Managing Diversity

How do we encourage Equality of Opportunity without falling for the counterfeit of Equality of Outcome? By JOHN COUNSEL Let me state, for the record, that I am politically unaligned. I choose the candidates for election for whom I vote according to the principles, policies and programs they espouse… and I hold them publicly accountable, …

The Process of Mastery

By JOHN COUNSEL This tutorial is about the process behind the classic transition from Unconscious Incompetence to Unconscious Competence. Legend: The vertical axis of the graph represents control (top) andabsence of control (bottom). The horizontal axis represents time. Stage 1a: Unconscious Incompetence — we think we’re in control… until something happens to make us realise the truth about our delusions… Stage 1b: Unconscious Incompetence — this is where we really were, all along. Ignorant of our own ignorance and incompetence. …

The Rocket Principle By John Counsel People who think that everything should be exactly right before attempting to launch their small businesses (or a new project, new product or new service) fall for the same trap that prevents most people ever achieving anything in life. It’s true that if you never take a risk you’ll …

Diagnosing Asperger’s Syndrome

BY JOHN COUNSEL Asperger’s Syndrome was named after the condition articulated in 1944 by Dr Hans Asperger, an Austrian psychiatrist. The name was coined in the 1980s by Dr Lorna Wing, an English psychiatrist and prolific author who specialised in Autism. Dr Wing was also the mother of an autistic child. Asperger’s Syndrome was first formally recognised as a neurologically divergent condition …

Blowfly Logic By John Counsel If you ever need a bunch of dead blowflies, the best place to find them is along window ledges, especially in summer. Nowhere else comes close as a place for blowflies to congregate and die. They perish there for several reasons. Persistence – nowhere on earth will you find greater …

The Hat Pin Perspective By John Counsel This is a wonderfully clarifying perspective when it comes to disciplining ourselves to invest the time and effort needed to apply the Bow and Arrow Principle in our businesses and in our lives! In 1980 I was Marketing and Advertising Manager for a large automotive group in Melbourne, …

Aspie Tip: How to avoid “log-jams” in your personal interests and projects

By John Counsel If you’re an Aspie, chances are high that you already know the frustration and stress — and the feelings of failure, guilt and self-contempt — when your overactive brain finds itself “log-jammed” with too many exciting new ideas, interests and projects… and little or no worthwhile progress or productive outcomes from your efforts …