I seldom read
Obituaries especially of people whose names I don’t recognize. But flipping
through the Economist I saw a full page Obituary of a man named Roger
Who was he I wondered. Why did he merit
a full page and photo?
The subtitle of
piece notes that he was a “lawyer, teach, peacemaker.” OK.
But then it gets interesting as the article goes on to describe him as a
“fixer” of disparate problems from plumbing (to relax) and world issues. He was an advisor to Presidents and leaders
around the world.
His advice on
negotiating? “Separate the people from
the problem. Focus on the underling
interests of both sides, build a rapport, explore all options.” Great advice or all of us as we strive to
negotiate the challenges of working in our complicated world. Build the rapport: take time to talk, share a meal, get to know
the other parties. Then move on to
solving the business issues. It worked
for Presidents Reagan and Carter it might work for each of us. Learn more about
his ideas in his book: Getting to
Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving
Now it’s clear to me why a
page was dedicated Roger Fisher. Teacher, lawyer, peacemaker and fixer.
When you search in the book section of Amazon (amazon.com)for books related toMaps you find almost a quarter of million
results - 240,105 to be exact.This week one of them stands out.A new release by Robert Kaplan titled The
Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us about Coming Conflicts and the Battle
Kaplan’s point -presented in a
recent article in the Wall Street Journal titled "Geography Strikes Back" – is
that to understand
today's global conflicts, forget economics and technology and take a hard look
at a map.
He argues that although we’d
like to believe that the world is flat and connected - a place without barriers that it isn't entirely true. Although we can all leap age
old boundaries through Facebook, Linked In and a myriad of other social
networks, that groups of countries
like the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and GUTS
(Germany, United States, Turkey and South Korea) can join together and overcome
issue of distance, history and geography - there still are barriers and they matter.
Rivers, mountains,and ocean divide
us.They shaped our history and will
influence our future.
How your country survives may depend on where it is in relation to the equator: hot or cold? Is it landlocked or lucky enough to navigable waterways. Oceans as barriers to attack?
If you decide to take another look at our world through Mr. Kaplan's eyes and it might be a good idea to have the World Atlas of Geography, filled with colorful maps, by your side. What will you see that you never noticed before?
Driving from one
meeting to another I turned on the radio in time to hear National Public Radio
(npr.org) air a segment about Ghost Bikes. My first thought was that they were
talking about bikes that floated through the air like an imaginary ghost of
children’s stories.But the story wasn’t
that light hearted.Rather it was a
piece about the installation of a bike as a memorial to a New York bicyclist who had
been killed. (http://www.npr.org/2012/08/21/159560603/where-cyclists-once-rode-ghost-bikes-stand-vigil )
What interested me most was that Ghost Bikes (ghostpikes.org) aren’t just located in New
York.These bikes, painted white, locked
to a sign near a crash site, can be found in 180 locations in 26 different
countries.Among the countries - Austria, Denmark, Czech
Republic, Brazil, Ecuador, Turkey, Singapore and New Zealand.
It’s another example of how ideas, that start in one
locale, can spread around the world touching people in multiple places. I wrote before about the June celebration - Fete de la
Musique. Started in Paris in 1982 it now takes place in over 100 countries .(fetedelamusique.culture.fr/).
Other music may appear at any time. One day you may discover a piano sitting unguarded
in a public place ready for you.Thanks
to Play Me I’m Yours/Street Pianos (streetpianos.com) and local artists there
have been 600 pianos placed in cities on five continents including Sao Paulo, Belfast, New York and Tilburg.Going to Perth, Cambridge or Hangzhou in September or October ? You'll find pianos there.
Happy or sad ideas and activities spread around the
world.If you know of something similar send it
in to add our collection.Special things
to look for as we work and travel.
Given that all business is global and personal, individuals connecting its essential we share information, our ways of doing business. This blog is to stimulate thinking, provide some practical information. Topics may be about a business practice that differs from place to place, a piece of news, a tip about a city. The intent is to provide some insights about our complicated world. I hope these posts will be useful, practical and support your efforts wherever your projects take you.
Please comment, share your questions, stories and perspective.
Let’s move ahead by building our understanding of each other to create powerful businesses and great connections.