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  • feedwordpress 22:22:59 on 2017/08/17 Permalink
    Tags: , , , friendship   

    What We Don’t Intend to Reveal Can be More Revealing 

    Like many photographers before him, Richard Zaltman was visiting remote areas of the world to capture images of people living lives far removed from those in the United States. Here’s what made his experience different. One morning, while walking through an isolated village in Bhutan, he suddenly got the idea of turning his camera over to the locals to see what they would consider significant enough to show others about themselves. Later, when he looked at all their pictures, he noticed that most of the photos cut off people’s feet. “At first, I thought the villagers had just aimed wrong,”…
     
  • feedwordpress 20:48:01 on 2017/06/03 Permalink
    Tags: , friendship   

    Who Packed Your Parachute? 

    Charles Plumb was a U.S. Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent six years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now speaks on the lessons learned from that experience. One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. “You were shot down!” “How in the world did you…
     
  • feedwordpress 19:31:58 on 2017/05/30 Permalink
    Tags: , friendship, , praise, quotability, recognition, relationship-building   

    Make Your Praise More Memorable, Widely Shared and Long Lasting 

    My client, the CFO of a Berlin-based maker of wireless portal equipment had a rugged yet very successful third year of operation where all employees voluntarily worked long hours. Part of the way he wanted to collectively celebrate the company’s success was to hand out ten awards for different kinds of contributions. Yet, in addition to the usual way of celebrating the winners at an on-site company gathering he got an idea about how to make the recognition matter even more deeply felt and widely heard and shared. Here’s how. He confidentially spoke with a close working colleague of each…
     
  • feedwordpress 21:25:54 on 2016/08/28 Permalink
    Tags: Carlos Santana, , , friendship, , opportunity   

    Why Re-Define Your Life Towards a Mutuality Mindset? 

    Who Are You Becoming? After winning several music awards one year, Carlos Santana was asked by an eager young entertainment reporter, how he felt about “this belated recognition after so many years as a professional musician.” In an apparent non sequitur, Santana smiled warmly and replied, “I am becoming the people I love,” to which the reporter responded, “But what does that have to do with the awards?” Santana explained, “To a greater degree over time, these friends, musicians or not, seem to infuse my music and my life. And my friends say the same has happening to them.” Then,…
     
  • feedwordpress 18:44:40 on 2016/04/11 Permalink
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    Accomplish More by Being Frequently Quoted & Deeply Connected 

    Are you quotAble? Or do people stop listening before you stop talking? Being heard and frequently quoted is essential to attracting more opportunities and friendships. Without that talent you may be rich, smart, well-connected, well-intentioned and hardworking yet you are likely to lose to the person who verbally paints a more compelling and relevant picture, in-person or in writing. Two intertwined goals to consider: 1. To become the top-of-mind choice in your profession or market 2. Become a favorite subject matter expert for your key media Method: Make your key messages almost as vital as oxygen. It is deceptively simple.…
     
  • feedwordpress 00:36:17 on 2016/03/13 Permalink
    Tags: , Brandon Sanderson, , connective behavior, conversation, friendship, , , Vala Afshar   

    How to Go Fishing for Closer Conversations 

    “I swear, my dear. Sometimes our conversations remind me of a broken sword. She raised an eyebrow. Sharp as hell, he said, but lacking a point” wrote Brandon Sanderson in Warbreaker. Until you find the lure and the hook on which someone will bite, you won’t pull them closer. You are talking to yourself. Soon they may show irritation or worse, or go on a mental vacation. Whether you’re attempting to get closer to your spouse, a prospect or critic, this holds true. “It is all right to hold a conversation but you should let go of it now and…
     
  • feedwordpress 23:41:29 on 2016/03/07 Permalink
    Tags: , , , friendship, , understanding   

    What is Not Revealed is Sometimes Most Revealing 

    Like many photographers before him, Gerald Zaltman was visiting remote areas of the world to capture images of people living lives far removed from those in the United States. Here’s what made his experience different. One morning, while walking through an isolated village in Nepal, he suddenly got the idea of turning his camera over to the locals to see what they would consider significant enough to show others about themselves. Later, when he looked at all their pictures, he noticed that most of the photos cut off people’s feet. “At first, I thought the villagers had just aimed wrong,”…
     
  • feedwordpress 23:54:22 on 2016/01/20 Permalink
    Tags: anger, , , , , friendship, kindness,   

    See Kindness As Your Inoculation Against Anger 

    Whatever behavior we praise we encourage to flourish in others – especially when they are around us. Whatever we criticize or “simply” snub goes deeper into their consciousness however. Hint: Speak to their positive intent, especially when it appears they may have none. That may be the best way to bring out their better side so they are more likely to see and support yours.  Sure, that’s not easy, yet it is easier than the alternative. Emotions are energy-giving or sapping. In every interaction we either react or choose how we will act. We choose where to put our attention and…
     
  • nmw 13:38:10 on 2015/03/12 Permalink
    Tags: , , friendship, , , , , ,   

    Love moves you out of your self, and out of your head, and out of your closet 

    Self-Love

     
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