Thoughts to simmer on from ExO World Summit

  • Abundance vs Scarcity: I was very familiar with the mindset of abundance, which is a positive trust based mindset where the world is seen through the lens of abundant opportunities that can be created. In sharp contrast with the mindset of scarcity, which is a negative fear based mindset that sees the world through limited resources that are to be competed for. However, Salim offered a new perspective (quote below) with which to understand scarcity through abundance, which I found very inspiring because it gives a trust based avenue to tackle the scarcity mindset that sets so many people and organizations back.
  • Zoom in Zoom Out: John Hagel spoke of the ‘Zoom in Zoom out’ approach which is a strategic approach where you ask questions (see image below) across time horizons to determine what plans to make today. I liked how he made this approach really relevant to today’s actions by explaining that we need to list and prioritize all the initiatives we could do in the next 6–12 months and then only pick two to three (he insisted no more!). These initiatives should be selected by how much they will accelerate movement toward a longer-term goal instead of a short term goal. I think this tool is particularly valuable on a personal level when it comes to our health as there are many actions we can take today to help improve our health and human performance level 10–20 years from now. Ultimately, it boils down to knowing the direction an individual, project or organization is heading towards, without a clear vision it is hard to know what to ‘zoom out’ about.
  • Organizational Metabolism: Salim shared a valuable quote from Jack Welch that I believe is a useful one to drive the point home about the need for constant innovation and self-disruption to maintain relevance and to be able to stay on par with times.
  • Super Villains of Technology: Brain Coach Jim Kwick characterized four digital problems that are impacting brain performance which he called ‘Super Villains of Technology”. If the first step to solving a problem is labeling it, this is a great way to start:
  1. Digital Deluge: a state where we are overwhelmed with an overload of information that we need to process which creates anxiety, increases blood pressure and reduces leisure time.
  2. Digital Distraction: the outcome of having too many notifications driving us to distraction, making it hard for us to focus and concentrate.
  3. Digital Dementia: the result of outsourcing memory to technology, depreciating the capacity of our memory to remember simple things like phone numbers, addresses and birth dates. Memory is like a muscle that needs to be worked out or it weakens.
  4. Digital Deduction: the loss of analytical ability. The mental laziness from over reliance on technology for critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.
  1. Happiness: Mostly determined by nature/nurture
  2. Enjoyment: A high flow lifestyle
  3. Meaning: A high flow lifestyle + purpose

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