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Cycling of ideas

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Ideas have life cycles; they cycle between different opinions and develop into patterns. This compilation of posts shows how ideas cycle with the warm wind of approval and the coldness of resistance.

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  2. 2. 2 Managing Partner Phenomena Communications
  3. 3. 3 Dr. Ali Anani - Managing Partner Dr. Ali Anani : As General Manager, Dr. Ali Anani heads and supervises a team of talented young professionals, and manages the overall brand strategy - ensuring the cohesiveness and creative parts of each campaign for all Agency clients. Dr. Ali Anani holds a PhD from the UK (1972). He has a wide experience in many fields. His accomplishments include the writing of more than eighty publications in international journals, the writer of three printed books in Arabic and one E-book in English. He has written widely for the media and presented a TV program and many radio programs. Dr. Anani main credit is his creativity thinking where he scored among the top %5 creative people worldwide. Dr. Anani is an invited lecturer for more than fi y international conferences and an author of many business slogans. Moreover, he has travelled to more than fi y countries as an invited speaker and consultant and has consulted for many international agencies including UNIDO, Atomic Energy Agency, UNDP, ESCWA, private businesses and governmental agencies.
  4. 4. 4 index We Plan and Destiny Laughs The Emerging Rethinking Is Social Media Waste of Time? The present is a temporary filling If that simple, why do we fail to understand them? Living Stories on the Observing Effect The Habits of Humans, Minerals and Plants Are Tears the New Fingerprints? Polished Perspectives on Motivation Names in My Life- Sara (h) Triads Are Everywhere Going against Nature Glassy Ideas and Opinions Love is to Grow Less Disruption of Thinking Two Illuminating Stories Costly Assumptions Bees and Beer The Change and Adaptation Gap The Fractal Change The Curly Hair of Change Soapy Human Behaviors Pungent, but Real Stories Creative Reflections RACE as the New Strategic Model Chasing the Shadow of Human Behavior Merge to Emerge Ideas Transferring New Metaphors on Employee Selection Sounds there is a treasure beneath Distraction as a Powerful Tool Living the Pollination of an Idea Predicaments as Driving Forces Minds in the laundry, or Mente en la lavandería Joy Dancing for Me The Seedless Love I Love You- What Does it Mean? What Truly Roots Customers? «Being in the Middle» Dilemma To know or not to know BeBee Hives Provide Unique Opportunities for Businesses Who Should Make the First Move? The Integration of Two Spanish Experiences A Metaphor for Ideas Testing When «the kites are not in unison» Is Sharing on Other Platforms Sensible? Mind Batteries of the Genius Business Ideas from Bees Places not for them Suggestions to improve beBee The Paradox of Fractal Repetition 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 80 82 84 86 88 90 92 94 96 98 100 102 104 106 108
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  6. 6. 6 We Plan and Destiny Laughs I keep asking myself if planning has a real value! We humans are complex systems and our behaviors are complex too.The feedback mechanisms in our bodies are frequent and result in simple deterministic rules to turn into chaos. We are complex emotions and once we energize one emotion it can send us into paths that we haven›t anticipated.The uncertainty Principle prevails. I feel we are like an electron if we try to locate its positions we change it because we energize it. In strategy, we say know where your position is to know where to go. But once we try to know our position we change it. Are we then chasing a shadow? Small events may change our paths and send us orbiting chaotically in strange paths or attractors. A chaotic system has a strange attractor , around which the system oscillates forever, never repeating itself or settling into a steady state of behavior. It never passes the same point twice. The structure of a strange attractor has fractal form, meaning the same patterns exist at every scale no matter how much we zoom into it.The structure of a strange attractor could have the shape of a butterfly wherein a minute change may send us from one wing of the butterfly to the other. All we know we are within the boundaries of the butterfly, but where exactly we don›t know. You shall enjoy this video to see visually what I mean. We Plan and Destiny Laughs
  7. 7. 7 Let me explain more by real examples. I read recently the story of a football player who was driving his car in a heavy traffic to sign a contract with a new club of his choice.While driving, he received a phone call from Norwich Football Club (my favorite club being graduate of the University of East Anglia) offering him a contract. The player accepted the offer and changed his career path by driving to Norwich. All his planning changed because of the annoying heavy traffic. I was flying back home from an Arab country in which I was invited for an interview. A businessman sat next to me on the plane. Soon we greeted each other and began talking. He asked me few questions and then mentioned that he was facing a challenging problem inhisindustrialplant.Theconversationendedinmeofferingsimplesolutions.Uponlanding and unable to refuse his invitation I ended changing my path accompanying the man to visit his plant. That day I signed a contract with him for two years which changed my career path. All my planning for the interview ended in doing what I have never planned for. Mybrotherwasoutstandinginmath.Hehadabrilliantmindforit.Heusedtosolveproblems aimed for the tenth grade when he was in the sixth grade. Everybody expected him to be a successful engineer. One day he heard my other saying to my father that she wished one of her sons would be a medical doctor. My brother is now a famous MD. He changed his career path to please my mother even though she never planned for it or even knew till years later why my brother decided to change his study. My eldest brother was a smoker. He wanted to quit so frequently that even before he had finished his intention he lit a new cigarette. His youngest son told him one day that if you would care for me you wouldn›t smoke.You don›t only hurt yourself, but also hurt my future. Since that day my brother became the most anti-smoking person you would meet. Our lives seem to go orbiting around strange things that have the structure of a strange attractor. No matter how much we plan, destiny has its final word. Do you agree?
  8. 8. 8 The Emerging Rethinking A comment may send us into new and/or re-energizing paths. A comment by the great thinker David Navarro López on my buzz on «Living Stories on the Observing Effect» did just that to me. In his second comment David wrote « Thank you for your nice words, but I am just a normal person who tries to know more, learning from the bests. In my understanding, no doubt the feelings is «the engine». But beliefs is «the gasoline» you feed it with. If one works on discarding negative perceptions/knowledge, will have a much «bettergasoline». Let us take as example your «reaction» to my post. I could take your words in negative aim. You are a very cultivated man, full of success, a living example of a human being. So these words coming from you, knowing that I come from a much more humble condition, could seem to me sarcastic. Thus I could think about your question «do feelings precede to beliefs...?» is trying to make laugh about me. Or with your words «your perspective… is different from all others..» I could take it as if I am not in the line/should not be commenting here. But my perception ever since I first read your lines, is that you are a great human being, I acknowledged it, and i firmly belief that even if you heavily criticize me, my feelings would be of gratefulness, as a normal reaction of my feelings due to the perception I have from you. Perception-knowledge-beliefs-feelings-action-interaction-perception......I like the name of Navarro loop. I drew The Navarro Loop because when we draw new observations may appear.
  9. 9. 9 The Emerging Rethinking This loop, to which I added the dotted lines to make triads for reasons to be explained later, reminded me of the Mahatma Gandhi Loop, which I drew as below. The Emerging Rethinking Gandi starting point is beliefs that leads to thoughts and words reflecting inner feelings to actions and till reaching destiny and then a new loop starts. In the Navarro Loop notice the triad Beliefs-Feelings-Actions. In the Gandi Loop it is thoughts (coming from beliefs), words (reflecting feelings) and actions. I could compromise the two loops as follows: The Emerging Rethinking The starting point for the Navarro Loop is perceptions, whereas it is beliefs in the Gandi Loop. David Navarro finds support in this quote «So, next time you are interacting with your environment, think about your actions being guided by your perceptions referenced against yourgoalstates,whichinturnactivateemotions that energize and organize your actions». Our beliefs may emerge in many triads. I show two of them in the first image «The Navarro Loop». Wikipedia defines belief as «Belief is the state of mind in which a person thinks something to be the case, with or without there being empirical evidence to prove that something is the case with factual certainty». The same citation shows what attributes influence our beliefs- and there are plenty of them. Perception is one among many. The Emerging Rethinking Humanbehaviorissocomplexandwithsomany possible interactions some self-organizing behaviors may emerge. It is far more complex to be linear. We have loops, but the interactions oftriadsandtheircomponentsmakethesimple complex.
