I reread a few books annually or biannually, because they’re that important to me. Any book in this category I have in hardcover or paperback, and mark up liberally with my notes and commentary. There’s both a comfort and a hazard of rereading a book that you’ve marked up. It’s comforting to see your notes and add to them. It’s hazardous because our eyes tend to focus on what we underlined and highlighted before, rather than reading afresh and getting new insights. You’re going to miss something because you entered into the “echo chamber” of your previous reading. [Read more…] about Content Format Shapes Your Ability to Grasp It
You’re going to get critical feedback, because you’re not perfect and your boss isn’t perfect, either.
Yes, sometimes critical feedback is unfair or not entirely true.
Yes, you’ll remember it longer than you remember praise and commendation.
Yes, sometimes it’s delivered in a poor or unprofessional way.
But… critical feedback is the granola breakfast cereal of champions, chewy and healthy. You don’t have to like it. The truth is that we all need to be managed, and none of us like it.
Therefore, make it your ambition to get the most out of critical feedback. [Read more…] about Getting the Most from Critical Feedback
Traffic in Delhi, India may be the 8th wonder of the world. Traffic signals and painted lanes on the road are mere suggestions. There is everything from trucks to sedans to motorcycles carrying whole families to tuk-tuks to bicycles to pedestrians and cows. People expect you to honk to alert them that you’re on their right or left, or flash your lights at night. Gridlock is common. Miss your turn? No problem, just back up and let other people get out of your way, even if it’s 200 yards. Very few first-time visitors can calmly sit in the front seat of the car. The picture above does not do the experience justice! Drivers in India may be the most skilled people in the country because they must know the dimensions of the vehicle to the millimeter. [Read more…] about The Other Way Works, Too