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A child’s day from 9am to 3.30pm is like a 20-hour day for an adult. Children experience many new things every day and time passes slowly, but as people get older they have fewer new experiences and time is less stretched by information. So, you can “lengthen” your life by minimising routine and making sure your life is full of new active experiences – travel to new places, take on new interests, and spend more time living in the present

via The neurobiology and psychology that connect summer vacation with your morning run – Boing Boing.

Interesting link I’ve read following @abeggi (and his blog www.andreabeggi.net).

Where would you love to  apply this ‘trick’ to your mind? Being back from vataions, I’d have applied it to my vacation 🙂 but as I’m getting old I think I should apply it to any pleasant moment of my life.

To tell the truth it seems a bit counterintuitive to me … isn’t when you are bored that time doesn’t pass at all? Any clu?

PierG

Last week I had the chance to meet Prof.Vacca at the Open Design Event @ Singularity.

Prof.Vacca told something that I live-twitted from the new Twitter account I use during conferences to limit spam on @PierG that is @PierGLive:

in english it means: “second guessing: someone tries to help me assuming he understand better than me what I want”.

Second guessing is what many sites do (are you saying Google? 🙂 ) recording your habits, elaborating them and trying to propose you ideas, solutions, products (advertising 🙂 ) that you should like and maybe that you were not aware of liking.

Nice

Scary

PierG

I met a CIO like that. He told me his policy was to never say No to the business. So he always said Yes, and the business was always angry because things he agreed to didn’t get done, or got done poorly or far later than they wished. His Yes meant nothing.

via Insights You Can Use » Blog Archive » Yes. No. Negotiate..

PierG

Some time ago I wrote a post called Tips for better email management: it’s a set of suggestions on how to manage the bandwidth of your email traffic.

Today I’ve read an interesting post of Seth Godin called Email checklist (maybe this time it’ll work!). Seth list 36(!) items in his checklist: a little bit long but it worth the reading (if not using every time you are about to send an email 🙂 )

Three years ago this week, I posted this checklist, in the naive hope that it would eliminate (or perhaps merely reduce) the ridiculous CC-to-all emails about the carpool, the fake-charity forwards, the ALL CAPS yelling and the stupid PR spam.
A guy can hope, can’t he?

Thoughts?

PierG

Thanks to Antonio and his blog post (in italian) “Set your own drop box quota“, I’ve found a very interesting list of things that according to Drobpox managers should attract future employees.

You know what’s Dropbox, don’t you? 🙂 If not let me tell you that it’s a cult product  in these days and, as often happens for new companies of this kind, a cool place to work so, check the list:

  • Set your own Dropbox storage quota
  • Free lunches, snacks, coffee, and dinner if you’re up late
  • Competitive salaries
  • Build or buy your dream computer
  • Downtown SF office
  • Really flexible hours
  • Fifteen days of Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Paid holidays
  • 401(k)
  • Several health insurance options
  • Vision, dental, and life insurance too
  • Musical culture: Complete music studio equipped with drums, P.A., amplifiers, etc…
  • Whiskey Fridays
  • Gaming! Starcraft 2, Rock Band, DDR (yep, a real machine) and Laser Tag in the office

As Antonio point out (if my interpretation is correct), it seems an impossible list for an Italian (European?) company!!

I’m really interested in knowing what you think about this list and I have 3 specific question:

  1. what’s really motivating you in this list (top 3)
  2. what would motivate you but it’s NOT in the list
  3. what’s is feasible, of this list, in your current company (if any 🙂 )

Come on, don’t be shy 🙂

PierG

Last Friday was the last day of kindergarten for my son: starting from September he will go to school.

When we arrived at the kindergarten he was surprisingly sad: he grabbed me, hugged me, he held me tight. After few seconds I said ‘Giammy it’s time to go for me’ … ‘I have to go’ … ‘I have to go to work now or I’ll be late’ … but no answer and no change in his behavior. For minutes he stayed hooked to my leg.

So I set down and said ‘ok, I will not leave until you are ready. Do YOU want to tell me when you are ready?’. He nodded.

After few seconds (much less than expected) he let me go and said ‘ok, you can go now’ and run to play with some friends.

The simple fact that I offered him the power to choose, moved him from his current status to a more ‘solution oriented’ frame. Can you imagine a situation in which you can use this strategy?

PierG

p.s. To tell the truth, I did all this stuff in an unconscious way: I realized it just after analyzing what had happened. Cool 🙂

 
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There are many decisions making techniques: most of the them are based on the decision making process. They teach you how to split, to partitionate, to analyze, to weight, to make bifurcation or things like that.

Few of them are not dealing with the most important ingredient of decision making that’s also one of the most widely diffused illness of our management: (lack of) attitude.

Making decisions is like any of our physical and intellectual skills (mind and body are the same stuff, right?): if you want to be good at it, if have to do it and then do it and then do it and then ….

So the best decision making technique is not a technique but a mantra you will repeat day after day, hour after hour starting from now: "decide early, decide small!", "decide early, decide small!", "decide early, decide small!" …

PierG


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Few days ago I made someone angry, very angry: he was really upset and sorely disappointed .. and it was not my intention.

It’s probably the second time in my life that I see that look of sorrow in the face of someone. No matter the reason, I don’t think it’s worth it: it is, in any case, a failure for both.

Have you ever had the same feeling?

PierG


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Interesting article in the Harvard Business Publishing site called: How to Counter Resistance to Change. I’ve been fascinated by the story Peter Bregman tells: a story I know very well having a young son:

“Daddy, what’s for dessert?" Isabelle was six at the time. Willpower was not one of her "areas needing development."

"Well let’s see, you can have an apple or some grapes."

"I want ice cream."

"That’s not one of the choices, Sweetie. Do you want an apple or grapes?"

"Ice cream."

We went on like that for a few minutes and then she said, "If I can’t have ice cream then I want a banana."

"Hmm," I responded, "that’s not one of the choices but that’s OK too. I’ll get you one."

"Thanks Daddy," she said, clearly happy. Was she happy to have a banana or happy to have gotten something that was not one of the choices I offered?

Read the article for the full conclusions and let me underline two extra ‘lesson learned’:

#1

It doesn’t matter [if she is happy to have a banana or to have gotten something what was not one of the choices]. Because my goal wasn’t to break her will or show her who’s boss. I was going for a very specific and clear outcome: nothing less than to build in her a lifelong habit of healthy eating. I wanted her to eat fruit for dessert and (this is the challenging part) be happy about it.

#2

Because people don’t resist change, they resist being changed.

Tell us your experience on this topic!

PierG

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Mister Technical Guy, the fact that you are a technician doesn’t allow you to keep your face down while meeting other people or not to say hallo when you hit them in the corridor.

Looking in the eyes, smiling and saying hi it’s not being a sales person or a marketing guy, it means just having good manners (and, by the way, being professional)!

PierG

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