Monthly Archives: December 2010

The psychology of email vrs twitter (or pigeons vrs eagles)

We’re really just trussed up pigeons you and I.  Yep, add a few feathers to our daily costumes and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between you and my fine feathered friends. Pigeons you see (pun intended) have … Continue reading

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How do you cross the street? Depends on your perspective

What could be easier than moving from one side of the street to the other? Look left Look right When there’s no oncoming traffic, cross the street Right?  Not so fast.  Crossing the street, like many other daily rituals in … Continue reading

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Are you ‘Educating for a Change?’

Educating for a change is one of my all time favourite books.  It’s also my birthday today so stand by for a free gift (I figure why should I be the only one to get gifts before Christmas). Educating for … Continue reading

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Don’t be a parrot or a human ventriloquist

Ever get the sense you’re listening to a talking head, someone who is is parroting someone else’s words?  Does your boss ever expect you to be a  human ventriloquist with him or her pulling the strings and you voicing their … Continue reading

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Attention! Attention! A test of your attention.

The Heath brothers have written in Made to Stick that our brains are more like a sieve than a sponge.  Instead of soaking up what catches our eye, we’re more likely to strain out things that don’t catch our attention, … Continue reading

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Psst You’re not the centre of the universe (don’t worry, neither am I)

When we’re in conflict we can do more … more of whatever it is that isn’t resolving the conflict.  Talk more.  Say the same thing.  In the same way.  Louder. More of the same. The same perspective. Perspective can be … Continue reading

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20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words from Around the World

Know what Toska means?  How about Jayus?  Jason White wrote an article about ’20 awesomely untranslatable worlds from around the world for Matador Abroad. Toska and jayus are two of 20 untranslatable (or at least tough to translate) words from … Continue reading

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The blind leading the blind … literally

Remember the old joke about 3 blind men describing an elephant?  One man, holding the tail, describes it entirely differently than another man who is touching its truck, which is yet again different from the man touching its tusk. Perspective.  … Continue reading

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Time for audience participation: we see what we expect to see

I love traveling by train so when I found myself on the platform in Amsterdam looking for the right platform I was like a kid looking forward to an ice cream cone on a hot summer’s day.  (The fact that … Continue reading

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