- Become genuinely interested in other people
- Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language
- Be a good listener, encourage others to talk about themselves
- Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
- Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely.
I am thinking about writing a sci fi / fantasy novel. The core concept would revolve around a portal that characters can go through to have adventures and improve upon their skills. I wrote up a ton of notes yesterday, we’ll see if I do anything with it.
Through my childhood and early teens I was a lanky kid who spent most of his time reading books. I loved books… I probably spent 3-4 hours every day reading all sorts of adventure, fantasy, sci fi, thrillers, and anything else I could get my hands on. This didn’t do much for my physique. I was very skinny and very tall, and I never played sports or did anything athletic.… read more “Why I Stopped Bodybuilding”
The Nytimes.com had an article today on CEO pay packages. As a CEO and a shareholder in companies, I find the pay packages these guys are receiving to be just plain robbery of public companies.
Basically, here is how their scam works: The Board of Directors at a public company sets the pay for each CEO.… read more “Overpaid CEO’s Stealing From Shareholders”
A fictional job applicant’s information conglomerated from my actual experiences with people over time (client’s employees and pre-skills test CT employees):
- “I get bored after six to nine months of work and quit every job I’ve had”.
- “The gap in my resume was six months I spent in a drunken stupor in my bedroom”.
- “I hate people and will drive out any team members you assign to work with me”.
I’ve been reading a very fascinating book, “Sapiens”, that has really helped me to think about things we humans take as absolutes in a new light. Concepts that we assume to be concrete real things… really just don’t exist except in our own imaginations. Everything from justice to money to laws to human rights to religion to politics are invented by human beings.… read more “There is no justice”
I am a little worn out on movies that glorify war, especially those that don’t really portray it accurately. No one stands up and runs around when they are under fire. You crawl from place to place.
I had an idea that I thought could help smokers, alcoholics, and gamblers.
Create a national registry that people can voluntarily add themselves to that associates their drivers license number with a self-ban list for their addiction of choice.
For example, a smoker could add themselves to the cigarette ban list. Any time the smoker went to a grocery store or convenience store to buy cigarettes, the clerk would scan their license.… read more “Self Ban Registry for Addictions”
I built a tool for giving my team ongoing feedback and launched it last week. What is my team’s reaction so far?
First, check out how it works:
A user can:
- Write in their feedback
- Select who should receive it
- Decide whether the feedback is positive or negative
- Decide if the feedback is small, medium or large
Lots of team members have been using it so far, here is a running log of the most recent feedback:
Seems to be quite helpful for people to share their thanks!… read more “Ongoing Feedback Tool”
“Mob mentality” is a powerful phenomenon sociologists have observed… a single human will seldom heckle another person or riot. However, throngs of sports fans will torch cars, protesters will storm government offices, and gangs will go to war over very small slights. Scientists have actually shown that your brain shuts off your sense of self during these times of collective endeavor.… read more “Permanent Mob Mentality”