Tom launched August with a twitter frenzy. A few highlights:
Giving feedback is not for amateurs.
Is there any more difficult task than giving effective feedback? If there is, I can't imagine what it would be.
If you think giving feedback is easy or "straightforward," then you are hyper-shitty at giving feedback.
No one is open to poorly proffered feedback. No one = No one.
Giving feedback is a skill to be studied, practiced and mastered as much/as carefully as, say, playing the piano.
Begin with a planet-class training course [on giving feedback], require EVERYONE to take it, provide mandatory annual refresher.
You are a lively soul, and I salute you. But as a boss, be careful when you tease someone who works for you. BE VERY CAREFUL.
Always remember, boss/project leader, the hypersensitive ones may be your very best folk. Don't mistake your thick skin for the norm.
Teasing people is a dangerous profession. (Under any and all conditions.)
@Gil_Bashe 2h @tom_peters Think we need to see our actions in the lens of how we impact others - never to embarrass always to advance the human condition.
Teasing In Cyberspace
Teasing is about all the senses taken together. It can backfire X100 in cyber-conversations.
Use of body language in the theater and on the screen are two very different states of affairs.
Using body language in 2-dimensional space obviously doable. As movie directors know as a matter of course.
Reading body language effectively is 10X more difficult than reading Shakespeare.
As a public speaker, effectively reading body language is perhaps #1 skill/asset
On Bosses' Delusions
If you are a boss and are pleased that people came around to see things your way, worry. Worry a lot.
Boss: Never mistake the fact that people agree with you for their actual feelings
On Who You Hang Out With
@oribrafman When you interact with others who are different, amazing, and serendipitous, things tend to happen.
TP Responses to @oribrafman:
Making this happen regularly [interaction with those who are different] is of the utmost personal and organizational importance and demands systematic thought
And when you fail to do this you mentally and emotionally shrivel by the hour.
This is not a "good idea." It's a life or death, win or lose strategic outlook.
This is not a "generic" issue. This is a ... TODAY ISSUE
Straight talk: You must work your ass off on this. Without intervention, "same same" is the default option.
Top 2 innovation imperatives: Try a lot of stuff. Hang out with interesting people.
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
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