Social constructs – The Office

(source: pinterest) Humans are such creatures of habit.  There is something about familiarity – the same kettle, same desk, same chair, where one wakes up and routinely goes about getting ready for work, school and activities that feels important to us.  Or is that really changing? With offices down-sizing, if not even without an office – the idea of hot-desking, flexi-working and no office is fast becoming a reality, and some people are finding it hard to accept.  Why?  Working from home, commuting less and working smarter not harder is the new way in.  The age of technology which allows … Continue reading Social constructs – The Office

Space Mission

Living between planets? Mining in space? It’s no longer a pipe dream.  Space Agencies around the world are more interested than ever to realise the dreams we’ve had as humanity to realise a world of exploring, developing Moon Village and living outside of earth. There are many other space organisations which explore Space to develop society, such as The Planetary Society which aims at exploring the cosmos and solving the problems as they arise. As a way to celebrate Space, World Space Week held annual since 1999, will be held from 4 to 10 October 2017 globally.  World Space Week … Continue reading Space Mission

Re-Thinking Water

Isn’t it high time we talk about water? According to WWF, water covers 70% of our planet.  Yet only 3% of the world’s water is fresh water. The thought that 1.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to water of the 2.7 billion people means water scarcity is as much as an opportunity as it is a challenge. If we think about exposed diseases such as cholera and tythoid fever and other water borne illnesses and how almost 2 million people, particularly children die each year due to diarrheal diseases – it is very tragic. To add to the concern, … Continue reading Re-Thinking Water

Living in the Future

Is there anything that you are attached to? Who can spend a day without being attached to their mobile phone? Laptop? How often do you check up on your Whatsup/Wechat?   Is technology truly a solution to our problems? Or are we excusing ourselves from digging deep into the real problem and offering an authentic problem? It took me a while to figure out that I am aligned with Futurists and how Futurists think.  The curiosity, exploration and openness in discussing the future is about finding not just me but my tribe.  So who are Futurists? One definition that summarises … Continue reading Living in the Future

Failing successfully

  Who would have thought in management – failure is actually a top priority? According to Dan Klein we bond well when we succeed and we bond even better when we fail together, without attributing blame. What use could that failure become? Could that turn into a success? When we think of scientific research are trials not examples of failure, that when they succeed is a needed product? How often have you heard of companies recalling products?  Setting into failure and turning things around? Probably one of the most famous quotes on failure: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in … Continue reading Failing successfully

Confrontations

Life has it’s ups and downs.  How do we deal with confrontation? Sometimes it takes emotional courage to look at someone in the eyes who we are in total disagreement with. What is the need behind the position? Do we wish to co-exist? Agree to disagree? If we did not have to work together – how different would you behave? Can we create a safe environment and pro-create? What are the needs on a personal and professional level? What can we do if we are on the team together? How can we feel safe and get stuff done? What assumptions … Continue reading Confrontations

Embodying vulnerability and psychological safety

  What makes Google so successful?  Is it the talent? The infrastructure? How about appreciation of psychology safety and providing a work space which allows for embodying vulnerability? Whilst there are no quick fixes.  There is much investment in the people and psychological safety for growth: Proactively affirm and encourage full participation; Establish ground rules; Hold time for ‘slow’ thoughts Provide an open channel; Diversity When leaders get stressed – our amygdala hijack becomes counterproductive to what we actually what we want to do.  Stressed out emotions like anger turns all rationality and intelligence into irrationality. Christine Porath of Havard … Continue reading Embodying vulnerability and psychological safety