Timely Insights

Test Your Decision Making Instincts . . .
Some very sound advice from a recent article in McKinsey Quarterly on this subject is elegantly conveyed in a short article by Andrew Campbell and Jo Whitehead of London’s Ashbridge Strategic Management Center. They offer four simple-to use tests to validate the use of both rational and emotional (gut) emphasis in critical decision making.
What I like particularly is that they work with the defensible premise that ‘gut instincts’ are inevitable (and the so-called superior rational mind isn’t always so superior) and then point out simple tests of familiarity, feedback, measured emotions and independence that can be applied ‘on-the-run’. Do check this out for yourself – it’s instantly useful! Go to: https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Strategy/Strategic_Thinking/How_to_test_your_decision-making_instincts_2598

What if They Held a Funeral and Everybody Came . . .
I really enjoy the viewpoints of Kenny the Monk – see http://www.kennythemonk.typepad.com. He long-since left the cloisters and has been practicing as a full-fledged management consultant, writer and speaker for many years. He retains a fresh and vital perspective on business issues which the world is coming to appreciate and value as time goes by.
One recent initiative, dealing with the issue of successful change management took a different slant. He discusses the concept that all significant change starts not with a beginning but with an ending in a provocative way. If there’s change on your horizon, this is one viewpoint you can’t afford to miss. http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/79/firstperson.html

Message Addiction . . .
In another survey it was revealed that 49% of people under the age of 25 say that they don’t mind being interrupted by electronic messages during meals and 11% say they don’t even mind being interrupted during their most intimate moments! I wonder how their partners might feel about that!
The study, conducted by Retrevo, a consumer electronics shopping site, and reported by Harvard’s Daily Stat, also reported  that only 33% of under 25’s agreed with the statement "I don’t like interruptions” compared with 62% of the over 25 age group. You can see other disturbing statistics at http://www.retrevo.com/content/blog/2010/03/social-media-new-addiction%3F

Quotable Quotes . . .
"He who knows others is learned; He who knows himself is wise."         -- Lao-Tzu

"A man may fail many times but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."  
      -- John Burroughs

"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time."                       -- Jack London

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced;
Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."    - Cherokee Expression