  10. 10. 10 IsSocialMediaWasteofTime? There are many people who believe social media is waste of time. For example, this post «Top 10 Reasons Why Social Networking is a Waste of Time?» gives ten reasons why social media is waste of time. Among the reasons given is that social media is too big to manage, privacy intruder, fake identity, bullying and scam and its bad effects on study, work and health. Critics such as Sherry Turkle advocate the idea that society at large is growing “alone together” in the face of the rapidly-changing technology at our fingertips. Businesses are losing precious times because of workers spend considerable times socializing in activities not related to their work. Businesses mostly find the dividends of social media are hardly noticed.Focusislostasworkersmaybebusywithvaryingissuesatthesametime.Credibility of recommendations are declining as the attitude of «recommend me and I recommend you back» is growing. Large scale campaigns on illusionary and faked issues. The commonsense says that we should go where the customer is. I say we should go where the customer spends his time. The customer isn›t necessarily a business one; he/she could be a reader of this buzz. Let us accept facts whether on social media or not only %10 of readers or business customers are pioneers or early adopters. We need others to cross the chasm to follow and the late laggards are already too late. This human behavior may be
  11. 11. 11 noticeable on social media and this offers the opportunity where to direct efforts. We need to ask ourselves why we get involved in social media. It could be finding romance, detecting trends, socializing, meeting people from different parts of the world, finding a job, recommendations on hotels and resort, selling and many other possibilities. On a personal level I find social media a prime source of identifying thinkers and to exchange my thoughts with them, brainstorming new ideas, receiving feedback and hoping for creative ideas to emerge. On a business level, I need social media to increase the awareness of potential candidates of my clients› business. I may measure the success and take corrective steps accordingly. I have made excellent connections that helped me grow. I didn›t make a penny out of social media because this wasn›t my goal to start with. I had my bad experiences such as getting invited to a global conference that never happened. However; in life we don›t get anything for nothing and to reap delights one must be ready to accept few pains. Is Social Media Waste of Time? Building connections requires mutual trust. Building trust isn›t easy. It takes more effort when the relationship isn›t physical.This is one of the basic challenges of social media.Trust and expectations might work in opposite directions and this is one of the new challenges I facepersonally.Avirtualfriendasksmetocommentononeofhisposts.Hisexpectationsare that I shall endorse his post and share it. If I don›t comment because I find the post irrelevant or misleading the author would think that I am ignoring him. If I write a moderate and not even very critical review, he would think that I am acting and his trust in me dwindles. I even wrote to few supposedly friends with some critical views and this resulting in never hearing from them again. I find social media role as a sieving media is important. It sieves away people who only expect praise. This is not the way to learn and grow. Is Social Media Waste of Time? Wehaddifferentexperiencesonsocialmedia.Someauthorsmigratedfromotherplatforms. Few other authors abandoned social media as they found it «a complete wastage of time». I invite you to share your experience whether you find it rewarding to spend hours on social media.
  12. 12. 12 Thepresentisatemporaryfilling The image shared by Kul UPPAL caught my attention. I found myself thinking about it. I found myself asking if the present is a transient between the past and the future, or between yesterday and tomorrow. It is a moving thing as tomorrow becomes yesterday and tomorrow becomes the present. Are they be related and if yes, then how? The present is a temporary filling We have the yellow traffic light falling between green and red. It is short, but it alerts us what to do. It keeps our senses alert to the next step. Temporary fillings for the teeth are short-lived and must be replaced by permanent fillings. Why do dentists brother to do temporary fillings then? There are two merits for doing that: strengthening the teeth and anchoring them in their correct position and to ensure that no tooth decay has remained.Tooth decay grows fast and if it grows again within the transient period the decay must be removed before the final filling is applied. In chemical reactions we have short-lived transient states. No reaction shall be completed unless it passes over this state; else the reaction rolls back to give the reactants.
  13. 13. 13 Politicians call for temporary and calming periods among fighting parties so that a solution maybearrivedat.Moreoftenthannot,theseeffortsrollbacktotheinitialchaos.Antagonism wins and as a result fiercer fighting initiates. A temporary or transient solution must be short in duration; prolonging it makes it worse. No temporary filling is welcome and no lasting today is a reward. Transient periods are like transient fillings- they have functions to accomplish with a short period of time. Yes, live the day and accomplish what must be accomplished within the day. Time waits for nobody and procrastinating on doing what must be done is a sure thing to make things advance, but to the rear. Today is the temporary filling for the teeth of your days and so don›t make your days toothless prematurely.
  14. 14. 14 If that simple, why do we fail to understand them? There are simple facts and are so simple that we bypass them. To give one example, trees that are fractals being self-similar on all scales have been there for long times, and we overlooked the fact that their shapes are not traditional ones. Only in recent years Mandelbrot introduced the term fractals to describe trees and many other fractals in nature. Human may lead themselves astray. There is simple fact- water running in our bodies. Water constitutes %70-%60 of the adult human. It has its flow channel in our bodies. Water serves critical functions in our bodies. It is an important constituent of cells and is necessary for cells to function properly. Water transfers nutrients and removes wastes. It enters in the metabolic reactions of our bodies. Water regulates our body temperature. As much as these functions are vital to our survival; yet many of us fail to drink enough water. Simple facts and simple actions and still we fail to implement them. I appreciate helping me in understanding it. If that simple, why do we fail to understand them? Water flow is dependent on the volume of water. If water quantity drops in our bodies we expose ourselves to great risks. Like a river, we may contaminate it with toxic chemicals, or
  15. 15. 15 allowalgaetogrowandcontaminate it; we do the same for water in our bodies. We intoxicate it with persistent negative experiences and emotions. Thinking negatively and constantly about bad experiences or falling emotions such as a loss of a beloved one will shape up our thinking patterns. We can›t hold emotions in our hands, as they are energies. Energy conservation law means that energy may not be lost, but may be transformed into other forms. Emotional energies may be converted into destructive thinking patterns. Even more are the recent scientific findings that emotions may impact the biochemical reactions in our bodies. Thanks to new imaging technologies, research scientists have now been able to show how thoughts and emotions cause different neuron-firing patterns within various parts of the brain. These patterns coincide with chemical releases and reactions throughout the body. Water carriers those released molecules to the cells and affect their functionality. We don›t only disturb the mind or the chemistry of the body, but also the water quality that runs in our bodies. We are not only neglectful in contaminating the river waters; more risky is the fact that we are contaminating the waters in our bodies. We can see contaminated water rivers, but the paradox we can›t see the contamination we are causing to the waters in our bodies. The paradox is that as simple as some facts are; yet it is very difficult to implement them. If we fail to keep the waters flowing in our bodies clean then what else can we keep clean? I ask with clean conscious.
  16. 16. 16 Living Stories on the Observing Effect Humans are like plants as both are affected by the environment. If we place employees in a family-like environment their behaviors shall be different from placing them in a hostile environment. The environment affects the individual who in turn affects others. Soon, a polarization effect may appear on a debated issue. I wish to share two stories to explain the effect of observation on the behavior of individuals and groups. These are two stories that I witnessed and they are quite telling. The first story happened while doing my PhD in the UK. A Greek friend who shared the same floor in the dormitory had his master thesis exam. Few of us were in the kitchen preparing a light meal. Meanwhile, our friend walked in the kitchen having just completed his viva. He was enraged because he didn›t pass. He started shouting angrily «Ridigolous» instead of ridiculous.We laughed and that enraged him more. Instead of sympathizing with me you ridicule me- you are «ridigolous» too. Repeating «ridigolous» made us even laugh more.We failed to observe that his mounting threatening anger and suddenly he started throwing glassy articles on us. Acting from the combined feelings of failure and ridicule infuriated him and made our normally very calm friend to behave outside his «boundaries» and become a threat. We failed to observe his rage escalating. Once our friend started threatening us our behavior changed. Placing people under threat may cause them to behave in playing it safe (which we opted to), or face the threat.
  17. 17. 17 The second story is related to an MD who was newly appointed in another country. In that country senior official was fond of horses and it happened that his most beloved horse got very sick. There was no veterinary doctor around. So, the owner of the hors consulted with an MD. The MD observing the love of the official for his horse and mixed with the fear the horse might die and this would threaten him reacted by saying «I am not a veterinary doctor» There were few MDs in that small city> SO, the official invited all of them and he received the same response.The MDs polarized to the same response. Finally, it was brought to the attention of the official that a new MD arrived (who is till today a friend of mine). The new MD knew that he would be scorned like other MDs if he responded similarly. So, when the official met with him he had a different response by accepting to treat the horse. The new MD idea was focused on finding a neutral treatment- something that can be given to horses and humans. He thought of multivitamin injection. He tried and in less than two hours the horse was on its feet running. The official rewarded him with a huge bonus. Living Stories on the Observing Effect These two stories show us how observing others may affect our decisions and behaviors. What prompted me to share this buzz is an article titled « Others› Anger Makes PeopleWork Harder Not Smarter: The Effect of Observing Anger and Sarcasm on Creative and Analytic Thinking».In this article the authors find that The authors examine whether and how observing anger influences thinking processes and problem-solving ability. In 3 studies, the authors show that participants who listened to an angry customer were more successful in solving analytic problems, but less successful in solving creative problems compared with participantswholistenedtoanemotionallyneutralcustomer.InStudies2and3,theauthors further show that observing anger communicated through sarcasm enhances complex thinking and solving of creative problems. My two stories provide further illumination on the effect of increasing social exposure in an environment wherein negative feelings may prevail (first story) and turning negative exposure to a positive one (second story). We need to observe what feelings our actions generate into others. These observations have drastic effects on our lives.
