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Personal

 
The Philosophy of Wealth

  "Like the elite of ancient Egypt, most people in most cultures dedicate their lives to building pyramids. Only the names, shapes and sizes of these pyramids change from one culture to the other. They may take the form, for example, of a suburban cottage with a swimming pool and an evergreen lawn, or a gleaming penthouse with an enviable view. Few question the myths that cause us to desire the pyramid in the first ...

Shawn Powrie
3 min read
Business
 

Business

 
The Humm Handbook (Chris Golis): A review

The Humm Handbook: Lifting Your Level of Emotional Intelligence is a book by Christopher Golis that presents a personality modelling framework named "Humm-Wadsworth" . The Humm-Wadsworth model (abbreviated to Humm) attempts to describe human personality in terms of sets of common traits and desires that are found in all people to greater or lesser degrees. The framework is specifically marketed as a business tool, t...

Shawn Powrie
10 min read

Business

 
The Humm Handbook (Chris Golis): A review
Shawn Powrie
10 min read
Business
 

Business

 
Will AI take your job?
Shawn Powrie
11 min read
Business
 

Business

 
What is scalability in business?
Shawn Powrie
7 min read
Digital
 

Digital

 
Google Bear case study: poking the massive beast and losing

Google cutely names some of their major algorithms after animals. Some examples include Google Hummingbird (designed to increase speed and accuracy of natural language understanding), Google Panda (aimed at countering on-page spam / thin content sites), Google Penguin (aimed at counteracting link spam) and Google Pigeon (aimed at increasing the ranking of local listings). To honor this tradition, today I want to ...

Shawn Powrie
6 min read
Leadership
 

Leadership

 
Why Context is for Kings

  In a recent Netflix series Star Trek Discovery, in the third episode, Captain Lorca explains to an estranged and demoted Michael Burnham why he chose to interfere in her punishment for mutiny and bring her on-board the Discovery as a crew member: "I did choose you, but not for the reasons you think. Your assumption that the Klingons were waiting in ambush at Binary Stars was predictive. You chose to do the righ...

Shawn Powrie
2 min read
Leadership
 

Leadership

 
Why Context is for Kings
Shawn Powrie
2 min read
Leadership
 

Leadership

 
Establishing a chain of command
Shawn Powrie
2 min read
Chinese
 

Chinese

 
Chinese Poem: 登鹳雀楼 Dēng guàn què lóu Ascending White Stork Tower

登鹳雀楼 Dēng guàn què lóu is a classical Chinese poem by the Tang dynasty poet 王之渙 (Wang Zhihuan). The English name is Climbing White Stork Tower. It depicts a beautiful scene visible from the Stork tower near the yellow river while climbing up it. Here's the poem and my English translation of it: 白日依山尽, 黄河入海流。 欲穷千里目, 更上一层楼 Bái rì yī shān jìn, hu...

Shawn Powrie
1 min read
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