Emotional Equations

January 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm 2 comments

Dan Pink posted a short interview with Chip Conley on his creation of emotional equations.

With an interesting twist on the Fresh Ideas strategy “Draw It Forward,” Chip Conley crafted simple formulas to illustrate universal truths, creating a “visual lexicon for mastering your life challenges.”

For example:

Regret         =  Disappointment + Responsibility

Jealousy     =   Mistrust – Self Esteem

Authenticity =   Self Awareness X Courage

Happiness   =   Wanting What You Have / Having What You Want

Wisdom       =   the square root of Experience

What formulas (+ – / X = ) could you play with to capture relationships between the forces at work within your challenge?

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dick Webster  |  January 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    How about “Critical mass is the square root of a population.”
    Example: IF five of a company of 25 (or 10 of 100, or 10,000 of 100,000) “get it,” i.e., become attached to an idea and talk it up, THEN that idea will “take ahold” and spread.
    R. S. Webster, Ph.D. /
    Worthington OH.

  • 2. freshideasatwork  |  January 16, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Interesting application – what would this critical mass have to be to the power of (or multiplied by) to make “it” work?

    Thanks for posting!


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