  18. 18. 18 The Habits of Humans, Minerals and Plants Marketing to people›s habits is a thriving field. It is not my intention to repeat what I wrote before or even extend one idea. My intention here is to relate the human habits with plants and minerals habit and find out the common threads among this triad. As I was in the process of writing the draft of this buzz, Irene Hackett wrote a great buzz on «Drowning in the Pursuit of Happiness». This is a heart-moving buzz. Irene responded to one of my comments by writing «The sadness you may have experienced from reading this is a normal reaction; and yet it is in the sadness where humans connect at a deeper level». This response moved me so much and changed the course of the flow of ideas in my mind. Are we like diamond form very deep in the earth and wait for volcanic eruption to send us to the surface? Do we need to sink deep in our sorrows and pressure so that we may transform into diamond-like humans? Diamond has very unique habits such as having the highest melting point mineral, the highest refractive index mineral and is transparent over the greatest number of wavelengths. What has transformed charcoal or graphite to such a high value mineral is its exposure to harsh conditions. Crystals of diamond often have curved faces, and in some cases they can be almost round. One crystal habit is ball-shaped agglomerates of radiating diamond crystals forms. Even the same crystal, it may shape up in different forms. It is like the spirit of Irene that is radiating with such great thoughts. Not
  19. 19. 19 all transformations are equal. People are like minerals. Some people have the habits of diamonds and other the habits of muchlessvaluableminerals.Apparently,transformationiscostlyandwehavetoexperience difficult situations deeply to transform us and that once our inner volcanoes erupt we come to the surface to be «collected» by others. Like radiating selves and radiating diamond, there are also radiating plants. We may expose plants to radiation. The flavor in your chewing gum and toothpaste, and the red- ruby grapefruit on your plate, is the result of mutation caused by deliberate irradiation. We may be exposed to the radiation coming out from the experiences of others and transform into useful human beings. The sharing of experiences is one way of achieving that. Telling personal stories, as Irene did, is a way of exposing us to radiations to change to our betterment. It is not uncommon for one species of plant to exhibit growth habits among its different varieties. I believe the same extends to us and we produce different human varieties when we grow under slightly different conditions. Our growth experiences the Butterfly Effect wherein small changes may create different us. Salt and granite minerals make domes. Plants make domes. Human build domes. Flowers make domes as this one (the background image), which @Joanne Swecker has kindly permitted me to re-use.We need to transform into domes of light so that we may enlighten the path of others who experience rough condition underneath the soil of their sorrow, sadness, suffering and pressure. Let us transform to domes of others to complete their transformations.Thebleedingfromtheheart-bleedingplantmightbeourwaytotransform. The Habits of Humans, Minerals and Plants I dedicate this buzz with a transformed heart to the wonderful lady with her diamond-like habits. I dedicate it to Irene Hackett and to the memory of her mother who gave birth to such a grateful and blessed daughter.
  20. 20. 20 Are Tears the New Fingerprints? I find it fascinating the new facts about tears. They unfold new realties and next time you cry have a new attitude to the tears you shed. New scientific findings disrupt our beliefs, and I dare say even well-established scientific Laws such as Newton›s Law for every action there is an action. I say the reaction is specific to the action and state we are in. It is not a general one. Equally important is that these findings disrupt our attitudes to crying. Theadaptabilityofthehumanbodyinspiteofitscomplexityisamazing.Stressinourbodies generates volatiles that mix with the exhaled air when we breathe. From this breath we may detect harmful chemicals and the breath is used in hospitals now to check our healthiness. It was a great question by Rose-Lynn Fisher if tears are all the same. There are tears by onion. These tears are not generated because of internal emotions such as tears of sadness or tears of joy.They are not basal tears that help our eyes to stay lubricated.The tears are the reaction of different actions. We call them tears, but are they equivalent? Taking a tear on a slide and drying it will leave behind the chemicals that are in tears. Surprisingly, not all tears are the same. They mirror the actions that caused them. These chemicals impact the flow of tears. Inspecting the flows of different tears showed that they vary and have their own «flow patterns». Tears caused from onion are different from tears caused by stress leading us to cry. In the latter case tears contain stress chemicals the body releases to tranquilize us. Tears are thus the fingerprints of our states because they have
  21. 21. 21 distinct patterns and chemical composition. These findings also reveal the need to let our emotions flow and force them not to flow out. We need to express our emotions and if we imprison our tears we also prison chemicals that our bodies want to get rid of. That men shouldn›t cry is a distorted and even intoxicating belief. Next time your child cries may be he is doing the right thing and by asking him not to cry we are asking him/her to keep the intoxicating chemical in his/her body. One other very interesting aspect of tears is studying their emotional swing. If we notice somebody crying from sorrow (say hearing news that a relative passed away). While crying this person receives breaking news that the relative is still alive and this person starts crying out of joy. Will the tears show a distinct pattern? They did and the work of Rose-Lynn Fisher reveals this. Will tears be our new tool to study the swing between opposite emotions? Are Tears the New Fingerprints? Source: http://theawesomedaily.com/tears-are-awesome/ We say the tears of whales- wonder now what this expression means exactly. We have the bleeding heart plant and I wonder what tears our bleeding hearts may generate. We have the weeping plants which, unlike other plants, don›t grow vertically. They look like crying, but people enjoy landscapes filled with these plants. Is the weeping of others becoming our source of joy? There is the Baby›s Tear plant. Tears plant gets its name from the tiny, round leaves cascading down slender, fragile stems. Do tears cry or are these the tears of whales in another form? Will the study of baby›s tear reveal if they are genuinely crying because of pain, hunger or because they want to draw attention? Not all tears are alike. Are Tears the New Fingerprints? The human body is amazing with its adaptability. Even tears may tell us a lot about us and our behaviors. Vary our emotional state and you vary the tears. Is there a better sensory system?
  22. 22. 22 Polished Perspectives on Motivation People need to be triggered to act. However; people shall not act unless they are motivated enough and have the ability to act. The Fox Curve or model explains how the three components (another example of triads) are related. Dr. BJ Fogg, psychologist has developed a proprietary behavioral model that describes how behavior change happens. The motivation-ability curve shows a tradeoff in that if motivation is very high then ability may be low and vice versa. However; the trigger must be energizing enough to cross the curve. Polished Perspectives on Motivation Source-http://www.slideshare.net/amartin3/ how-to-identify-and-trigger-a-motivation- wave The questions that kept tolling in my head why people are lazy to turn lights off even though the ability function is assured almost %100. It is very easy to switch lights off and yet many people don›t. People may throw item in the road even though even though there is a garbage bin nearby. There is no need for ability and this factor is therefore buffered. Now, we have only two factors in operation: motivation and triggers.The triadic relationship has turned to a dyadic one.
  23. 23. 23 Polished Perspectives on Motivation It is clear that when we are internally motivated and triggered we are placing the spark (trigger) to the high quality fuel (motivation). On contrast, when we have a person acting because of external triggers and motivation. This person is very unlikely to act. This could explain why some people are lazy to turn lights of, or to click a like button on beBee. Itisunfortunatethatinsteadofgoingwith nature that we go against it sometimes. Promise an attacker in a football game a huge amount of money (external motivation) for each goal he scores. The result shall be that the attacker shall play for himself and not the team. It happened and the team lost. This is an example in which we intoxicate motivation and expect positive results! These are self- defeating approaches. We need to promote group motivations and avoid the factors that enhance egoism. Polished Perspectives on Motivation In brevity, people shall not act even for effortless tasks or jobs if the triggers and motivations factors are external. I would love your thoughts. People who don›t act even though the task is easy either they have no motivation, or no trigger or both. We have more examples on beBee. It is very easy to like a buzz, but most readers don›t even if they like the buzz.This «poverty» of action isn›t surely related to ability; more to the dyadic motivation-trigger factor. It occurred to me that it would be a good idea to introduce the motivation-trigger quadrant. We have internal and external triggers and we have internal and external motivation. The quadrant is then as follows: When it comes to groups› motivation there are certain factors that encourage cooperation or lack of it. Just observe ants how they make a raft so as not to sink in water or in sand. Ants in the latter case excrete huge amount of glue that stick the sand grains together and the ants survive. Polished Perspectives on Motivation
  24. 24. 24 Names in My Life- Sara (h) There are names that have special and personal meanings in our lives. Sara or (Sarah) name means a lot to me. On December 10th I was born. This is a magical day for me not because on that day I was born or the Nobel Laureates take center stage in Stockholm on 10 December, when they receive the Nobel Medal. I know that center stage is far from my sight, but on the same day my daughter Sara was born as well. My daughter shares my birthday. Since then, Sara has «robbed» me of all birthday gifts as all of them go to her. I don›t get almost any gift and yet my heart dances with joy for Sara to feel happy on that day. Love is to be happy when «robbed» for the person you love and no matter when or how frequently this robbing continues. I love my daughter Sara and meeting with people carrying the same name pleases my heart. At least, the beginning starts on a friendly note. I have met many women with the name Sara. Some of them passed my memory.We tend to remember the things that impact us powerfully and the most recent encounters. Starting with high expectations could be harmful even for the other person. Meeting a woman with the name Sara raises the bar for me. If the woman fails to my expectations the drop is painful for the fall is from initially a high elevation. This is an «elevation» that is not. The opposite may happen. You might run into a person with a name you love and only to
  25. 25. 25 find out this person comes from an unfriendly place, different background or whatever differences. You feel there are barriers between you and the person even though you or she has nothing to do with these differences. The repeated revelation might end up with a genuine «elevation» of expectations, respect and being a genuine human. I have had many brain-encounters with Sara Jacobovici, which resulted in building brain-connections and building together mental understanding beyond doubts. We both wrote buzzes being inspired by each other and established hives that resulted from our brain encounters. We differ, but with respect and we disagree occasionally to learn more and pursue our paths. When people reach this level of understanding differences become tolerable, if they don›t melt away. BeBee has turned the Place to meet lovely women with the name Sara(h). The other Sarah I met on beBee is Sarah Elkins. Sarah might not be aware completely that she impacted me, even though we had only few «brain-encounters» and that I learnt a lot from her. Being a prolific writer with a musical heart qualified her to be an authentic writer with great insights and vibrating words that fill the heart with joy and ideas. Sarah writes on her beBee profile «I love to help people figure out what›s stopping them from being successful, no matter how they define success. The truth is that if you can share your story, you will improve your chances of success». I share my story and you Sarah have improved my chances of success. It is time to say thank you. There are many other women with the name Sara or Sarah with whom I had no direct or indirect encounter and still they influenced me through their genuine vibrations over time and space. There is a video titled «Famous People Named Sarah», which I embed for more info. http://www.biography.com/people/groups/famous-named-sarah Names stay with us and we associate them with events in our lives.You may have your story with a name that influenced your life. I invite all readers to contribute on why special names have a place in their hearts.
