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Richard Koch

Are Life and Business Difficult?

Richard Koch | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

I will argue that life is difficult, even if you accept fully that it is difficult. It is difficult not because it is difficult -- though it often is -- but because we humans have a genius for making it difficult. And we have that genius because we are lost, strangers in a strange world.

Valentinus -- The Gospel of Insight

Richard Koch | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

If I had to live in the past -- and because of modern medicine and dentistry I prefer living in the present -- I would choose to live in Rome in the s...

Saint Steve Jobs?

Richard Koch | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

How do we transform our lives? Finding most of the self-help literature opaque on this point, I thought of studying the greatest example of personal...

The Plotinus Principle?

Richard Koch | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Wouldn't it be great if we could get schools, universities, business schools, and organizations to see one of their main functions as being to increase intuition? In the meanwhile, we can usefully work on our own intuition, and become happier and more productive.

How To Stop Being a Hamster

Richard Koch | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Imagine you have plenty of money and plenty of time. What would you do with it? Be concrete. How would you spend your hours each day? What, if anything, would you be trying to achieve?

Are You a Hamster?

Richard Koch | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

The beginning of wisdom is to know whether you really are a life-long (at least, career-long) hamster. If you are, there is no problem -- except that you will never be rich. Accept it. But if you have ambitions to stop being a hamster, you need to know why. And when you will make the transition.

The Day I Lost My Pet Monkey

Richard Koch | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

We can view life -- our planet's life, the life of humankind, our own life, and that of society and the economy -- as a huge tussle between things that get used up, and things that don't. Do you prefer to be depressed, or to be cheerful? If the latter, here are five things to celebrate.

The 80/20 View of Self-discipline

Richard Koch | Posted 07.01.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

If you think about it, pleasant and democratic societies cannot flourish without self-discipline.

Deep Responsibility

Richard Koch | Posted 08.17.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

I don't know why, but we have a fascination with courtroom drama, ranging from reality TV in South Africa to Perry Mason who never lost a case. But t...


Richard Koch | Posted 08.10.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

C. S. Lewis, the novelist and don, wrote a wonderful little story about Hell. In his version, Hell is a dreary provincial English town where it alway...


Richard Koch | Posted 08.03.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

As I write this in my office in Spain, I can see the sunshine in the courtyard outside and hear the cheerful chirping of the house martins that live i...


Richard Koch | Posted 07.27.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Scott Peck tells a story of his time as an army psychiatrist. The army wanted to know what made successful people click, so they asked a series of qu...


Richard Koch | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Is guilt useful or an unhealthy hangover from medieval Christianity? I've been thinking about this and would like to present a new 80/20 view of guil...

Retreat Into Zen?

Richard Koch | Posted 07.13.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

"I am infinitely saddened to find myself surrounded in the West by a sense of terrible loss of nerve, a retreat from knowledge into -- into what? Int...

How to Add Value by Doing Nothing

Richard Koch | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

When I was a consultant, I had two guys working for me who had contrasting strengths and weaknesses. George (disguised name) was totally brilliant, a...

What Is the Point of Easter?

Richard Koch | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Richard Koch

It's come and it's gone. But I believe Easter is hugely significant for all of us, whatever we do or don't believe. And it's not what will have been proclaimed from the pulpits this past weekend.


Richard Koch | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Last week I argued that the universe was simple. But this is not the whole truth. The laws of the universe are simple and symmetrical, but if we tr...

The Universe Is Simple

Richard Koch | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Is life simple? It seems a preposterous idea. But bear with me. If you think about it, the most amazing and wonderful thing about our universe is t...


Richard Koch | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

What is the difference between you and your cat or dog? Obviously many things, but the one I'd like you to think about for five minutes is that you h...


Richard Koch | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

One of the most powerful themes of the self-help movement is the joy of living in the moment. If we obsess about the future - or even worse, the past...

4 Things Toffler Got Wrong -- And Why it Matters Today

Richard Koch | Posted 05.18.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Even the best futurologists get certain key things wrong. Looking back, their mistakes are more revealing than what they got right. They teach us above all the continuity of human experience -- and paradoxically they highlight the enormous force of the things that do change.

The Third Wave Revisited

Richard Koch | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Peering into the future is the best way of understanding the past and the present. But what is even more revealing than a view of the future is to go back and look at somebody's attempt to reveal the future some years ago. What did they get right and what did they get wrong?

The Hubs in Your Life

Richard Koch | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Hubs -- formal groups -- can make or break our careers and our lives. What hubs have you joined in your life, and what good or harm have they done you?


Richard Koch | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Are groups good for us? The disciple asks, "Buddha, what do heaven and hell look like?" Buddha smiles and escorts her to hell. At first it doesn't ...

Suicide of the West -- Conclusion

Richard Koch | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Are we destroying our own civilization, the most appealing and ethical there has ever been? To say Yes or No, we need to examine the roots of our soc...