Category Archives: Behavior

The Seven Deadly Realities of Human Nature

What obstacles stand in the way of greatness?

Being someone that is on the path of Mastery, I’m in tune with the obstacles that can impede me from achieving Mastery. So, anyone who’s overcome obstacles on the path to Mastery is interesting to me. It’s also one the reasons why I’m a HUGE fan of Robert Greene, the author of The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law and Mastery.

He studies power and mastery in all his books through the lives of people from past and present.

In his latest book, Mastery, he explores the idea of reaching Mastery and how in order to reach it he lays out how social intelligence matters, because you can be brilliant in your field, but if you’re bad with people you neutralize your talent and expertise:

5 questions to help you think about the culture you wish to create

dare to create culture

Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Why? Because even a beautifully conceived strategy won’t be executed the right way if people’s values and beliefs are not aligned. In other words, culture is not mandated; it is shaped from the beginning.

What Sherlock Holmes can teach us about decision making

I’m a sucker for anything that has to do with decision making. And, I’m also a sucker for anything that has to do with Sherlock Holmes. The two go together nicely. That is why I was excited to buy Maria Konnikova’s new book, Mastermind: How to think like Sherlock Holmes.

I found this excellent video where Maria talks about some of the ideas behind her book as well as some tips on how to make more rational decisions.

positive intelligence asessment

Positive Intelligence: How people and organizations can achieve their potential

Happiness, behavior change, autonomy, purpose…

These words have moved into the everyday business conversation and taken on a life of their own in the last few years. They’ve spawned books and conversations. Yet few offer a systematic way towards better outcomes. And not just that, but also helping us become aware of what might be holding us back.

I think I’ve found a book that adds to the conversation, and fills that void.

Why don’t more people disrupt themselves?

I spotted this tweet by fellow Renegade @stevekoss in response to this tweet by @wadhwa:

One word: Inertia. But I also think it’s because people don’t know what reinvention even means. And since reinvention doesn’t happen in a heart beat, people have a hard time identifying anything that changed for the better.

The customer/client is rarely right

We have a client in the in the personal finance industry that helps people get out of debt and for the past two months we have been managing and executing their social media strategy.

Part of this strategy is defining the content, branding and overall message you want to convey. This is key because it helps people determine what you stand for. At the beginning we told the client that his business had the perception of being a fraud. With so many businesses that claim to help one get out of debt we weren’t surprised.

Anyways, in order to break that pattern we decided that we would post only useful ‘how to get out of debt’ (not the type that’s on ezines) content through Twitter and Facebook. My client did not agree with this idea, they wanted to post financial news (obvious to everyone else) from reputable sources. News that keep confirming how the world is going to end because our economy is still in the rut.

They think this is what people will be interested in reading. Well bo-ho! I questioned this assumption and fired back that people are already aware of this since there isn’t a day that goes by that we’re not reminded of it. Should we create more noise?

immuno virus 3d

Visceral visuals make people care

immuno virus 3d

A picture speaks louder than words.

The above object claims the lives of an estimated 2 million people a year and has wrecked more global havoc than some wars: The Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

The above illustration won first place in the “Illustrations” category of the 2010 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge appearing in the18 February 2011, issue of Science, published by AAAS.

You would think that a guy would come up with something a little less hair-raising that this, but being that it’s one of the worst human killers there are, I get the point. One judge even said:

“You have this gaping mouth that almost looks like it’s ready to eat you the way AIDS is eating away at society.”

Oh yes it does. And the fact that you can visualize and see it gives you goose bumps. Doesn’t it make you want to eradicate it that much more?

An illustration for a business/institutional killer?

It got me wondering, if we were to create an illustration of the #1 company/institutional killer of all what would it be? What would it look like? How can me make it so visceral that simply showing it to business/government leaders would raise their hair and make them question what they’re doing.

Something so visual that it would make them go: “That’s what’s eating away at our organization? Let’s make sure it doesn’t eat us up.”

In other words, it makes them care. Can you imagine the look on their faces?

I’ve been dreaming of this myself 🙂

So, any ideas?

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