Benefitting From Quality Relationships

Therapist Esther Perel on the importance of relationships: “Life will present you with unexpected opportunities, and you won’t always know in advance which are the important moments. Above all, it’s the quality of your relationships that will determine the quality of your life. Invest in your connections, even those that seem inconsequential.” Source: Tribe ofContinue reading “Benefitting From Quality Relationships”

Quantitative Versus Qualitative Research

I was once asked to find out how lessons learned in bids and projects were captured and shared in a large company. There were two approaches, a standard IT one that identified company-wide portals and databases, number of users/reports/views, ease of use etc. The other was to interview a selected group of people, partly toContinue reading “Quantitative Versus Qualitative Research”

Speaking Skills And The Liking Gap

I came across this recently (from the blog of Ed Batista, who is a business coach): “A mental model I held about myself for years was that I was a poor public speaker. I’d get nervous before a presentation or speech, I interpreted my sweaty palms and the pit in my stomach as evidence ofContinue reading “Speaking Skills And The Liking Gap”

A Key To Problem Solving

I came across this interesting tweet from @theresiatanzil: “The difficult part of problem solving is rarely about coming up with the solution, but rather 1) getting people to agree what the problem is,2) which solution we decide to try,3) how to coordinate and work together to solve it, and4) committing to keep it solved.” It’sContinue reading “A Key To Problem Solving”

Books And Their Conversations

“The book you are reading – as I would guess is the case with most books – is the result of many conversations I’ve had over the course of many years, in my case with both humans and nonhumans. Many of them happened while I was writing this, and all of them changed my mind.Continue reading “Books And Their Conversations”

Thinking Allowed

“We live in a culture that tends to view thought with a degree of suspicion. Thinking is frequently associated with uselessness, idleness, laziness. These suspicions can be somewhat allayed when thinking can be directly tied to some kind of purpose or tangible result, of course. Accordingly, we tend to conceptualize thinking in terms of learning.Continue reading “Thinking Allowed”

The Role and Future of Local Libraries

When I was working full-time for a large R&D company I hardly ever went to local libraries. After reading a few reviews, I simply bought books from Amazon or similar. Quite often I was disappointed in the book and regretted buying it. This criticism mainly applied to business-oriented books which promoted an attractive-sounding idea orContinue reading “The Role and Future of Local Libraries”

The Art of Listening

In a number of articles on this blog I’ve talked about listening skills and how, on the whole, they’re under-developed and usually under-appreciated (see for example here). This has implications for both personal and business life. Suggestions are sometimes given on how to listen better but these are often general and vague. Some more practicalContinue reading “The Art of Listening”