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Capacity- Create Laser Focus, Boundless Energy, and an Unstoppable Drive In Any Organization

True organisational health as an USP

What is the collective health of your organisation? Are you healthy?

Are you treated as a racehorse?

Imagine if you owned a $5 million thoroughbred racehorse. I take a bet you would pay a lot of attention to how you feed and train the horse. How much is your own body and mind worth? Are you worth $ 5 million? How medically literate are you? How well do you look after yourself? How well is your company looking after you?

Mismanagement of health

It is interesting that in our society, some of our most basic physiological human needs are so often neglected. We mismanage our health every single day. Seventy per cent of Americans take at least one prescription medication. …

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The Captain Class- The Hidden Force Behind the World’s Greatest Teams

Leadership in top sports teams and what you can learn from their captains

Leadership is the new black.

CEOs with lower pay run companies with better performance In “Buddhist economics”, I read that a recent study of CEO pay (value of total annual compensation) and the performance of the CEO’s company shows that as CEO pay goes up, the company performance goes down. CEOs with lower pay run companies with better performance. Makes you think.

Celebrity leadership I have always doubted the myth of the celebrity leader. There is is no “I” in team. The dictionary definition of “team” is about as bare-bones as it gets. It’s defined as any group that works together on a task. That is why I am fascinated by why family business work. Why businesses that operate as …

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Technology vs Humanity- The coming clash between man and machine 

Technology vs Humanity: The coming clash between man and machine

The social impact of technology

As human beings, we do not understand exponential or self-amplifying. Particularly the impact on humanity. Richard Watson has written about it extensively. For example in “Digital versus human”.“Life 3.0” is not that dissimilar. We need to be careful what we wish for.

Gerd Leonard

I came across Gerd Leonhard as he was a speaker at the London Law Expo in 2017. I am following in his footsteps this year. They are very hard to follow. His book “Technology vs. Humanity: The coming clash between man and machine” is an absolute cracker.

Digital atomic bombs

We have not thought through what AI, IoT, big data, social media, cloud, ICT, genome editing, could …

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blue ocean

Strategy, innovation and market making

Blue Ocean Strategy

I was never a fan of “Blue Ocean Strategy”. In my view, it was a case of ‘Old wine in new sacks” (Dutch saying). It sounds too much as the new product/new market combination from the Ansoff matrix.

Blue Ocean Shift

Was going to give it another shot with “Blue Ocean Shift”. How to shift from competing in crowded existing markets to creating new market space. Describes as the systematic process to move your organisation from cutthroat markets with bloody competition—what we think of as red oceans full of sharks—to wide-open blue oceans, or new markets devoid of competition, in a way that brings your people along. Moving your business from market competing to market creating.


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living with a seal

What you can learn from the military


Business is starting to realise that you can learn a lot from the military. It makes sense, the military in specific have been training leadership for centuries. Learned that from The implication of leadership failure is also a lot more serious. Here are a few books to read:

Ten rules Extreme ownership  Flow and productivity  Mindset 


I think we should include master chefs in the mix. The ability to be creative, innovate and deliver food at consistent quality standards.

Living with a Navy SEAL

But at a personal level, you can learn a lot too. Hence picking up the book “Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet”. Jesse Itzler, …

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Deep work, mastery and arts are the future of humanity

Deep work, mastery and arts are the future of humanity.

Cirque de Soleil

Liana and I went to Cirque de Soleil in Malaga this week. A fantastic show and I was in awe. Brought to tears. Afterwards, we went for some drinks and tapas in beautiful Malaga, one of the oldest cities in the world.

The future, slow down or go faster

I am writing a new book, titled “Infinite growth” and during the week we have been discussing the exponential and scary effects of AI, robotics, climate change, soil erosion, pollution, synthetic biology to name a few. It always brings me back to the question, to keep up, do you go faster or slow down?

Slow …

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ecology of commerce

Your business needs a declaration of sustainability


I have read a few scary books in my time. “Bandwashed”, “Future Crimes”, “Climate change” to name a few. “The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability” fits right in there. What is scary about this book is the picture it paints on how we are making a complete mess of our world.

We are running out of time

A hundred years ago, even fifty years ago, it did not seem urgent that we understand the relationship between business and a healthy environment, because natural resources seemed unlimited. We have decimated 97 per cent of the ancient forests in North America; every day U.S. farmers and ranchers draw out 20 billion more gallons …

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life 3.0

If you had three wishes for an AI

Narrow AI for your business

AI is capturing the imagination of everyone I talk to. Most of us are concerned. It does not matter what part of the spectrum you are, (from Skynet to Utopia) it will impact on your business model. You can start with considering how narrow AI can improve your business model. It is the broad AI that is a bit more existential.

Life 3.0

“Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” is a “What technology wants” type of book. Interesting question on the how AI will evolve and what that might mean. With questions about what defines intelligence, consciousness and life itself.


In his view intelligence = ability to accomplish complex goals. …

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Lessons from a strategic retreat


Have you ever been to a place where everything you have worked on, all the hundreds of business book you have read, all the subjects you have written about, all the conferences you spoke at, all the sessions you have had with your clients, all the principles you believe in, all come together in perfect sync? Where a combination of like-minded people create magic? 

Strategic retreat

I am just back from a strategic retreat in Barcelona, where I had the pleasure of delivering a week of business coaching and master classes. Organised by A combination of sunshine, good food, relaxation, mental fitness, sports and business.

Helping businesses to scale

It started a few weeks ago where an …

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experience on demand

Experience on demand and what it will do


I had a great experience at the ARVRinnovate conference. There is no doubt in my mind. AR and VR are hotspots, with an immense amount of applications, starting with gaming, sales, marketing, training and instruction. But it also has a long way to go. The technology definitely was not as sophisticated as I expected it to be. It is all still too clunky. The 6Ds will take care of that soon and then all gloves (literally) are off.

Emotion always wins

The sensation of “being there,” wherever the program you are running takes you, is what researchers call psychological presence, and it is the fundamental characteristic of VR. That is why it will get to experience on demand. …

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