The balance between talking and listening


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What are the ingredients of a great conversation? Honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening. Celeste Headlee, in her TEDx talk shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations.
Here are some of them:
1) “Be present (in the conversation)”
2) “Don’t pontificate”
3) “Use open ended questions”
4) “Go with the flow”
5) “If you don’t know, say it”
6) “Don’t mix your experience with theirs”
7)”Try not to repeat yourself”
8) “Stay out of the details”
9) “Listen”
10) “Be brief”



Leadership and drumming


In his post for DDI, Bill Hester speculates on what it takes to be a gifted leader. Being passionate about drumming, Hester makes a comparison between leadership and drumming.

“Like a drummer, a leader sets the tempo, keeps everyone aligned, and—when he or she is really good—inspires us to do great things.”

Like good drummers, also for leaders it takes a lifetime of learning to really excel.

To know more read the original full post

Image source: Pixabay (CC0)

How do you see your glass?



The Diplo calendar 2018 realized by Stefano Baldi presents a selection of quotes with simple advice that could help us to prevent or solve a problem.

Here is the selected quotation for the month of January. Some food for thought that will hopefully make your life easier.

How do you see your glass

Image: Original watercolours drawings by Beatrice Baldi (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

How to Change the World


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In his 2014 Graduation address, Admiral William H. McRaven provides us with 10 lessons on how to change the world:

1. If you want to change the world, remember that are little things in life that make the difference.

2. If you want to change the world, understand the importance of teamwork.

3. If you want to change the world, always measure a person by the size of his hearts, not the size of his flippers.

4. If you want to change the world, always keep moving forward, regardless the difficulties you might be going through.

5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of challenges.

6. If you want to change the world, learn to take risks.

7. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid to face your fears.

8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.

9. If you want to change the world, never loose hope.

10. If you want to change the world, NEVER QUIT.

Read and listen to Adm. McRaven’s inspiring full speech here

Image source: Wikimedia Commons – Leah Jones


Happier in 5 minutes


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In this TED talk, Ida Abdalkhani enagages the audience in a laughter yoga session. Laughter session forces oneself to laugh but within 2 minutes the forced laughter becomes real. “We laugh 300 times a day as children but only 30 as adults”. Laugh makes people release a flood of positive neurotrasmitters which stimulate our brains, our immune and our nervous system.

As Ida Abdalkahni concludes, “it’s within your power to make your narrative a joyful one”.