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Comment on All feedback is a gift by admin

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 11:29:57 +0000

Eric Sutherland did chuckle about this feedback article.

Comment on Maslow and the happiness index by Julie McCracken

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 23:38:21 +0000

I'm wondering about the hierachical nature of Maslow's needs as well, Jordan. My thoughts are - if they are indeed hierarchical in the way you describe them, how do 'enlightened' people continue to operate at that level when they find themselves in physically impoverished conditions and circumstances? I'm thinking of the likes of Terry Waite, Gandi, Jesus, Mother Teresa etc. There are countless examples of people realising / self-actualising despite difficulties at the 'lower levels' of Maslow's model.

Comment on Maslow and the happiness index by Bay Jordan

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:52:42 +0000

I was surprised to find you endorsing the hierarchical nature of Maslow's needs to the extent you have, when it widely conceded that, while the needs are valid, their hierarchical relationship is not. Each need has to be addressed simultaneously or else we feel incomplete - something that is implied in the story that describes the wealthy father taking his son to the poor people to show how much they have and being countered with their own "poverty." That is why as a society we are simultaneously the most affluent and the most dissatisfied in history. And a society that attempts to remedy affairs by means of addressing things according to that hierarchy rsks perpetuating the mistakes of the past and what has brought us to where we are in the first place.

Comment on Time to write a book or create a product by terry bahat ( Ms. )

Wed, 06 Oct 2010 05:15:38 +0000

Dearest R. I have been following your newsletter for many, many moons, always finding it impressive, informative and important. Am living in Melbourne, Australia and loving it although wishing to accelerate my business/consultancy business. Partners wanted you said ?? Two questions , if I may , relevant to your current "communique". 1. Writing a book. Yes, I am also a Personal Trainer and a Health Coach ( like your mentorees ). Thought about writing a book on the very same subject of losing weight as my target audience is women struggling with this issue. I wonder: what else can I possibly add to this topic that wasn't already covered in books many times over !! It discourages me from even trying....... Can you "straighten" my thinking, pleeeez ? 2. As a man of creation: I have a owner of a cake-shop AND vegie gourmet producer wishing to establish J.V. with me. On what ground can I accept ( moral, ethical reason needed ! ). Being a personal trainer, how can I promote eating...cakes ???? And, last but not least: Do you have plans to visit us in Australia in the (near) future ? I will be delighted to be your local "agent".

Comment on Video clip resources for coaches and general inspiration by admin

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 09:34:47 +0000

Ruby Wax - Leadership Facilitator and Executive Coach - YouTube Tony Robbins - The purpose of problems and challenges

Comment on Video clip resources for coaches and general inspiration by admin

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 08:51:39 +0000

Maybe you could look at the film “View from the Top”.

Comment on Motherhood and apple pie by Andrew Fordyce

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 09:09:47 +0000

Phraseology, words, jargon; language in its broadest sense is only one aspect of culture of which we need to be aware if we are to communicate with each other clearly (Geert Hofstede wrote extensively about it, eg International Business Review Volume 3, Issue 1, March 1994, Pages 1-14). Body language, non-verbal and para-verbal communication as well as jargon differ across the globe, but also within one country and even within one organisation. In healthcare for example there are a number of 'tribes' with their own training and development, values, belief systems, purpose, aims...and language. Doctors (usually) understand each other but others may not them. Nurses understand each other but doctors do not always understand them. Managers use phrases like 'touching base' which may be useful to each other but can confuse those who have yet to learn such phrases. It would be helpful if we were all more aware of the jargon we use and agree that when we meet with people different to ourselves, we agree simply to speak a common language and constantly check understanding.

Comment on Motherhood and apple pie by Sanda Ionescu

Sat, 31 Jul 2010 08:58:24 +0000

I am a cross-cultural communications coach, but I am still learning even now, after living in 9 countries and working for over 20 years with so many clients internationally. Here are just a few of my own committed or witnessed 'faux pas' over the years (or 'gaffes' - how come there isn't a good word for this in English?): 1) Talking about the iceberg model of culture in Africa. 2) 'This dropped off my radar screen' with Russian clients. 3) Use cricket metaphors (and I don't even play cricket) such as 'hit for six' or 'sticky wicket' to East Europeans. 4) 'First dibs' with Lebanese (who thought I was talking about dips)

Comment on Motherhood and apple pie by Janette Rawlinson

Fri, 30 Jul 2010 16:31:17 +0000

Well said! Having worked internationally over most of my career, it teaches you to look at language and phraseology in completely different ways. I remember saying to colleagues one morning that the traffic in Milan was chockabloc - only to be asked what that meant and being unable to respond! The lesson for me was to speak more clearly, in simpler structures but also to understand words better! In business, the UK has adopted many American phrases from their sports which actually don't mean anything to most people living outside the US e.g. step up to the plate, at first base, let's touch base to name a few - yet they have crept into our business phraseology over at least a decade. Blue sky thinking is another one! More power to your elbow, Richard! (wherever that originates!)

Comment on Affirmations by positive affirmations

Tue, 20 Jul 2010 04:50:08 +0000

To work, the affirmation must be something you actually want. Where fear or shyness, for example, might hold you back then you need to include affirmations about your courage and confidence, as well.