What if there was a way to learn a technique that helps you sort out your life, get closure and make important decisions more easily?
The reason focusing is interesting to me is because it’s something that can be both taught and learned and can have a very meaningful impact on your life given you invest the right time and effort. The ROI of learning focusing should be quite high.
In this post, you will learn
I am an entrepreneur and angel investor looking to replace animals from all supply chains. This post aims to show why Switzerland can play a strategic role in developing more sustainable, humane and healthy foods on a global scale.
Livestock production provides only 20% of global calories but consumes 80% of arable land. To produce a single kilogram of beef protein, we need 100 times more land, 5 times more water and emit 60 times more greenhouse gases than would be needed to produce a kilogram of soy protein. …
I am an entrepreneur and angel investor looking to replace animals from all supply chains. This post aims to shed light on how to develop products that are fulfilling unmet nutritional needs.
What does it take to make an alternative protein food item successful?
”The most important single thing is to focus obsessively on the customer. Our goal is to be earth’s most customer-centric company.” — Jeff Bezos.
The answer is to fulfill a consumer need better than anyone else. However, food purchase needs and behavior are challenging to model, as there are so many variables at play. Consumers are influenced by their taste preferences, health goals, ethics, budget, allergies, signaling needs and perceptions and biases about how available food corresponds to their constraints. …
How much of what you read do you actually retain and apply in your life?
It turns out that people have studied how to increase retention intensely and found out which learning methods have the highest return on investment.
There are many ingredients to successful retention. One of the core concepts I found most important so far is the following:
The prevailing wisdom in education had long been that studying is what drives learning. And testing was merely to assess how much someone had learned. …
Will either the French or Swiss inquiries find elevated levels of Polonium in the remains of Yasser Arafat’s body?
It is 2012, and after Polonium has been found in the late Yasser Arafat’s clothing, an investigation is opened. The goal is to figure out whether Mr. Arafat may have been poisoned.
How would you go about predicting the result to that question?
In his book Superforecasting, Philip Tetlock describes how some of the world’s most accurate predictors go about doing just that. He and his co-investigators ran the original version of Good Judgement Project (GJP) from 2011 to 2015. …
The Blue Hat is the overview Hat. With Blue, think of the sky above. Or think of being cool and in control.
The Blue Hat is for the management and organization of thinking. It is concerned with metacognition.
“We’ve heard your criticism of this plan. What I want now is some positive assessment. Let’s put your Yellow Hats firmly and place and tell me what you see there.”
Who is wearing the Blue Hat?
As with the other hats, anyone can wear the Blue Hat in during a discussion. However it is often useful to have a person assume the role of a facilitator who wears the Blue Hat throughout the meeting. …
The Green Hat is the creative Hat. Moreover, it’s the provocative Hat. The green color stands for plants 🌱growing, new opportunities.
Wearing the Green Hat we make a conscious effort to come up with new ideas. These are ideas that are non-obvious. The more obvious solutions (that may be just as good) can already be brought forward with the Yellow Hat.
“We are bogged down. We keep going over the same old ideas. We need something new. …
The yellow color stands for sunshine and optimism. With the Yellow Hat, we are looking for opportunities and benefits.
Wearing the Yellow Hat, we ask:
“People care more about the health benefits of food they eat now. I’d like your Yellow Hat Thinking on our business strategy for this trend. What opportunities does that bring?”
“My Yellow Hat tells me we can use this market downturn to buy some great locations at decent prices.”
The Black Hat is the caution hat. It keeps us from doing things that are illegal, immoral, unprofitable, polluting and so on.
The Black Hat is quite natural for us, as we’ve been using it for millennia to prevent us from eating the wrong berries or trusting the wrong strangers. One wrong decision leads your genetic lineage to die right there.
The Black Hat is also the opposite of the Yellow Hat, where we find benefits of ideas and plans.
“I can see how this idea is very attractive and we have considered all the benefits. Now let’s have some black hat thinking on potential dangers and downsides.” …
The Red Hat is an incredibly important hat. The red color stands for fire 🔥 and emotions. It is mainly concerned with feelings and emotions.
When we conduct a business discussion, we’re not supposed to let emotions sip in. They end up doing so anyway, but we disguise them as logic.
“I sense that this is not the right person for the job.”
“I don’t feel like you will make the deadline.”
With the Red Hat, people are given a chance to