When is influence really manipulation?

At each Thought Leaders Business School Immersion we're treated to a keynote presentation from a successful professional speaker.

In February we enjoyed a brilliant 90 minute presentation from one of my favourite speakers, and someone who has spent a lifetime thinking about the art of communication, Colin James. As a veteran of the professional speaking circuit and a communication expert, Colin's message was perfect for our room full of thought leaders.

Why Cults Work

People in cults seem to do irrational things that seem objectively to be against their best interest. The most extreme example of this was the Jonestown deaths in 1978 where 918 people died after drinking cyanide-laced Kool-Aid.

Not the most cheerful start to a blog … but I’ve been wondering why. Why do we literally and metaphorically drink the Kool-Aid?

You can't make money from schools...or can you?

If you've been watching The Project on Channel Ten at all recently, you've likely heard Adam Voigt speaking on the topic of education. He is now the "go to expert" on schools and education in this country, such is the power of his positioning.

Of course, it wasn't always the case.

I met Adam when his practice was at white belt. What I love about his story is how he has gone from white belt to black belt in a market (schools) that everyone thinks you can't make money from.  

My Crush on Elon Musk

I have a bit of a thing for Elon Musk.

His mission is to save the human race. It’s good to have a goal, something to get out of bed for. One day I want to be able to speak Spanish. One day Elon Musk wants to save humanity by relocating us to Mars.

And the thing is he’s having a serious crack at it.

My favourite thing about his whole enterprise is that he’s worked out how to save the planet and make money at the same time. I think perhaps that’s the only mechanism that is going to get us out of the mess we’re in.

Only on a Tuesday

I recently heard Tim Ferris (author of the 4-Hour Work Week) interviewed. He was asked the question that I would have asked if I got to talk to him. Something along the lines of “Given your output you clearly don’t just work four hours a week. What’s that all about?”

His answer has been bouncing around my head ever since. He said that a 4-hour work week is a metaphor (who knew?) for being 10 times more productive. A way of asking the question of how can I produce what normally takes 40 hours in 4?