Elephants at IKEA

We went to IKEA yesterday. As well as a carful of storage solutions, the trip provided a great opportunity to examine how the Swedish furniture giant encourages people to spend. I’m old enough to remember when Ikea first opened up in Britain, and completely changed the context in which we did our furniture shopping by using…

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Making People Fit

I heard a fascinating interview this morning with Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of the best-selling books The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness. His new book is called The Bed of Procrustes. And in that metaphor, as you might have guessed, lies a tale. Procrustes is a character from Greek mythology who owned an inn…

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It's not for you…

It seems I’ve created a bit of a stir in some quarters with my “Intelligent Influence” project. You can still bag a place on the Voyage of Discovery here until 10 December, but our team of explorers is already establishing itself online, bursting with enthusiasm and energy. As I’ve been watching their postings, joining in…

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It’s not for you…

It seems I’ve created a bit of a stir in some quarters with my “Intelligent Influence” project. You can still bag a place on the Voyage of Discovery here until 10 December, but our team of explorers is already establishing itself online, bursting with enthusiasm and energy. As I’ve been watching their postings, joining in…

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Taking control

Do you want to control people’s emotions in a conversation? It’s something I find I want to do regularly. When I’m out networking or socialising, I want to make people happier so that we all enjoy ourselves When I’m training a group, I want to fill the room with fun and laughter so that people…

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