Posts in category: Efficacy

Let me tell you how it should be

Let me tell you how it should be

Recently in Amsterdam, I saw a young American woman telling a Starbucks staff that there was a lot more choice back home and she was not happy she couldn’t get her green berry yeast tea with unicorn dust hold the cats milk here in Amsterdam. They’re are...
Looking for the win-win

Looking for the win-win

Travelling is a great opportunity to practise looking for the win win in less-than-optimal situations. The unfamiliarity of new places, new customs and new rules increases the likelihood of mistakes and miss-steps. The elevator (or taxi) didn’t come.  I’ll...
Minimum Necessary Outcome

Minimum Necessary Outcome

How much of what we have to do is indeed what we have to do? How often do we do something without really understanding why or being clear about what we want out of that activity. There is a concept in agile software development called the “minimum viable product...
Work life balance is not a flatline

Work life balance is not a flatline

In a previous post, I wrote about factoring in time when considering work life balance; that balance can really only be achieved over time, when we can look back and average out the peaks and troughs. Filling in a Somewhere.com survey last week triggered further...
How we make meaning

How we make meaning

There are three layers of perception: The real objective world. Absolute reality that we don’t actually perceive objectively, Our gut reaction.Conditioned responses. Subconscious interpretations. Our active meaning making through storytelling. What we remember...
Travelling is like a startup business

Travelling is like a startup business

The mentality we adopt when travelling is very similar to that of a startup business. Traveling is externally focused. Outward bound. Get things done now. Use whatever means is at hand. Make-do when required to keep moving forward. Don’t worry too much about the...
If it burns, stop touching it!

If it burns, stop touching it!

PAR38 reflector bulb via Phillips. Many many years ago, while setting up an exhibition in architecture school,  I noticed a fellow student struggling with a spotlight. She was on a chair, that was on a desk, reaching up to adjust a lit spotlight. It was one of those...
Knowledge transfer vs construction

Knowledge transfer vs construction

Constructed knowledge is “knowledge discovered through exploration or inferred from constructs (mental models made to fit a particular frame of reference) by examining and questioning the available information. In comparison, directed knowledge is ‘ready...
Flow from a floor

Flow from a floor

Restoring an old damaged parquet floor meant a lot of repetitive work scraping each and every tile clean so they can be re-laid. Surprisingly enough, it can also be highly meditative. And it doesn’t take long to get into that state either (I know, I have had a go at...

Design + applied psychology: A hybrid problem solving process

This is a work-in-progress hybrid process that combines three problem-solving processes I use regularly; Design Thinking, Crisis Support and Suicide First Aid: The design process strengths: creative exploration, collaboration, co-design buy-in, problem definition,...
Hello Europe

Hello Europe

I’ll be in Europe next week! I am taking stock of the first 20 years of my work life, reviewing each of my experience and skills critically. It feels like more than 20 years! Part of this review is the drive to get out into the wider world, to meet new people...
Rapport in 10

Rapport in 10

Rapport is a powerful state to strive for in any relationship. More so in relationships during a difficult or crisis situation. Establishing genuine rapport with a complete stranger can be achieved in as little as 5-10 minutes. As a Lifeline crisis supporter I...

Avoiding suffering

“…the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you, in proportion to your fear of being hurt.” From The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver...
We run our own mazes

We run our own mazes

I had this thought after watching The Maze Runner. We are all runners of our own mazes. We live in our private mazes, within our own heads. Sometime we are content to stay there because we think we have everything worked out. We settle. Sometimes we will fight to...
Address, appease or avoid

Address, appease or avoid

Here are three A’s for responding to a situation. Address: meet the current situation head on and call immediacy. “What is this elephant doing here?” “I’m feeling really uncomfortable right now; are you feeling the same way?”...
Global awareness, personal power

Global awareness, personal power

Even as our awareness expands to the global scale, the locus of control has been increasingly contracting to a more personal sphere. Apart from oddballs like North Korea, most of us have a greater level of, and opportunities for, self determination than ever before....
We don’t have to have it all figured out

We don’t have to have it all figured out

Tackling complex problems in a world that is changing quickly is like travelling through multiple airports in succession. We are faced with different situations, stimuli and challenges to solve. And just like ravening through airports, we don’t have to figure...
We get what we venerate

We get what we venerate

“All humans are delusional. It is only the rich who have that delusion fostered. All humans are, to some extent, assholes. But only rich people can get away with it.” — Sean McElwee in This Is Your Brain on Money: Why America’s Rich Think...
Chaos or order?

Chaos or order?

Chaos and order are sides of the same coin. Too much chaos and nothing thrives. Resilience goes up though. As does stress and the constant reinvention of the wheel. Too much order and innovation is stifled. Boredom and complacency sets in. Thinking atrophies. The...
Pay attention to build connections

Pay attention to build connections

Thoughts after reading Is Facebook Making Us Lonely: If we were to describe Facebook to someone in the eighties, they would be forgiven for thinking that it’s mere existence will bring about a revolution in human connectedness, and forever banish loneliness in a...
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