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 ...

The Genius of AND — embrace paradoxical thinking

One of the ways in which we hold our thoughts back from greater clarity in life is the “Enforced EITHER / OR” pattern. Otherwise articulated by Jim Collins as “The Tyranny of the OR” or also called “dichotomous thinking”. This...

Shawn Powrie
7 min read
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...

Shawn Powrie
2 min read
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...

Shawn Powrie
2 min read
“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...

Shawn Powrie
2 min read