Smart or Wise? Watch Alibaba’s Jack Ma as he Talks About Humans and Machines

Alibaba’s Jack Ma on Artificial Intelligence.  He says machines will be smarter than humans, but not wiser.  

I’m concerned that we still focus on smarts when we develop people – kids and adults – and not on wisdom (or vertical development).  Think of people as smartphones: You can keep adding Apps to make your phone smarter, but you’ve also got to upgrade the operating system to keep your phone smart.  

At school, university and work we’re obsessed with adding competencies and tools… things machines can do.  Wisdom is about updating or changing mindset and mental models so people aren’t ‘in over their heads’.

We’re not wild about developing wisdom because:

  • It takes time and we prefer speed and instant gratification
  • It’s harder to measure and if we can’t measure it’s impact we might not get that annual performance bonus… we’re mad about short-term measures of success
  • We want safe, predicable and certain, but these don’t develop wisdom. Discomfort, failure, risk, letting go of safety develop wisdom and we’re all about minimising these things… we just love the happy-face indicator
  • We like sameness, but it’s disagreement and colliding perspectives that make us wise, especially when we learn to let go of polarised or black and white thinking
  • We value answers more than we value questions and it’s questions that enable elevated sensemaking

If you’d like to know more, chat to me.  I can help you develop smarts, but I’m also wild about wisdom.

Are We on the Brink of a Global Emotional Crisis?

Has the world gone mad?  Are you afraid of what might happen?  Understanding how our brains work will help us create a less polarised, more inclusive world where we ALL feel safer.

It’s not that hard, just start with these things:

  1. Sleep properly and for long enough
  2. Eat well and don’t starve your brain
  3. Breathe and stay in the present (just 12 minutes of mindfulness a day can help you to better regulate your emotions)
  4. Walk briskly because it’ll keep your brain healthy
  5. Immerse yourself in new experiences and observe to understand, not judge
  6. Watch your words; they change your brain – even self-talk matters
  7. Smile at strangers (even if you’re on the Tube or stuck in traffic)
  8. Be kind to everyone including yourself

#Neuroscience #TaraSwart #BusinessResultsGroup #Inclusivity #LoveSitsWayAboveTheBottomLine #BigotryIsOut

Gender Equity: It’s a Tired Topic, but When Will it be Different?

A report worth reading. Then ask, “What can I do to change this?”  And then just do that.

While 40% of today’s global workforce is female, women hold only 5% of global CE positions. The numbers sre similar in Africa where only 5% of CEs are women, which falls far short of the desired target of 50% to achieve greater gender.