• TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF •
Have a great time!
Be sweet on the inside
never let go
“The secret of change
is to focus all your energy
fighting the old
building the new.” Socrates
Today was dedicated to writing questions, preparing for 2 days of meetings.
Questioning is a precious skill:
- It spurs learning
- it incentives the exchange of ideas,
- it powers innovation
- it can lead to performance improvement,
- it builds affinity and trust
- Importantly, it can mitigate business risk by uncovering unexpected problems.
And yet, most of us don't ask enough questions! Is that because we don't like feeling interrogated so we think we're doing others a favor?
In fact, asking questions makes us more likable! It shows that we care! It shows that we want to learn about other people's interests and what's in their mind!
So the favor we can make (others and ourselves) is asking more questions!
Avoid the rush to answer questions. First we must understand each other better! Spending time asking questions, understanding the problem, the hurdles, personal issues can help to avoid poor decisions and succeed even in 'accelerated environments'.
So start asking the questions that really matter
promote this behavior in the office or at home!
And may I ask: Could you then let me know how it goes?
Recently I came across some posters in the streets of Lisbon.
Something like this was written:
- You've written texts but not a single letter in your life
- You've typed 'I love you' more than you said it
- You smile more for selfies than for people
- You stare more to your phone than at the sea
This made me think... and gave me an incredible urge to write letters, to stare at the sea, to enjoy the moment, to have real conversations instead of just typing and mixing all conversations on chats not ever stopping to think about connecting and knowing about how my friends are. Not what they're doing, what emojis they prefer or what awesome picture they took. Just hanging out. Living!
We really are becoming slaves of the non-stop furious buzz on our cellphones.
Let's make something about it!
How about writing a letter for a start?
Any other ideas? Please share!
Also... check out the website with all the posters about being offlife.
(My personal thanks to all the people involved in this. Outstanding!)
Staring at the river last Saturday
My name is T. S. Coelho and I live in Lisbon, Portugal, with my husband and three kids. I work in the asset management industry, managing an equities fund.