Good News For Those Who Struggle with Having Diverse Interests

To all who struggle with having diverse and seemingly un-related interests, or who studied one thing but moved to ‘unrelated’ jobs and places, take note and take heart: 

Not being a singular-focused specialist does *not* have to be a handicap. In fact, having diverse interests — even being contrarian — fuels creativity, innovations and cutting-edge thinking.

For me, people often don’t see any connection between my Executive Coaching, focused on Power and Leadership (mainly with American and European executives) — and China, which I write and teach on.

It took a fantastic set of questions (mainly # 4 and # 5) from Kerry Parke at IE Business School to help me explain the link. 

Article Link HERE [5 min read]

As Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. … This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

Now when people ask me about my diverse interests and “unconventional career”, I just send them her great article.

Thank you Kerry and IE Business School – great organisation that encourages diverse exploration and moving across silos.

Why This Country (Not The USA) Will Be First To Adopt Driverless Cars

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Two Silicon Valley executives have a friendly bet on when a commercially available autonomous car will transport them within Las Vegas, with no intervention from a human driver. The more bullish one has placed his bet on May 27, 2024.

A driverless future will happen sooner than 2024, and it won’t happen first in the US, Europe or Japan.

It will happen first in [read the article, published in Forbes, HERE]

Increasing your Empathy

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I just finished facilitating the Design Thinking Preview for Stanford Exec Education.

If you missed the final Live Session (Intro to Design Thinking), you can watch the recording HERE.

My coaching and the session covered topics including: How to Ask Better Questions, Crafting a strong POV (Point of View), What to look for in your User’s Journey…

Great to collaborate with Stanford LEAD and Prof Zenios once again.