Among the writings of stoic philosopher Seneca, his moral epistles to Lucilius (1) are particularly notable. It is disputed if Seneca actually corresponded with Lucilius, or if the letters are ‘purely’ fictional writings. Of the 124 that have been handed down though two millennia, none were replies. Continue reading “A Stoic view of creativity”
The career escalator is jammed at every level. Unemployment rates are sky-high. Creative disruption is shaking every industry. Global competition for jobs is fierce. The employer-employee pact is over and traditional job security is a thing of the past.
This week, we are drawing toast, examining logical fallacies, playing innovation games and asking ‘3 probing questions.’
Let’s power walk through the highlights… Continue reading “Eclectic Perspective: From Draw Toast to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave”
The Scrum Values
As Scrum Masters we make Commitments to ourselves and our team mates to deliver excellence. We use Courage to challenge received wisdom and cultural norms. We demand Respect and embrace diversity and understand its power to unleash creativity and innovation. We are Open in the pursuit of truth and speak truth to power. We embrace transparency and ensure decision making is inclusive. We have a laser Focus on delivery and continuous improvement. We evangelise the Scrum Values and coach our teams to ever expand personal and team capabilities. Continue reading “Scrum Values and High Performance Agile Teams”
BUSINESS PODCASTS provide a wealth of free resources to entrepreneurs. I listen to numerous shows and episodes a week on business, innovation, science and economics. Here are a few recommendations… Continue reading “Business Podcasts for Entrepreneurs”
Organ donation is a fascinating, complex and emotive subject. There is a multiplicity of approaches across the world aimed at increasing organ donation rates including opt-in and out-out systems. Education and awareness programmes play an important role and increasingly governments are implementing legislation to change default options and (they theorize) modify social norms. Under many systems the role of the family in giving ultimate consent is paramount. Continue reading “Organ Donation Schemes – Opt in or Opt Out”
PROCRUSTES was a son of Poseidon and had a stronghold between Athens and Eleusis. He is famed for an unusual form of ‘hospitality’. He possessed an iron bed (the Bed of Procrustes) and would invite passers-by to spend the night. Those that proved ‘too tall’ would have any ‘surplus’ amputated, whilst those that were ‘too short’ would be ‘stretched’ to fit his bed. There was never an exact fit, as Procrustes secretly possessed two beds. Continue reading “The Bed of Procrustes”
KETTLE LOGIC is a type of informal fallacy in which multiple arguments are used to defend a point, but the arguments themselves are inconsistent.
Kettle Logic takes its name from a story related by Freud, of a man who was accused by his neighbour of having returned a kettle in a damaged condition. The neighbour offered three inconsistent arguments: Continue reading “VPEC-T as a Kettle Logic Trap”
The Social Action Fund is a key enabler of the UK government’s Big Society agenda.
It will be apportioned in two rounds (of £10m each). Its purpose is to target projects providing long term increases in giving, in either:
- time – volunteering, time-banking
- resources – money, property, fixed assets or equipment