How to Think Much, M...

You’re the sort of person who doesn’t set piddly little goals. No, no. You chase fat, behemoth, stonking great, mamma-of-all-megaladon goals. When your goals go by, water reverberates in puddles. I like that about you. And I’d like to help you to take your ambition one step further. It...

Thinking About Resol...

What is the point of a New Year’s Resolution? Simply put, they are born out of our desire to accomplish more in the course of next year than we did in this one. We set them in order to improve our lives. That’s the driving force; but when we get down to actually writing them out – or...

Experts Offer 3̸...

If you walk up the hillside and they follow you, you are a guru. If you walk up the hillside and they do not, you are a lost hillbilly. To be a thought leader in any industry implies that others should follow your thinking. They should seek it out and value it. Do you give them reason to? Are...

6 Things Experts Don...

A while back, I had a run-in with a person who felt very strongly that experts shouldn’t have personalities. A saucy but relatively nominal joke on my personal Facebook page had her up in arms and she tore into me, essentially saying, ‘You are supposed to display perfect behavior as a...

Can the Universe Ent...

She was supposed to hand me a single flier. But as I rolled down my window beside the mall’s ticket machine, the young promoter – of varsity age, but with lifeless, disinterested eyes – stuffed twenty of them into my hand, along with my parking ticket. She could not have cared less about...

How to Become an Ico...

Your stagecraft is excellent; your delivery refined. Now you want to know how to elevate your speaking career to that illusive next plateau. You want the conference conveners to seek you out a year or more in advance of their events because they have to have you. The next steps in your...

Morloks and Eloi- Wo...

When it first debuted in bookstores in 1895, it was the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ of its day, and you have to wonder whether HG Wells plucked the notion from a vivid nightmare. You also have to wonder whether he realized how profoundly his core idea; the splitting of humanity into two...

How to Come Across a...

You have all the technical skill in the world. You’re bursting with industry knowledge and profound workplace insights. But with a few choice behavioural moves, it is entirely possible for you to undermine your own position as an industry expert. Here are 7 ways to look like a complete...

8 Ways to Trash a Pe...

Let’s say you aren’t into the idea of profitability. Let’s say that team-work doesn’t appeal to you, and that you don’t actually want a successful organisation… How could you go about creatively dismantling your business? Totally trashing it? It can be done, and quite easily, in...

Fail Publically and ...

In the opening scenes of the second Lord of the Rings movie, in a bevy of retina-splashing special effects, Gandalf spiral-falls through darkness to the centre of the earth, clutching and wrestling with a fiery Balrog, a ‘Demon of the Old World.’ It’s the bit that follows: ‘You shall...