  26. 26. 26 Triads Are Everywhere Mylastbuzzon«LoveistoGrowLess»drewtheattentionof@SaraJacoboviciandprompted her to establish the Triad Hive. I believe this hive merits our extensive attention. Nature loves triad, and so we should do. Triads in music and math are well discussed here and you may enjoy in this reference how triads of music operate. You may be familiar with the fire triad. The imaginary Bermuda Triangle is another example. So, what is fascinating about the triads? Why are they energetic? Triads aren›t stable as changing their environment or structures mildly may lead to the emergence of new properties, new materials and new behaviors. If the triad is cyclic and not linear then it shall be stressed. Being stressed it desires to react to relieve the stress. They are not in their comfort zone and they seek comfort. It is this burning desire that make cyclic triads ready to react and produce very unique products with unique emerging properties. To exist in an energized state is different from existing in a relaxed state. The motivation is internal for the stressed cyclic triad and is ready for change. This throws the idea that for a system to desire exchange it has to be stressed. Eagles master this idea. The mother eagle knows that her baby eagle shall not be willing to fly out from its nest being comfortable with no stress at all. So, what does the mother do knowing that at certain age if her baby doesn›t fly it shall lose its ability to fly? Well, the mother stops cleaning the nest and brings badly smelling stuff to the nest. The smell of the nest reaches a point where the baby eagle becomes much stressed. At this point it has one option: to fly out. By the way- the image below shows a triangle on the face of the eagle.
  27. 27. 27 Triads Are Everywhere Chemists have applied the same concept. One group of closed triad chemicals is cyclopropanes(youdon›tneedtoremembertheword,andjustseetheirstressedstructure). Triads Are Everywhere Cyclopropanes- From Wikimedia Common Cycloprpanes have produced a myriad of chemicals that have astonishing shapes and repeating shapes like fractals. Copyrights are an issue, but if interested just click this link: There exists triangular molecule. For readers with general understanding of chemistry shall find this link exciting and even mind-blogging. I want to conclude with saying let us form triangular triads and this effort shall ensure that we have a building structure that shall lead to the emergence of new fractals, new thinking, new approaches and rewarding ones too. I invite you to subscribe actively to the hive on Triads that Sara Jacobovici established. Here is the link. https://www.bebee.com/group/ triads Triads Are EverywhereWe have a great opportunity to build structures on beBee that no other platform has built or even thought of.
  28. 28. 28 Going against Nature It amazes me how often we make the easy difficult for us by going against nature. We tend to swim against the tide and go against gravity for no good reason. Businesses tend to do the same. Going against nature may not be easily realized, and I am providing examples of what I mean. Trees provide a good example. Trees are fractals. The beauty of fractals is their paradox being self-similar, but with authenticity and uniqueness. No tree is an exact copy of another tree, or a branch is copy of other.They preserve their unity while individually they are fractal. The human body is fractal too, and even though we look similar, every one of us has his/ her unique personality. However; many act in violation of our nature and end up exploiting their energies in redundant actions. Ali Anani, PhD Think about jealousy. To feel jealous is to compare what you have with what someone else has and end up with «inferiority complex». We were meant to be different. This is the way we are. We go against this nature by feeling inferior. We fold in and reduce our potential. We lose our authenticity. To feel jealous and allow it to reach high levels of intoxication shall harm us and not the person we envy. We are not meant to be coy of others and we insist to do so. We could do much better by focusing on our strengths to build them and weaknesses to alleviate them and transform into better humans. This leads me competition and benchmarking. Spending lots of times on doing these
  29. 29. 29 activities are in fact a way of swimming against nature. No two businesses are similar. Focusing on benchmarking and competition hides a message that we are inferior to the organization that we compare ourselves with. I view competition as a disguised form of jealousy. Why not be your business and work on it? Casual checking is fine, but to keep an eye on your competitors make them feel they are stronger than you. Comparisons lead to jealousy and jealousy lead to feelings of inferiority complex and envy. Just thinking about it we now start going with nature, but in the wrong direction leading to losing ourselves and the business as well. The above ill-effects may extend to reach our bodies. Feeling envy is like burning low- quality charcoal in our chests. Instead of inhaling pure oxygen to think wisely, we enter a stage whereby we generate from within us toxic gases. Our lungs are fractal and they may take more. They have the empty spaces to fill with the in-situ generated gases. Again, we put ourselves in the spiraling downward path. Going against Nature Greed and fear are the two emotions that prevail in the stock markets. I find myself not completely aligned with these thoughts. I believe jealousy has a role. If somebody makes a grand profit, comparisons start and jealousy initiates. The investors behave irrationally and it is not they who are investing their money. It is the investors with whom they are comparing themselves with. I believe we need to go back to our senses. We are unique individually. This is our nature. We need not do actions that disturb this fact. Unfortunately, we do and insist on continuing doing them till we reach a river with no return. I dedicate this buzz to Savvy Raj who shows continuous authenticity by owning herself and sharing with others her mind and fractal writings. She remains Savvy while giving extended support to others.
  30. 30. 30 Glassy Ideas and Opinions Are our ideas and comment glassy? Do they have a glass point above which they behave differently than below it? What practical values these questions have to bother answering them? Let me start with a story. A three and half years old girl wrote to Sainsbury complaining that their Tiger bread looked more like Giraffe bread. A manager answered her and agreed with her suggestion.The girl›s mother published the two letters on social media.The letters went viral and Sainsbury had one choice: to change the bread name. A child may have enough power to pool opinions around her and affect the decision of a big enterprise. Once the public sympathize with an opinion they stick with it. A study by two Chinese researchers on the effect of tweets on public opinions is quite revealing. They found that public opinions evolve rapidly and soon they level off into an ordered state with one opinion dominant. The effects of larger and larger groups build up become very influential in reaching this state. I tend to call this effect «the fractal effect» as it builds up from scaling up influential groups. It is worth mentioning here that these groups don›t achieve complete consensus. Immediately,themetaphorofpolymersjumpedupinmyheaduponreadingthesefindings. Polymers may exist in complete amorphous and disorderly form; they never exist in one hundred percent crystalline form. So, even if we may crystallize opinion into an ordered form there shall always be amorphous areas remaining. Complete ordered states are not
  31. 31. 31 possible. So, when we exchange comments and opinions on many issues here on beBee we may reach some ordered agreement that could reach no more than %95 (and normally less than that). We shall always have the ordered leveling off by forming a general understanding, but shall also have the ‹amorphous opinions». So, what to expect? And in shape opinions and ideas end up with? Polymerssettleinfewshapessuchascubicandoctahedral.Eachshapehasitscharacteristic. Moleculesvibrate,ourideasvibrateandouropinionsvibrate.Whenwehavesimilaropinions from all sides we end up with a cube-shaped opinion and ideas, for example. However; the main difference is the behavior of these shapes. In case we have a polymer with an ordered state and amorphous state they behave quite differently. The crystalline part (orderly part) melts, but the amorphous one passes through a glass transition point. It behaves like glass. When we have opinions to which the majority agree with we still have amorphous opinions and if we ‹cool» them by putting their ideas in the fridge they might become brittle and break sporadically. Glassy Ideas and Opinions The beBee platform is a vivid one and commenting and exchange of ideas is a dynamic process.Wemaybuildrapidacceptanceofsomeideasandanopinionmayreachacceptance. This shall never be one %100. This is the law of nature. We may completely disagree, but shall not completely agree. We may find ways to increase our agreements, but they shall not be completely conclusive. Is that a message for us to keep trying harder? I dedicate this buzz to Fatima Williams for being so inspirational in her solid comments, sharing of my posts and accepting to differ with style.
