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Paul Gibbons

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Born
in Nelson, Canada
October 08, 1960

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PAUL GIBBONS (from London, England) is passionate about science, and how science can be used to transform the human condition, and improve humanity's prospects. His writing and teaching "at the nexus of science, philosophy, and business" focuses on the application of the wider human sciences (not just psychology), philosophy, medicine, public health, mathematics, behavioral economics, and machine intelligence to business and business leadership.

He began his career by earning a degree in neurochemistry, followed by Masters-level study in International Economics and Finance. At 20, he moved to London as a "quant" derivatives trader, working at Salomon Brothers, Morgan Stanley, and First Boston. He eventually became Director of Eurobond Tradin
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Strategy is a dance between "hard" approaches, which set direction, plan, and persevere, and "soft" approaches which sense, respond, and flex. Lots of writing on strategy maintains one is better than the other, rise and fall like hemlines with "soft" strategies currently in vogue (emergent strategy, adaptive strategy, lean strategy, discovery-driven strategy). The di...

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“If we really saw war, what war does to young minds and bodies, it would be impossible to embrace the myth of war. If we had to stand over the mangled corpses of schoolchildren killed in Afghanistan and listen to the wails of their parents, we would not be able to repeat clichés we use to justify war. This is why war is carefully sanitized. This is why we are given war's perverse and dark thrill but are spared from seeing war's consequences. The mythic visions of war keep it heroic and entertaining…

The wounded, the crippled, and the dead are, in this great charade, swiftly carted offstage. They are war's refuse. We do not see them. We do not hear them. They are doomed, like wandering spirits, to float around the edges of our consciousness, ignored, even reviled. The message they tell is too painful for us to hear. We prefer to celebrate ourselves and our nation by imbibing the myths of glory, honor, patriotism, and heroism, words that in combat become empty and meaningless.”
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“Business people need to understand the psychology of risk more than the mathematics of risk.”
Paul Gibbons, The Science of Successful Organizational Change: How Leaders Set Strategy, Change Behavior, and Create an Agile Culture

“Psychological pseudoscience dies hard, especially when there are commercial interests at stake.”
Paul Gibbons, The Science of Successful Organizational Change: How Leaders Set Strategy, Change Behavior, and Create an Agile Culture

“Leaders need to sacrifice "power-over" to get "power-to".”
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“If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't.”
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“Do not ruin today with mourning tomorrow.”
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

“There is nothing passive about mindfulness. One might even say that it expresses a specific kind of passion—a passion for discerning what is subjectively real in every moment. It is a mode of cognition that is, above all, undistracted, accepting, and (ultimately) nonconceptual. Being mindful is not a matter of thinking more clearly about experience; it is the act of experiencing more clearly, including the arising of thoughts themselves. Mindfulness is a vivid awareness of whatever is appearing in one’s mind or body—thoughts, sensations, moods—without grasping at the pleasant or recoiling from the unpleasant.”
Sam Harris, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

“One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious, and the same may be said of guilt.”
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“A healthy mind observes and questions itself. This is the path to inner peace and happiness. Don’t believe everything you think.”
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