Inspiration Archive

  • The Art of Learning: Fractals, Water Polo and Marketing Templates

    The Art of Learning: Fractals, Water Polo and Marketing Templates

    “We do not learn from experience, but from reflecting on the experience.” – John Dewey [This post started out as a book review and became a reflection on my own experiences of learning. The idea of fractal learning is one that I would love your […]

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  • Go Slow to Go Fast – a Business Lesson from Water Polo

    Go Slow to Go Fast – a Business Lesson from Water Polo

    When I was up to my eyeballs in water polo, a part of my training was weekly martial arts sessions with Andy Sutton. Back in early 2002 he introduced me to the principle: “Go slow to go fast.” This wasn’t just counter intuitive when I […]

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  • Why do we exist as a business?

    Why do we exist as a business?

    It’s an existential question I asked myself after reading Ben Horowitz’s blog post: Lead bullets. Fortunately I was reading Ron Baker’s book Implementing Value Pricing at the time. Ron proposes a simple, yet extremely demanding, 2 part answer: The sole reason for a business to […]

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  • Reinventing Education (More Opposite Thinking)

    Reinventing Education (More Opposite Thinking)

    Consider your schooling for a minute. What if you had lectures for home work and exercises for class time? What if you could have spent more one on one time with your teacher to help you really grasp the details of concepts, and help you […]

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  • Opposite thinking

    Opposite thinking

    Look hard at how your industry works now. Then see what might happen if you do the opposite. If you were looking at the web design industry, the exercise might start [and I mean start – you could definitely get much more hard core than […]

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  • Humanising – the real value of Real Time

    Humanising – the real value of Real Time

    “Our people are our greatest asset.” “Our differentiator is our relationships.” “Product X is great but it’s our people and our culture that really makes the difference.” “Our competitors could walk into this place and look around. They can even copy everything we do, but […]

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  • 88 tips for business – Rework reworked (a reminder list)

    88 tips for business – Rework reworked (a reminder list)

    Rework is a string of 88 short essays by Jason Fried and David Heinmeier Hansson – the founders of 37signals.com (we are big fans of their products Highrise, Basecamp, Campfire and Backpack at Bluewire Media). It’s a gem, so I thought I’d write a one […]

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