Off Topic Or Not? Rethink Homelessness

As you may have guessed, I am taking care of this blog from a stable comfort zone: I have a good job and my family and I have a nice home. It is quite easy to write about things like “YOU define value” and “Empower Yourself.”

Value Trade-Off: Why I Post Less

Bicycle. Source: Ivan Walsh; www.flickr.com/photos/ivanwalsh/4192446822/ (CC BY 2.0)

You may have noticed that I post less. There is a simple reason for that: value trade-off. Until recently, I used to go to the office via public transport. That was a lot of wasted time that I filled with writing posts for this blog.

Now I have started again to go to the office by bike. While I still think that sport is motion waste in my personal coordinate system, I really enjoy the bike rides.

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Compliance and the Illusion of Control

Blame; Source: Joel Bez; www.flickr.com/photos/lejoe/4773536641/ (CC BY 2.0)

What is worse — doing something right for the wrong reasons or doing it wrong for the right reasons?

Whenever we want somebody else to do something and we are in a position of power that question comes up. It is seductive to set up a system of compliance and control, leading to one of the two scenarios behind that question.

If you have children, you know the problem. There are a lot of things parents want children to do (or not to do) that are not really attractive to the child. To name a few: Continue reading

Cultural Differences in Process Perception – Who is Who?

Process. Source: Jer Thorp; www.flickr.com/photos/blprnt/5814778779 (CC BY 2.0)

In my last post I wrote about cultural differences between nations A, B, and C. As promised, find the solution which nation is which:

  • Americans (Nation A) are result oriented.
  • Germans (Nation B) are process driven.
  • Indians (Nation C) are highly flexible.

Read the full post to find out more.

What Drives You: Processes or Results?

Bullseye. Source: Scott Swigart; www.flickr.com/photos/smswigart/6836088701  (CC BY 2.0)

Recently, on a train trip, I had an interesting conversation. One thing we talked about were cultural differences between various nations. I won’t bore you with the details, but here is what the conversation boiled down to:

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