10 December 2017

INSPIRATION - Resentment leads to Contempt, Disdain and Failure

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Rembrandt, The Return of the Prodigal Son,
 (Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg)

The things we harbour in our heart will determine the life we experience.

Recently I used my daily period of faith and inspiration to read "The Return of the Prodigal Son, A Story of Homecoming" by Henri J. M. Nouwen.

According to Quora the story of the prodigal son has been a plot, sub-plot  or back story of many films and books over the years. Star Wars and The Godfather are among those mentioned.

There have been many sermons about this famous parable by Jesus. So even though I didn't expect new insight, I was hooked to read this book because of Nouwen's regard for, and association with, the Rembrandt painting of the Prodigal Son.

Nouwen's story begins with seeing Rembrandt's famous painting on a colleague's poster. Henri is captivated by this painting, even travelling to St Petersberg to see the original. What ensues is a journey of insight, personal discovery and re-discovery for Nouwen. He begins to see in himself elements of the son, the older brother and the father. This experience awakens a desire to understand himself, his relationship with those around him and his relationship with God. The book is a very intimate and transparent sharing of this journey. The story forced me to evaluate elements of my own behaviour and faith that needed attention.

I was particularly challenged by the Older Brother's Resentment. Nouwen's examination of the older brother, brought me to admit bitterness and resentment of certain outcomes and certain people. For many of us, resentment often seems rational and even defensible. However, resentment eventually leads to contempt; Contempt ultimately swells to become disdain; and, Disdain leads to broken relationships and horrible outcomes of all sorts.

Even a casual observation shows that resentment, contempt and disdain are wrecking marriages, business partnerships, industry collaborations and political as well as economic alliances. The emotions around resentment seem to involve a feeling of superiority, and an understanding that we are more deserving. Eventually a gap develops between us and those we resent. The insidious nature of this behaviour is that we are far more likely to hurt ourselves, the ones we love and others we encounter, than what or who we resent. We must find a way to mitigate resentment in our lives.

On this Sabbath day, may you be encouraged to take stock of your life using the lens of the Older Brother in Jesus parable. May you truly celebrate those around you who find their way back home, those who experience the miracle of healing, those who enjoy financial success, a repaired relationship or some other awesome blessing.

May you discover that celebrating the blessings of others leads you to experience peace and joy instead of resentment, contempt or disdain. Peace and Joy are gifts God intends for all of us. But we must choose to receive them.

God bless!

About Executive Producer, Larry R. Evans:
Larry Evans is an experienced innovator and strategist. He is Principal of The Paradigm Corporation, which is headquartered at Thunder Ridge just outside Crossfield, Alberta, Canada. He is known for bringing a unique and predictive lens to paradigm shifts during a career that spans 45 years. Now often from his wheel chair, he brings a grounded, tenacious view of brand, ecosystems and trusted relationships for the digital age. His perspective and values influence his life, business and ministry.


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09 December 2017

INNOVATE - Blockchain Explorers - Adding Trust to the Ecosystem

Image result for ibm logoThe IBM Institute for Business Value global survey of nearly 3,000 executives uncovered a unique group - Blockchain Explorers. One of the biggest ways Blockchain Explorers are setting themselves apart is by embracing a platform business model. Find out what else they're doing differently:

Join members of the Blockchain Research Institute and explore a blockchain Proof of Concept (POC) activity that will add trust to your ecosystem.

08 December 2017

INNOVATE - IBM Report on Augmented Intelligence in Banking

Image result for ibm logoAs this IBM report shows, the client is at the heart of transformation

Several decades ago Much Music discovered their audience could be trusted to determine the popular music videos of the day. It turned out the Much Music audience drove the channel to the top of the leader board as well as the music they selected to the top of the charts. There were huge implications for broadcast networks and the music industry.

As I shared with a leader in the beef industry recently, consumers have always controlled brand. What has changed is their ability to mass communicate and influence each other so quickly using social media. Perhaps it is time to gather up these client influencers and give them a client experience (CX) that satisfies and gains their trust!

This IBM report shows how Augmented Intelligence in the financial service industry is driving the transformation of the system for clients. 

  • Imagine; a client centric business. 
  • Imagine; your competitors becoming client centric before you do. 
  • Imagine; the fourth industrial revolution with cognitive computing systems:
    • that learn from and augment people rather than replacing them
    • located at the confluence of physical, digital and biological realms.

Here's the report

These eight pages will help you understand why being client centric is important and how cognitive computing can help you to achieve this goal. If you don't already have a plan, it may be time to call the good people at IBM.
"61 percent of marketing and sales executives said cognitive computing (a form of augmented intelligence) will be a disruptive force in their industries. Yet only 24 percent of survey respondents said they have a strategy for cognitive computing today."

Why is this important:
Because access to your business has been commoditized by the internet. With so many choices of where to do business and with similar offers, similar rates and comparative service, customers are voting their dollars based on experiences that satisfy them. You need to know how you've scored with your client in real time.

07 December 2017

MARKET - Bitcoin Continues Upward Trend

Bitcoin surge continues to frustrate, impress or surprise skeptical market analysts

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At 17:20 hrs Mountain Time today, Bitcoin was valued at US$16,892.01  (C$21,972.12)

Chart of exchange rate values over time

Kevin O'Leary on CNBC explains one big thing people don't understand about bitcoin (but need to)

Futures Industry Association Blasts New Bitcoin Derivatives