Peaceful Competition

Peaceful Competition

The spirit of the universe is at once creative and destructive.. it creates while it destroys and destroys while it creates, and therefore it remains to us a riddle. And we must inevitably resign ourselves to this. Albert Schweitzer Competition is all around us. In our business world, our education systems, sport and many forms of entertainment. It’s impossible to escape the dominance of competitive thinking and practice. People who know me would probably describe me as an averagely competitive person. Getting me to ‘play’ might be a challenge, but when I do play, I like to win and...

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The Secret Of Happiness

The Secret Of Happiness

Plenty of people claim to know the secret of happiness. They sell books about it, run seminars and some even get rich by revealing it. If I knew the secret to happiness then maybe even I could make a small fortune, catapulting this site to the top and making me famous. As you probably guessed, I don’t have the secret to happiness. It’s not because I don’t know what it is but because there is no secret to happiness. That’s right. No secret. “But what about all those gurus who claim to know what it is? Surely they must...

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Deals And Exchanges

Deals And Exchanges

What happened to altruism and generosity? The sheer pleasure of giving without any expectation of getting something in return. “Oh Ian! You’re so naive!” the cynic may cry and then quote some well worn epithet: You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours or There’s no such thing as a free lunch Well, I think it’s sad! I noticed it very clearly yesterday evening. I went with Elena, my daughter (6), to a restaurant to meet some friends for a few hours. I was watching how easily Elena made contact with people. I think by the end of the...

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Compassionate Business

Compassionate Business

Much of the first part of my adult life was spent in and around business, including one of the largest professional firms in the world (it’s also one with, I think, the longest name in the professional world). I learned a huge amount and was a great period of my life. But ultimately there was something missing and it took me a long time to figure out what it was. I still spend a lot of time around business people and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard them tell me they cannot be fully themselves...

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Mind Your Own Business

Mind Your Own Business

If you are living your life and I am mentally living your life, who is here living mine?  We’re both over there. Being mentally in your business keeps me from being present in my own. I am separate from myself, wondering why my life doesn’t work. To think that I know what’s best for anyone else is to be out of my business. Even in the name of love, it is pure arrogance, and the result is tension, anxiety and fear. Do I know what’s right for myself? That is my only business. Let me work with that before...

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Heart Of Business

Heart Of Business

‘Business bashing’ seems to be a common pastime with corporations getting the blame for everything from pollution, climate change, destruction of the natural world through to waging and maintaining war. In short, just about all the ills of the world are apparently on the hands of big business. Is business really that powerful and that destructive? It’s driven many of the rapid advances in our standard of living over the last few hundred years. So yes, it is powerful! These advances (mainly enjoyed by the minority of the world’s population) have come with many, unpleasant side effects. So, yes,...

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