Lost in Gesticulation

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According to the BBC, there are around 7,000 different languages in the world. It comes as no surprise, then, that the gestures we so often use to accompany our spoken words don’t automatically translate. Sometimes they can even have the opposite intention, as pointed out by Bustle. Something as simple as the peace sign in…

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BMW or Merc?

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Image Source: slate.com / themominmemd.com I’ve known Leszek Marcinowicz for 55 years. A gifted linguist, an unappreciated goalkeeper and wicket-keeper, a brilliant father with a forgiving wife, and two off the wall multi-talented kids (Hannah, Saxophonist extraordinaire and Mr. Adventurer, Adam). He’s a TP HR Practitioner and a Coach to several CEO’s . I was…

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World Cup Heroes

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Well that had a certain inevitability written over it. After New Zealand won a tasty victory against Australia in front of a raucous Eden Park crowd, there was no way the Australians would let themselves fail in front of 95,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. And so it came to pass. Captain Michael Clarke…

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Holy Sh__, Sherlock!!!!!!

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Guest post from Robin Dyke, Adjunct Professor, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, on my recent sojourn to the University last week. KR brought his heart-seeking light the past week to the MBAs and Mentors of the Gustavson School of Business in Victoria, Canada; two ‘can’t hide from’ sessions given – Winning…

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Happiness is Love

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Like wine, longitudinal studies improve with age. So says Dr George Vaillant, chief curator/analyst/investigator of sorts for the Harvard Study of Adult Development. Better known as the Grant Study, Dr Vaillant and his colleagues followed the lives of 268 healthy, well-adjusted male sophomores for over 70 years, starting in the late 1930s. If it was…

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Creativity Illuminated

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Image Source / Artist: instagram.com / Merijn Hos I’ve said it before (or rather, I have quoted Tom Peters often). Fail Fast, Learn Fast, Fix Fast. A newly launched website, Recently Rejected pays homage to the creative process and the inevitability of rejection, shining a spotlight on unpublished, rejected or unfinished design work. It supports…

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Goudy Old Style

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March 8th 2015 marked the 150th birthday of Frederic W. Goudy from Bloomington IL, a legendary typeface designer and the man behind more than 115 typefaces that have been described as ‘dignified, sturdy, honest and strong.’ Hard to argue with that. Goudy brought a realization to type design – not just as a rendering of…

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Curated Hotels for the Creative Cognoscenti

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Image Source: leroyalmonceau.com / leroyalmonceau.com Hotels are hiring curators, following prominent artists and decorating their spaces with expansive art collections. They’re getting serious about art, and it’s not just art for art’s sake. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal looks at why, but as a hotel connoisseur I can tell you that it…

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Genius

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Ugh. My beloved Manchester City just got dumped out of the Champions League after a 0-1 loss to Barcelona. The result would have been a lot worse were it not from a bravura performance from Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart who made 10 saves. But the genius on the park was without question Lionel Messi,…

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In With My Food Bag

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Last week I jumped on board as Chairman of fast-growing home delivery service My Food Bag. My Food Bag takes the chore out of weeknight cooking by delivering nutritious, seasonal recipes and quality, pre-measured, free-range ingredients to people’s homes each week. As a customer-first model that delivers taste, health, inspiration, value and convenience, My Food…

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Leadership Skills at the Price of An Adventure

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Those who have traveled will understand that it provides much more than an escape from daily routine. Roman philosopher Seneca said “travel and change of place can impart vigor to the mind” and how right he was, and continues to be. Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures is a full believer in the value…

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Creativity Catalyst

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The word ‘culture’ tends to get thrown around rather loosely. Given that it pertains to “the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular people or society”, it comes as no surprise that it influences creative thinking. An experiment mentioned in an article on The New York Times pitted ‘individualist’ culture (common in Canada) against…

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Motivation Breeds Innovation

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‘Innovation’ can be hard to grasp. Put simply, how do businesses, governments and organizations prepare for the future? Matthew Claudel tackles this question in a two-part series about the death, re-birth and total transformation of business innovation on Skyword. His idea is that the starting point is in fact motivation, not innovation. Claudel calls for…

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Objects, Ideas & Inspiration

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Ask a creative person where they get their ideas from, and they may struggle to give you a straight answer. Some might work forwards – or backwards – with word maps and concepts that resemble a linear path, but articulating the substance or process behind an idea is usually difficult. An article by Isabel Lloyd…

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