Boyd – Patterns of conflict

imageI had heard about John Boyd’s legendary Patterns of Conflict before I read his biography but I had never seen it. So I went on a quest to find it!

Regular readers will know that I have an interest in military history.  (See How to improve morale and confidence and Interview with Stephen Bungay.) I’m reading an excellent biography of John Boyd (Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War) at the moment and this has really got me thinking.  I’m going to write a review as soon as I’ve finished it.

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Geeks vs Creatives: which personality type are you?

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.

dice - geeks vs creatives

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.

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Impatience is a virtue and other essential attitudes for entrepreneurs

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 The status quo is obsolete.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.

NASA coffee - attitudes for entrepreneurs

Impatience – the fierce hunger for progress – is one of the defining characteristics of an entrepreneur. For them (for us), impatience is a virtue.

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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”