Category Archives for Strategic Thinkers

To Determine Your Future, First Understand Your Past

When we make strategic decisions, we tend to focus on the future.  Our dreams are projected into the future, our hopes fulfilled in those dreams, and so on. We do this because we believe we can determine our future.  What we tend to forget is, every future has a past, and that past is the […]

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Are You Living in the Here and Now?

We’ve always been told to live in the here and now, but why? Non-judgmental questions to ask yourself:  how much time do you spend thinking about the past, how much about the here and now, and how much about the future?  In other words, how much of your time is devoted to thinking wistfully or […]

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Theory or Proven

Models and theories explain things away. They tell us how we should act and what we should and shouldn’t do. However, they may prevent us from seeing things in a realistic view. Adam Smith in the 18th century, warned against abstract systems and being carried away by them. Albert Einstein, two centuries later, received a […]

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Pursuing the Right Goal

There’s a lot of controversy when it comes to setting goals. Some say it helps with accountability, while others say it interferes with motivation of attaining the goal you set for yourself. Einstein said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible. But no simpler.” If we take Einstein’s advice, we will keep goals as […]

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Cognitive Dissonance

What we think and what we do: Why is there often such a big gap? Why do we go ahead and do things we know are immoral, wrong, or stupid, even though there is more than likely a bad consequence? Psychologist, Leon Festinger, coined the term ‘cognitive dissonance’ when describing our state of mind when […]

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