Tag Archives: Pop Psycology

Standing in the fire …. by Larry Dressler

1 Nov

This is a good book that is about conducting meetings mostly to diffuse situations or to solve problems.  This is unrelated to my personal / professional life, ie I never expect to be asked to facilitate the resolution of an arguement / dispute.  However there are some things that would be good if I could practice in meetings wherein I would be a participant rather than a facilitator.  Let me see how much I can internalize.

Some good quotes / thoughts from the book.

  1. Most of what I think I “know” as fact is actually opinion, supposition, and inference. I need to remember this.
  2. Learning is not an activity or event as much as it is an attitude. We need to choose our learning experiences mindfully and to enter them with openness.

Blink … by Malcom Gladwell

13 Oct

I have been recently reading the highly recommended book “Blink” by author Malcom Gladwell. The gut feeling … the number of times I have followed my gut and it turned out right, umpteen times I havent been able to explain the sixth-sense … and the many occassions on which I have gone against that feeling and it has turned out wrong!! all of it vindicated with that Kouros story.   The other side of the coin; this book made me think hard about the following that inner voice blindly … the 41-bullet-shooting 😦 oh boy!!!

Apart from the “gut feeling” above … two things that are mentioned in the book I completely understand and have experienced some time in my life are (one) the “slow motion” view of time that is mentioned along with the shooting incident and (two)  the “contempt” any relationship can be saved … but not one in which there is “contempt”.  I agree … and would add one more thing above contempt … wilful-disrespect.

Still … I expected more from the book and felt short changed!  Though the book provided some insights into how the split-second decision works … I am as lost as ever 😦

Ofcourse – go ahead and give it a read … borrow it from library.  Owning it is not compusory though.

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