication (or lack of it) is the most frequently cited cause of workplace dissatisfaction, disengagement and frustration. It can lead to relationship breakdowns, corporate collapses and world wars. In a recent “Wait But Why” post about Elon Musk’s latest big idea, Tim Urban provided a deceptively simple explanation of why communication between … Read more Why Communication is so Hard: 7 Things to Improve
As I watch the first moist grey hues of the morning’s light creep in at the edges of the sky, I can’t help but feel fortunate. This half-light/half-dark point marks the transition between night and day. Two states of being that summon very different ideas, and for most people, represent completely different behaviours, emotions, activities … Read more A Miracle Morning
I want to share two life changing reasons for why you should become more deliberate in your decision making. Brain = Automation Engine Your brain will avoid work at all costs. Seriously. It will go out of its way to do less. One of the brilliant hacks your brain has is its ability to tune out … Read more Who’s Really in Charge of your Decisions?
How can you be busy and lazy at the same time? You can’t? You bet you can! The best example I’ve come across for this was on a big IT project I was involved in. Projects that are formally/mechanically managed are fairly typical in IT and construction. Project management provides a set of tools and … Read more When Busy-ness Hides Laziness
It is simply a fact that, in general, human beings naturally prefer to take the shortest, simplest, easiest path between two points. You could even say, laziness defines us. At school, the majority of students find the easiest (least effort) way to get the results they want. Not only academically, but also in terms of … Read more Laziness: The Human Condition?
Many people (and particularly technology companies) have written about the ways technology will change the nature of work. In particular, there has been a great deal of discussion about the impact of remote work on problems like traffic congestion, corporate overheads, carbon emissions and so on. But this emphasis on the positive impact technology will … Read more The Remoteness of Remote Work
I want to share an important insight with you: only you are thinking about you. Devastating, I know, but it’s true. Not long after the birth of my son, working through the tricky and messy and unplannable return-to-work phase, I had what I can only describe as a crisis of confidence; something those who know … Read more You’re the Only One Thinking About You (Well Almost)
The gap between what we think – what we think we think – and what we actually do or say may be one of the greatest causes of inequality in our day. As social structures have become increasingly complex, so too, the need for sophisticated communication skills has increased exponentially. I call this the ThinkingKnowingSaying Gap. … Read more The ThinkingKnowingSaying Gap