One of a generation of motivational speakers, Zig Ziglar, died last week at the age of 86. When I began to perform myself in the late 1980s, it was often tapes by Ziglar that I would listen to as I drove from ‘gig’ to ‘gig’ and which influenced my own style enormously.
Born in 1926, … / continued
I’d like to draw your attention to a blog by Julian Thompson who is the director of projects at the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (the RSA). Julian has worked as a social researcher for 10 years. Specialising in qualitative methods, he has undertaken major participatory research programmes and strategic futures work … / continued
It was a sad day this week, when I learnt of the death of an old colleague, John Macdonald. This isn’t an obituary, there are times and places for those, but I would like to reflect on one of his key messages.
In ‘retirement’, John was an author and speaker, and it was as a … / continued
Book summary: The Personal Branding Phenomenon by Peter Montoya (2002)
Back in 2003, this summary was sent to friends and colleagues on my personal email mailing list – as it was then! Recent conversations, led me to resurrect it, to tweak the English, and to post it as a blog item. I hope that you’ll … / continued
If you haven’t already seen it, you might like to watch the BBC documentary series, The Beauty of Diagrams. The first episode is on the drawing “The Vitruvian Man” by Leonardo da Vinci. It’s available on iplayer until 10pm on Monday 28th March.
The Vitruvian Man brings together the theories of architecture by Vitruvius, … / continued
Sue Savage-Rumbaugh – Kanzi: The ape at the brink of the Human mind
I can hear my critics speaking right now… “What exactly has THIS got to do with Business, Graham?” Well, almost every month, I find myself in conversation with someone (sometimes a client, often a sceptic, occasionally an academic, but usually a business-person) … / continued
Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of 37signals, a Chicago-based company that builds web-based productivity tools.
This may not seem like the necessary credentials to write a business book per se. However, how about this as a review from an Amazon reviewer:
“This book will make you uncomfortable. Depending on what you do all … / continued
Our understanding of behaviour in groups has been evolving for many years. Much of the earliest scientific study was based on animal populations and formed a subset of the science of ethology. These studies usually revolved around small groups that were relatively easy to observe. Larger group theories could not be studied very accurately and … / continued