Thursday, June 4, 2020

68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice


Today we can all use something to brighten our day, lift our spirits.  With that in mind, I offer you “68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice” created by Kevin Kelly, well known as a co-founder of Wired magazine.   

Here are four of my favorite tips --- to find the other 64 go to his website:   68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice

    1.    Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points.

     2.    Always demand a deadline. A deadline weeds out the extraneous and the ordinary. It prevents you from trying to make it perfect, so you have to make it different. Different is better.

3.    Treating a person to a meal never fails, and is so easy to do. It’s powerful with old friends and a great way to make new friends.

4.    Don’t trust all-purpose glue.

 You can hear how this list came about and learn more about the author by reading the transcript of the Freakonomics  podcast when Stephen Dubner, the host, interviewed Mr. Kelly.    Conversation with Kevin Kelly



Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A mask isn't just for Halloween


What is the mask you wear today when you're not celebrating Halloween?   Fashion statement?  Protective gear?    

I'd say  they are that and more.   They make a statement about who we are.   With a glance at our faces - now - even more than ever before, people make a fast decision about who we are.

Wearing one can send multiple messages. 

It’s simple to see them as a statement that we follow rules.  Wear one, enter the store.  No mask, no entry.

Or we are making a statement of concern about ourselves and others.  That we wear one to help reduce the spread of the virus

Or do we want people to know something about us?   Put on a mask and our face becomes a mini story board.  With a mask we can announce which team is our favorite, what school we attended, which Disney character best represents us.

Whatever you do, remember a mask is a message.  Pick the one that fits the occasion. 


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Ready to Fly Away?



They’re starting.  The conversations about where we'll go when we can go somewhere.  Near or far?  Car or plane?

And if by plane, what will travel be like?  What will be different?  We know we’ll wear masks on planes but what else?

Some things being discussed include new biometric ID, checking temperatures at check in, new boarding procedures (one row at a time back to front), no more middle seats, fewer rows, will we receive hand sanitizer for everyone, or will we all wear rubber gloves?

It turns out the Hong Kong airport is moving ahead to make sure airports (and travelers)  are safe with new technology.     Read Afar magazine’s article:  Hong Kong Airport Installs Full Body Disinfecting Booths.     
   


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

No more handshakes? Then What?





A few weeks ago Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the US National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease recommended we eliminate handshakes even when we are back to work, back to being less than six feet away from each other.  Reasonable advice from one who wants to keep us safe and healthy.  But what will replace it?  And why are we asking this now?

It’s important because a handshake is more than a simply physical gesture.   It is and always has been a form of communication, it’s a way of delivering important messages:  You’re safe with me.  I welcome you.  We’re in this together

Look back in history, to the times when knights wore armor and wars between nobles were common.  Then a handshake was an answer to a question:   Am I safe being close to you?   Do you have a weapon hidden up your sleeve? 

We aren’t thinking of hidden weapons when we shake hands at a meeting today.  But we still have question in mind:  Are you happy to see me, pleased that we’re working together?  A handshake gives the answer. Yes, I am.   Maybe more important its the final step when we “seal the deal.”

If we give up our familiar handshake how will we deliver those important messages? 

With a wave of hand (the open palm clearly saying there’s no weapon)?   With a clap or two offering a sound instead of touch (the traditional greeting in Zimbabwe)?  With a bow following the traditional greeting of our colleagues in China and Japan?  Or will we develop a new way of delivering those important messages that allow us to connect, show respect, and say my intentions are honorable, I’m happy to engage with you?   What will the new handshake look like? 



Thursday, April 2, 2020

When Business Starts Again


When we’re back to business, we’ll realize our business will still be, maybe even more than before, global.  We’ll be looking for new markets, partners, new information and ideas.
Here are links to sources that will give you information about places around the world – sources you may not have discovered yet.   Global cities defined in different ways: 

Global cities from the travelers’ perspective.  Afar magazines looks at  their World's Best Cities:   https://www.afar.com/magazine/best-cities-in-the-world

Global Cities 2020 – Top 10 Trends including Punk & Policy, Diplomacy Meets Culture and Geopolitics Meets Urbanization from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Looking for a place welcoming to innovation?   Check the World Economic Forum’s Innovation Cities Index  (https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/11/innovation-cities-technology-startups).   For 2019 the 10 most innovative cities are located in six countries:  Canada, France, Japan, Singapore, UK and US.  

While some places and practices will be changed by the events of 2020, these three reports may give you ideas that you wouldn’t discover in a standard set of statistics

Monday, January 27, 2020

Who’s Next? Maybe You. Maybe Not


On a recent trip to Paris I walked into a bakery near my apartment  in search of a baguette for breakfast.  There were a few people scattered around the store, as if waiting for something – maybe an order they’d already paid for  I thought.   I was wrong.

As I headed toward the cash register to place my order people began to move --- toward the cash register, edging in front of me.     No words were spoken, no cold glances, or throats cleared to let me know I’d put myself toward the front of the line instead of the back.  But I had.  It quickly became clear there WAS a line – a French line one of my (French) friends said.   Clear as can be unless you’re a slightly jet lagged Californian.  

My advice to travelers entering a store of any type in a country not yours – take a minute to look around before venturing toward a cashier.  Even in Monoprix (a store similar to Target here in California) with defined lines set up with stanchions  to guide customers toward the cashiers - that appear to set the order of who pays first  -- there’s an organization that varies from what you’d find in the US.  Look around before you pick your spot.

Who’s Next?  Maybe you, maybe not.  Be Patient. Your turn will come.