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Decisions, decisions…

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We like this piece on decision making.

For us, trying to get a balanced approach (between big picture and detail, logic and intuition) is right at the heart of our method – for work in corporations and with individuals too.

An example of this contingent approach? You might have heard “Don’t sweat the small stuff” and “Look after the pennies and the rest will look after itself”. Whilst we are mixing our metaphors, both show different world views on improvement. Which is right? Well, probably, both…for, it depends!


What would you do?

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I get lots of emails from family and friends with viral ‘funnies’.

I liked this one.

The producers of this beer commercial borrowed a small, 150 seat cinema playing a popular film, and filled 148 of its seats with rough-looking, tattooed bikers, leaving only two free seats in the middle of the theatre.

They then allowed theatre management to sell the last pair of tickets to several couples for different showings.

What would you do?

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Will the real Richard Branson please stand up

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A powerful contrast in these two pieces….a positive and negative take on Richard Branson both from The Guardian, over one week:

This vrs this.

Where does the ‘truth’ lie?

How can we know?

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To memorise or not to….um…

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I have a new passport. With a nine digit number. With a date of issue. And expiry.

Thinking ahead to those online visa applications and the many landing cards to be completed over the next 10 years, is it worth memorising all those details so I don’t need to dive into the document draw or retrieve my jacket from the overhead locker or cupboard?

Broadly there are two schools of thought on this one.

The first (epitomized by Dave Allen author of Getting things Done), argues to supplement our minds as much as we can – with lists, data banks – creating the space for attention on important tasks. On the other hand, some (such as the Brain Gym movement) argue that exercising our ‘mental muscle’ with simple memory activities improves the functioning of our minds.

Whilst I quite like numbers, am good at recalling upcoming diary dates and can remember many phone numbers (mainly those from years ago before the era of mobile phones and digital landlines with rapid dial), I do find numbers over 7 digits hard going.

But on this occasion, I have decided and already learnt those passport details.  I think.  54…Or is it 45… Hum

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Marketing in the first person

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Have you noticed how products have started talking to us?   Eva Wiseman did in The Observer.

We note this style of blurb too on Brewdog beers and even Method cleaning products.

Does this irritate you like it did Eva?

What sort of relationship do you want with Brands?


Get help with the puzzle

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The clue for 16 down in the crossword was “Old man’s weapon that’s needed to get into base”. Eight letters.

I’d thought hard about this for quite a time but couldn’t get the answer.

Then my wife took a look and saw it straight away.

It helps to have someone else take a fresh look at your problems. They see things differently and bring their own ideas and possible solutions.

If you struggling with a challenge at work, why not ask a colleague today to have a look at it with you? It might help you solve the puzzle.


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Got the message?

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The election is on and the campaigning has started. All the parties are keen to get their message across in the hope that we’ll vote for them.

Are we listening? Do we really take in what they have to say? Is the steady stream of ‘communication’ having any effect on what we think? Or what we will do on May 6th?

This is the common challenge of persuasion – how do you know that people have heard you, that you’re changing minds, getting them to act on what you tell them?

There are four stages to go through:

– they have to take in the information you’re giving them
– they have to understand what that information means
– they have to work through how it applies to them
– they have to act as a result of that.

How do you test each stage?

– ask them to replay back what you’ve told them in their own words (receiving)
– get them to explain to others what it means (understanding)
– challenge them to say how things will be different (believing)
– hold the mirror up to their language/behaviours/work/voting/etc (acting)

Whatever your own campaign is, you can use these too.

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Deliberation or democracy?

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It seems so sensible.  A band needs to agree 4 songs for a demo.  “Let’s set up a Google vote – that will be fair”.  A dissenting voice: “I prefer deliberation to democracy – your views change mine, your vote doesn’t.”  The result?  10 minute later a reaffirming of the likely preferences of pub and party sponsors – with a restatement of what The Band wants to offer.  The vote will now be chosen from a short list of 9, not 30.  The options are narrowed but not eliminated through dialogue.  There is more energy and commonality. The Lowest Common Denominator receeds…for the time being.

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