Archive for November, 2002

Office Madness

Wednesday, November 6th, 2002

I’m listening to Marc trying to explain to Tony the reasons behind his belief that the wind would keep blowing if time stopped. Marc is also trying to work out the colour of time – apparently this would change depending on which direction you were going!

Yesterday Tony quoted Weinberg on selecting team members.

Whatever else it does, this model makes managers over-anxious about selecting people for teams, and under-anxious about exercising their control function throughout the life of those teams.

I seem to be surrounded by mad men. Does this mean that I need to rethink the selection process or do I need to find a way to control the madness that exists in the current team?

Business Is Easy

Tuesday, November 5th, 2002

I know that will annoy a lot of people, but I really do believe it to be true. Almost all the business balls-ups I have seen – and I’ve seen plenty – have been due to people getting very simple things wrong.

Of course, success in business involves hard work. Lots of it, twenty-hours-a-day-for-five-years hard work. But if you love business, you’re up for that. With the right people and the right motivation, you’ll enjoy it most of the time (not all the time – business is not that easy).

- Mick Southon & Chris West, The Beermat Entrepreneur

I doesn’t seem easy to me today.

Knowledge is Limited

Tuesday, November 5th, 2002

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

- Albert Einstein

Revealing Eye Movements

Friday, November 1st, 2002

Apparently you can tell how people think by the way they move their eyes.

up and right (their right) – for constructed, imagined images e.g. you floating on air or you with blue hair

up and left – for remembered images e.g. scenes from your holiday

sideways right – for constructed sounds e.g. your boss talking in a donald duck voice

sideways left – for remembered sounds e.g. your favourite piece of music

down and right – for feelings and internal emotions e.g. the touch of silk

down and left – for internal dialogue e.g. what you say to yourself before you give an important presentation

straight ahead, defocused – for visual images remembered or created e.g. the faces of your close friend

- Sue Knight, NLP at Work

To confuse matters left handed people may have the meaning of looking left and right reversed.