  32. 32. 32 Love is to Grow Less My last buzz on «Glassy Ideas and Opinions» drew some very interesting comments. A comment by the thinker @Anees Zaidi, in which he wrote «An idea, be it glassy, crystallized or amorphous, if it helps others to find colors for their dreams are worth pursuing» captured my attention. The use of or in the comment triggered me the most. What if we change or to and as the three forms may in reality co-exist. Again, the word three triggered my mind for the second time. There are the three rocks in Australia. There are the three simple rules everywhere. There are the three sister plants as well. At this moment my mind froze. The three sister plants (corn, bean and squash) live together like three sisters. It is far better if they planted together because this is valuable to them, to the soil and the farmer. Their interaction may serve as a great example of what a great Venn diagram is. Love is to Grow Less Weed suppressant for both Supplies nitrogen to corn Provides support to beans There are many other merits for the three sisters to grow together. He embedded video offers great insights. Love is to Grow Less
  33. 33. 33 One of the sisters may grow less to allow the two sisters to grow more. Love is to grow less. This idea shows that we may build repetitive social triads, in emulation of the three sisters. Building on naturally caring and healthy foundation will increase chances of success. I wonder who would be with me on my triad. This discussion brings me back to the three rocks in Australia. Love is to Grow Less Will rocks be able to form triads of cooperation? May be if we use them as a support for growing sister triads. Or, they may offer shielding to them. But, will they cooperate as sister plants do?This brings me back to where I first started.Why not look at the triad of crystalline ideas, glassy ideas and metamorphic ideas as sister triads? Can we be creative enough to make the best of the three forms of ideas so that they may enrich each other? Love is to grow better and there must be ways to make triads work better together.Will running water over the rocks be of any help? I wonder what dear @CityVP Manjit would say! Love is to Grow Less Who will make a triad with me so that our ideas in their different states would produce more and be self-propagating?
  34. 34. 34 Disruption of Thinking Few scientific discoveries disrupt our thinking and turn it upside down. Not only these discoveries disrupt our thinking, but also our perspectives, attitudes and beliefs. One of the discoveries that prompted me to write this buzz is that plants have their brains and that they suffer from pain. These aren›t simple findings as their impact has rippling effect on many facets of our lives. Just think about few of these observations: · Plants have nervous systems stems from several sources of information. Amazingly, some of the chemicals in human nervous system are shared by the pants nervous system. The plants also show synapse-like regions between cells, across which neurotransmitter molecules facilitate cell-to-cell communication · Some plants fold their leaves rapidly when touched Plants think, communicates among each other, suffer from pain, enjoy music and many more fascinating facts. They have many similar molecules like humans. Humans want to survive. Plants want to survive. We alert our human mates to forthcoming dangers. Plants do the same. Are these analogies for no reason? We talk about spiral growth. Look at the fern plants and how they grow spirally and unfold their secrets in a timely manner. The question that bombards my mind is such behaviors
  35. 35. 35 don›t have brains to synchronize them? A fern plant enjoys fractal spiral growth upwards. Studyingthisgrowthinfurtherdetailshallunfoldnotonlymanysecretsofthisplant,butalso secrets to growth and success. To be living is to be growing, sensing, feeling, memorizing and thinking. A living plant may have all these factors. A plant that grows upwards traces the sun above ground, but traces gravity below ground. Ferns have the capability to go with natural forces even if they have conflicting directions. Disruption of Thinking Plants share so many things with humans and I believe they reflect on the unity of the universe. We started from one point, but the diversified our paths. This idea makes me think that we are all but vibrations. Molecules vibrate in the plants «body» as well as in our bodies. No matter how similar molecules are or not it is vibrations and how we «interpret» them that matters. Emotions are vibrations. Fear is vibration that makes plants fear their lives and communicate to other plants through vibrations that they are endangered. We do the same. Molecular vibration coming from music that make us produce more, purify and shape ice crystals and make plants produce more. This is why I find the video below on «sacred knowledge of vibration and the power of human emotions» so interesting. Disruption of Thinking Can plants talk to each other? Recent findings show they do. Researchers in Bonn, Germany, found plants give off a gas when under ‹attack›. Super-sensitive microphones picked up a ‹bubbling› sound from a healthy plant. But this rose to a piercing screech when it was under threat. Disruption of Thinking Do plants smile? I tend to believe we do. It is unfortunate that we only believe what we see. Do we see bacteria by the naked eye? Do we see ultraviolet light? Tending to believe what we only see is hindering our imagination power. I suggest a new definition for imagination: it is seeing what can›t be seen by the eye. We need the vibration of great imagination to disrupt our limitations.
  36. 36. 36 Two Illuminating Stories I witnessed the two following stories and pondered on their lessons and I am sharing them with you. You may find other wisdoms from them and I hope you share them. Few of my friends and I shared a flat. One night a friend of us joined us for a night as early in the morning he was flying out. Our guest kept nagging for fear he would miss his plane. So, we secretly decided to play cards to pastime with an intention.We agreed that one of us would turn the light switch behind him so that we had total darkness. We would continue playing cards as if it was daylight. We did. The light was turned off. We continued playing. Suddenly, our guest started screaming «I am blind, I am blind. I can see nothing». The story didn›t end there. Having found out he was tricked the guest decided to go to bed. When he started snoring loudly we decided to play a different game. This time, we turned all the lights in the flat on as if it was daylight. We awakened our guest and started confusing him with messages that he was about to miss his flight. He dressed up very quickly, hurriedly carrying his suitcase and hardly finding the time to say goodbye. As soon as he went outdoors he realized it was still very dark. He knew he was tricked again. He came back cursing us. Groupthink has its influence. Our friend was influenced by our continuing to play cards and thought he was blind. Groupthink may blind us and make us lose our identity, authenticity and senses. Groupthink effect might prolong as the same person fell in its trap twice in one
  37. 37. 37 night.This exemplifies the fact that we may switch off the light bulbs in our minds and think we are blind. Separating our minds from our senses is like switching off lights in a room.The darkness of the room doesn›t mean we are blind; it s the darkness of separating our logic from our senses that lead us to think so. This exemplifies the fact that we may switch off the light bulbs in our minds and think we are blind Ali Anani, PhD Having light in the room doesn›t mean it is daylight outside; in contrast it could be very dark. We need our senses to work with our brains to reach at the right conclusions; else we start behaving wrongly by making wrong assumptions. To be tricked twice in the same night means that the person extended the same mistake: blind because it was dark surrounding him and light outside because it was like daylight inside. Having light in the room doesn›t mean it is daylight outside; in contrast it could be very dark Ali Anani, PhD Darkness may lead us blind; so does daylight. It is not only darkness that makes us unable to see reality. Daylight may do the same. We need to sense both together. We don›t have darkness without the brightness of the day. Likewise; we don›t have the light of discovery without having the darkness of the unknown. They work together. It is us who want the light without the darkness and the result is ending up living in darkness. Who shall switch the lights on? Darkness may lead us blind; so does daylight. It is not only darkness that makes us unable to see reality. Daylight may do the same Ali Anani, PhD
  38. 38. 38 Costly Assumptions I start with a real story. Two friends whose mother language is Arabic were on a train traveling on a long journey. During the journey a lady walked in at one train stop and sat next to them. The two friends tried to guess where she came from and then decided she was African from Senegal or a neighboring country. The two friends were attracted by her beauty and started talking in Arabic about her.They exchanged many comments about her. Just few minutes before the train reached its final destination the lady interrupted them by saying she was from The Sudan and that Arabic was her mother tongue. The two friends were almost paralyzed with surprise and were extremely embarrassed. As simple as this story might sound it teaches us many lessons. First, we assume and believe our assumptions. We confine ourselves to a small and dark room with no ventilation. This allows mold to grow and the room becomes very unhealthy. This reflects back on us and our assumptions become even more confining.We lose our senses to see the signals telling us that our assumptions are wrong. In the case of the two friends the lady must have given signals that she was disturbed by the. These could include angry eyes, turning her face away, surprised eyes, angry lips movement or any cue that she was unhappy. However; the two friends believed their assumption and failed to see they were false. We tend to become imprisoned by our assumptions. However; there are other unnoticeable costs to these assumptions. In the case of the two friends they became suspicious of their ability to «read» people. That backfired on their attitudes. Being fearful that what they assume is wrong extended to other areas in their lives. They became suspicious of others and they have agendas to hide. They became suspicious of their wives and friends and the
  39. 39. 39 small and dark room they were living in became even smaller and darker with more molds growing in. The walls were painted with black spots reflecting the black spots in their lives. The two friends not only lost friends as they became antagonists to each other. Our assumptions might shape us and then shape our behaviors. Repeated behaviors become habits that inhabit in us. They populate us and grow fast enough to turn our lives into hell. How many wives lost their husbands because of suspicion and vice versa? We can›t build healthy relationships if we live in darkness all the time. Costly Assumptions The story of the two friends teaches us another valuable lesson. The residues of bad assumptions stay with us. They become the trigger for many related behaviors. They keep warning us of the possible embarrassments they may cause us. They not only keep us in small and dark rooms; moreover they tie up our hands, feet and minds and thus further limitingourchoices.Likestillwaterthatallowsfungitogrow,sowearestandingstillbecause of our confinement with doubts and over-precaution. We need not confine our lives by limiting assumptions because their effect extends their lines around us and make advancements seriously difficult. They are the invisible jail for us and we need to clear them from our mind cache to be able to move forward.We don›t want a dandelion with a false color of assumption. I dedicate this buzz to @Deb Lange for not only inspiring me with the idea of this post, but also for extending my self-trust and clearing false assumptions from my life.
