How to improve morale and confidence

Painting General William Slim author of Defeat into VictoriaAs 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”

How to have a big idea: 21 inspirational tools, tips and websites

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 simplicityoriginality 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”

The difference between secrets and mysteries

Minuteman missile guidance computer in the Computer History Museum
Minuteman missile guidance computer in the Computer History Museum. I took this picture in 2002. In the 60s this was top secret. Now it’s just a mystery.

Intelligence isn’t the same as insight

In an interesting piece on Egypt and the US intelligence community over the weekend on NPR news, General Michael Hayden tries to explain why the US intelligence community did not predict the instability. He talks about the difference between secrets and mysteries. Continue reading “The difference between secrets and mysteries”