Category Archives: Life

Visualisation

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  I’m increasingly attracted to using ‘focusing’ or visualisation activities, in both my own practice and my own business, and with my coaching clients. The foundation of this is the idea that, to the extent that we can visualise and ….»

Posted in Business, Coaching, Life, Perception, Placebo Effect, Success

Entry level entrepreneurs are older

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At Edgeware, and in my private practice, we’re moving toward a customer base that is distinctly older. Baby Boom = Entrepreneurship Boom The U.S. may be on the cusp of an entrepreneurship boom because of its aging population. In the ….»

Posted in Business, Edgeware, Entrepreneurship, Life, Small business

Practical wisdom

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I’m inspired by a presentation at the 2009 TED Conference from Barry Schwartz on the increasing need and value of what he calls ‘practical wisdom.’ He actually mentions Aristotle and the Greek values understood as the ‘virtues’ at one point, ….»

Posted in Customers, Ethics, Knowledge, Life, Management, Purpose, Skills, Wisdom

Your business as your baby

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  Starting up, emerging entrepreneurs need mentors, coaches and critical friends. We can think of these as the uncles and aunts to the growing baby. (Edgies so often claim they feel that their *business is their baby*, with all the ….»

Posted in Entrepreneurship, Family, Feelings, Leadership, Life, Management, Perception, Personality, Vocation

Happiness comes from experiences, not things

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From the blog Neuronarrative Not only are people happier experiencing than possessing, but they are also happier having the experience of thinking about possessing something than actually getting it.   Understanding that bit of knowledge about ourselves goes a long ….»

Posted in Change, Customers, Entrepreneurship, Feelings, Life, Marketing, Perception, Personality, Purpose, Skills, Success

Thinking/doing good

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“Doing good makes us feel good. Altruism enhances our self-esteem. It gets our eyes off ourselves, makes us less self-preoccupied, gets us closer to the unself-consciousness that characterizes the flow state”  (1).    In other words, caring for others creates a ….»

Posted in Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Feelings, Leadership, Life, Perception, Personality, Purpose, Skills, Social enterprise, Weirdness, Wisdom

How trees grow

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  It sounds counter-intuitive that, while a tree is rooted in the ground, it actually feeds on what it extracts from the air. I think this is a compelling metaphor for business (and life, if it comes to it): we ….»

Posted in Business, Life, Perception, Personality, Small business, Social enterprise, Success, Teams, Transformation, Vocation, Wisdom

Love signals real

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   In this Age of Metaphor, love will be the signal of real. One of the ways we will know when a thing has passed from “as-if” to “is” is when it earns unalloyed love from humans. Kevin Kelly, As ….»

Posted in Business, Communication, Customers, Entrepreneurship, Feelings, Life, Marketing, Perception, Personality, Purpose, Small business, Success

Positive psychology

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Positive Psychology has three central concerns: positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions.    Understanding positive emotions entails the study of contentment with the past, happiness in the present, and hope for the future.   Understanding positive individual traits ….»

Posted in Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Feelings, Life, Perception, Personality, Purpose, Skills, Wisdom

Education-zen

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“The problem of the steady change of ideas (or the perpetual need to imagine new ideas) also demolishes the notion that the essence of education consists in mastering certain contents or materials. You are not little birdies sitting in the ….»

Posted in Change, Education, Life, Purpose, Skills, Success, Transformation, Vocation, Weirdness, Wisdom, Zen

Business Ethics

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Business ethics is an important field for Edgeware because it’s in the ‘change the world’ bit of our DNA. You don’t ‘adopt’ ethical practices; you can’t operate without ethics, even if you couldn’t name them and you don’t have a ….»

Posted in Business, Customers, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Finances, Leadership, Life, Management, Marketing, Purpose, Small business, Social enterprise, Success, Vocation, Wisdom

6 Word Memoirs

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Smith Magazine invites us to summarise our lives in six words – ‘Six Word Memoirs’. I thought, ‘Easy! I have the Edgeware motto, near enough to six words: make money, have fun, change the world. I could lose the article ….»

Posted in Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Feelings, Knowledge, Life, Perception, Personality, Purpose, Success, Weirdness, Wisdom

Coach as Cartographer

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Everyone is coaching or being coached; there are life coaches, career coaches, personal coaches, fitness coaches, executive coaches, coaches for getting out of bed in the morning and coaches for getting to sleep at night. Why do we need coaches ….»

Posted in Change, Education, Entrepreneurship, Life, Management, Perception, Personality, Purpose, Skills, Success, Training, Transformation, Vocation, Wisdom, Zen

Intentionality and Creative Leadership

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I’m fascinated by the emerging field of ‘experimental philosophy‘, where it seems that philosophers are stepping away from their armchairs and using research methods from psychology to tackle philosophical questions. Like intentionality. This is interesting enough in itself, but just ….»

Posted in Change, Communication, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Knowledge, Leadership, Life, Perception, Personality, Purpose, Transformation, Wisdom

360 Degrees

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I’ve noticed that I’ll often use optical illusions or some kind of perceptual trick in my presentations, to indicate not only how easy it is to trick the eye or the brain, but that the way see the world is ….»

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Generosity

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I can think of four things to say about generosity. It’s a quality of behaviour which requires very little in the way of resources but which has enormous power to influence and change things, beginning with yourself. Firstly, generosity is ….»

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Universal Placebos

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A side project, and a source of considerable joy – Universal Placebos. The idea came originally from a class I was teaching at QUT. The discussion was on branding, and moved our thinking to the value of untraded intangibles. Pet ….»

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Incompleteness

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“In 1931, the Czech-born mathematician Kurt Gödel demonstrated that within any given branch of mathematics, there would always be some propositions that couldn’t be proven either true or false using the rules and axioms … of that mathematical branch itself. ….»

Posted in Change, Creativity, Innovation, Knowledge, Life, Perception, Purpose, Wisdom

Dancing About Architecture

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Writing about music is like dancing about architecture. Laurie Anderson   In 1994 we stayed for a couple of nights with our friend Klaus Maier, Director of Theater von Menschen für Menschen in Nürnberg. Not a terribly gloomy place – I ….»

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