Stroke of Genius

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The origin of ‘genius’ is Latin, ‘attendant spirit present from one’s birth, innate ability or inclination’. It implies natural ability, though the jury is still out – many would argue that genius exists in all of us. In Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘Outliers’ he suggests that it takes 10 years or 10,000 hours of dedicated practice for people…

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Wise Words

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We can’t win this World Cup by having something ordinary – we have to bring something extraordinary. All Blacks Head Coach, Steve Hansen. KR

Dinner for One

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Cooking for one doesn’t have to mean eggs on toast. Nor does it have to mean cooking something and eating it for five days straight. Nor does it have to mean the old ‘what am I going to have for dinner tonight’ chestnut, whiling away precious minutes of the day, trawling the aisles of the…

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Think Broader, Closer, Younger

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Tony Fadell is known as the mercurial “godfather” of the iPod and described as a born tinkerer with a combative reputation. His passion for life and design is contagious. In a recent TED Talk he spoke about the little things humans notice at first and perhaps become slightly perturbed by, and then invariably stop noticing…

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The Rise of the Global Cosmopolitans

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The world is an oyster to a growing number of people who have lived, worked and travelled across the globe and across different cultures. “The technological revolution has made it not just possible, but even routine for people to establish roots and maintain ties across great distances,” says Linda Brimm, INSEAD Emeritus Professor of Organizational…

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25x 25 at MoMA

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The Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase and the ‘experiment in film’ 25×25 will screen at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tuesday night. Debuted at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in June (px above), the showcase features the short films of 14 emergent directors, and 25 acclaimed directors who are alumni…

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Guided By Emotions

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They don’t call it an emotional roller coaster for nothing. Certain experiences, and ultimately, life itself, contain the lot of them: anger, disgust, fear and sadness on one end; happiness, exhilaration and excitement on the other. In today’s world, we tend to have a morbid focus on the negative and prurient end of the spectrum…

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Surprising with The Obvious

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A sign from Gabriel’s in Pojoaque New Mexico where I had dinner last night with a friend who lives locally. A no frills place with old style Mexican food, guacamole prepared at your table with jalapeños and garlic to your heart’s content and a customer focus that is all about delight not just service. KR…

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Find an Urban Oasis

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It’s no secret that nature is good for us. But is it really capable of changing the brain? A new study by the Natural Capital Project says yes. It found that people who walked for 90 minutes in nature (versus walking for 90 minutes in an urban setting) showed decreased activity in a brain region…

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The Passion and Energy of Big Time Sport

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A great weekend – if you love the passion and energy of big time Sport. The All Blacks bounced back to slam the Wallabies at Eden Park, and Manchester City caned the Champions, Chelsea at The Etihad. Great leadership on display (Richie McCaw and Vincent Kompany), genius in action (Dan Carter and Sergio Agüero), brilliant…

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Trends for Telcos

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Last week I gave two presentations to a major national telco in Asia, one on leadership, the other on Lovemarks. In preparing I reached out to a former colleague for some insights about the customer context in this dynamic and disruptive industry, and what telcos need to think about when designing products and services that…

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Can We Teach Happiness in the Classroom?

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In the past, happiness was understood and experienced in the context of philosophical and religious beliefs. But today we tend to think of happiness as a lone agent, detached from broader visions of what constitutes a good life. It’s a debate that’s been bubbling away for years; an obvious extension of the age-old question of…

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Designing and Doing

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“Actually trying something is very different from learning about it in theory. I could explain kitesurfing until we’re blue in the face, but you won’t be able to do it until you try,” says Eric von Hippel, a professor of entrepreneurship at MIT. Von Hippel’s words of wisdom are especially appropriate given a 2014 Bentley…

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Raw Pressure

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High pressure is part and parcel of both business and sporting environments. In tennis it is “at its rawest” says Jeremy Snape, with the conditions serving only to magnify it: a very personal duel, played out in front of a global broadcast audience as well as a very large, and often very partisan crowd. Not…

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