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EIGHT RULES FOR A RANDOM PLANET

EIGHT RULES FOR A RANDOM PLANET

“The brain sees the world as far, far less, random than it actually is … rare events explain more and more of the world we live in, yet remain as counterintuitive to us as they were to our ancestors … it is as if there were two planets: the one in which we actually live and the one, considerably more deterministic, on which people are convinced we live … Past events will always looks less...

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WHY VENTURE CAPITAL GIVES HUMANS A BIOLOGICAL EDGE

WHY VENTURE CAPITAL GIVES HUMANS A BIOLOGICAL EDGE

The reason why life stays the same and does not improve is because species cannot take a long-term view.  They cannot invest resources today for a better life tomorrow.  Progress is impossible. The tyranny of genes precludes innovation.  This is what biologist Geoffrey Miller says: Evolution has no foresight.  It lacks the long-term vision of drugs company management.  A species can’t...

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THE 80/20 VIEW OF EXPECTATIONS

THE 80/20 VIEW OF EXPECTATIONS

Public transport in London has been transformed by one simple act of technology – electronic boards that show when a bus or Tube train is due.  Travellers can adjust their expectations and stop scanning the horizon or fretting about whether a ride is coming.  Would that we could do the same thing in life. Scott Peck started his most famous book by saying, “Life is difficult.”  But he...

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DO YOU NEED TO BE LIKED?

DO YOU NEED TO BE LIKED?

Do you need to be liked? Is it important in business to be liked? My answer revolves around three people I knew who can stand as archetypes for us all. Which one are you closest to?   The Man Everyone Loved Jim (not his real name) is an American and I haven’t seen him for twenty years. But I remember him well, because he was probably the most likable person I met during the thirteen years...

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HOW TO ESCAPE THE WORRY PRINCIPLE

HOW TO ESCAPE THE WORRY PRINCIPLE

One percent of our problems is responsible for ninety-nine percent of our worries.  And there is a great solution to that one problem. THE BIG PROBLEM I read an excellent summary of the problem facing us in life this week.  It comes from Alain de Botton and you can read it here: http://www.thebookoflife.org/why-you-are-anxious-all-the-time/ … But if you prefer, I can summarize it for...

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BRUCE HENDERSON’S AMAZING TAX PLAN

BRUCE HENDERSON’S AMAZING TAX PLAN

It’s tucked away, almost like a dirty little secret, in the Boston Consulting Group book Perspectives on Strategy, and it comes with a health warning.  It’s relegated to a short Part Five of the book labelled Social Commentary.  The contents of these essays, we are told by the book’s editors, “are highly personal – they reflect Bruce’s character and beliefs [as if his other...

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