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How our instinct can deceive us

In this blog I explore why it’s so important to slow down and examine our emotions, and those of people around us.

Making decisions based on gut instinct

Research over the last 20 years increasingly suggests we perceive our decision making processes to be dominated by logic, when in fact the way we tend to problem solve and reach conclusions is firstly out of instinct, and then through engaging our analytical side to justify our decisions. Malcolm Gladwell turned this topic into a whole book called ‘Blink’

Is being busy rewarding you or holding you back?

Typically when I come home to London my friends and clients seem generally happy, well rewarded and physically fit.  But almost all of them say that they are incredibly busy with not a moment to spare.  It’s one of the great things about living in London.  We meet fun, energising and exciting people who demand great things from themselves and great things from us.  London is for strivers. It’s an intoxicating energy.

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Love and compassion in response to terror and fear

I woke up this morning and did something different.  For the last few years I’ve got up early and spent twenty minutes meditating.

Today I got up to hear the news.  Florida sends waves around the world.  I felt such sadness then anger about the senseless killings of the innocent. I thought how can we live in a world where being gay makes us such a target. 

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Building creativity at work

Before thinking about adding value at work its worth considering some of the barriers  which can stifle creativity.  To my mind there are two major ones:

  • we think what we are observing is completely accurate; and
  • secondly that our world view and decision making is somehow better than others.

It turns out that neither of those things is true and these beliefs impede the creative process.

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