The Roundabout Path

The Yes, And... Improv Technique in Strategic Thinking

Earlier this week, we had a work session with one of our client. It is a small service business that is at a crossroad in terms of figuring out what they want and how they will do it. To help with the discussion we exposed a value chain of their industry. The challenge we faced was that the client did not believe in what we showed and wants to disrupt it. While these kind of situation can derail quickly as you don't have an anchor and a common mental model to have a productive discussion, one thing y...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of February 18th

Music I'm listening In a previous Roundabout Highlights I mentioned the pianist Simon Ghraichy. His new album, 33, is now out and I think it's awesome! It's sometimes a bit weird, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but always full of energy. Book I'm enjoying I started Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business and I really like it so far. The better, not bigger mantra somewhat resonates with me, but I'm unsure why. Maybe because a business is more art than science and as you gr...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of February 11th

Music I listened In a previous Roundabout Highlights I mentioned the pianist Simon Ghraichy. Chilly Gonzales is also one of my favorite artist. I don't know why, but I love minor key piano. In his weekly 5-Bullet Friday, Tim Ferris shared a link to Gnossienne No. 3, by Erik Satie. Great music. He did an interesting podcast with Susan Cain where she mentioned that " minor key music can help you better experience the full spectrum of the human condition." Books I enjoyed I went to Dominican Republic to ...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of January 28th

Music I listened I'm trying something this year where I listen to sets rather than songs from a playlist. I find that it is easier to stay in the flow, but I might be wrong. YouTube and Soundcloud are the best to find uninterrupted mix. My favorite set this week was Kiasmos - Full Performance (Live on KEXP). Kiasmos is a Faroese-Icelandic minimal, experimental techno duo. Think of it as when a classical music composer brings harmonics to the electro beats. Podcast I enjoyed What Jd Ross Thinks About B...

Where is your temple?

One of the most important concepts I learned in 2018 is the concept of bliss after reading The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell. Campbell's philosophy on life is that you should follow your bliss [1]: "If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time....

Roundabout Highlights - Week of January 21th

It's been a while 😅 It was crazy at work and was just able to get my head out of the water. Music I'm listening Simon Ghraichy - Heritages. My kind of piano! Graichy is a French pianist of Lebanese and Mexican heritage, living in Paris. Heritages is a masterpiece that mix different style and different cultures. While doing some research, I stumbled on this quote: "Il ne faut pas avoir peur du piano, confie-t-il C’est un instrument percussif que l’on doit maitriser. Chercher le beau son à tout prix ? N...

Lessons from Mary Barra on leadership

Mary Barra is GM current CEO. She was appointed in January 2014 and she is the first female CEO of a major auto manufacturer. At the time of her appointment, she had been with GM for 33 years, making her a veteran of the company. Barra started working on the assembly line, inspecting fender and hood panels, to help pay her college fees as an 18 years old. She completed her degree in electrical engineering at the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and then started worked as an engineer ...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of November 19th

Music I'm listening Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra - Cantaloupe Island (Live). I like when actors are also musicians. They usually bring an extroverted side that musicians don't really have. It's the case with Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Thor) who brings a lot of energy to the scene and approach it that way: "I love improvising and that feeling of communication and interplay. It's one of the cornerstones of my acting technique. I see my music in th...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of November 5th

Music I'm listening Khruangbin @ Villain. It's so smooth and sensual. I feel like I'm in an old western or in a Tarantino movie. Khruangbin is a Texan trio. Their sound is rooted in classic soul & Rnb, but they also include some funk, psychedelia, rock and pop. The projections at the live show are also worth looking at. Podcast I listened Seth Godin was on Tim Ferriss podcast and he dropped some gems. Feeling overwhelm is a systems problem: "Drinking from a fire hose is a really bad wa...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of October 29th

Music I'm listening Brothers from Harvey Sutherland. It is electronic music rooted in soul, disco and funk. Harvey was influenced by dance music, but not comfortable inside its rules and decided to create a world of his own: "looking for songs in strange places". Podcast I listened I got laser surgery this week, so I went on a podcast binge. My favorite was James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, on the Rich Roll podcast. Also very podcast notes here."Every action you take, is a vote for the type o...