What do people want?

It just happened today that I realised that 2 very different books I am reading / processing had two related insights.

From “The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever” by Michael Bungay Stanier, talking about the question “What do you want?”: “Here’s why the question is so difficult to answer. We often don’t know what we actually want.”

Now, combine this with “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini - “People mostly have it backward. They think they live by what they want. But really what guides them is what they’re afraid of. What they don’t want.”

What a day to find such related pearls of wisdom on one day.

How Tesla will Change your Life

I want to make you aware of this great blog entry that is named similar as this posting. The author (Tim Urban) goes a lot deeper than many other articles that I have seen on this topic. It is a homage to Elon Musk and his Tesla company, but you get a lot more out of it. Having known most of it I am still impressed. Well researched, nicely elaborated on the context, skilfully put together.

Why am I so impressed by this article? Because the article goes way beyond the usual superficial answers. It is the best application of the "5 Whys Model" that I have seen so far. The outset of the article is about the Tesla car company. But to provide the full understanding of the material the author goes back to evolution.

The authors blog is worth looking at.

The Dancing Guy, Second Interpretation

I already posted this video earlier as an example course in leadership. But now I found a second interpretation around consumer adoption.

Some background to this version: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technology_adoption_lifecycle (Moore's Chasm version is an adoption of Rogers's version)

Which version do you like better? And we now need to think, is the guy with the green shirt the first follower or the first customer? If he is the first customer then what did he buy?

Did you find a 3rd interpretation?

Please let me know…

10 Step Learning Technique

I found a rather interesting article in the web that combined a few things that I was aware of myself and added a bit that I didn’t know before. As usually, I made a Mind Map to capture the key thoughts.

The original article is
here. Clearly, typical American with some rubbish (like: 10 power 10 times more efficient), but the overall ideas are mostly sane. Happy

10 Step Learning Technique

Mind Map: Change Anything

I like the VitalSmarts people. They have sometimes bad titles but I like their content enough to turn them into Mind Maps. In this case I looked at a book with big overlaps with “Influencer” and is called “Change Anything”. According to VitalSmarts it is about personal change while Influencer is about organisational change. This time they more or less dropped the idea that there are some vital behaviours that would help everybody and concluded instead that everybody has to find their own vital behaviours. You will most likely ask: “What is a vital behaviour?”, and in simple terms, it is the behaviour you want to show when it really matters. So, you want to be more patient? Then think about when you lose your patience (“Crucial Moment") and identify how you can prevent yourself from losing your patience. Rightfully, this is on the individual level a very personal behaviour (whether its about breathing slowly, or opening and closing your hand, or thinking of your last holiday). Once the (first set) of vital behaviours is identified the real work starts, changing your behaviour and therefore your habits. And to prevent this from becoming a pure will power battle the VitalSmarts team suggests 6 sources of influence. Use the 6 sources and you are more likely to succeed. The book is mostly about the 6 sources of influence and that is reflected in my Mind Map.

Change Anything

I created this Mind Map for my own reference. Please let me know what you think and how to improve it.

[Update 12/4/2015] I found this view on the same book:
Change Anything Algorithm.
The algorithm could be improved, but it is another great example on how you can condensate a complex matter into a visual representation.