Layman, Rhone and Confucius

Steve Layman quotes Patrick Rhone from his new book, Enough: “ “If one treats the space where they work as sacred then, in kind, all of the items in that space should be there to support the purpose at hand… …Determine those times and spaces that are sacred to you.  Only allow items and tasks within to […]

Echoes through time: knowledge of a meagre kind

“When you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind.”   Lord Kelvin (William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, 1824-1907), Lecture on Electrical Units of Measurement

The neuroscience of trust – @HBR

Paul J. Zak has an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review (here) on the impact of trust on performance: 50% higher productivity, 74% lower stress, 29% more satisfaction and 40% lower burnout (reported experience, top quartile vs. bottom quartile). The article also gives eight actions to foster higher trust within the organisation, including: recognise excellence […]

Evidence in a post-truth world? #contentmarketing

Are proof-points passé in a post-truth world? On the contrary, they are more important than ever. In a world of Putin, Trump and the Brexit campaign, it’s tempting to think that evidence simply doesn’t matter anymore. Can’t you just say anything you like, as long as you repeat it loudly and persistently? Here are two […]

Steven Pressfield, writing “as if” …

Writing “As If” Another great post from Steven Pressfield. The concept reminds me a little of NLP.    

We should aspire to enchant…

You know it makes sense… Explainer, Elucidator, Enchanter: A Gradation of Great Writing

The Great Books …

This is a great find, courtesy of Anderson Layman’s blog, the Wikipedia entry for the Great Books; 161 books for every personal library. Some examples to whet your appetite: 29. Marcus Aurelius – Meditations 42. Leonardo da Vinci – Notebooks 71. Isaac Newton – Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy 158. Franz Kafka – The Castle      

My word for the month: omniana

“Omniana – Notes or scraps of information about all kinds of things.” Shorter Oxford English Dictionary I love stumbling across new words. Omniana sits well with the habit I’m trying to acquire of maintaining a commonplace book.

The power of proper paper #writing

Messy, unwieldy, noisy, and yet … Kurt Harden hits on the unique delight in reading an actual, paper, newspaper. I love reading the Economist or (London) Times on my iPad, but real paper is different. You see different things, the format allows for greater serendipity.  It’s more tactile, too. And, of course, paper is lower […]

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