Two levels

I always take my girls to the movies, and because they are young, we always watch animation. No matter which animation movie we watch, I always enjoy them, especially Pixar/Disney movies. Great Pixar/Disney movies operate at two levels. The story, characters, and visuals works for the kids. The humour in the dialogues works for the…

Meaningful

Every business that flies starts not with the best idea, the biggest budget or better marketing, but with the story of someone who wants to do something and can’t. We do not change the world by starting with our brilliant ideas, our dreams, we change the world by helping others to live their dreams. The…

David Graeber’s Debt: The First 5,000 Years

The introduction was enough to prompt me to pause and reflect.  Below is a somewhat long excerpt, but well worth reading in full: __________________________________________ We chatted.  She told me about her job.  I told her had I had been involved for many years with the global justice movement – “anti-globalization movement,” as it was usually called in…

Blue ocean of endless possibilities

I started reading Blue Ocean Shift by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne and I found this paragraph to be inspiring and hopeful: _________________________________________________ "For us, as business scholars, the world we aspired to help advance wasn't one defined by competing and dividing up markets or the globe, where one's gain comes at the expense…

Healthy means and healthy ends

I heard a refrain the other day about someone who passed away before their time: “He/she used to exercise and lead a healthy life. Sometimes you wonder, did all of that help?” I have heard similar refrains in the past. There are many quotes around smoking from the years it was in vogue. An example…

Aid is a problem

In the context of high degrees of corruption and uncertainty, fewer entrepreneurs [domestic & foreign] will risk their money in business ventures where corrupt officials can lay claim to its proceeds, so investment reduces, and economic growth stagnates. Aid increases corruption. The problem is that aid is not benign, it is malignant. No longer part…

The dictatorship of noise

We live in a world of noise. Robert Sarah, a cardinal from guinea, wrote in his stunning book, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, [which is in my top 10 favourite books of all time], writes the following: __________________________________________________ “Our world no longer hears God because it is constantly speaking, at a…

Getting over…

Sometime it looks impossible, the obstacles are insurmountable, but if you accept the setback, rebalance, hold firm, bend, and hang on, you might rise above and get over. Courtsey: Grant Snider

When people don’t feel loved

When people don't feel loved, they seek to be admired. When people don't feel loved, they seek attention from social networks and hope that the likes will make them feel better. When people don't feel loved, some would try to fill it with material things to satisfy their longing hoping to find security. Finding out…

Talking and listening

You learn more when you listen. But teaching usually requires talking. More words does not [necessarily] mean more meaning. But it can. Talking less does not [necessarily] mean more humility or maturity. But it can. Above all…People recall your presence [your vibe] more than they recall your words. The better you learn to listen, the…