Communicating with people is the most important part of my work now. Encouraging, forcing, charming, coercing, negotiating, inquiring, judging, establishing rapport, motivating, reprimanding, understanding, directing, coaching – you name it. It means being in contact with many egos, some of which create the collective “ego” we call “our company” or “our team”.
Tue 29 Nov 2005
Sat 26 Nov 2005
In one of my favorite spirit-lifting movies, “Love Actually”, there is a scene when a concerned stepfather finally learns what was it that visibly disturbed his 8-year old stepson, Samuel, for weeks. After many tries the boy finally confesses that he is desperately in love with a classmate, a girl called Joanna. The stepfather, who suspected the kid is mourning his late mother, maybe even taking drugs, says he’s a little relieved as he thought it might be something worse. The boy looks up at him amazed and exclaims incredulously “Worse than the total agony of being in love?”.