One way to think of a year is to split it into an "explore" phase and an "exploit" phase. You spend part of the year casting the net wide for insights, and then you spend another part of it trying to optimize an outcome based on these insights.Read More
The slow food movement stands for everything that is the opposite of 'fast food' - slower pace, consumption of local items, preserving local customs and traditions together, and eating healthier foods that have a history of suiting people from your region… So what could a Slow Brainfood Movement look like?Read More
Over time, the organisation becomes biased towards recruiting and rewarding delivery-oriented people, and reducing space for the discovery-oriented folks…But then some day the leader feels the need to 'innovate'. Here are three recommendations that can help an organisation bring a newer age of innovation culture.
Ruling out randomness has its price. A look back at the evolution of organisms and ideas shows us the value of a little deviation from the algorithm. Some, not all, 'mistakes' result in great discoveries and more successful entities. The odds of success are very low, but without randomness, the chances that the status quo will eventually doom us are a hundred percent. So find out how to be fueled by randomness!Read More
Stories are powerful: they help us reflect, spread ideas, and they are capsules of wisdom. And not just the stories in films and books, but those that happen to you and within your families and teams. A mental model like 'The Hero's Journey' helps us make sense of our own journeys, especially when one is a participant.Read More
While once we evolved to reward our brains when we found unexpected bounties of fruit or found a promising mate, today, that mechanism keeps us chasing little rewards in pointless games, succumbing to discounts on unhealthy food, in enjoying rumours and conspiracies, and in the self-praise of the social media treadmill. Here are five things you can do to wrest a little bit of control away from the dopamine dopes!Read More
We all have our list of things that fall in Q4 (of the Eisenhower Matrix): things you know you should be doing or want to get to some day, but there's no reason to do it now… However, by scheduling Q4 tasks for the future, you actually 'postpone' to tomorrow, and tomorrow has an annoying habit of not showing up. Here are 3 ways to take charge of your Q4!Read More
Almost every client we work with is quite smart, professional, and effective. But in some cases, their underlings can fail to live up to their high standards. In the last couple of months, after enduring a series of classic ineffective tactics like saying 'yes!' to everything a boss says (and later asking 'what did he mean by that?'), we thought we'd do this in public interest. And tell you why it matters to your future relevance.Read More