In this podcast, I talk about how the scale of the climate change challenge is so large that I often feel paralysed into inaction. Yet there are small things you can do to make a difference. I discuss seven that have the added benefit of saving you money and making you healthier. Bilal. 

 

In this podcast, I depart from my normal policy on not talking about the latest news events, but I think that the outbreak of the coronavirus has some deeper meanings. More specifically, I focus on how we are reacting to the virus from our tendency to conspiracy and apocalyptic thinking to its reminder of our mortality. 

I hope you find the podcast useful. Thanks for listening. Bilal

“Weniger Aber Besser. Less But Better” This was said by Dieter Rams and best sums up his approach. Rams was the Chief Design Officer at Braun, the German consumer products group, from 1961 until 1995. His approach has influenced much of today’s design thinking, most notably at Apple.

In late 1970s, Rams asked himself “is my design good design?” and he answered with his ten principles of good design:

1 Good design is innovative

2 Good design makes a product useful

3 Good design is aesthetic

4 Good design makes a product understandable

5 Good design is unobtrusive

6 Good design is honest

7 Good design is long-lasting

8 Good design is thorough down to the last detail

9 Good design is environmentally-friendly

10 Good design is as little design as possible

In this podcast, I discuss four that have resonated with me and how we can generalise them to apply to other parts of our life.

I hope you find this helpful. You can subscribe to my podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Just search for “Deep See With Bilal”. Also make sure to rate and review this podcast and enjoy! 

Bilal

 

February 2, 2020

Enter the Way Of Bruce Lee

If you read the personal writings of Bruce Lee, you’ll discover an incredibly deep individual. He was not only a master of the physical, but he was also a master of the spiritual. This is reflected in his famous quote:

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”

He elaborated on this by describing the “The Six Diseases” to avoid:

  1. The desire for victory
  2. The desire to resort to technical cunning
  3. The desire to display all that you have learned
  4. The desire to overawe the enemy
  5. The desire to play a passive role
  6. The desire to get rid of whatever disease you are likely to be infected with

In this podcast, I talk about these and the journey Bruce Lee took to arrive at them.

I hope you find this helpful. You can subscribe to my podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Just search for “Deep See With Bilal”. Also, make sure to rate and review this podcast and enjoy! 

Bilal

January 26, 2020

Confucius On Management

I’m always on the look-out for advice on management. In an earlier podcast, I discussed the ideas of Peter Drucker from his 1967 book “The Effective Executive”. This time, I thought I’d go 2,500 years back to the Chinese philosopher and statesman Confucius.  

You may wonder what he had to say about management, but you have to remember he was a master of understanding how hierarchical structures worked. And what are companies except for a set of hierarchical relationships? So, I’ve gone through Confucius’ classic text “The Analects” and picked out the best lines that could be relevant for business leaders and managers in the podcast. Some of the lines include:

  • Do not impose on others what you yourself do not want”
  • And Avoid over-promising and under-delivering
  • The good leader is at ease without being arrogant; the bad leader is arrogant without being at ease
  • Surround yourself with people that are better than you
  • A good manager helps others realise what they are good at, the bad manager helps them realise what they are bad at.
  • Don’t be short-termist as you’ll not accomplish the big goals
  • If leaders don’t act unethically, others won’t either even if it carried a reward

I hope you find this helpful. You can subscribe to my podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Overcast, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Just search for “Deep See With Bilal”. Also, make sure to rate and review this podcast and enjoy! 

Bilal

In this podcast, I take lessons from the successful book authors on how to create enduring success. The lessons can be applied to all fields, not just writing. The lessons include doing the hard work of creating, focusing on the execution of ideas (not just accumulating ideas), refining your ideas, actually know your audience and understanding the importance of marketing, especially word of mouth. Enjoy Bilal

In this podcast, I talk about how the release of films like  Jurassic ParkThe Lion King, and Forrest Gump are now closer to the moon landing than today. But my main subject is why I don't think January is the best time to make resolutions. It's better to wait till spring. 

I hope you enjoy the podcast, and happy new year. Bilal

December 22, 2019

3 Things I Learnt In 2019

In this podcast, I talk about the 3 big things I learnt in 2019 - a year of big change for me. They include the kindness of people, the importance of sleep and the most valuable resource we have: time. 

I hope you enjoy the podcast and happy holidays. Bilal

December 15, 2019

Is Politics the New Religion?

In this podcast, I talk about how elections reveal our increasingly tribal way of looking at the world. There are striking parallels between supporting a party and following a religion. Yet there is a healthier way to view politics. I discuss how and much more. Bilal

In this podcast, I start by discussing how sportspeople often lose because of their inner demons. Then, I discuss how our recurrent problems are more due to us than any outside forces. Finally, I give some tips on how to remedy this. Hope this helps. Bilal

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