We owe you nothing – @thisisseth

Seth Godin points to a trend or attitude in business: to take a merely transactional perspective. “The dedicated fan sat through endless losing games. Even steven. Ticket purchased, game delivered. We owe you nothing. The problem with ‘even steven’ is that it turns trust and connection and emotions into nothing but a number. Revenue on […]

Echoes through time: on lost time and space

“Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less chary about the latter than of the former; space we can recover, time never.” Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821) (via Execupundit’s Michael Wade)

Curses on your adversaries – @execupundit

Not that we’d be so juvenile as to curse those who stand in our way, but there are moments when these would be handy, courtesy of Execupundit: May they form a coalition. … May they place their faith in what worked before. … May they have many goals. Print out and keep the full list […]

A contract with Me Inc. #writing

Two posts this week that reflect the need for a professional approach to your writing, or to any other independent business. The ever-inspirational Steven Pressfield posted the third in his series on the Professional Mindset: “Every Monday morning I have a meeting with myself. I go over everything I’ve got to do in the coming week. […]

How a picture helps you pay your taxes

James Lawther at Squawk Point has an interesting post on the impact of pictures on vehicle relicensing rates. The trial was grounded in the work of UK Government’s Behavioural Insight team which is, in turn, informed by the work of Richard Thaler (co-author of the influential book Nudge). Imagery is an important part of story-telling and […]

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

Pity, Fear, Catharsis – the essence of storytelling #writing

It’s strange and not a little sobering to appreciate just how much Aristotle got right, 2,500 years ago. The essence of storytelling, he tells us, is three simple but essential concepts: Pity – (we might say empathy) first of all, we must make the audience feel for and care about the central character Fear – […]

We are not numerate …

Steve Layman reminds us that, in general, we are not numerate: “ most people just don’t understand how [compounding] works. For instance, 10% growth for 25 years is not 250%, it’s 985%!” Douglas Adams understood, of course, and illustrated its power – especially if combined with time travel – in paying your bill at Milliways, the Restaurant […]

Tell true stories – @thisisseth

Seth Godin on how to be heard, including: “Do your homework. Reflect back what you believe the other person is trying to say before you disagree with it. Tell true stories.”  

Pensieri da Nicholas Bate

The inspiring and productive Nicholas Bate is on a roll. Here, he offers a free PDF download of his mini-book, In Three. In the meantime, I‘ve been enjoying his latest mini-book, Pensieri, which arrived just in time for a period of pondering and planning. Consequently, I think I have a plan that is grounded, ambitious, […]

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