Reflection on practice

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(Photo above: Mirror Lake, in Yosemite National Park – a special place for me ever since my Dad took me there when I was 10). Any professional or leader should regularly reflect on their practice – that is, on how they undertake the key activities of their profession – so as to keep growing and improving. But, if my experience … Read More

Emergence: why groups can think more clearly than individuals

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I’m reading psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s book “The Righteous Mind – why good people are divided by politics and religion“.  In many ways it’s a depressing read. One of Haidt’s basic claims is that people use their reasoning to defend political and ethical decisions they’ve already arrived at intuitively. They use reasoning as a post hoc defense of a position they’re … Read More

Five great email productivity tips from readers

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Last week’s post on why you should give “inbox to zero” a try drew a lot of responses from readers. People had some great suggestions on how to tame email and increase personal productivity. So, I thought I’d use this week’s post to capture those ideas while we’re all still thinking about email. The problem of email The average office … Read More

Why you should give “inbox to zero” a try

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This is the start of an occasional series of posts on “new year’s resolutions to help you think more clearly”. Over the next two months, every now and then, I’ll do my weekly post on a technique for thinking clearly. If you like the technique, you may want to adopt it as one of your new year’s resolutions for 2016. … Read More

Don Draper and “subconscious work”

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My family and I are belatedly catching up with “Mad Men” on Netflix – we missed it the first time round. Something that Don Draper said to Peggy Olsen the other day really struck me. You’ll recall that Don Draper is the (anti)hero of the series: the experienced ad executive. And Peggy Olsen (who I think is my favourite character) … Read More

Five areas where choosing the “difficult path” pays off

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“The best protection is always to be working on hard problems.” “The best protection is always to be working on hard problems”. This is advice to school students from Paul Graham, one of the founders of Y Combinator. The whole speech is worth reading in full. Graham’s point here is simply that at school, and throughout life, you need to … Read More