Amplifying Certainties

Reading Time: < 1 minute We are deeply wired to care a lot about our sense of self worth & social standing … if these are undermined we feel a threat, which pulls brain fast into fight/flight mode & we lose cognitive capability So in our moments of greatest challenge, we actually become dumber… That was the stark but enlightening … More Amplifying Certainties

Think like a …

Reading Time: < 1 minute We put knowledge into silos But there’s value in the wisdom that comes from “thinking like” someone else (from the work of @ShaneAParrish @JamesClear @ScottAdamsSays ) Think like a behavioral psychologist: what are the incentives? What are the relevant cognitive biases in play? What are the second order effects Like an evolutionary biologist: what are … More Think like a …

A view from 2030 – 20 crazy ideas for the next decade

Reading Time: 3 minutes Remind me of this in 10 years and we’ll see how many of these were close … A lot changes in a decade – just look back to 2010, but how much of it was realistically predictable at the time? That’s hard. Imagine if in your 2009 market outlook you said “By 2019 we expect … More A view from 2030 – 20 crazy ideas for the next decade

3 Rare Skills That Make Presentations Clear and Memorable

Reading Time: 5 minutes Bad communication is like a tax we all collect from each other continuously, every year, and every day. What can you remember from that hour long presentation you heard this morning? Can you name three real takeaways that have stuck from all the time you spent in meetings and presentations last week? Let’s face it … More 3 Rare Skills That Make Presentations Clear and Memorable

The Four Most Important Things in Investing

Reading Time: 2 minutes “Investing is the perfect example of a complex problem with no known solution. There are no secrets.” – Nick Magguili (Of Dollars and Data) So what really matters most in the volatile, uncertain and ambiguous environment of investing? Better models? Research? Skilled managers? Access to deals? These things can and do matter, and fortunes have … More The Four Most Important Things in Investing

Underrated Skills

Reading Time: < 1 minute Disagreeing well: it’s easy to disagree badly (and agree badly), and we all know the truism that different viewpoints is good, but harnessing dissenting views in practice is so much harder than you think Managing meetings effectively: many companies would baulk at an expense of several £’000, but routinely allow such sums to be wasted … More Underrated Skills

Stories from 2045

Reading Time: 2 minutes I was fortunate enough to recently read Stories from 2045 a great book of short stories from the futurist think tank The Economic Singularity Club which was founded by author & futurist Calum Chace and others to promote more thoughtful discussions about the future of jobs. The purpose of the book was to try and … More Stories from 2045