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Mind Control and the Completeness Obsession

Network Neurons by Gerard79

Network Neurons by Gerard79

I’m thinking a lot about whether I trust myself.

Not in the bigger sense of being out of control at certain points (I’ve controlled those remaining outposts of wildness over the years: only now to be seen when an invited house guest..) No, I mean whether I trust my mind enough. When I wrote about trusting my creativity within confined time slots I kind of papered over the nagging little voice.The nagging little voice is an element within me that is both good and bad. One of my strengths and also my hindrances? I talk a good game about taking an 80:20 approach. To operating within the time slots. But the little voice is always there in different guises.And what does it say? First, it continually asks ‘why’? Good in a number of ways, but it wants to know how and why things work from a people perspective. All the time. And sometimes it doesn’t relent until I’ve settled. The bad side of this is that it is over-rationalising and attempts to compartmentalise too rapidly at times. It attempts to exert too much mind control and not allow the grey. Read more…

“Artistry Unleashed: Pursuing Great Performance in Work and Life” – quotes

Quotes from panel session held at Savoy hotel, London, 29/3/11.
Dr. Hilary Austen, Adjunct Professor, Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto and Author, Artistry Unleashed: A Guide to Pursuing Great Performance in Work and Life (Rotman/UToronto Press, 2010)

Tyler Brulé, Editor-in-Chief, Monocle

Prof. Roger Martin, Dean, Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto; Author, The Responsibility Virus, The Opposable Mind, The Design of Business and Fixing the Game; Director, Thomson Reuters, Research in Motion

Tom Hulme, Design Director, IDEO

Daniel Weil, Partner, Pentagram

Quotes (with my favourites in bold)

Artists take on a wicked problem with glee

It is the qualitative experience that enables the right diagnostic to be done

Measurement is not everything when compared to a qualitative relative comparison

Where is the room for serendipity?

Entrepreneurship is the most creative profession

Tell stories to create value alignment in humans by showing the value objective

Identity is a qualitative experience of self

Where is qualitative taught (other than architecture?)

Vision is a set of principles that allow you to take steps that otherwise
you wouldn’t

In arts, interpretation is key. There is none of this in science. Interpretation should be taught: the meaning for its creator and its meaning for you

Social media is a great way for enabling our children to be creative (network influencing/ leadership/ relationship interpretation)

Learn more efficiently than everyone else from failure

There is a new belief in craft

Everybody should be an artist for 15 minutes

Real experience has risk and shouldn’t be avoided via the lobotomizing act of passive media consumption

Excellence in seeking talent and nurturing talent = future of corporations

Take away = you need to take charge of your own knowledge
– experiential
– conceptual (awareness of your own frameworks and perspectives)
– directional (own ideals and hopes)

Contradiction is a dynamic relationship which enables you to define the processes that have led you to your conflict

Having a process unlocks creativity as it gives you bounds

Because it’s easier to communicate quantitative information, this is the reason we have a leaning against qualitative in education and corporations

How do you overcome the barrier of ‘you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’? – if you can’t measure it, it probably is one of the most important things for your business eg. attachment of readers to a magazine – what is the feeling in their hearts?

As soon as you measure it, you affect it. Employee satisfaction is a good example?

There is a lot of stuff off-balance sheet of the company that is incredibly important for the future success

How can we learn ‘beyond success’? How do we stop ourselves failing because of focusing on the development of mastery vs. the development of new ideas

Let the things that work be moments that pass by.

Find the edge of what is possible, rather than looking to win the medal.

We’ve overly-charged successful outcomes with too much importance

Forgetting is an important part of creativity. A quantifying mind doesn’t want to forget.

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Questioning Yourself as a Higher form of Talking to Yourself?

So a personal sea-change moment? A shift in beliefs?

Search for ‘vision and goal-setting’ on this blog. Look at my ‘About’ page and you will see, ‘my long-term passion is to investigate the relationship between the conscious mind and other-than-consciousness in relation to vision and goal-setting.’ I was driven to start blogging through a belief that there was something very powerful in strong self-affirmations. Create the vision of success, get your other-than-conscious aligned and off you go. Job done. So what is making me question this?

Jonah Lehrer in the Frontal Cortex describes an anagram-solving experiment by Ibrahim Senay and Dolores Albarracin which compares “interrogative self-talk” with “declarative self-talk”: so the apparently weaker ‘will I solve these anagrams?’ compared to the stronger ‘I will solve these anagrams’. I’ve always thought of myself as an ‘I will’ kind of man. I’m clear on what I’d like from my future without being blind to the randomness of fate. I’ve always thought this to be the best way of operating.

In the experiment however, results confound this expectation as Lehrer explains, Read more…

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