Category: Life

Originality and Shortcuts

If there are shortcuts available to us, that is because someone else has done the work. Consider a literal shortcut, perhaps through a forest. The first person to travel that way has a lot of work to do clearing the path. For that trailblazer, the route isn’t a shortcut – it takes more time and effort than following the existing trail would do. But that first mover isn’t looking for the easy path. They want

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Fixing v Healing Our Relationships

I’ve recently had a few conversations with people where various relationship challenges have come up. [To be clear, I’m talking about relationships in the widest sense of the word. This isn’t only about intimate relationships – it’s also about the relationships we have with friends, colleagues, and the wider world.] Because these were people I care about, I found myself wanting to somehow ‘fix’ the situation: to offer them a solution that would magically make

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The Value of Journalling

I’ve been journalling since 2014, and occasionally this year [2022] found myself wondering if it’s worth the effort. Then I do my Annual Review, looking back over the year – and the value becomes clear. I have at least a few sentences [and usually a lot more than that] on every single day from 2022 … which gives me a true sense of what went well – and the things I might have neglected …

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My Best Reads of 2022

In no particular order, here are the ten books that had the most effect on me in 2022. [Feels like it was a good year…] ‘Sand Talk’ by Tyson YunkaportaThis wonderful book is a reminder that the wisdom we need is out there – we just need to listen to the right people. ‘Thinking in Systems’ by Donella MeadowsOnce we start seeing in systems, we can’t unsee it. Simple, insightful, and paradigm-altering. ‘Chaos’ by James

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Awareness » Knowledge » Action

“The ocean starts in your sink.” Pascal Lamy. [Awareness]. The UK ranked dead last in Europe for bathing water quality in 2020, and water companies leaked sewage into UK waters 370,000 times in 2021 – while the execs gave themselves an average bonus of £100k. [Knowledge]. I just emailed my MP about this, because I can literally see how bad the water quality has been where I live. [Action]. Will it make any difference? Maybe,

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Discipline and Motivation

Recently, I’ve found motivation hard to come by. I’ve been thinking hard about what I do, and why I do it. Should I change direction, or go all in? Stay here, or move on? As part of the figuring out process, I am re-reading Stephen Covey’s ‘7 Habits’. Among all the other brilliant insights is this nugget:“A satisfied need no longer motivates.” Ah. That makes sense. Fundamentally, my ‘needs’ are met. I am in the

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What to DO on Earth Day

We know it matters – our human activities are causing problems on this one planet we’ve got. But climate change can seem so … BIG. It’s hard to know what to do – where to start. The challenge is systemic – lots of complicated moving pieces, connected in a myriad of complex ways. Where to begin? Here are a few suggestions, loosely based on John Elkington’s Triple Bottom Line: PEOPLEThe Good On You app will

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What Game Are You Playing?

In his book ‘Finite and Infinite Games’, James Carse distinguishes between two types of ‘game’. Finite games have clearly defined parameters – rules, a start, a finish. Examples would be a tennis match, writing a book, building a website, meeting for coffee. We understand when it’s done – when the ‘game’ is over. Infinite games are blurry. The rules can change, the start point is debatable, and there isn’t a finish line. It’s being a

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What Are We Arguing About?

The Novak Djokovic situation almost caused an argument between me and a good friend this morning. Until – thankfully – we realised we were talking about two different things. Whether Novak should play in the Australian Open is a complex, nuanced discussion, with many connected areas: 1 :: Personal responsibilityShould Novak be allowed to make his own decisions about his health?[Does that mean we all have to agree with his decisions?] 2 :: Business responsibilityAs

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My Best Reads of 2021

In no particular order, here are the most memorable books I read last year. They all changed me in some way. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did … Analogia by George DysonAn extraordinary journey through the differences and connections between analogue and digital – and why that matters – via Apaches, baidarkas [Aleut kayaks], tree houses, and the space race. Simply wonderful. On Trails by Robert MoorOstensibly about how and why

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