Are you biases holding you back?

As we grow older, learn more and generally gain more experience – we’d like to think we get smarter, but what if we are wrong? What if the more we know about something, the more vested we become in preserving what we know as the ‘truth’ and the more affected by biases we become? I…

Change in organisations is similar to bi-polar disorder in individuals

  This was the shocking insight I discovered recently when reading a research paper published by Bain & Company. According to the authors, the emotional turmoil associated with large scale change inside organisations is a series of moodswings between the extremes of euphoria and depression, created by our collective fear of the unknown, loss aversion,…

Become known for creating something, not criticising it

  “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly;…

“Don’t Aim at success -…

“Don’t Aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. for success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue.. as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.”

Victor Frankl, FromMan’s Search for Meaning.

 

Can conflict add value?

A discussion I had at a recent company seminar, captured the complicated relationship many of us have with conflict. One of my colleagues spoke of a challenging position in the middle of opposing stakeholders, some of whom seemed to take delight in conflict for conflict’s sake. My colleague confessed that he often waited (in his…

Leadership lessons from the Dalai Lama

Last week a long-standing dream came true: I had the chance to witness the Dalai Lama’s visit to the London School of Economics, and his speech on resisting intolerance: an ethical and global challenge. Humble and self-effacing, he adopted a conversational style that made us listen more intently and more deeply than many of us had…

LEGO System: A tool to think with

  LEGO play, I have learned, is one of the most powerful ways to unlock curiosity, imagination, creativity and learning. It draws strength from a system whereby you don’t need to know each individual brick, to intuitively know how you can fit them together. Moreover, the bricks can be put together and taken apart by…

Why I did an MBA

  As 2011 finally drew to a close and the New Year now beginning, I am looking forward to finishing my last module of the TRIUM Executive MBA program in New York, starting in a few days time. 2011 was quite an undertaking, combining full-time work with studies, and in the last two months, courtesy…

The art of mastering your craft

  There is something magical about doing something for its own sake, and taking pride in doing it really well. Some weeks ago I was doing a talk to design students and we ended up discussing how difficult this can be, when many tools designers and creatives rely on, are developing at such breakneck speed….

How to become a designer?

  This is a question I often get asked, usually by super-inquisitive 10-year-olds, who haven’t realised that they most likely already are designers, and simply need the world to take note. Nonetheless, whether you are or not, this is the time to start! Below is my 5-minute advice for becoming a designer: Take time to…