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Positive Outliers

Should We Be Our Own Journalist?

Responding to my earlier post, Intentional Ignorance, my friend Cécile commented as follows: Totally agree. The pandemic period was the revelation point for my family, we completely stopped watching or reading the news. However when friends tell us about something of interest we do use media to seek more info. But reading about it afterwards, […]

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Are We Not More Than Knowledge Workers?

I’m writing my new book, Thinking It Out for knowledge workers. Yet the terms ‘knowledge worker’ and ‘Personal Knowledge Management’ (PKM) trouble me. There is something very limiting about this emphasis on knowledge. Knowledge worker usually refers to people who work from a desk—although not always!––who use their knowledge to make decisions. Some of the […]

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Positive Outliers

Intentional Ignorance

A few years ago, I began an entirely counterintuitive practice. Yet, it had a profoundly positive effect on my emotional wellbeing, allowing me to grow in hope. Allow me first to give you some context. Attention! We are all aware that we live in an attention economy. Social media giants like Google, Facebook, Apple and […]

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Persist When Ready, Not Mere Productivity

After avoiding COVID for the last two years, my wife and I tested positive this week. Whilst we are ill, we are doing fine. We are being kind to ourselves. We are thankful for our immune systems, which seem to be fighting off this infection and will make us more resilient as we go on. […]

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Positive Outliers Writing

My Personal Thinking Process

The theoretical physicist, Richard Feynman, was once visited in his office by a historian, who wanted to interview him. Casting his eyes around the room, the historian saw Feynman’s notebooks, and expressed his delight at seeing such “wonderful records of Feynman’s thinking.” “No, no!” Feynman objected. “They aren’t a record of my thinking process. They […]

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Serendipity of Friendship

Out of a chance pattern of coincidences from different sources, I stumbled upon related views on friendship. This was serendipity. Could serendipity be a key to creativity? I sometimes think that we need to value serendipity. Here is a definition of ‘serendipity’: The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident. Because experiencing serendipity is accidental, […]

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Positive Outliers Self-Awareness

Look Who’s Come Into the Room

All my worst leadership moments were when I was over-stressed, hurried, depressed or angry. My most effective moments were when the future was the person I brought into the room.

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Resilient Hope Self-Awareness

What Kind of Hope?

I may have got it wrong about aiming for resilient hope. There’s something better. And we need it now.

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Leaning to Action Positive Outliers Resilient Hope

Starting Something Bigger than Us

Walter & His Dreams Young Walter was born into this world as part of the elite. He was drilled in his family lineage and was taught how to steward the family fortune. He would go into another career, though, but his world view and life skills would travel with him. Walter found favour with the […]

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Leaning to Action Positive Outliers Self-Awareness

What’s So Sacred About 90 Days?

Why is a 90-day review of intrinsic value? Maybe there is a better cycle for you. There is for me.