So yet more twists and turns on the global stage and still no real traction!
I saw a tweet today from @neilmorrison which linked to a video (below) produced by Dorling Kindersley which really got me thinking about the mindset we are in at the moment….
I have now watched it several times and apart from being a fabulous piece of copywriting it has provoked me to think. It also brought to mind this advert produced some years ago for the Guardian Newspaper…
There are always different ways of framing any given situation. I remember sitting in a meeting with a colleague from the manufacturing team and I will confess we weren’t paying 100% attention to the presentation but he initiated a tongue in cheek conversation which went something like this:
Him: “Your problem is you think that glass of water is half full”
Me: “Yes and your problem is you think that glass is half empty”
Him: “You really haven’t been paying attention have you! I work in manufacturing…. I don’t know how much water is in there because Technical haven’t calibrated it, Marketing didn’t tell us how they want the water, Sales have sold it to 3 different customers, HR tell us we need to fill it with 20% less people and we probably haven’t got the right type of water because Supply Chain have messed us around”
Me: “Oh good grief”
At which point we smiled at each other and returned to a fascinating presentation on the current capex commitments and plan.
My brother introduced me to the work of Benjamin Zander, who in addition to being the Musical Director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra is an accomplished public speaker. Linked below is a talk he gave at TED entitled “Classical Music with Shining Eyes” in which he makes some excellent observations and it’s a very engaging session but even if you are currently time starved, watch the first few minutes until the adage of the shoe salesmen going to Africa
There must be a different way to frame this….but don’t worry it’s Christmas soon (and on this blog it starts tomorrow!)