Tag: Emotional Equations

Gratitude + Presence = Inspiration

Inspiration and Gratitude
Hugh McLeod, Gaping Void

This morning as I am about to leave Cayman, I am sitting to write today’s post and the word Gratitude comes to me, allied to being Present.

I then searched my site for those terms and found a post called “Gratitude+Presence” from, similarly, another trip to Cayman.

In that post I wrote about that partial “Emotional Equation” of “Gratitude+Presence”:

I do love Emotional Equations, yet for now, I can’t come up with a “= ?” for the other side of that equation.

Today, I feel to complete it.


Routine + Rhythm + Repetition = Resiliency


Routine + Rhythm + Repetition = Resiliency

In collaborating with a client on a project where we are moving from the “WHY” and “WHAT” to the choice of “HOWs” that will be actioned to action the Cascading Leadership model of “Align, Engage, Enrol” for their organisation.

This style of formation of an idea is what Chip Conley calls an “Emotional Equation”, with my post on this being what catalysed he and I to meet and grow to know and work with each other, a happening from my writing I am most grateful for. (more…)

Simple, but not easy


“It’s simple, but not easy”

Yesterday I wrote “To be truly radical is to make hope possible“, and closed that post by saying today I’d write a little about what it takes for radical change.

I love radical change, transformative and brave. Incremental change is important, “marginal gains” and all of that is vital to maintaining forward momentum. However, for me what I love is supporting leaders who are hungry and brave and know deeply that something more radical is needed and that this is their path.

So, when a client asks me for my advice on how to transformationally change their organisation, after I listen, ask questions, then listen some more, I often come up with this statement.

“It’s simple, but not easy” (more…)

Emotional Equations – from an Engineer

Last week I was at the inspiring Entrepreneurial Scotland Summit at Gleneagles.

I love the idea of Emotional Equations (see the link to various posts featuring the concept here), as coined by Chip Conley in his book of the same name.

At the event, the speakers were all amazing and inspirational in different ways, and one of them was Mark Bamforth, an engineer turned entrepreneur.

The Emotional Equation he shared was all about what it takes to change.

Though he didn’t coin it as an Emotional Equation, is surely was. His story was all about the highs and lows energetically of his entrepreneurial journey. (more…)

Radical Transparency – Humility balanced with Audacity

“Audacity gets you to shoot for big goals and humility gives you the open-mindedness to take in the best thinking available to you to get you to those goals.” ~ Ray Dalio

Chip Conley, using his concept of Emotional Equations, might say :

Radical Transparency = Audacity * Humility

I frame the equation that way as for the “value” of a Radical Transparency “score”, to me, would be powered partly by being audaciously, radically transparent, but the real power comes with humility, by removing ego from the equation. (more…)

Emotional Equations – Grit


Today a book recommendation and another Emotional Equation (see my first article on the idea of Emotional Equations, as coined by Chip Conley), “Grit” by Angela Duckworth.

My Emotional Equation derived from this is :

Grit = Passion x Perseverance

I also just watched the new Gary Oldman film about Winston Churchill, “Darkest Hour” and am reminded of the Churchill quote :

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

In “Darkest Hour”, the movie focusses on the darkest hour for Great Britain when it really looked like they would succumb to the Nazi menace. At a pivotal moment, Churchill showed “Grit”.

The point in the book “Grit” is that it is vital to have passion, but without the ability to persevere, you don’t have Grit and will only succeed to a certain level.

One person focussed on in the book is the great Katie Ledecky.

I considered Katie Ledecky the “GOAT” (Greatest of all Time) and featured her in depth in this blog.

A quote from her coach featured in the book :

“Her strength is not in any physical attribute. It’s not even in any particular technique. It’s her overwhelming desire to do what she needs to do to get better.”

It is fashionable to talk about having passion and purpose. Both are vital, and so is the willingness to persevere.

How much “Grit” do we each have?

Emotional Equations – Hope

Hope is an incredibly powerful emotion. What if we could bring hope to a huge number of people with a simple idea from the entrepreneurial ecosystem? From tiny seeds, mighty oak trees grow, or even flower grow through cracks in the pavement.


Recently I began writing about Emotional Equations, as coined by Chip Conley. I’ve since looked at a number of themes that can be put into equations and will write about them in upcoming posts.

For today, inspiration from Ben Brabyn, an inspiring thinker. Each time I meet with Ben synapses fire and ideas fly, and it was great to meet with him on the first working day of 2018 with additional inspiration from the amazing view and great coffee at Level 39! (more…)

Emotional Equations – What makes a Story?

As the world looks for new models beyond linking all activity to monetary value, recently I wrote about Emotional Equations, which connect emotion and energy in measurable ways.

Today, our equation is :

C + (APQ + ED) / S

I learned this one from my friend and collaborator D’Arcy Vane, whose website has the beautiful Intent statement “SHARE KNOWLEDGE. CHANGE LIVES”, and who learned this from his friend Michael Jorgensen, filmmaker and story consultant.

D’Arcy relayed a conversation where Michael wrote the following:


I said: “what is that?”

He said: A Story.

once upon a time