Thinking Out Loud
How do you limit the spread of an infectious disease?
Since the virus spreads through contact with an infected person, prevent physical contact between sick and infected people and healthy ones.
How should we do this? [2 min read]
When my wife was pregnant with our first child, we asked our doctor if it was safe for her to fly. First, he told us that the statistics showed there is an eight-fold increase in the chance of problems during a flight, for pregnant women.
It sounds frightening, doesn’t it?!
Then he also said… [1 min read]
“Fewer and fewer people are ‘subordinates,’ even in fairly low-level jobs. Increasingly they are knowledge workers.” — Peter Drucker
Nowadays, with the Coronavirus (COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2) situation, the number of knowledge workers will grow as people find new ways to make a living working from home. [1 min read]
Let me start with a personal tale of woe.
At one time,I was closely involved in a very profitable venture. Unfortunately, it was shut down within two years of reaching its peak.
My sorrow was aggravated by the fact that I had predicted the long term negative effect of each decision that lead to the venture closing down. [2 min read]
When the Israeli commanders wanted to move tanks into enemy territory, one commander decided to enter at a certain spot that was already marked on the map as “impossible”. [1-2 min read]
Do you think of yourself as someone who can solve problems and overcome obstacles? If you do, it can lead you astray. [1 min read]
What happens when you hear a new idea? You immediately form an opinion on whether it is a good idea.
How does this happen? [1-2 min read]
So, errors have a negative impact, and insights have a positive impact.
However, there is another dimension that is missing in the equation above. [1 min read]
I am sure you are familiar with the following types of thinking.
You think about:
What to do
How to do it
However, there is a third type… [1 min read]
Do you want (or need) some help? Are you looking for an expert to help you?
How do you decide who’s right for you? [3 min read]
You often hear about “The Idea” and “The Execution,” as if they were two different things.
However, executing your idea is, in itself, a progression of ideas. [1 min read]
You have an idea and you feel it’s a great idea. You feel happy, elated, and you have an urge to immediately do something about it.
Is there a connection between your emotions about your idea, and its potential for success? [1 min read]
“If you can fix a problem with money, it’s not really a problem.” ― Kim Kardashian
This is true, up to a point. The difficulty is… defining the problem. [1 min read]
You have an idea you think, rather you know, is good, but others just don’t get it. What’s going on? More importantly, what should you do? Should you listen to them or follow your own conviction?
First, let’s tackle some reasons why others “just don’t get it.” [2 min read]
…Now, you are in the middle of it all, and not everything is as expected; something feels wrong. You are busy, things happen and there are results, but they are not what you wished for, or even realistically expected. [3 min read]
…This is what you should be doing whenever you delegate a task, whenever you outsource. You know what you want and can predict different paths others might take.
You need deep knowledge to be able to do that. This knowledge comes from two sources… [1 min read]
“Ideas are easy. Execution is everything.” — John Doerr
Nowadays, this quote seems to represent the Zeitgeist. It pits the idea against the execution. This creates (at least mentally, if not technically) a dichotomy between the idea and execution. [1 min read]
“He who can does; he who cannot, teaches.” – George Bernard Shaw
Why is this relevant to your idea (and its success)? [1 min read]
Consider the IBM logo.
Visually, you just see three letters when you look at this logo. However, there are actually eight horizontal lines with gaps.
The iPod is a more complex example. It was a hugely successful portable music player. Why was that? [1 min read]
When Coca Cola first marketed in China, they translated the brand name phonetically. But the meaning of the characters came out “bite the wax tadpole” or “female horse fastened with wax”.
A funny anecdote. It teaches us something fundamental… [1 min read]
The assumption that they implicitly made, was that both the homeowner and the guest would only agree to this when pressured by lack of accommodations and their high price (both caused by high demand due to the convention in town).
However, they were wrong. And Airbnb went on to become the leader in a new category of accommodations. [1 min read]
One of the pillars of Flow is controlling our consciousness and how we perceive what happens in the real world.
To do that (while not becoming delusional), you need to clearly know both your conscious mind and the external world. If either is fuzzy, then you are in danger of going off track and never achieving Flow and happiness. [1-2 min read]