The Professor of Play says …..

by Sunil Bali, 26-02-2017

Cambridge University thinks that play is such an important component of creativity and emotional well-being, that it’s hiring a Professor of Play.

Research shows that a playful mindset at work, free of the burden of office politics and inauthetic hierarchical posturing, significantly enhances creativity and problem solving.

One could summarise much of the research into employee engagement and human performance as follows:

  1. You’re at your best when you’re a player and not a worker.
  2. It’s not about being professional, it’s about being authentic. When it comes to building trust “If you show me yours, I’ll show you mine" works.
  3. Consistently long hours and sustained exhaustion is not a badge of honour, it’s a mark of stupidity. The answer isn’t more hours, its less bull**it.
  4. There is a direct correlation between smiles per hour and human performance.
  5. If your soul is soaring at work, so will you career and bank account.

Human behaviour at work is often inhibited by the perception that one needs to do, or say, the right thing in order to stay secure in one’s job or career.

It’s worth noting that the word secure is derived from the two Latin words se, meaning "without", and cure meaning "care".

Security is found when you’re an open channel for creativity, free of anxiety and without care.



It’s so windy outside that I got blown into the pub. I stayed in the pub until the wind had calmed down, but just as I left another huge gust blew me into Domino’s Pizza.

They say that 50 is the new 40. Try telling that to a cop holding a speed gun.

Do you remember a time when your mother’s voice was so loud and angry, that even your neighbour’s kids brushed their teeth and got dressed?


Live big & love deep.


Age like wine not milk …..

by Sunil Bali, 19-02-2017

There seems to be an ever growing number of keyboard warriors on social media.

Cyber bullies who are a colloidal carbuncle on the backside of humanity.

Contrarian individuals who disagree in a disagreeable manner, and whose sole purpose is to rain on your parade.

I had the good fortune to meet one such invertebrate last week, when I was leaving a combat class still wearing my sparring gloves and a t-shirt bearing the logo explosive ape.

The sight of me in my battle dress seemed to puncture the keyboard warrior’s balloon, drain the colour from his cheeks and render him speechless.

Despite a primal urge to demonstrate the brutal efficiency and effectiveness of urban combatives, I took the moral high ground.

Sometimes you just have to accept that you exceed the intellectual limits of others, and let them paddle in the gutter while you surf the ocean.

Don’t let psychic vampires, dream stealers and keyboard warriors sour you ….. Age like wine not milk.



  1. My mother-in-law bought a parrot, but she took it back to the pet shop a week later complaining, "It doesn’t talk and hasn’t said one word yet."

    "I haven’t had a chance. You don’t even pause for breath," replied the parrot.

  2. At a social gathering, Gladstone once said to Disraeli, "I predict, Sir, that you will die either by hanging or of some vile disease".

    Disraeli replied, “That all depends, sir, upon whether I embrace your principles or your mistress."

  3. Overheard at a garden-club meeting: "I never knew what compost was until I met my husband."


Live big & love deep.


Uncommon sense …..

by Sunil Bali, 12-02-2017

Despite being very clever Jan was, by his own admission, a trouble maker at school and quickly dropped out of college.

He managed to get a job as a software engineer at Yahoo, but got bored and left before he was asked to leave. On his bio Jan writes "Did time at Yahoo."

Disillusioned with life, Jan decided to go travelling for a year.

When he returned, Facebook and Twitter were two of the biggest gigs in town. Jan sent his CV, but was turned down by both companies.

So Jan decided to start a business himself. After a bin full of scrapped ideas, he decided to run with the very big idea of creating a hassle free instant messaging service.

WhatsApp was born, and in February 2014 Jan Koum sold WhatsApp to Facebook for $19Billion.

Jan Koum says he realises it was true what his school teachers and naysayers had said about him, that he lacked common sense. Koum says that it was uncommon sense that had prevented him from following the normal, common sense path to mediocority.

Remember, if you’re a misfit in one place, you’ll be a great fit in another.



Watch out for the fork in the road …..

  • I just booked a table for Valentine’s Day.
    But the wife isn’t impressed.
    She’s rubbish at snooker.
  • I just asked my husband if he remembers what day it is today
    ….. Scaring men is easy.
  • If I ever need a heart transplant, I want my ex’s. It’s never been used.
  • Man: I have a pen, you have a phone number. Think of the possibilities.
    Woman: I have stilettos, you have a face. Think of the injuries.


Live big & love deep.


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