Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Listen Up ...

I read an article recently and got inspired to share my thoughts on the topic. The article titles "Shut up and Listen" written by Dave Kerpen is available on LinkedIn. My current thoughts on silence included a poem by someone called "The Desiderata" ( Translated as Desired Things) starts "Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence." Followed by the all time repeated and overly used quote "Silence is Golden". And of course lets not forget " Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt".
Now that I have put out the quotes known to me .... may not be appropriate to the topic but those are the thoughts that passed my head anyway. What that out of the way, I shall move on. When we listen, we actually show respect to the other person that we are interested in what they are saying. At least superficially. What are we thinking on the back of the interested face ? Franklin Covey is quoted to have said something along the line that mostly we don't listen with the intention to understand, but rather with the intention to reply. So there I felt is the answer. If we are listening but not understanding since our intention is to respond and not analyze and process WHAT & WHY the person is saying what he / she is saying ...Kaputs. No use. So, I have learnt this formally today and I have started to make an active and planned intention to observe this principle going on. We have two eyes, two ears and ONE mouth for a reason :)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Trust

At the end of the day ... Who can you trust? Professionally, I trust my team. I hope that they trust me too, it would be amusing to find myself being a necessary nuisance that needs to be tolerated. One instrumental and default challenge with Trust is that it can easily be broken. I feel that I try very hard not to let the trust break either way. However the reality is that no matter how hard I try somewhere along the line I will end up breaking someones trust and the same is true in the alternative direction. I really am at a loss to find something like 10 easy steps to regaining someones trust or 6 steps to trusting and not loosing it. All in all its a risk.
Generally I tend to be vigilant and try my best to be observant. However I have to accept that there are things which are beyond my control and the best I can do in such cases is to learn from my behavior and reaction. We continuously learn and I feel it should be synonymous to breathing. It really is that essential. Would appreciate your views on the matter.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Wait

While I waited to evaluate risks, some real some perceived .... time moved on and the world passed me by. In the thousands of years of documented and available history most elements of human behavior have survived the tribulations of time and standards. Now, while I lay in bed typing on my laptop while simultaneously dodging attacks from my little daughter on my laptop I am reading up on alot of material on blogging and content writing. I have been interested in this recently and I feel a strong urge to take this up formally albeit part time. Anyone reading my previous posts can easily tell how lazy I get when it comes to putting something up :) But I will now do my best to put up more and more productive posts soon. Take care and Happy waiting!