Category Archives: Mind tweaks
It’s not bullshit. It’s improvisation.
I recently did an improv show. The poster above was the one advertising for our show.
Improvisation is one of my passions. It’s like living on the edge of reason.
What is improv?
Improv is the constant challenge of coming up with a show inspired from a random word given by the audience within 30 seconds. With the [...]
Shit sandwich – Praise burger
The good thing with marketing people is that they will always try to pass their messages in the best, sweetest possible way.
I often give feedback on presentation techniques given by engineers.
How do you understand what’s really behind the words of a marketeer?
Here’s a few tips on how to interpret those words:
1) “You were perfect.”
Radical honesty. Try it.
What’s wrong with saying what you want?
- Hi. By the way, don’t tell me what you did this week-end… I don’t care.
- Hi. You must be underaged and have some father issues. Would you fancy some intercourse in the men’s room?
- Hi. I don’t really know what I am doing here. My boss told me [...]
Big bonus = Poor performance
At Airbus, employees get put in 3 categories:
- High performers exceeding expectations
- Medium performer meeting expectations
- Low performers with results below expectations.
Following the ratings your manager gives you, your bonus is impacted likewise.
However, recent studies have shown that higher incentives created poorer performance !
And what people really wanted were:
Autonomy. Mastery. Purpose.
To know more about that, [...]
Persistence vs perseverance
I really consider Philippe as being one of the misunderstood geniuses of modern times.
He’s a friend of mine.
One of the only guys who lived in a messier place than me. He always lived by his own rules and seems to understand only facts. The only things I’ve seen him taking interest in, are drinking beer [...]
Time. Time. Time.
28 year young.
The 27th of may was my birthday. My parents got me a brand new flat screen TV.
Now, the whole living-room sparkles with technology.
As the documentary flashes on the TV screen, memories run through my mind.
When I was a kid, I wanted to work in genetics. In a white coat, manipulating the human genome [...]
Like a sugar rush running through my veins, I can recall some exact moments when creativity sparkled unusual activity in my brain. (and I miss it)
- I had the idea of the TADAA algorithm, which kept me awake all night. I was modelling the system, I was imagining the business plan, the marketing pitch… and the morning I [...]
Freedom is not fish or beef
Today, I felt I was free.
Although, I woke up to go to work like 24 million french people, I felt I was free.
I was free to go. I was free to quit my job. I could become whatever I wanted.
I could cut tree in Canada. I could study to become a top chef. I could become [...]
Your life sucks.
You’re stuck again on a task and it’s going nowhere.
You don’t have the information, you don’t know what you’re supposed to do, you don’t even know if what you’re being asked is remotely feasible. That is, if the e-mail you received was proper english, and not a vague one-liner saying that somebody needs [...]
Flow theory. Achieve mindfulness
Apathy (also called impassivity or perfunctoriness) is a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation and passion. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest or concern to emotional, social, or physical life. They may also exhibit an insensibility or sluggishness.
Boredom is an emotional state experienced during periods lacking [...]