Say less

Robert Greene puts it perfectly: “Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less.” They are disciplined at keeping quiet most of the time, and it gives them gravitas. Always say less than necessary.

What’s next after using it

What happens to that toy, book, t-shirt, or mattress? We may destroy it and dump it. We may also donate it to someone who needs it. Nearby construction workers would love your old mattress. Many groups will take old clothes, books, and toys. We're mass-producing at a record pace. We must rethink our acceptance of…

Fun-ify work

Put some fun into your work. I have come to the decision that I should have fun at work. When I have a workshop, let's have fun while learning from each other. Let's laugh at our mistakes and take pride in our achievements. Having fun at work is one of the most effective ways to…

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?

One of my favourite economists Kate Raworth says the following about Adam Smith in her book Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist: ____________________________________________ “When Adam Smith, extolling the power of the market, noted that, ‘it is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect…

When in doubt…

When in doubt: Focus on what you control; Be thankful for what you have. This is the 3,552nd post on this blog. I think that at least a hundred of these posts on the blog are different ways to say the same thing. Simple rules of thumb like this take a long time to understand…

When we manufacture things…

Vaclav Smil's books kept showing up on Bill Gates's reading list, so I decided to give them a try a few years ago and I understand why he is Bill Gates's favourite. I'm currently reading Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing and he says the following in the book: ________________________________________…

Adding value to someone’s life

Make something that someone can appreciate. Inspire someone to take action. Help someone out. Be a shoulder for others to cry on. Teach someone how to accomplish something meaningful. Make time. Show someone a better way to do something. Share a fresh perspective. Send someone an encouraging message. Set a good example. Help. Pay closer…

Customers cannot be asked what they want

… certainly not if you are looking for a way to make significant progress through breakthrough innovations, because your clients have difficulty conceiving of game-changing innovations. Henry Ford once said that if he were to ask his consumers what they wanted, the answer they would give him is "a faster horse." Customers won't offer you…

Subtraction instead of addition

Too much Way too much pressure. Way too many commitments. Way too many contacts. However, it is not enough. Just not enough time. A lack of financial resources. Having trouble keeping my energy levels up. It would seem that we have collected too few of the "correct" items because we have hoarded the "wrong" ones.…

Book Review: Surrounded by Psychopaths by Thomas Erikson

I'm fascinated by human behaviour and believed this book could help me better understand people in general, not just psychopaths. You will likely grasp the concepts presented here quickly if you are familiar with works like "Lemon Leadership" or "The 5 Love Languages," the attachment styles theory, all of which use categorisation to help readers…

How does a psychopath manipulate a person?

In his book Surrounded by Psychopaths, Thomas Erikson defines a psychopath as someone who manipulates others for their own benefit, at the expense of those they're manipulating. In chapter 15, he delved into great depth about the many methods of manipulation. One of the techniques he termed Arbitrary Positive Reinforcement. Here is what he says…