  40. 40. 40 Bees and Beer The internet cable is broken in my office and I decided to go down to the café shop to use the available internet. Changing places may lead to changing thinking. A bee buzzed in my mind and a wiggling idea started to dance in my head. Bees make honey and humans make beer. The difference in the last letter reveals much more than we can think of. Understanding how bees make beer and watching them doing that fills the heart with joy. Thousand of bees work together in huge synchronization to manufacture honey and build honeycombs. Worker honey bees make hives to store honey and feed themselves during winter. Honey bee hives are made of hexagons, which are the shapes for optimal honey production because they require less wax and can hold more honey. Worker bees chew wax to soften it then bonding large quantities of wax into the cells of a honeycomb. Bees and Beer Not only bees make their honeycombs with great efficacy, but they also make their honey for us to «steal». The collective work is amusing and the way bees cooperate to produce honey is magical. Worker bees extract nectar from flowers and they mix it with enzymes. Upon returning to the hives, bees start passing the transfers the nectar from her tongue to another worker’s tongue, where the liquid from the nectar evaporates and becomes honey. It amazes me that bees do that for I can›t imagine humans passing a liquid from one mouth to another. Bees do that for the end goal is to get the honey for other bees to survive.
  41. 41. 41 Bees and Beer Bees make honey and humans make beer to get the bees drunk. The process of making beer depends on extracting sugars from grains like barley so that the yeast can turn it into alcohol and carbon dioxide, creating beer.The grains are harvested and processed through a process of heating, drying out and cracking. This process isolates the enzymes needed for brewing so that it is ready for the next manufacturing step. We use enzymes to convert sugar to alcohol whereas bees use enzymes to turn nectar into honey. It is interesting here those bees that drink alcohols get punished and even killed. Bees and Beer Are humans behaving more like the Fruit Fly? This fly is seen often near decaying fruits and near thrown away bottles of alcohol. They wish to get drunk. Research has shown that insects get intoxicated and change their behavior when exposed to alcohol. The fruit fly feeds on yeasts to ferment decayed fruits into alcohol. This fly is pleasure-seeker. This fly as all drunken insects suffer from alcohol intoxication. Enzymes are for honey production in bees and alcohol production in the fruit fly. It is our behavior that decides which route to go. An experiment on bees using an ethanol/sugar solution (about %2.5 alcohol) found that they walked, rested, and exchanged food less often when intoxicated.Wrong behaviors may extend to good behaviors and intoxicate them. We may get drunk and in the process intoxicate the bees to produce less honey. It is the same behavior that intoxicates our behavior. I dedicate this post to Praveen Raj Gullepalli for enriching my buzzes with his excellent comments. I plan to write a buzz on his comments.
  42. 42. 42 The Change and Adaptation Gap Change is the only constant- this is a paradox that we live in. The constant is turning into variable. To keep up with change all living systems must adapt. We are in a constant wavy motion of change. I made a comment to @Sara Jacobovici In which I wrote that there is a widening gap between the rate of change and the rate of our adaptability. What would happen if the present trend of experiencing exponential changes and almost linear capacity to adapt? Sara›s response encouraged me to investigate this issue further. Technology changes are bringing about changes in our social structures, organizational structures, communication structures, habits structures and almost every facet of our lives. One change brings spillover changes. No more we teach the same way, communicate the same way and think the same way. We are facing changes coming from different directions and speeds. We are becoming like wind turbines that face varying wind directions and speeds. The centrifugal force on the spinning blades of wind turbines increases as the square of the rotation speed, which makes this structure sensitive to over speed.The power of the wind increases as the cube of the wind speed, and therefore turbines have to be built to survive much higher wind loads than those from which they can practically generate power. Is the wind of change any different? We need to extract power from changes and we need to not absorb its high loads without falling apart. This is important for our own survival. Adaptation has many possibilities. Gene adaptations take time and do we have the genes to cope with the windy change. Changing their morphology- that is concerned with what a plant or animal looks like - its size, shape, color or structure- is one way of adapting to
  43. 43. 43 change.There is a general rule; bodies become smaller in response to general warming and larger with cooling. Plant leaves become narrower to lose less water in arid zones. Another possibility is changing behavior. We humans are generating The Greenhouse Effect and making the earth warmer.To cope with these changes animals become narrower in size and migrate to different places than they were accustomed to. Gene mutations are an effective way of coping with change, but it takes time. The Change and Adaptation Gap Are we humans giving enough breathing space to mutate our behaviors to cope with the changes that we are introducing to our environment? Can our stomach digest the changes or are we eating too fast to allow the full digestion of information?We are not chewing new changes long enough and we are not assimilating changes long enough and the result is changes indigestion problems. Where are we going? Rapid changes and much slower adaptation shall mean that the disparity between change and adapting capacity shall increase. This shall also be accompanied by a vicious feedback- being unable to adapt shall stress us more and this lowers our capacity to meet new changes. Growing changes and reduced capacity to meet the challenges of change introduce new wind of challenges that again reduce our capacity to adapt. Is there a place for what some people refer to as change management?
  44. 44. 44 The Fractal Change The comments on my last buzz on «The Curly Hair of Change» drew quite few interesting comments. One comment from @Aaron Skogen drew my attention considerably. He wrote «@Ali Anani, I very much enjoyed another of your analogies.This I witness on a regular basis «Some people will move into the acceptance and demand stages while many others shall be lagging in rejection and resistance stages.» As a bald guy, when the rain falls, it lands making twisting and turning patters on my scalp. It reminds me that this life, our work, our relationships are not linear and the only constant in life is change.Yet, I wonder, how do we as leaders help those curls to get past the emotion and see the benefit of the change? How do we help bring others to embrace it?»This buzz is my response to this lovely comment. I start by asking few questions: · Why do people wish to change the shape and/or color of their hair? · Does change of hair color and/or shape reflect on their attitudes towards change in general? · Is hair fractal, and if yes, does it offer ideas on fractal change and on filling the spaces? · Are people with longer hair more informed than people with short hair? · Does hair on our heads behave like hair on other parts of our bodies? My search for answers to the above questions revealed some interesting answers, which I am happy to share with you. The hairy roots have sensory caps that direct the plant to nutrients and help the roots grow with the gravity. Aerial roots have similar jobs to do. The question is: are our hairs like aerial roots that collect information?
