I give to you a candle, 1 matchbox with matches in it and some tacks. Here’s your challenge. How can you get the candle to stick to the wall using only those things? The answer is in one of my top 5 books from 2019, and later in the post. In the meantime, while you’re flexing … [Read more...] about Found in translation
What do you think? Could someone convince you you were invisible? I’m guessing that’s a firm no, with a side of eye roll and a snicker. You and me, we like to think we’re objective. We like to think that our gray matter is in charge and it’s hella discerning. … [Read more...] about Could someone really make you believe you were invisible?
The forest near where I live is a massive, lush, green playground for dik diks (think tiny Japanese anime-like antelope), duikers and monkeys. When the season is right, it’s awash in colourful butterflies flitting about, creating whorls of colour in their wake. So I was intrigued to learn … [Read more...] about What we can learn from a butterfly’s struggle to escape its chrysalis
I was at the point in my workshop where I was explaining the difference between Carrot Life Lenses™ (detail-oriented) and Mountain Life Lenses™ (big-picture focused) when a woman abruptly stood up, marched determinedly to the back of the room and added a commo to a large banner that was hanging on … [Read more...] about How to not go bat crap crazy in your workspace
As a Canadian living in Nairobi, Kenya, even after 8 years of living here there is still much that’s lost in translation. There’s a constant undercurrent of intercultural issues that swim through my day. You never know what’s going on below the surface. Sometimes it’s funny – … [Read more...] about Lost in translation; what to do when you’re swimming in an intercultural current
How many of these sound familiar? You lack faith in the skill levels of your colleague(s) and/or you fear they lack faith in yours.In your workplace information is hoarded and not openly shared.You often feel let down because people don’t keep their word.Giving and sharing is a one-way street and … [Read more...] about Ten top criteria for team trust; how many do you have?
It can be funny to watch but it’s anything but if you’re in the middle of it. Conflict that is. Our beloved brains desert us when we're in conflict. We tend to do more of whatever isn’t working. Our perspective narrows. There’s only one way and that’s my way. It’s … [Read more...] about The most silent (and silliest) war ever; you won’t believe your eyes
I’ve been traveling a lot lately for my UN work; Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana and to Mauritius. Part of my go-with-me-everywhere is a series of plug adapters so I can get my gear working and charged up without fail. Sometimes though, it takes a few twists and turns (and even moving the … [Read more...] about Lost in translation; from beer and Snoopy to a broken mug and unanswered questions
Last week I shared 4 signs your blind spots are biting you. Hint; they include telling signs like batcrap craziness, grinding teeth, biting your tongue and banging your head against the wall. Being aware of your blindspots is one thing. Knowing what to do about them is a whole other ball … [Read more...] about 4 ways to take a bite out of your blind spot