Friday, November 28, 2014

Crucial Conversations

You may be surprised, but every problem we face has indeed a face. Whenever we're stuck or aren't getting the results we would like, there's at least one person we need to approach.

What was that saying again..? "It's all about the people!" Right..!

And we need that reminder, don't we? Having been certified as a Master Trainer in Crucial Conversations I've adopted a new habit:

If I don't get results, a) I identify the person I need to talk with and b) pinpoint the issue I need to address.

Invariably, I find that if I can get myself to actually muster the courage to talk to that individual, I also get the results I'm looking to achieve. If I don't, then results remain a dream.

You may ask yourself. Is it really that simple?

In my experience..? Yes.

Oh, and of course, sometimes it does take more than one conversation only.

Suggested action: Some people say that without daily exercise, they feel they deteriorate. I feel the same way about crucial conversations. If a day goes by without having a crucial conversation with someone, that day is simply unproductive. That's why I keep a list of conversations I need to have. And you know what I find?

(1) I listen a lot more. (2) I get to help people with problems that really matter.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Remember Sunday

Sometimes you come across a movie that stands out in the crowd.

...and I stress sometimes! In my experience most movie productions these days are superficial to the point where if you ask yourself: Could this be for real? The answer would have to be "no".

Why? Well, either because whatever happens is simply unrealistic. But most of the time the world created by actors is simply over confident, way too talented and lucky or much too dramatic. The sensation of "that could be me" actually is more and more a factor completely missing.

As a result, we can relate and experience a limited degree of identification, but every so often - because of this exaggerated acting - we are pulled out of the story only to realize that's it's not real.

Yesterday, Lillian and I watched a rare piece of art. "Remember Sunday" is definitely worth watching. The plot and story is brilliantly put together. Best of all, the actors appear human, yet wonderfully enchanting.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Is Norway heavily clustered in Oslo?

It appears that Oslo is the place to look for business contacts in Norway...

Look at how available human resources seem to be distributed geographically with regards to "Board of Directors". Source

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Science In Understandable Language

Brian Greene and his wonderful communication talent excites me. Watch as he explains three reasons for why "the Higgs" is significant. Today I'm adding Brian to my list of great people.