Slogans and Labels

We are more inclined to read slogans than labels. We like sound-bites rather than information. We’re drawn to quick wins rather than long-term solutions. During the US Election campaign, some Trump supporters bought hats bearing the slogan “Make America Great Again”.  Reports suggested that some of the hats available online had labels stating they were…

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?…

Do I Have Your Vote?

The freedom to vote is a freedom I cherish. For me it’s not just about the freedom to vote, it represents a wider set of freedoms that accompany living in a democracy. You only have to switch on the news, or look at what is being shared on social media to recognise the value of…

Eyes On The Prize

“Keep your eyes on the prize”, is something most of us have been encouraged to do at some point. Keeping focused on the end state, the goal, the prize can be an effective way of achieving a target. There is a risk, however, that the eyes on the prize mentality leads to a lack of…

Quick Wins

I’ve heard the phrase “quick wins” used for many years, usually in a business setting, when people refer to the actions that can be done easily and quickly to deliver the biggest results. Is there anything wrong with that desire? I mean, why not get the results you want in the shortest possible amount of time? That’s…

The Disposable Mindset

There is a large area of the Pacific Ocean, roughly the size of Texas, known as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This vast area has formed as oceanic currents have gathered up enormous amounts of marine pollution – predominantly plastic – and trapped them within the whirl of its gyres. For the most part, plastic is seen…

Have You Ever Kissed Money?

During a recent trip to Mexico City, I found myself stuck in stationary traffic – it’s something that happens quite frequently in Mexico City. As I sat there I noticed a man washing the windscreens of the cars as they slowly crawled along. For every car that accepted his services he received a coin in…

This Is Not A Number

I love numbers. They’ve always fascinated me. I don’t know why, but there it is. I enjoy using numbers to understand things differently and play around with different concepts, For example, the life span for a great many animals is somewhere between two and three billion heart beats. Whilst this is a broad range (for an average…

In Reality

The human brain is an amazing thing. Combined with the five senses we have the ability to imprint amazing memories on the mind. Millions of nerve endings in the brain firing away, capturing memories of faces, voices, sounds, smells, temperatures, tastes… One of my favourite times of the year is Bonfire Night, the 5th of…

The Currency of Imagination

Cash, reddies, wonga, big-ones, dough… there are many words used to describe the life blood of our economic world. Whilst money mainly flows through the arteries of our economy in electronic form, when you look at those digitised numbers on a bank statement or on a computer screen what they represent is cash. And, whatever you…