Workshops with Prof Dave Snowden in Jhb & Cape Town (October 2013)


As promised in an earlier post, here are the details for the various public workshops taking place with Dave Snowden in October. In Gauteng: 1.  A full day workshop at Worldsview Academy in Johannesburg on 17 October with a focus on complexity & leadership Find out more about it here 2.  A half day workshop at … Continue reading Workshops with Prof Dave Snowden in Jhb & Cape Town (October 2013)

Stories can change our brain chemistry


“Stories are powerful because they transport us into other people’s worlds, but in doing that, they change the way our brains work and potentially change our brain chemistry; and that’s what it means to be a social creature.” – Paul Zak I find the research described in this  short video by neuroeconomics pioneer Paul Zak,  author … Continue reading Stories can change our brain chemistry

A great story needn’t be long


People often think that a story has to be long  and follow a particular structure in order to have impact or be memorable.  This belief often inhibits us from sharing our stories, but it is simply not true.  Sometimes, the best stories are really short little anecdotes.  I came across this one in a recent … Continue reading A great story needn’t be long

The tyranny of the moment


  Warning!  This post doesn’t contain 7 steps or 12 ideas, nor is it the ideal 600-800 word length … “The greatest tragedy in using speed as the answer to complexity and the complexities of work-life, is that very soon we cannot recognize anything that is not traveling at the same velocity as we are. We … Continue reading The tyranny of the moment

Metaphors shape our language


  More and more academic research is being done on metaphors – they are no longer considered a “rhetorical flourish” found in literary texts. Rather, linguists have shown that metaphor is a pervasive phenomenon in everyday language, a major force in the development of new word meanings, and the source of at least some grammatical … Continue reading Metaphors shape our language

A great metaphor for teamwork from Steve Jobs


In the same “lost” Steve Jobs interview I blogged about last week, he shares this anecdote as a metaphor for team work. “When I was a young kid there was a widowed man who lived up the street. He was in his eighties. He’s a little scary looking. And I got to know him a … Continue reading A great metaphor for teamwork from Steve Jobs

Why it’s not a bad idea to become a better storyteller


When I think about my favorite teachers and speakers I can’t think of one that doesn’t use stories to make their subject “come alive”.  I think most people feel this way, and this has spawned countless ‘become a better storyteller’ workshops.  While I’m not a big fan of many of these interventions (although there are … Continue reading Why it’s not a bad idea to become a better storyteller

One article: 3 powerful metaphor applications


Author and Time senior editor Jeffrey Kluger has certainly mastered the use of metaphor in his writing.  In a recent article published on Time.com he reflects on the reasons why human beings risk their lives to help others and how, in the wake of the horrific Boston bombings, good and evil once again stand in stark contrast … Continue reading One article: 3 powerful metaphor applications