Maturity and Business

I wrote recently on Maturity and the way I've been trying to view my life lately. The place that I've found this thinking most interesting is in conceiving of my businesses (esp. THA).  It's easiest to try to solve most of our business problems in the frame of "what's best…

What is it to be Mature?

I was having a conversation with a friend the other night about maturity and social connection. We tossed around the question of what it is to be "mature". According to Wikipedia, maturity is "how a person responds to the circumstances or environment in an appropriate and adaptive manner.... Maturity also…

A Branding MAD Lib

As a new year begins, I always spend a bunch of time pondering my past, my future, and where I'm going. A big part of that is branding and positioning - who am I, and what problem do I want the people in my life to have when they think…

Suppressing Dissent

I once heard it said (and I can't find the quote) that a society's level of freedom isn't determined by how it treats its normal citizens - it's determined by how it treats those who dissent and don't adhere to society's norms. Nowhere do I find this more evident than…

Byron (and influence through the media)

If you're following the Toronto news today, one of the main stories out there is about a former team member of mine, Byron Sonne. The news coverage (CNN, Yahoo) paints Byron to be one step this side of Timothy McVeigh... explosives, threatening police, etc. And that doesn't even mention that…

Influence and Failing Kindergarten

Had a great chat with my friend Drawk Kwast recently that he recorded for his list of users (which was an honor given the people he usually interviews). As expected, we rambled all over the map and talked about a million different topics around influence, living an adventurous and successful…

Return-to-Barry-White Human Exploitation

Spent a weekend in early October hanging out with Tom and Kim at their rapport and anchoring bootcamp.  And I was talking in email with my friend Cris Neckar afterward where we were talking about the large number of pre-existing anchors that exist within someone’s already vast consciousness.…

NLP for Social Engineers

Anybody in the industry who has talked to me about NLP has understood my utter frustration about the state of NLP learning and its application to social engineering. It got me riled up enough to do a post on NLP and science a few months ago. And, for the past…

Hacker Halted Redux

I had a blast at Hacker Halted last week, and I did a talk that I was incredibly excited about. It was the first time I was going to talk about some of the new research I've done and, while I didn't plan to give out a huge number of…

Recap: The Hope Symposium

This past weekend, I had the privilege of speaking at  The Hope Symposium.  It was a small conference put on by my friends over at NLP Canada. I was actually lucky enough to speak twice at the conference – I was the opening speaker and the final speaker before…