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#149: Think Differently

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“To refuse to do the crappo thing is to strike a de facto blow for quality…” – George Saunders   Last week’s letter was much longer than normal.  It was, as described by one of the responses I received, ‘chewy’,…

#144: Keep Hope Alive

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“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.” ― Langston Hughes     Chris Carson looks at his therapist, “I end each night with blood on my boots and spit on my face.”…

#137: Creativity and Curiosity

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Good morning everyone Our last two letters zoomed in on the serious job of starting a new job. If you missed them, you’ll find them here. Today, we zoom out to creativity and curiosity. As you know, I love seeing…

What Future Do You Want?

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Good morning I have been overwhelmed by the response to last week’s letter. Many of you shared it with people that you care about and they, in turn, shared it. Thank you for all the messages I received. Many of you…

How Degrowth Will Save the World

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March is Cape Town’s best month. A less generous soul might say that it is the only few weeks of the year where Cape Town’s weather approximates its beauty. This work by Nigerian artist Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, although not about Cape Town, gives…

The Power of Listening

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Last week’s email reflected on how psychologically unsafe environments destroy value by silencing people or, more insidiously, by creating conditions in which people do not feel safe to speak and so silence themselves. In the silence, value is hidden. Amy Edmondson, Professor…

Abdullah Verachia’s Disruption Amplified

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This week, I wanted to introduce you to Nigerian artist Ndidi Emefiele I loved her piece, Here as in Heaven which is currently showing in London’s Gallery Rosenfeld. Then, Sepanta Bagherpour, Nando’s CMO for North America, dropped me a note telling me about their undemocratic meal…

How to Make Mistakes

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Happy Sunday everyone My coaching practice means I spend hours each week in deep conversation with people across the world. My client base is diverse in every sense of the word, so by the end of the week I have a good…

Creating possibility

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By now you know that South African Tatjana Schoenmaker has set a new world record for the 200-meter breaststroke. If you haven’t seen the moments after her win, scroll to the 2 min 20 sec mark and watch, it will make your…

Life is Not a Solo Flight

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Good morning friends Can you believe that this month my coaching practice is two years old and that today is this newsletter’s 80th edition? I have been fortunate to coach an amazing array of people – founders of businesses of all…

Innovation, burnout, and bravery

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You’ll remember that a few months ago I told you that South African artist and sculptor Atang Tshikare was rocking the world of Dior. Now he’s in New York’s Metropolitan Museum with this amazing piece that he describes as paying…

Stop and Listen

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When I wrote the first issue of this letter on 19 January 2020, I had no idea what would unfold over the next two years. As it turned out this letter, our conversation, has been a guiding light through tired…