Andrew Munro invited me to list my five favourite books. A difficult task and I decided to cheat slightly by breaking the selection into five fiction and five non-fiction books.
I’m a self-confessed geek. My ex-wife is a creative – an actress. My daily life was once a kind of experiment in reconciling two very different ways of dealing with the world.
Why is this important? Well, my job involves the same challenge. Writing is 50 percent technique (geek stuff) and 50 percent inspiration (creative stuff) and, according to my accountant, 10 percent arithmetic.
Get a cup of coffee and prepare for launch. Rome wasn’t built in a day but it should have been. The status quo is obsolete. Best practice is someone else’s idea of what you should do. Good enough isn’t. As an entrepreneur, it’s all about attitude.
Impatience – the fierce hunger for progress – is one of the defining characteristics of an entrepreneur. For them (for us), impatience is a virtue.
‘Two peoples divided by a common language.’
George Bernard Shaw said this about the British and the Americans, but the same can be said of anoraks and suits. Writing for a non-technical audience is a skill often lost on the geeks among us, but I’m happy to provide a cheat-sheet.
There’s a fantastic article on the NewScientist.com website, Six steps to a stress-free career. I wondered how well I was doing.
As a boss, one of the biggest challenges is to build morale and the confidence of your team. It’s not easy. But it is important.
“It is lack of confidence, more than anything else, that kills a civilisation. We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs,” said Kenneth Clark at the end of his classic TV series Civilisation. Continue reading “How to improve morale and confidence”
I have finally found the explanation for irrational overconfidence and, perhaps, much of the hype and bombast on the internet: the Dunning-Kruger effect. Continue reading “Why I’m awesome: The Dunning-Kruger effect”
We live in world of miscalculated risk. This article gives some examples of that and some actual data to help people and businesses make more accurate assessments. Continue reading “How to quantify risk”
So what’s the big idea? It’s a clearly-articulated concept that compels, unifies, differentiates, explains, inspires or motivates. I like Chris Wirthwein’s definition, in particular the elements of simplicity, originality and surprise. But like the judge’s definition of obscenity, ‘it’s hard to define but you’ll know it when you see it’. Whatever your ‘big idea’ might be, this article will help you find it. Continue reading “How to have a big idea: 21 inspirational tools, tips and websites”
When I was at school, I had the time but not the enthusiasm to learn new things. Now I have enthusiasm but no time so I’m trying to refactor how I learn things. Continue reading “How to learn things”