If You Understand, You Don’t

Often, I hear peo­ple say to one anoth­er: “Yes, I under­stand.” This phrase can be heard in pri­vate as well as in busi­ness con­ver­sa­tions and every time I ask myself if peo­ple reflect about what they just said. From a neu­ro­log­i­cal per­spec­tive, to under­stand some­thing means to match that with what is already known by a human being. If you tell me that some­thing has hap­pened because the earth moves around the sun, I’ll accept

The unpleasant discusssion

Today, I had a quite strange and unpleas­ant dis­cus­sion. It was about busi­ness strat­e­gy and sales, and the both of us dif­fered quite clear­ly in our views on how to ‘do it right’. I was­n’t in the best mood, and from my per­spec­tive, the other guy behaved in an ego­is­tic, slight­ly arro­gant and self­ish man­ner. He used typ­i­cal killer terms, such as “total­ly clear” or “as I’ve always been say­ing” to under­line his

You can learn something from anybody

I hear gos­sip about col­leagues every­day — in the sub­way, dur­ing lunch, etc. . I don’t real­ly lis­ten to peo­ple chitchat­ting but inter­est­ing­ly those peo­ple around me seem to always be the ones being in the right to com­plain about oth­ers. Until today I have never over­heard a con­ver­sa­tion in which some­body told her peer that she her­self was unfair, illoy­al or focus­ing on her indi­vid­ual suc­cess instead of the team’s. Isn’t that funny? It

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