Summary: “Use my articles to kick-start conversations.”
Now that I have posted 60 articles on this blog (see the Topics menu above), let me pause a moment and make some comments on how I hope some of you are using, or will use, this blog.
I hope some, perhaps many of you, use these blog postings as conversation kick-starters with people important to you…your boss, coworkers, subordinates, your spouse, a child, friend, enemy, student, or anyone. Maybe you can invite the other person to read a particular blog entry and then discuss it with you. Ask them, “Do you think there is any merit to the idea or ideas presented in the article…does the idea make sense to you? Or, do you think the author is full of crap? If so, why? How does the article or advice relate to us, and our relationship?”
For example, say you have an employee, friend, spouse or child who seems to be struggling a bit with anger issues. And you want to try and help him, or her, if they are open to it. Invite them to read the posting on Anger Trigger Management and then discuss it with you. For what it is worth, the main ideas in the Anger Trigger posting came from a book by R. Douglas Fields titled Why We Snap. The book is 416-pages long. That’s about seven hours of concentrated reading for most people. My goal is to capture the main ideas of books (and videos, and articles) in one page if possible…my apologies to the authors when I am not so successful. I always hope you will read the entire book, but I am aware that many people will simply not hang in there for 416 pages. However, at a minimum, I hope to at least help you and the other person understand the main ideas of the book, or video, or topic and initiate a conversation about these ideas.
Here are some possible applications:
- Kick-start the employee review/development process (maybe talk about a different topic monthly or quarterly).
- Kick-start a conversation with a friend, child, parent, sibling.
- Kick-start a team discussion about an important teamwork topic. Encourage the whole team to discuss the article.
- Kick- start a conversation with your spouse or life partner about some sort of relationship issue…money, parenting, career, dealing with your parents, stress, happiness, living, dying, everything in between, etc.
Having said all of this, I am open to suggestions. If you are looking for a way to initiate a conversation with someone, maybe I can address the topic on this blog. I am interested in a broad spectrum of issues related to human behavior…maybe I’ll write about it (maybe not). Good luck with your conversations. Have fun!
Joyfully participate in life today…Chris