Neural Ballet

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When it comes to stories, the majority of us tend to read or watch them, but listening to stories being told (just like our ancestors did) is becoming increasingly popular. Talking books have been around for some time, but it’s the podcast that’s really produced a thriving mini-industry in the last few years. An article…

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Sounds of the Times

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Each year the US Library of Congress selects 25 recordings to be inducted into the National Recording Registry. This year marks the 13th year of the Library’s annual selections, and the new batch of inclusions is notable for a variety of different reasons. You can see the full list here, but a couple stood out…

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Reinvention: The Common Thread

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Above everything else, you must be open to change if you want to survive and thrive as a business, says Lloyd Shefsky in his new book, Invent Reinvent Thrive. “Everything else comes after.” Reinvention is the common thread of business success, and it’s not just about starting with a new idea or concept that breaks…

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The Friendly Swiss

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I wrote last week that I was in the beautiful city of Lucerne and about my extraordinary meal at Focus in Vitznau by Nenad Mlinarevic. It was the perfect appetizer for the main event, the World Tourism Conference, where I was a keynote speaker and was asked to address the topic of “irresistible.” Tourism is…

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What Makes a Champion Teacher?

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We all remember the best teachers we had at school (take a bow Peter Sampson & Doug Cameron from Lancaster Royal Grammar School). The best teachers make tremendous impacts on the lives of their students that extend far beyond the school yard. So what makes a great teacher? A common view is that people are…

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Nirvana in Vitznau

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Am in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Lucerne Switzerland, speaking at the World Tourism Forum. Spring has sprung. The skies are cloudless, the lake clear and the Cherry Blossom is in full swing. Had the best dinner of 2015 so far last night at Focus, in Vitznau. 45 minutes from Lucerne. Sat in…

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Speaking of I, Me, We

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An article on Nautilus provides a fascinating birds-eye view of how we use language to express ourselves, and in turn, the role it plays in the way we use it to express ourselves. Confused? The article starts by pointing out that the English language is highly egocentric, particularly when you compare it to language used…

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The Fixer

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A former All Black guilty of match fixing? Read John Daniell’s new novel The Fixer… published this month by Upstart Press. Mostly written ‘on location’ at Michael’s Nook, my Grasmere home. A brilliant way to warm up for The World Cup. KR

Connections – Quality Over Quantity

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In Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point he describes three types of people: Connectors, Mavens and Salesmen. ‘Connectors’ are people who connect other people together. ‘Mavens’ are people with information. ‘Salesmen’ are people with strong negotiation skills. The book was, and still is, credited with influencing how people think about sales and how ideas catch…

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77 New Lovemarks

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You know I love a list, right? We just refreshed www.lovemarks.com and it’s on “live test” right now, check it out. Already there has been a stream of new visitors from every corner of the world with new stories, many about brands you’ve never heard of before. Too often brands are thought of only in…

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Haiku on Demand

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No one travels Along this way but I, This autumn evening. – Bashō The haiku is a traditional Japanese form of poetry; a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. It’s a neat little package: often focusing on images from nature, the haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity and directness of expression. The…

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Have a Little Faith

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Trust increases with age, according to research, and we’re getting older on a population basis, meaning that the older world we live in is also a more trusting world. Considering there’s a positive link between trust and well-being, this can only be a good thing. It’s the main finding of a study from the University…

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Do More And Better With Less

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Nothing beats a creative idea, and in a high-speed world Jugaad (in short, an innovative fix) hits pay dirt as a way to win. A few years ago I wrote the foreword for the book Jugaad Innovation, and was only too happy to recently endorse the follow-up, now out, Frugal Innovation: How to do more…

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Personal Projects

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Personal projects are part of the moral fiber that makes us unique. They provide evidence of creativity, personality and enthusiasm for truly personal interests. (I have 30 days per year contractually carved out from my day job at Saatchi & Saatchi for personal projects.) They’re also important in the workplace, and in many cases, could…

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