  45. 45. 45 The Fractal Change It was very interesting to find a reference showing the Relation between Long Hair & Extrasensory Perception Sitting Bull, a Native American chief, with long hair we are conditionedtothinkthathairstylingisimportantandhowitmakesacoolfashionstatement. But in olden times it was a different story. An interesting find revealed that long hair in men was actually related to consciousness or the sixth sense. When the hair was cut the sixth sense was lost. I wonder if our preferences deprive us sometimes of our «meta-senses»! This is beyond our use of hair analysis to detect the level of poisonous lead in our bodies. Can we then grow our meta-senses by allowing hair to grow long? One more question for the ladies: do you have a more powerful sixth sense than men because normally you have longer hair than men? The Fractal Change Hair coloring is the practice of changing the hair color.What prompts us to change hair color and does it reflect on our attitude to change? One Arab poet said that he was so intimate that if he would become young again he would part of his grey hair with a bleeding heart. Another poet wished that he would love to relive his adulthood so as to complain to it what damages grey hair has done for him. These are two widely opposite attitudes to grey hair. Do we allude ourselves by changing hair color that we become younger? Why don›t we go with the flow of the fractal time and enjoy it? Does false reality make us live a false life? The way we may dye hair may serve as a great metaphor for managing change. Permanent hair dyeing, demi-permanent, semi-permanent, temporary dyeing and use of alternative colors are among the available solution. The selection of type of dyeing depends on the quality of hair, personal desires and environment.When we manage organizational change we may greatly benefit from lessons derived from hair coloring. Our personal desires may be conflicting with the quality of our hair and how to deal with such situations. When to look for permanent change or temporary change is another lesson. A third lesson is not all changes are desirable and when we change hair color it might be repelling. To restore previous colors when we have undergone permanent dyeing is costly and difficult to do. Hair is fractal and has lots of unfilled spaces. We may redesign hair to look like fractals and enrich it with colors. You may enjoy creative designs on this link: http://www.haircutweb.com/03/2015/when-hairstyle-inspires-fractal-art.html You can even enjoy the science and art of making use of fractals in beautifying the design of your hair by inspecting the rewarding post: HISTORY: Ron Eglash:The fractals at the heart of African designs. Not all hairs in our body behave similarly. For example, skin and hair react differently to sunlight.Typically, the skin darkens and the hair lightens a result of a pigment in the human body called melanin. Melanin darkens the skin to protect it from harmful solar radiation. Because hair cells are not alive like skin cells are, melanin cannot protect hair from sun damage. Hair takes on a bleached appearance, while skin becomes darker. In managing change, we must pay attention to the type and position of what we wish to change. I find the fractal hair as a great metaphor for managing change in a fractal approach and color it suitably to serve our intentions of making change.
  46. 46. 46 The Curly Hair of Change I was busy writing a buzz on behavioral change when the idea of this buzz suddenly popped up. Change follows a curved path and straight hair follows a curly path to become curved. Are there similarities between the two changes and what lessons does the curly hair metaphor teach us? This buzz tries to provide answers to these questions. The hair goes through a process to curve. In very simple terms, sulfur on one hair crosslink with another sulfur on a different hair. This lead to the curvature of the hair so as to shorten the bonding distance between them. Graphically, this may be shown as follows: The Curly Hair of Change The curly hairs will later straighten up. This is because new hair, which is straight, grows in
  47. 47. 47 as the «perm» grows out. The old and new hairs grow in opposite directions. People like to stay in their comfort zone and to grow linearly. But change has a curve and so what caused people to fall on a curve? What caused the straight hairs of change to curve? People go through four phases of change. These are: 1. Rejection of change 2. Resistance of change 3. Acceptance of change, and 4. Demand for more change People don›t go through these stages at equal rates. Some people will move into the acceptance and demand stages while many others shall be lagging in rejection and resistance stages. The organizational body shall be emotionally charged- positively and negatively. Some people shall be growing in and other people growing out. The result is the organization shall revert to type and back to the previous state. We can view the situation by applying the CIPP Factors. CIPP is the acronym for confidence, intimacy, Pride and passion. When change occurs some people will be confident it is for the benefit of the organization and they build intimacy with the forthcoming changes and move to being proud to experience the change and be passionate about it by inviting others to follow steps. Not all people will share same feeling and those people shall deny that change will impact their lives and the organization. Again, a battle of emotions prevail and you have growing in and growing out patterns taking place simultaneously. No wonder that the curved hairs of change go back to their original straight form. Leaves curl and their curvature might indicate how healthy change might be. Peach leaves curl and this isn›t a healthy sign. The colors of the leaves of peach change from green to red to purple and end up with white bloom covering each leaf. Not all curly changes are healthy and the severity of unhealthiness may be estimated from the color of change. The Curly Hair of Change The hair shaft is reflective of the «change shaft». We make changes as we make curly hairs. For example, the oils secreted into the hair shaft by glands can travel down the shaft of straighthairmoreeasilythanacurlyhair.Whenwechangeshapeswealsochangebehaviors. Can we learn from the behavior of curly hair to model the behavior of organizations going through the curly change? That is if we don›t wish to go into a disastrous curly change similar to that of the leaves
  48. 48. 48 Soapy Human Behaviors The exchange of comments with @Sara Jacobovici is always interesting and challenging. Sara commented on my last post on «Pungent, but Real Stories» by writing» Forgive me @ Ali Anani but I say this with serious intent, «A rose by any other name would smell as sweet». The reason I say that is that everything has to exist; the (sweet) smell of a rose as well as the (pungent) smell of the corpse flower. What is pungent to us is fragrant to the fly. Now we look at how that transfers to behaviours and I can only refer to @CityVP Manjit›s comment. Thank you Dr. Ali for pointing out the diversity of nature and our human nature. Irespondedbywriting«WithseriousnessIsay@SaraJacoboviciyes,pairingisthere.WEcan›t have one without the other. However; we have reference- that is our favoritism. In stories for example, they are only interesting if they have a conflict. We are biased to the hero and hate the antagonist. The hero has people who hate him and likewise the antagonist has people who stand by him. There is a porous dividing line. In solutions we have unsaturated one, saturated one and oversaturated one. If we change the temperature a shift takes and the saturated one may move this direction or the other. I wonder what you think»! Sara responded by saying» I think that you present a very wise perspective @Ali Anani. And you provoked me to think about the distinction between «attraction» and «identification»; in nature we are predisposed to be attracted to those things in our internal and external environments which will be of benefit to us.Yet our human nature is drawn to aspects (such as heroes and antagonists) that we connect with through identification.Would you say that this distinction falls along that porous dividing line»?
  49. 49. 49 We humans are mostly human bodies and metaphors based on water resonate with me accordingly.IamthereforeusingawatermetaphorinmyattempttoanswerSara›squestion. Watermoleculeshaveanaturaltendencytobondtoeachotherthroughhydrogenbonding. This is a built-in tendency and so water molecules attract each other. Attraction is one part of Sara›s comment and the remaining part is identification. Water molecules form spheres because this is the lowest surface area possible and may be affected by gravity so that spheres may not be perfect. Like we are prone to be attracted to things that benefit us so are water molecules. These attractions dictate our shape and how we look and the effect of external factors that may distort our «spherical» shape, but without changing it completely. Soapy Human Behaviors Now, introduce an external factor. Imagine having a fatty surface such as leaves instead of neutral ones and spray the leaves with water. The fat on the leaves weakens the bonding or the cohesion of water molecules. No more the water molecules are able to bond like before. They lose their acquired identity and almost revert to type. We have almost free water molecules that form sheets instead of droplets.The sheet of water runs off the leaves. This explains why having fog of water on the mirrors of car makes driving difficult. The water drops act as minor mirrors that reflect light in many directions. To get rid of these problems just try adding soap to the mirror. The soap forces water drops to form a water sheet and drop off. The water identity is affected by the bonding (attraction) by the water molecules. Reducing the attraction of water molecules gives a new identity for water. Identity and attraction fall on the porous dotted line. When we change shape we change our attractions by strengthening them or weakening them. Attraction and identification are not working in isolation. What do you think?
  50. 50. 50 Pungent, but Real Stories It amazes how plants distribute where you may find abundance of a plant in most parts of the world versus some plants where they find their niche for survival in limited areas. Plants which blossom regardless of their abundance need to be pollinated by birds, insects, animals and wind to carry their pollens to other similar plants. To attract pollinators, plants use different strategies and mostly rewarding strategies such as providing inviting landing surfaces, colors, scents and combination of these attractants. What puzzles me mostly is the tendency of some plants to attract pollinators using pungent smells such as rotten meat smell-like to attract flies.Why would some insects favor pungent smells when they could find nearby flowers with lovely smells to visit? Take the corpse flower as an example. This flower looks attractive, but smells like corpses. It depends on flies as pollinators. The flies prefer to lay their eggs in dead places and so the smell of corpses attracts them. The corpse flower gets pollinated by the flies before leaving. This behavior reminds me of the behavior of a real man whom I knew when I was a child. I am not making up this story and it is real. In a village where workers used to gather for lunch one worker used to spit in the pot which contained the shared lunch. Workers avoided eating the food being disgusted by the idea of eating food with the spit in it. All food was left for the stingy worker. Pungent, but Real Stories
  51. 51. 51 A second story that I remember from my childhood is a taxi driver hitting a donkey and killing it. That donkey was owned by a very stingy man. So, the driver went to him and offered him money in compensation for the killed donkey. OK, the owner said. But how much money you want, the driver asked. The owner responded come tomorrow and we shall weigh the donkey.You have to pay per weight. The driver came back next day, but the owner told him to return tomorrow as he was too busy with other things at hand.The same thing happened on the second day. On the third day they weighed the dead donkey and the driver paid the owner his dues. Before leaving, the driver asked the owner how come he waited for three days to collect his money. The owner replied by telling the driver «you are stupid to have accepted. A dead body collects water up to three days and then it starts to lose it. For three days the donkey weight was increasing. I didn›t wait for nothing». It is not only flies that visit corpse bodies and there are humans who do the same. The strategy of «wait before weight» is a pungent one. There is a big lesson in these stories. Plants that use bad smells for pollination are rare and their growth capacity is limited. The spaces available for following such strategies are limiting. It is not surprising that real bees visit fragrant flowers. Be a genuine bee.
