The misunderstood concept of “productive paranoia”

A beautiful nuance of greatness that could be generally misunderstood is the idea of “productive paranoia”. Productive paranoia is a classic example of the Genius of the AND — yes, it is being paranoid, but being paranoid AND productive with that paranoia. It is a lot more than mere pessimism, it is the mental discipline to ask […]

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The Genius of AND — Liberate yourself from non-paradoxical thinking

One of the most impedimental patterns of thought that humans subject themselves to is the “Enforced EITHER / OR” pattern. Otherwise articulated by Jim Collins as “The Tyranny of the OR” or also called “dichotomous thinking”. This applies around the board from business to psychology to personal relationships to philosophy to science and all the way […]

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Establishing a chain of command

Very recently in Sydney there was a hostage situation where an armed gunman stormed into a Lindt Chocolat Cafe near Martin Place and took around fifteen people hostage. As one can expect, the event resulted in an immediate response and action from the Australian police force and emergency support services. The event was covered by the […]

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The king as the best swordsman

I’ve found that there are many fictional works that have within them embedded excellent principles of leadership. Perhaps like leadership itself, some things you learn best through examples and stories. The Adventures of Merlin was one particular TV series that I enjoyed for its examples of leadership. Here is a particular story that inspired me (season 1 […]

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“You have made an enemy today”

Heavy is the head that bears the crown of leadership. A story of Janeway One of my favourite personal leaders who I deeply admire is the character of captain Kathryn Janeway (from the Star Trek Voyager series) — this is a character of immense personal strength and is truly an epitome of powerful female leadership. In the first […]

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8 Ways to Establish Credibility

Would you like it to be the case that, when you speak, people both listen carefully and believe what you say? — That people see value and truth in your words? I know I would! That’s why recently I’ve been pondering on the topic of credibility… What is credibility? Noun: “Reputation impacting one’s ability to […]

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Do you live in the “Meta-game”?

Several years ago I had a friend who was studying developmental psychology. During one of our conversations she introduced me to the concept of “metacognition” — which she then went on to explain is “thinking about thinking”, or in a sense “zooming out” and viewing our own thinking — cool! And I, being the painful computer […]

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Why peasants have ultimate power

When I was younger I enjoyed watching a classic movie: Dragonheart. This movie is set in a fantastical medieval world. In the beginning of the movie we are introduced to the overall situation with a scene of a young prince Einon overlooking a battle between the king with his knights and the peasants. The conversation […]

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