Poetry Versus Prose

Graham Boundy and Harvey Gellman would often say that this book would have made a good article.  Recently I read a peice that suggested expressing your ideas in a poem was much more efficient.  So maybe often a book should have been a poem. I have not completely digested t

Speaking Up

Sometimes we are annoyed when someone takes a controversial position in a discussion or meeting.   We want people to agree with our position and do not like contrary opinions.  However often if we are open to listening we can learn some important things.  Often the s

Missed Me?

Has anybody noticed I have not publish a blog since July 17th?   If you missed me and would like to see more, please let me know by a comment or a Like.

Meetings on the Phone

So many meeting these days are held on the phone rather than in person around a table.  How to manage effective meetings?  In person meeting are challenge enough and often are not done well.  Adding the complexity of a phone meeting, adds significant challenge for al

Curiousity – A Key To Listening

Why do we all have such difficulty listening to others?   For me I often distracted by my thinking about what I am going to say next.  I am thinking "How can I share my ideas" rather than find out what the other person thinks.   How can I make myself more c

7 ways to tame your email monster

Here are some suggestions from a newsletter I read.  It has to do with dealing with email while writing a report, proposal, requirements document or memo. 1. Never try to write when you might receive ANY alert (either audio or visual) about emails lurking. Turn off your no

Questions You Wished You Asked Your Grandparents

As I got older, I have become more interested in my genealogy.   However I have learned that the dates are less important than the family stories.  I really did not learn many from my grandparents but wish I had asked more. A friend of mine had the same idea and aske

How To Influence People

I am rediscovering Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People."   The amazing things is that his ideas are as relevant and fresh now as they were when he wrote it in 1935.   "If you want honey, don't kick over the beehive."  

Can You Change the Future?

A great technique which can help us change our future is called future pacing.  The steps are very simple but extremely powerful. Select a future outcome that you desire.  Describe it in detail. Test whether you really want his outcome by asking. What will happen if outcom

Dreams Coming True

Christmas and the holiday season is a magic time.  I thnk Santa Claus exists as the spirit of giving.   Most of us want to reach out to those we love at this time.  I think because we have such short days we reach out to the ones we love.  However the days gett