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When Culture Wins the Game

Gunpei Yokoi was an electronics graduate who landed a job at Nintendo in 1965, which was a small card-making operation in Kyoto, Japan at that time. The heart of Yokoi’s philosophy was putting simple technology to use in new ways that no one else considered. He called his approach “lateral thinking with withered technology.”

Sep 22, 2020

Topics: Smarter Thinking- General Business- Culture & Organisational Development

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5 Eye-Opening Tips to Develop a Data-Savvy Business

The past decade has seen the “rise of the customer” with a shift of power from the company to the consumer. Empowered customers have driven greater choice and accelerated competition.

Jul 16, 2020

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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Maslow’s Hierarchy: 6 Myths

Most Psychologists have a general familiarity with Maslow's hierarchy of needs. I wanted to dig deeper into the model to determine whether it truly has sufficient validity to still be considered useful in today’s business environment.

Aug 12, 2019

Topics: Smarter Thinking- Psychology- Learning & Development

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Jugaad Thinking – Do More With Less

From the time Scottish professor William Cullen designed a small refrigerating machine in 1755, artificial refrigeration has transformed the way we store, transport, and preserve food. It has enabled settlement of areas that aren’t served by natural transport lanes, facilitated the dramatic shift from rural areas to cities, and changed the daily lifestyle of millions of families.

Oct 26, 2018

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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The Real Secret to Smarter Decisions (It’s Not What You Think)

In the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to work with two large organisations in Australia – a healthcare provider and a professional services firm – helping them with their strategic planning for the next five years. Both of them wanted to know how to make smart decisions for the future, even when the future is uncertain and ever-changing.

Oct 10, 2018

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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4 Communication Traps That Deserve More Attention

I am not a naturally gifted communicator, I can’t give you a simple checklist for success in relationships, and I don’t know how to finish this sentence. But one benefit of failing a lot in life is the accumulation of cautionary tales. 

Apr 29, 2018

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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World-Class Thinking: 4 Key Lessons from Naval Ravikant

The mind of a mathematician and the heart of a Buddhist monk, Naval Ravikant is one of Silicon Valley’s most interesting and respected CEOs. A rich source of insight on decision making, habits, and happiness, Naval’s 2-hour Farnam Street interview is easily the best podcast I’ve listened to in several years.

Feb 27, 2018

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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Richard Feynman’s Principles of Scientific Thinking

Richard Feynman (1918-1988) is regarded as a hero and an inspiration, not only by many of his contemporaries but also by many of the smartest scientists alive today. Few people have made an impression on generations of curious intellectuals like the brilliant American theoretical physicist.

Feb 27, 2018

Topics: Smarter Thinking

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