Reverse Dorian Grays and the Great Awakening, Resignation

I once worked in a large bureaucratic organisation. I was struck by many aspects of the toxic culture, but one aspect of the experience remains with me to this day. Many people in the organisation appeared visibly much older than the age they actually were. It didn’t take long to figure out why and it had nothing to do with genetics or environmental pollution, but everything to do with caged lifeforce. It led to an effect I call the “Reverse Dorian Gray” effect. Before I explain what this is, a very quick recap of Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray may help (skip if you know it already).

April Rinne

Flux with April Rinne

Flux challenges your assumptions and expectations in ways that enable you to lean into the future with hope rather than fear, and with clarity and confidence anchored in what makes you, you.

We welcome the author of Flux, 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change, April Rinne


Only That Which Can Change Can Continue – Crab Curves

Life’s animating force compels us to evolve, but unlike the crab and the caterpillar, many of us ignore that inner calling to change. We often hear the whispers in moments of silence: a walk in the wilderness, a moment in the shower, a vacant stare in the distance. We silence the internal voice with busyness, to-do lists, important-but-not-urgent tasks, entertainment, the contents of the fridge, anything but unearthing our destiny. Instead of changing, we cling to the familiar, even though we are compelled to evolve.

Behemoth, Amazon Rising with Robin Gaster

Our guest is the author of “Behemoth, Amazon Rising Power and Seduction in the Age of Amazon”, Robin Gaster
He explores plenty of questions:

Where did Amazon come from?
How did it grow so big so fast?
What can we learn from the history?
Can we distill key lessons about objectives, strategy, tactics, and especially corporate culture?
Where is Amazon going?
What will it look like ten years from now?
What should we – the collective we – do about it?
Is Amazon a threat? Should we simply applaud?
Are there characteristics to worry about?
And if so, what should we do?

Corporate Kitchens: Recipes for Success: Reinvention and Repetition

Just as innovation-focused restaurants have realised it is better to structure reinvention in a different way to repetition, established companies must empower different teams to manage and conduct reinvention efforts within their organisations. Once they have stumbled upon a successful product, then they can transfer it to an execution team to perfect, refine and replicate. These are different modes of being, thinking and measuring.

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