Speak up for yourself!

pexels-photo-206784 monkeesInteresting TED talk by Adam Galinsky. Sometimes you don’t speak up when you should, and speak up when you shouldn’t. This force to speak up arises from moral conviction.

He suggests that the range of times that you can appropriately speak up can depend upon the amount of power you have in a particular situation.

You can expand the range of times you should speak up by increasing the amount of power you have.

This power can be increased by

  1. advocating on behalf of others
  2. possessing some particular expertise
  3. obtaining social support and allies

Once you have at least one of these, then speak with conviction and passion.

As an irrelevant aside, this sort of reminded me of the precautionary poem by Yeats, The Second Coming:
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity”

 

So, Be Best, not worst.

 

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The big hairy audacious resolution! (BHAR)

pexels-photo-288394 resolutionsInstead of those micro-resolutions, you know, lose those 10 pounds, drink less of that particular beverage, phoning your mother more, what about a BHAR? This is a resolution that might take you years to accomplish. Being the best at something. Writing that book. Learning an instrument.

You can still break it down to smaller parts, but visualize something that would shift the entire direction of your life.

But phone your mother anyway.

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Gift giving decision strategy matrix.

pexels-photo-1040823 gift coupleAssuming this is someone that you want to give a gift to, how can you decide a gift strategy?

1. Give them exactly what they wanted. Perhaps out of your price point, but when money is no object.

2. Give them close to what they wanted. But this time within your price point.

3. Give them what they think they need.

4. Give them what they actually need. This is fraught with peril since you may be pointing out foibles.

5. Give them something completely random. This can be cute, unless its a live animal which you should completely reconsider.

6. Give them something that aligns with their thematic lifestyle. Perhaps running gear or cooking supplies.

7. Give them something to push them into a thematic lifestyle they should adopt. I keep getting cookbooks.

8 Give to some charity that can lift people out of poverty. Providing a well for a village goes a long way to reduce disease.

And whatever you do, enjoy the time together since its really just the thought. Right?

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Gift Giving

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Giving your spouse an exercise bike for Christmas ranks up there with giving a vacuum cleaner. One time I did give my wife a gas-powered chipper/shredder for her birthday. But she is an avid gardener, and she specifically requested it. And she specifically requested that I operate it. It’s not Fargo-sized, so I wasn’t concerned there.

So like any customer centered marketing plan, do you go with the gift they asked for, the gift you think they want, or the gift that you want to give them?

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Zealously Jealous

adult-affair-beautiful-289224 jealous.jpgI found it interesting that the word zealous automatically made me think of the word jealous. One is a very positive action, while the other is very negative emotion.

You could have someone that was zealously jealous. Taking extreme actions to express their emotionally jealousy.

But I am not sure you could have someone that was jealously zealous. This seems that someone is still showing zealous actions but expressing in a jealous way.

I would suggest avoiding both types of person as being somewhat unbalanced.

 

https://onedailyprompt.wordpress.com/2019/12/01/your-daily-word-prompt-zealous-december-1-2019/

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Instructions

abstract-art-blur-bright-373543.jpgI was just reading a posting from Ramblings from Retirement which I just re-posted below. So many things struck home. His comment about how tea came in one flavour, tea flavour. My favorite was some of the difficulties in connecting his new type of TV to his system.

My favorite tea is now a white tea called Buddha’s blend. A series of different flavours combined with things that were never considered tea in the past.

I realized that life now comes with a lot more in the way of instructions than it ever did before. That level of complexity appears to be necessary in order to achieve this retiring life of simplicity we are now aiming for. Thoreau said ‘simplify, simplify, but I don’t think we can get there from here anymore.

 

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Recycling Reboot

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I just toured Winnipeg’s single stream automated recycling facility, also called a material recovery facility (MRF – pronounced murf). This facility processes all the paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass and plastics collected from the curbside collection program (homes and apartments) and the recycling depots.
The vast majority of people appear to engage in Wish-cycling. This is where everything goes into re-cycling without a solid critical thought as to whether it should or not. I saw a small electrical motor going up the conveyor belt. The amount of plastic going through the plant was amazing.
We all need to do a better job on dealing with our waste and what can be recycled.