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

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Strong opinions, loosely held – and moderately stated

“Strong opinions, loosely held” is a concept I agree with – but it needs an addition … Strong opinions, loosely held – and moderately stated. The danger with having strong opinions is that we are inclined to also state them strongly, which closes the door to conversation and debate. At their most extreme, ‘strong opinions’ feel threatening and intimidating to

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How Are You Intelligent?

In his book, ‘The Element‘, Ken Robinson points out that asking “How intelligent are you?” is the wrong question. It implies that intelligence is easily defined, and somehow quantifiable. But a growing range of research – and perhaps our common sense – tells us this is not the case. IQ is one measure of intelligence – yet we are all

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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

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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

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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

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