Video: Global Food Economics by David McWilliams

Punk Economics video takes some altitude and looks at the global food economy: where it is now, how we got here – and what we might see in the future. This is vital stuff for all of us – take a look and let me know what you think!

The Future of Work

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Understanding the long term trends impacting an organisation is one of the keys to reducing uncertainty and helping create robust strategies and resilient organisations. Strategic foresight helps organisations improve the quality of strategic thinking and brings new insights into the planning and budgeting process. Strategic foresight also helps organisations maintain awareness of the trends that have longer term impacts, monitor indicators of the directions of these trends, and focus initiatives on the long range opportunities.

Humble Leadership (The global-leadership industry needs re-engineering)

The phrase ”humble leadership” is not an oxymoron. While many people immediately conjure-up an image of the ever so confident, bombastic extrovert without an ounce of humility as the picture of what constitutes a real leader, nothing could be further from the truth.

So there is clearly a need for global leadership. But when the public look at what is on offer, they are not impressed. Many of the bankers and politicians caught dozing by the financial crisis were regulars at Davos. Ordinary folk trust Davos Man no more than they would a lobbyist for the Worldwide Federation of Weasels. A survey by Edelman, a public-relations firm, finds that only 18% of people trust business leaders to tell the truth. For political leaders, the figure is 13%.

Conditioned by goodness

“Bad decisions made with good intentions, are still bad decisions.” 
? Jim Collins, How The Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

A man in the mode of goodness is not so much affected by material calamities, and he has a sense of advancement in knowledge.

It’s a natural law that goodness brings greater knowledge and a greater sense of happiness.

The problem is that when a man is situated in the mode of goodness he starts to think that he is advanced in knowledge and is better than others.

Being proactive

Real freedom is creative, proactive, and will take me into new territories. I am not free if my freedom is predicated on reacting to my past. --- Kenny Loggins

3. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions.

4. The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person.

5. I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.

Coaches ask questions that shine light in the right places

Pyramid

This really made me think… I let my mind wander free, just waiting for something to come. Suddenly I saw myself as an explorer of ancient pyramids, and that made a lot of sense to me.

‘Why a pyramid explorer?’ they asked.

‘Because when you know where to look, you can find treasures inside places where
nobody has been before. I see people like temples, with hidden treasures just waiting to be brought out!’

The story of two frogs

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Most people wait for something extremely bad to happen in order to do something to get out of a rut. Successful people are proactive and act in advance – to prevent problems and create results.

What Builds Trusts

“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.” 
? Friedrich Nietzsche

Trust is the glue in relationships. Here are some behaviors that build trust:

Seeking first to understand
Making and keeping promises
Honesty and integrity

Optimize your mind’s functions: 4 WE CAN

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. --- Buddha

We can enhance our feelings by feeling our spiritual nature and develop a giver heart.

Beware the “Busy Manager”

Managers that fall into the other quadrants, by contrast, are usually just spinning their wheels; some procrastinate, others feel no emotional connection to their work (disengaged), and still others are easily distracted from the task at hand. Although they look busy, they lack either the focus or the energy required for making any sort of meaningful change.

“When corporate leaders make a sincere effort to give managers both challenge and choice, most managers can learn to direct their energy and improve their focus – and ultimately find their way to the sea.”

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