I was always a sun loving person. I was always at my peak during sunny days. Contrary to what might be the norm, I never felt like going out during sunny days. Instead, I loved working on whatever needed a fair amount of energy: planning, creating, or delivering trainings. I was in a good mood and thus willing to tackle difficult tasks.
Yesterday, I was talking with a friend about the changes happening in his life. While things seemed to be moving forward for him, he was not sure if they were heading in a positive or negative direction. This made me reflect on the nature of change and our mental constructs about it.
A few days ago, I finished reading The Culture Map by Erin Meyer and, because of it, I gained a deeper understanding about how subtle cultural differences are at times and how important it is to be aware of them to prevent misunderstandings. It made me very curious to discover how my personal profile compared to that of Romania and other countries and so I took Erin Meyer’s test. The results were quite surprising.
One of my favorite subjects as a pupil was Math. Ever since I was a child I loved a good problem to solve and writing them on the chalkboard was something I really enjoyed. From time to time something very funny happened: I would see in my head the entire demonstration before going to the chalkboard, only to stumble halfway while I was writing it. Each time it occurred my teacher would come to me, gently grab my shoulders and slowly drag me backwards away from the chalkboard. Needless to say, every time he did that, I found a way to finish the demonstration and solve the problem.
I am a huge fan of observing the common underlying principles in different settings. After experiencing an amazing adventure on the Camino de Santiago in the Summer of 2019, I started thinking about what made it so great and what can be replicated in a work environment.