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Why you think you're right -- even if you're wrong! In this great TED talk, Julia Galef talks about why so many people are convinced they are right, even when they are wrong. The reason is that they lack what she calls the "scout mindset". Although she never mentions competitive / marketing intelligence she's talking about the sort of mindset great intelligence people have. They are curious, willing to be challenged, and defined by wanting to understand the world or the business or the industry rather than to continue along existing safe paths, defending them no-matter-what. She uses the example of the 19th century Dreyfus case in France that led to an innocent officer getting court-martialled and sentenced for espionage while the actual spy continued. Although prejudice was a key reason for the miscarriage of justice, it was also challenged by somebody willing to question - and that's key for anybody involved in CI/MI. ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

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Do you seek power, or influence? Many leaders (national and business) focus on their power and believe that's what is important to get followed - but they fail to create new leaders. A few, focus on influencing others - and so create followers, some of who will also become leaders. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks explained the difference: “Power works by division, influence by multiplication. Power, in other words, is a zero-sum game: the more you share, the less you have. Influence is a non-zero-sum game: the more you share, the more you have.”(With thanks @Andrew.Shaw for this). ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago  ·  

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AWARE's CEO is leading a pre-conference advanced searching workshop as part of the AIIP conference. It's still not to late to book for it. Google is not the only fruit: Advanced Searching for InfoPros.24 March 2022 4:00-6:00pm UTC $125The workshop will cover search strategies to find information for #CompetitiveIntelligence, #DueDiligence, #IndustryResearch & more.More info & Register at www.aiip.org/conference/workshopsBooking closes Tuesday night EDT. ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago  ·  

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Another great Dilbert cartoon. And especially relevant as Autonomy head, Mike Lynch, was found to have defrauded HP and so can be extradited to the US. The problem is that HP ignored the data - their due diligence, according to US court records amounted to 6 hours and their finance director just glanced over the report commissioned to look at their finances. So I agree, for the first time ever, with the boss. People who ignore data do deserve mocking! ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago  ·  

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Wishing all a really great festive season, and a healthy, happy and prosperous 2022. ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago  ·  

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Bonhoeffer‘s Theory of Stupidity buff.ly/3eb92GP says that stupid people are more dangerous than evil ones. You can fight against evil people but often they are supported by stupid people who do nothing or support evil through failing to understand the dangers because they are stupid. It's much harder to change such stupid people's views - because they've been persuaded by the evil people. This is a great video on Bonhoeffer and his idea. The theory explains so much of our world in 2021 - whether climate change deniers, anti-vax covidiots, investment bubbles (BTC anyone) and much more. It also explains why business managers jump onto the latest strategic approaches without fully understanding them - as like sheep, they want to follow the flock so do the same thing even when it's not really applicable. (Why are so many business strategies bad. Nobody sets out to create a bad strategy - yet in hindsight many are. The theory of stupidity is a partial explanation - although Richard Rumelt's book Good Strategy, Bad Strategy (buff.ly/3efeHM4) goes much further in explaining this). #stupidity #strategy ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago  ·  

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Just rewatched the Reflections - Live Stream with me, Prof Robert Dover and Rom Gayoso, Ph.D. on #counterintelligence. Towards the end we talk about system vs. anti-System politics. It's a factor that really needs to be watched by corporates as when the anti-system politicians gain influence, they tend to go against corporate interests. #competitiveintelligence #Intelligence www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi4zLBcpVBU ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago  ·  

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Alexa has been the go-to site for monitoring website visits - and has been around since the early days of the web i.e. 1996s. Sadly #Alexa, now owned #Amazon, is closing in May 2022. Alexa is a good competitor analysis tool for online research on your competitor website popularity. Fortunately there are alternatives to Alexa including #similarweb (that supported the linked article). Not all are included - Connexity (formerly Hitwise) is missed but this is a slightly different tool, aimed at researching shopping visits, etc. Is #similarweb more accurate than Alexa? (SimilarWeb thinks it is - but what are some other options?) buff.ly/3eehYLO #OSINT #competitiveintelligence ... See MoreSee Less

8 months ago  ·  

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Human Beings have been telling stories since we lived in caves. It's the tool that all great communicators use. Even if it involves dry facts and numbers, turning these into a story can make them meaningful and memorable. #storyteller #influencermarketing ... See MoreSee Less

10 months ago  ·  

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Sometimes things aren't perfect - yet the show needs to continue. A lesson for all presenters on coping and continuing. Use humour, and improvise and the audience will be thrilled. Congrats to a real #professional presenter. It's not just knowing your material like the back of your hand. It's being able to show you know much more and that you are ready for whatever twists are thrown at you. (And yes, I've also had the occasional "help - what do I do" and have managed to continue. It may be a workshop on finding information for my clients - or a lecture at a conference. It's still a performance and you still need to be ready for whatever bad luck is thrown at you). www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBbRTRBY4D4#presentation #teaching #performance ... See MoreSee Less

10 months ago  ·  

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Aftershocks and Opportunities 2: Navigating the Next Horizon has now been published. (lnkd.in/egi-7FCZ).I made a brief video summarising my chapter and there's more detail on this link. www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6850811038754066432/. Although Covid-19 is still with us - and is likely to remain for the foreseeable future, despite most people having been double vaccinated, life must carry on. We need to learn to treat it a bit like we treat flu - potentially life threatening, but not life stopping or curtailing for most. But in the same way that different ages view flu differently I believe that different age cohorts will react to the "new normal" in different ways.To learn more - click on the link above to purchase your own copy of the book - and read my chapter and those of the others named so you can navigate the opportunities and threats emerging as a result of the pandemic. ... See MoreSee Less

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