The Uniqueness of Uniqueness

We are all unique, in almost every way. From our DNA, to our fingerprints, our eyes, our hair, our personality, our dreams and desires – our uniqueness defines who we are. Funnily enough, uniqueness is completely ubiquitous, it is present throughout the universe. Everything in the universe is unique. There are no two snowflakes, no…

To Be Still…

We are all on the move. The pace of life seems to be forever increasing. Life is fast, work is busy. Too much to do in too little time. Our lives are a frenetic ball of activities bouncing from day to week, week to month, month to year. And it doesn’t ever seem to stop.…

When We Can We Will

We all have things we want to do, things we want to achieve. Changing career, learning a language, clearing out the spare room. Some of them are big, some of them are small. Some are dreams, some are goals, some are just “stuff”. We all also have reasons we don’t get round to doing some,…

Time: Capital or Income?

“How are you spending your time?” “Has it been a valuable use of your time?” “Time is money, you know.” We use economic terms to describe our use of time, so why not extend the economic terms to our definition of time, not just our usage? Do you consider time to be capital or income?…

The Hidden Cost Of Perfection

Vegetables in a supermarket, so uniform and perfect, but how many tonnes of misshapen fruit and veg are dumped by farmers because supermarkets don’t want them? Because we won’t buy them. I don’t remember being asked, do you? Or have we been asked without knowing? Have we shopped for vegetables and picked out the straighter…

What Do You Really Care About?

We are often told what we should care about. We are regularly force-fed an agenda of what is important to us and what isn’t. We are told that the economy is something we should all care about, and be fearful about, and be protective of. Whilst the 2008 economic crisis was very serious, we also…

The Hidden Cost Of Simplicity

We used to think the earth was flat. We thought that the sun rotated around it. We used to believe that it was uneccessary for surgeons to wash their hands before they began operating – it was pointless, they were about to get covered in blood! Our minds have progressed, our knowledge has expanded, our…

Are We Losing Trust in Trust?

Our trust has been broken so many times that we no longer trust “trust”. What do I mean by that? Well, if someone says “trust me”, we’re becoming more inclined to respond sceptically or defensively. The tele-sales rep tells us “I’m not trying to sell you anything!” because if they said they were trying to sell…

I Don’t Know If I Like It Or Not…

  We all have a tendency to play it safe. We don’t want to take risks. We only go to restaurants we know we will like. We only going to the cinema if we are absolutely certain we will like the film. We prefer to engage with like-minded individuals with whom we share similar views or…

It Doesn’t Count

As a society we seem obsessed with measuring something so that we can put a number on it. Maybe it’s because of our tendency to perceive numbers as facts. But it does mean we risk missing things that could be equally important, or perhaps more so, than the things we can attach a number to. In business it’s all…