Smell the Color

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What does blue smell like? In my mind, the ocean. And red? I think of roses, of love. International researchers have been exploring the link between our senses to see how we interpret smell into color. Their results reported in The Atlantic are interesting mostly for the differences that cropped up between cultures. It’s logical,…

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Legacy and Longevity

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In an interesting prologue from The Living Company run on Businessweek, there are some insightful musings on why most companies fail prematurely. The author cites research covering Japan and Europe that shows the average age of any business is 12.5 years. For Fortune 500 companies, it’s 40-50 years. People live comfortably longer lives than companies….

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Creativity for a Long Life

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Take a look at Yoko Ono. You wouldn’t think from her creative output that she’s 81. Picasso died at 91 still peaking. Cézanne considered himself a better artist in his 60s. Darwin published The Origin of Species at 50. Pete Seeger, before he passed this year, was still performing at 93. Willie Nelson is 81….

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Trains, The Place To Fall in Love

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Forget the plane, skip the car, and don’t even think about the bus. Trains are the most romantic way to travel. According to research from East Coast Trains, one in 10 people admit to falling in love on the train. Over a third of those surveyed said rail travel is synonymous with finding love. This…

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Citizens of the WWW (Whole Wide World)

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New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd recently opined on the state of America and the disparity between generations. You have older people who grieve the alleged demise of the US as a global superpower, while youth seem unfazed. Young people see themselves as global citizens. Patriotism doesn’t set them alight so easily. As an explanation…

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A Black Tie Day

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I haven’t worn a tie for a decade or two, but today was the exception as the New Zealand Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae held an investiture ceremony in Auckland for recipients of New Zealand Honours. My award – the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit – was for “services to business and…

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The Winning Curiosity of Lee Child

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Jack Reacher. A character that is more than enticing. He grabs you in a bear hug and hauls you along for the ride. You can taste his rage with every injustice he encounters. What has always struck me about Lee Child’s books are the obscure details and references about cars, landscapes, mannerisms, chains of command…

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It’s A Kind Of Magic

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Here’s an interesting fact from an article in the New York Times. Did you know that an algorithm is only marginally better than human instinct at predicting whether a tweet should be retweeted? The difference in success is only 6%, which shows that even though Big Data can improve our chances of reaching an outcome…

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Leadership Beyond Reason – ACCJ Journal (PDF)

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The Amercian Chamber of Commerce Japan (ACCJ) Journal met with Kevin in Tokyo to discuss Lovemarks, Leadership and Language, “He doesn’t bring a business card to meetings, he isn’t wearing a tie, he happily drinks water straight from the bottle, and he doesn’t want to check this article before it goes to print. None of…

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Is There a Right Kind of Sports Fan?

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There’s a great reflection on the heart of a sports fan on SB Nation’s Canis Hoopus blog. AverageJer asks himself questions that I am sure many a die-hard fan is familiar with: “Is the loyalty worth it? When isn’t it? Some here have threatened to stop supporting the team if certain outcomes occur. Does this…

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Grandkids Are The Best Revenge

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A while back I was privileged to speak on the same bill about creativity with Francis Ford Coppola.  Filmmaker, wine maker, hotelier and all round good guy.  He said “The ultimate luxury is traveling with family.  At a certain point in your life, you get the idea that if you buy a new car, it’s…

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Remembering Robin Williams

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We just lost a good man. Robin Williams. Comedian, actor, creative genius. And a rugby fan. I was on the board of the New Zealand Rugby Union in the late 1990s when the game was going professional and we were looking at lots of different ways of promoting the game and its stars, the biggest of which was #11 Jonah Lomu. An unlikely constellation of elements brought Jonah and Robin together in San Francisco for a memorable photo shoot. Robin had just been in Sydney promoting a movie and was being interviewed by Paul Holmes via satellite,

Buying Art With Emotion

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Kosta Boda, a glass gallery in Sweden, recently awarded three artworks to the highest emotional bidder in an ‘Auction Based on Emotion’. The three pieces, valued between €1,900 and €15,000, were auctioned off during a one-time event where no money was exchanged – just heart beats and sweat. None of the works were on display…

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The Eyes Have It

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Have you ever had a conversation with someone with their eyes fixed over your shoulder? You turn to see what they’re so curious about to realize that they’re staring at nothing? Not the worst experience if your eyes reconnect and they’re the ones doing the talking. Worse, if over the course of the conversation someone…

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