"Metal idiophones are frequently called metallophones."
December 29, 2010
Here's some initial thoughts on global companies doing a poor job of sharing their story:
- Sears and Kmart. Here's a recent article comparing Sears Holdings' revenue to Walmart, Target, Macy's, and JC Penny.
- Toyota, post-Prius problems
- Microsoft. Here's an interesting article about Microsoft telling a Gilded Age narrative.
- Several airlines. Although Virgin Atlantic, Southwest, and Emirates (have you seen the on-board shower?!) have established strong narratives, what brand-affirming stories are being shared by Continental or Delta?
- Many PR and advertising firms, actually. What is the story of Dentsu? Burson Marsteller?
Of course, you can not separate a person from their experience; my observations are completely subjective. What are your thoughts? What global companies do you think are failing to share stories, or are doing a poor job of sharing their stories?
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An excerpt from a terrific post by Jonah Lehrer, Clocks and Clouds:
Functional MRI has been used to study all sorts of sexy psychological properties. You've probably seen the headlines: "Scientists Discover Love in the Brain!" and "This Is Your Brain on God!" Such claims are often accompanied by a pretty silhouette of a skull, highlighted with splotches of primary color. It's like staring at a portrait of the soul. It's also false. In reality, huge swaths of the cortex are involved in every aspect of cognition. The mind is a knot of interconnections, so interpreting the scan depends on leaving lots of stuff out, sifting through noise for the signal. We make sense of the data by deleting what we don't understand.
...Karl Popper, the great philosopher of science, once divided the world into two categories: clocks and clouds. Clocks are neat, orderly systems that can be solved through reduction; clouds are an epistemic mess, "highly irregular, disorderly, and more or less unpredictable." The mistake of modern science is to pretend that everything is a clock, which is why we get seduced again and again by the false promises of brain scanners and gene sequencers. We want to believe we will understand nature if we find the exact right tool to cut its joints. But that approach is doomed to failure. We live in a universe not of clocks but of clouds.
Read the entire post here.
December 23, 2010
Being an authentic written communicator may be very different than being an authentic spoken communicator.
By authenticity, I mean being honest and generous with one’s knowledge and passion, and compassionately striving to fully and empathetically engage one’s reader or listener.
I may write a compelling and well-structured essay, with a clear point of view and takeaway, and woven together with pithy sentences. If I were to read it verbatim, however, it would sound horrific. If I were to get hung up on delivering each of those sentences, word for word, I would surely trip myself up; my attempt at delivering perfect paragraphs would result in my being frustrated, and then apologetic, and surely alienate my listeners.
I do have one client who writes each of his speeches out and is capable of reading and delivering them with gusto. He is an exception to most leaders.
Instead, when I deliver a keynote speech or facilitate a large program, I write my presentation out, allowing me to experiment with structure and vocabulary. Then, I read it aloud, several times, allowing me to recognize jarring transitions, play with rhythm, and toy with segue ways.
And when it comes time to present, I no longer distract myself with the fully developed expository speech. Instead, I glance at an outline. I have realized that I must compensate while presenting, with passion and engagement.
I do bring the fully developed composition with me, and reference it during program breaks. In this way, I get to bring up points I may have skipped while speaking. For me, the combination of outline plus composition provides the right measure of authentic engagement along with intellectual security and generosity.
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"Recognized for his pioneering research on how living organisms capture, manage, and produce cellular energy, he leaves a rich legacy of laboratory and clinical instrumentation and a wide range of discoveries and principles fundamental to biological catalysis and energetics, and biomedical application."
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Although there were interpreters at each of the two programs, I was careful not to fall back on American English idioms. I avoided saying things like "fall back" and instead choose "revert". Instead of "come back", I would say "return". Instead of "want", I speak to "desire" and "intent". I looked to the Latin rhetorical roots so as to be better understood and to present information more efficiently and respectfully. Conversing became both more intentional and more surprising, and I cherished in the poetry of our interactions.
A colleague's son was recently studying vocabulary, in preparation for his middle school entrance exam. He remarked that it was "like speaking another language". Indeed!
Human word, syllable, combination
of spread light and the find art of the silversmith,
hereditary goblet which gathers
the communications of the blood --
here is where silence came together with
the wholeness of the human word,
and, for human beings, not to speak is to die --
language extends even to the hair,
the mouth speaks without the lips moving --
all of a sudden the eyes are words.
I take the word and go over it
as though it were nothing more than a human shape,
its arrangements awe me and I find my way
through each variation in the spoken word --
I utter and I am and without speaking I approach
the limit of words and the silence.
I drink to the word, raising
a word or a shining cup,
in it I drink
the pure wine of language
or inexhaustible water,
maternal source of words,
and cup and water and wine
give rise to my song
because the verb is the source
and vivid life -- it is blood,
blood which expresses its substance
and so implies its own unwinding --
words give glass-quality to glass, blood to blood,
and life to life itself.
Excerpt from Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's "The Word"
"Your synapses are consistently adjusting to take in your experiences over time: the brain you went to bed with is not the brain with which you woke up."
Carl Schoonover, at the New York Academy of Sciences, talking about his new book, Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century
December 16, 2010
Taken from POPSCI's Gallery: The Most Amazing Science Images of 2010.
"You're a pretty smart fella."
"Not that smart."
"If you're not that smart, how'd you figure it out?"
"I tried to imagine a fellow smarter than myself. Then I tried to think, 'what would he do?' "
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December 9, 2010
We hope to post a cleaned-up version of the call when provided by Worldwide Story Work, the hosts of the teleconference. And, we are considering several options for re-presenting the information. If you were on the call, please do share any thoughts or questions you may have: we invite you to help us hone the content of future presentations.
Thank you again, dear NeuroCooking readers!
We were standing at this spot for some time, gazing at the breathtaking scenery, when our guide asked, "Are you ready now to go to the viewpoint?"
The Chileans do not say "scenic overlook" - they say "viewpoint". And, boy, are they onto something.
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