Super Olympics

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…a thought on using human enhancement and augmentation in sport Super Olympics is a really simple concept. Basically, competitors can incorporate any type of modification to their bodies, up until…

The time I broke my brain

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I’m a big believer in treating life as a series of experiments. It’s a great way to learn about yourself and it stops you from stagnating. But not every experiment…

The Art of Courageous Living Week 1: What is Courage?

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Yesterday I started teaching a class at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, GLBL252 Courage in Theory and Practice. Over the coming semester, I’ll be sharing a pared-down version of the…

Interview with Oleksandr Albul

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In all the busyness of my life, travelling all over the world, one of the most important things I do is to stop and sit quietly. There are many techniques…

Refuelling at Peace Time

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It seems like every day there is a new example of a marketing campaign that “went wrong”. At the time of writing this chapter in 2013, the examples included the…

Let us not fight hate with hate

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It’s all kicking off on my social media channels. One contact of mine has unfriended “dozens of people” and another has posted a vitriolic video full of venom. A school…

The Poison of Omnipotence

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Sometime around 500AD, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite asked whether it was possible for God to “deny himself”. The question was arguably the first emergence of what is called ‘The Omnipotence Paradox’…

This Is Your Heart

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The year is 1931 and a man called Michael Unterguggenberger has just been elected mayor of a small Austrian town named Wörgl. The events of the coming two years will…

The Poison Of Presumed Centralisation

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On November 16th 2010 an article appeared in Harvard Business Review (HBR), written by James Allworth, about Google’s strategy. The gist of the piece can be gained from these two…

The Real Reality

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I’m fascinated by the way our brains actually operate, generating thoughts that generate our framework of what we call reality. I first became interested with the way we think when…

The Poison Of Can’t

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The fact is, we can’t breathe underwater, unaided. We can’t fly either. In fact, there are a number of things we simply cannot do. However, I suspect that most of…

Noise – the business and social disease

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A thought on how we are affected by the volume of meaningless noise. This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious as to how quickly you can find out what is so…

The Effort Metric

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A thought on prioritising effort alongside other standard business metrics. In the 1995 publication by John Kotter entitled “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail”*, his research from over 10 years…

Expansion of Thought to Unlock Success

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Bill Gates once said: “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” I’ve learned the hard way that this statement is true. Of the…

The Rise of Social Network Class Action

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In law, a class action or a representative action is a form of lawsuit in which a large group of people collectively brings a claim to court and/or in which…

The Poison Of Expectation

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Have you ever been on public transport and seen someone eating a really pungent snack that made the entire area smell? Recently I sat opposite a guy who had a…

The Privacy Dilemma

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We are living in a world where our trust can only come from respect of citizen privacy (preceded with credibility, authenticity, consistency and positive interactions). Many companies, Facebook being a current…

What Lies Beneath

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A while ago, Fast Company published an article relating to a new study from Princeton’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, claiming that “Facebook will lose 80% of users by…

A Sect Cannot Be Destroyed By Cannonballs

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This post was re-published shortly after the news of a U.S. air strike as reported here: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2015/11/14/U-S-carried-out-airstrike-in-Libya-against-ISIS-leader-U-S-official.html and a day after the attacks in Paris: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/14/world/paris-attacks/ —– Here are two…

The Option of Civilisation

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During the year 1814 over 96,000 people visited Bethlam Royal Hospital (also known as Bedlam), to laugh at the mental patients. The visitors felt justified in doing so as the…

Public Urban Boundary Systems

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Everything is getting so augmented and virtual nowadays – soon we will be able to live much of our lives in a totally unreal place, commanding experiences at the touch…

The Poison Of Protectionism

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Over time I have published a number of ideas that, one day, may come to life – with or without my personal involvement. These were my ideas that I have…

Emotion In Artificial Intelligence

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In 1992, Gerald Tesauro created a programme called TD-Gammon at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Centre. The TD part stands for Temporal Difference (which is a type of learning system),…

The Poison Of Technology That Can

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When I was younger, the ‘cool’ stuff was created by large, faceless organisations with brilliant logos and jingles. I imagined they sat in massive offices, smoking cigars, drinking whiskey and…

It Is Within

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I remember once walking off stage in Kiev where I had spoken in some detail about the necessity of courage when attempting to succeed. Someone approached me and asked whether…

Quantifying BioCrime

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The Nike Fuelband was just one of many examples within a movement known as ‘Quantified Self’. In simple terms this is basically a process of being aware of what we…

Change Is The Enemy Of The Competent

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A long time ago when I started helping companies interpret how to use the Internet I was met with a significant level of negativity. During my tenure as the Chairman…

The Poison Of Certainty

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The more I look for it, the more I seem to find instances of people stating, with absolute certainty, what will or won’t ‘ever’ happen. Look at TV companies stating…

Human Versus Machine

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In 1996, World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov was undoubtedly the most famous chess player in the world. On February 10th of the same year, in Philadelphia, following many months of…

Your Days Are Numbered

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Have you ever wished there were more hours in the day to get things done? Have you ever wondered where you will find the time to read the books that…

Unlocking Advanced Innovation

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Over the last few decades in business I’ve seen many companies come and go. I’ve been on the frontline of hugely disruptive innovations and also the founder of several innovative…

The Paradox of Life Balance

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Recently I was having lunch in a hotel restaurant, at a table next to a family of four who were only noticeable because they sat in absolute silence. The parents…

The Energy Within

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Everything is constructed of atoms. If you looked at the composition of an atom up close, you would see a tiny vortex containing quarks and photons. If you zoom in…

The Advantage Of Productive Paranoia

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Over the years of speaking to audiences all over the world about what’s changing, what this means and how to maximise opportunities, I’ve witnessed a spectrum of responses that range…

Opening the Chances of Success

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In 1966, a scientist called Stephenson ran an experiment named “Cultural Acquisition of a Specific Learned Response Among Rhesus Monkeys”*. Over time, other tests have been carried out and the…

6 signs you’re missing out on your full potential

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Have you ever met someone who seems really content with his or her life? Not just relatively happy but annoyingly happy? Happy to a point where you start wishing you…