Just a few weeks ago I highlighted how important innovation was and yet how disinterested everyone was in it: Innovation has never been more problematic or needed – 3 things you can do. I went on to suggest 3 ways in which you could address this challenge. Not more than a week later, this post came out on the World Economic Forum (WEF) site: Companies need innovation more than ever. Here’s how to measure it. It makes similar points that cover challenges and solutions. In my previous post I shared an example of a company tackling things the right way. In this post I’ll talk briefly about the WEF post and share another great example of a company doing things right.Continue reading Overcoming challenges in an innovation imperative world – 2nd edition
The title of this post actually comes from a video I viewed on Big Think way back in 2016. It was a short video by renowned American physicist, Michio Kaku. I’ve just searched the site extensively to try and find it again but couldn’t. Good thing I downloaded a copy at the time and uploaded it to YouTube. I wanted to capture it as I recall it was not shareable. I have based a lot of my thinking on its prognostications since then. I first referenced it here: After robots and AI – intellectual capitalism where creativity and imagination thrive.Continue reading Jobs of the future will be what robots cannot do
Everyone wants innovation, no one wants to innovate. It’s similar to change. Therein may lie the rub. They are such broad terms, they may have lost their significance. But the problem goes beyond lack of interest, there is a lack of purpose or organisation/management, the pace of change, all and more contribute to this situation. Call it innovation fatigue if you will, in fact a book has got that covered already: Innovation for the fatigued – How to Build a Culture of Deep Creativity. And yet, the imperative is as high as ever.Continue reading Innovation has never been more problematic or needed – 3 things you can do
The way of the minimalist is to “remove until it breaks”. As Henry David Thoreau once said, “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify”. I subscribe to this philosophy 💯 although I don’t always live up to it. New research just out validates this view and especially when it comes to creative productivity.Continue reading Way of the minimalist for creative productivity
There is an explosion of automation, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning with many fearing job losses. In the attention economy we have proliferation of social media, questionable content, digital addiction, etc. Freedom of expression knows no bounds yet sensitivities are tested like never before. There are many benefits to adopting these tools and approaches and there are those that countervail – some stand out, either as out of touch dinosaurs or innovators. In all this there are many reasons to be joyful.Continue reading In an age of machines human organisations matter – an ode to joy
As we’ve moved to remote work, calling and virtual meetings have exploded (see chart below). Much is being done to simulate the advantages of in person meetings to get things done which is useful. But what if that gets abused? Wasted hours in meetings (virtual or physical) has become a trope for good reason. And remote work means that even more now, we can work asynchronously to accommodate private schedules. That’s where writing comes in.Continue reading Writing skills for remote asynchronous work and how you can master them
Going with the flow has become a bit of a cliche but there is truth to it. One of it’s establishing principles is letting go. Another way of looking at it, as the philosophy of Wu Wei does, is as “effortless doing” or “action without action”.
Especially in these Corona Times where we have limited control, the inclination is to do more, be more productive, etc. Like pushing a piece of string, it’s sometimes futile and you are better off letting go. If you are working on or trying to do something and it’s not working, try some of these options, they are guaranteed to improve the situation.
Tips for letting go
- Get up and take a walk in as much green space as possible, e.g. forest or park.
- Take 10 deep breathes. Target 5 a minute, with breaks.
- Exercise vigorously for 20 minutes, ideally.
- Meditate for 20 minutes, 10 at a minimum.
- Go and do something out of the ordinary: help someone, do something you’re afraid of, take a cold shower.
- Sleep on it, at least one night, every day is day one and you can try again tomorrow..
The title of this post is hopefully not too oblique and its clear I’m referring in part, to the challenge of our time – COVID-19. And when I say mindfully, my principle context is the practice of meditation, where paying attention is key. By paying attention you become more aware. You become more concentrated and achieve states of natural clarity. All the better to manage responses (or non responses) to circumstances effectively. By stakeholders I mean the individual and groups, like organisations and broader societies.Continue reading How to respond to global challenges mindfully and the 3 stakeholders in success