Posts in category: Relationships

“Them” and “us”

Imagine if there is no “them” and “us” in projects. That’s a radical thought! No separation, just real togetherness, true collaboration. Where we actually treat other as we would like to be treated in return. And we work towards a singular vision. Without bean...

Animals and integrity

“Animals often act with more integrity than many people.” said Neale Donald Walsch in his book Conversations with God. Integrity is not something you say you have. It is made evident in the way you act. Integrity is doing what you promise to. A tiger will kill and eat...

Power is never given. Power is taken.

Number 29 in Hugh MacLeod’s book Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity. “[You take power by] not needing anything from another person in order to be the best in the world.” We give our power away when we believe that we desperately need...

If your business could sing…

A stunning performance by Perpetuum Jazzile, an an a cappella jazz choir from Slovenia. Imagine if you could get your business to perform like this! The shared creative concept. The clear singular alignment. The commitment. All that emotion. The undeniably genuine...

Choice paralysis and decision facilitation

My friend Dennis White recently said to me: “We have Pay TV and yet we seem to spend a lot of time flicking through the channels trying to find something too watch. I have this theory that if you have a lot of choice then you expect you should be able to find...

Relationships more important than tech specs

According to a Wired magazine article, UK vendors Vodaphone and Radio Shack both gave away netbooks to customer who sign up to wireless data accounts. “… Computers are developing the same economics as mobile phones. Hardware is becoming a commodity. It is...

Alignment is a universal challenge

Where there is a relationship, alignment will be a key concern. Alignment is critical for organisations working to strong visions and causes. But less so for conventional organisations. Alignment is critical for life partnerships. But less so for...

Empathy in action

When you walk a dog for long enough, you start seeing things from the dog’s perspective. Often it is impractical or impossible to literally walk in someone’s shoes. I cannot be the dog. But I can do the next best thing. I can walk with the dog. This is empathy in...

“Businesslike”

The following set of questions on an online personality test is rather telling of the assumptions we have unthinkingly adopted about what businesslike behaviour is. I am brief and businesslike. I am friendly and have difficulty remaining businesslike. I’m really...

Core of conflict

We each create our own unique reality. Our own truths. We share this reality with others in varying degrees of similarity. But none of our realities are exactly alike. The same “truth” will sing differently to everyone. There will always be differences – slight and...

Feeling the attention

Attention is good. The smallest action can often have greater impact than originally intended. My Singaporean bank rang today to confirmed a charge on my credit card. I had bought some DVDs from a shop in Perth, Western Australia. Sure, they were merely being vigilant...

Giving first makes getting later easier

If you want something from someone, you should think about giving them something first. This has to be done with the genuine desire to help of course; and not a half-arsed attempt to create guilt by manipulation. I walked out of Phuket airport recently and stopped to...
‘Bridget Riley’ PowerBook

‘Bridget Riley’ PowerBook

I stumbled upon this site by David Hudd while looking up some of Bridget Riley‘s excellent art today. It is a site for disgruntled users of Apple PowerBooks with faulty screens to post their grievances in spite of Apple’s efforts at censoring these...

Perceived responsibility creep

In smaller businesses or teams with low-rise hierarchies (a flat organisation), I have noticed that there is a higher risk for certain personalities to take on perceived responsibilities for beyond their official capacity. Examples: A junior programmer feels...

Website barriers to effective communications

Good communications can be hampered by bad web design practices. Illegible type: There is still this dumb trend of making websites with teeny tiny light gray text. Why? Do you actually want customers to read what is there? Type is there to impart information – it is...
A nice thank you

A nice thank you

I received this great thank you note from a client recently. the card and envelope was designed by her young son. How great is that! Talk about a personal touch. Thank you Karen and...

i-confide.com

“People say that a joy shared is a joy doubled. And a sorrow shared is a sorrow halved. So what happens when you share something with the entire world?” This is the premise of i-confide. Go look, and confide something. (Disclosure: I was the designer of this...
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