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How do you know you are focusing your energy effectively?

To commit you need to believe a problem has value in solving.


The Enemy within causes co-ordination failures that are the enemy of sustainable value creation.

Technology is not values neutral.

Problem Solving

A problem well stated is half solved.

Principles of creating value

See problem solving techniques.


Biggest barriers to problem solving?

  • Intellectual Honesty
  • Capability to Focus
  • Integrity
  • Decision Fatigue

Intellectual Honesty

Problems are poison to politicians and opportunities to engineers. Leaders show the way by being brutally honest with owning their faults when leading critical reflection.


Don't confuse problem identification for a greater good with whining due to a personal lack of character.

Most cultures suffer from a shoot the messenger mentality.

Create a post game changing-room ritual to reflect with a brutally honest review but in an open and ultimately supportive environment. Using honesty as tool to become antifragile.

Be your own worst enemy, that way you can't be surprised by the competition.


Successful organisations have the discipline to document their decision making process to clarify logic and gain alignment for committing to:

  1. identify the most important problem to solve.
  2. commit to plans for solving that problem.

Meetings are a massive waste of time, energy and money.

No agenda, then it is a social gathering.

If it not written down, it can't be that important.


Limited reserves of conscious energy. There are too many decisions that are too complex for most ordinary people to dedicate time to comphresively understand. At the same time applications are stealing people's ability to focus attention.

  • Rate of Change
  • Complexity
  • Head in the sand strategy
  • System one biases
  • Cognitive load
  • Short Terminism
  • Abstraction
  • Lack of Empathy

Traditional systems of governance and education cannot maintain pace rate of technology and it's impact on culture.