5 rules for productive conflict

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Margaret Heffernan speaks at TEDGlobal 2012

Rob Manning did everything in his power to screw up the Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars last night. Manning not only cut radio signals to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s control room, but also simulated a hole being poked in the rover’s fuel system and solar flares flying toward the spacecraft.

Why would he do this?

Because he is the chief engineer for the rover mission, and wanted his team to be able to handle any worst-case scenario.

“Being a gremlin allows me to soul-search and look at all the things that I missed,” Manning told the Chicago Tribune in the days before last night’s landing.

Manning’s mischief would certainly get a thumbs up from management expert Margaret Heffernan. In a thought-provoking talk given at TEDGlobal 2012, Heffernan shared a counterintuitive lesson learned in her years running businesses and organizations — that conflict and opposition are essential for good thinking.

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Does it make me look like a wannabe if I said I like Helvetica? Specifically Helvetica Light.

New Dawn

I have decided to clear my blog cache and start afresh, hence the photo above. I shall be a little more discreet and careful with my sharing on the world wide web, just in case.

I witnessed the altered version of Dunhill’s Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection today. I love bespoke leather goods and good suits fitted for the smart working business man. Why, some of my favorite bags are made of leather, the likes Valentino and Balenciaga. I am impressed with the collection and I do like Jude Law as their brand ambassador. A rather apt choice. Other celebrities in mind who may be their B.A.? Pierce Brosnan, Robert Downey Jr and Johnny Depp. I may be wrong but I do think these 3 men can represent the brand very well.

View video here: Alfred Dunhill Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection

Catching up with one of my good girlfriends over light dinner and drinks. On the internet whilst waiting for her to ride over. Yes, she is a biker chic. Chaos!

Finally on Pinterest, courtesy of a friend who invited me. Finally. I don’t know what’s their idea of making it an invite-only site. Surely not exclusivity? There’s nothing exclusive apart from a chore. Won’t whine much, I am glad to be on it. Thanks A.!