  52. 52. 52 Creative Reflections One of my definitions of creativity is turning negative to positive. Based on my personal experiences I know this is both challenging and true. One example is my dealing with a complaint that the City (Newspaper) is for free. Readers objected that their city was offered for free. My solution was adding this The City is for free; it is too dear to be sold. That was magical not in only solving the problem, but also in greatly enhancing the readership of the newspaper. JoanneSweckerdidthesameinhercommentonmybuzz«ideastransferring».Shebrilliantly wrote «Many thoughts come to mind such as, power verses force, light verses darkness. To become more conscious is the greatest gift one can give to the world as it comes back to its source...a ripple effect. Much is said about light and is many layers and effects, but have we taken notice of the mystery of darkness? Light comes and it goes, whereas darkness always is, it is not an effect like light and seems not to need any fuel. Close your eyes and darkness is always there, blow out a candle, darkness is there. Darkness cannot be seen in the light, light blocks our vision. Is not light caused by something, dependent on something, a source to fuel it? Darkness is silence, we feel our aloneness, in light we are busy, we see everyone, and we appear separate». We use dark materials as cork in a test tube to trap air and heat it by light. The cork absorbs the light and in turn heats the trapped air. This makes the hot air produce sounds. Like bats use sounds for echolocation, we use sound for testing the quality of cork or any other dark material. Darkness is our light to study opaque materials.
  53. 53. 53 Creative Reflections As Joanne mentioned in her comment light might even block our vision. Just driving in the glaring sun will show how true this can be. I may add here that the reflections we get might be very dependent on the type of mirror we use. Is it flat, concave, convex, painted, or double mirror? It could be even a sound mirror reflecting sound rather than light. You have heard sound singing because of tiny spherical silica sand with sized-gratings enough to reflect sound and make it sing. Creative Reflections I asked if metaphors are mirrors (without specifying what mirror I am talking about). Brilliantly, Sara Jacobovici responded by saying metaphors are more like kaleidoscopes. That sent my mind to opal which is viewed as a structure of microspheres with enough grating to cause brilliant display of kaleidoscopic colors mirrors. Are our minds opal-like with closely paled arrays of millions of spherical particles of amorphous silica stacked in a three dimensional grating? Yes, in this case our minds are millions of kaleidoscopes as Sara suggested. Certain opals display different colors when viewed from different directions, or when the stone is turned, or when the light source is moved. This shows the importance of seeing issues from different angles, perspectives and light sources so that light may not throw us in the darkness of false assumption. Here is a paradox that Sara Jacobovici would enjoy. Creative Reflections I wonder if our minds are also like many water drops on leaves with each water drop acting as a mirror. Water shall form a sheet or droplets depending on how fatty the leave is. How «fatty» our minds are will determine if they work like a kaleidoscope or as a flat sheet mirror in which watery ideas just flow off. Creative Reflections Savvy Raj wrote a buzz on «The Space between the Steps», in which she wrote «Just like the sounds of music in the spaces between the notes, there is dancing in the spaces between the steps. It is only when we become aware of the value of the spaces between the thoughts that we can truly reflect, revel and dance with ease through our lives». Dear Savvy, these are the reflecting and diffracting spaces in the opal-like minds.Your poetry has a solid scientific reasoning. When we say reflect I do hope that we don›t reflect more darkness.
  54. 54. 54 RACEastheNewStrategicModel There are so many different strategic models in business. I am suggesting a new one here that I believe is applicable to any business. It is the RACE Strategy. RACE was inspired by coal firing. It is important that when do a four-stage process to make the optimal use of coal. These four stages are not limited to coal, and I shall show by examples how extensible this as a strategic model for any business or life activity. You want to improve the quality of your life, the performance of your employees, the quality of your buzzes or even your reputation then you shall find the RACE strategy applicable. RACE- what does it stand for? It is the acronym for: Review, Avoid, Convert and Employ. Before using coal to ignite it we must first review its quality and avoid low quality coal because it shall intoxicate the environment with little «burning power».We need to convert it to a higher quality coal to make the best out of coal and then employ it in different fields. Thesameprocessformsthebasiccornersofatetrahedronthatreplicatesitselfandhopefully builds up a diamond-like structure rather than a diamond-like one. RACE as the New Strategic Model The Review stage aims at knowing first who you are before deciding what you shall be. Like a bad seed shall not give a good crop, a bad coal shall not burn efficiently unless washed and some impurities are removed. You need to do the same with employees by washing
  55. 55. 55 away their fears and negativity before they may ignite purposefully. You want the same with your family members and with whatever you write, just to give two examples. The review step is the beginning of performance-building capacity. «Remember that by removing negativity and fears we create a «mind space» with which we could fill with positive thinking and courage to try new approaches and not fear changes». Ali Anani, PhD The Avoidance stage concerns itself with knowing what not to do before knowing what to do. Igniting employees who are cold or living in doubt is like igniting low quality coal and intoxicating the environment. We don›t expect employees or family members or readers to «ignite» unless we upgrade their quality first and become ready for «ignition». Show appreciation so that employees or readers may change their behavior and ignite with efficiency. Remove the «cold spots» because they shall cool the «burning desires». Instead of burning coal, we are burning desires. Performance is directly linked to desirability and knowing how to increase desirability is of utmost importance. «We don›t expect employees or family members or readers to «ignite» unless we upgrade their quality first and become ready for «ignition». Ali Anani, PhD Now you are ready to convert coal to coke, which has better burning properties. Now you are ready to convert the efforts and resources into fuel of higher calorific value. Convert the low moral to a high one. Now is the time to convert non-customers to customers. Now is the time to convert the attention of your family members to higher levels. Now is the time to convert external motivation to an internal one. Now is the time to convert low performers to high performers. Now is the time to convert your employees from disengaged to engaged ones. Now is the time to select the conversion process as we do for coal by using many different processes such as chemical and catalytic conversions. Now is the time to convert coal into a jet fuel of high value-added. We may convert the coal to employ it in other applications such as production of new chemicals. This is the time to employ not employees, but new applications, new designs and new products. The RACE model in my view is applicable to a wide range of businesses and social activities. Just think of it if you were o raise up a kid of yours. Would you not first review and find out what negative feelings and bad ideas the kid may have.Would not you wash them out first? Would not you convert the kid›s interest to something of higher value so that your kid may employ himself in other activities? RACE as the New Strategic Model Convert your life from graphite-like to diamond-like by following creatively the RACE Strategy Model.
  56. 56. 56 Chasing the Shadow of Human Behavior A comment by @Lisa Gallagher on my previous post on «Merge to Emerge» was the urge to write this buzz. @Savvy Raj showed her genuine appreciation by commenting «@Ali Anani it is a treat for any writer to be valued for their consistency as we are only human as dear @ Lisa Gallagher has reflected in such a heartfelt earnestness and so in deep humility I thank you for all your generous reflections in inclusivity. Were humans created from clay? And if so, which clay? That humans were created from clay finds support in the analogy of the chemical analysis of clays and the human body which shows close similarity. For me, the greater analogy is in the fractality of both clays and human bodies. Clays show fractal structures and so the human body. The repeating units forming clays are fractal and so the human body is. Humans vary in their characters and clays vary in their structures and behaviors accordingly. The clays have charged sites allowing them to accommodate oppositely charged bodies in between the layers and on the externally charged ions.There is no guarantee that the same clay will have the same ions always and therefore clays have varying properties. Humans are charged with varying views and emotions and are subject to absorbing oppositely charged ideas or replacing old ones with new ones. Can a varying structure show a consistent behavior? No way, and I wonder if we would ever witness a consistent human behavior.
  57. 57. 57 Chasing the Shadow of Human Behavior Clays are of varying origins and types.They might form in place or their particles get carried away by wind to deposit I foreign lands. They are subject to changes like humans who migrate from one place to a foreign one. Clay experiences cycles of heat and cold weather. Heating clay may fracture it. Chasing the Shadow of Human Behavior Fractal structures are endless as the more you zoom in, the more shall you discover. This issue is further compounded by the fact the fractal structure is variable because it may host different elements and so the prediction of behavior becomes more uncertain. Humans with varying structural fractals will be very complex to predict accordingly. As much as it is difficult to predict the human behavior, some similarities with clay behavior are astonishing. For example, a soil with slight amount of clay is identical for crops to grow because clay particles keep the water nearby the root. However; clayey soils are improper for crops because clay particles are stiff, sticky and prevent air circulation around the roots. It is balancing in action. Human behaviors that go to the extremes are similar in that they become harmful. «Is it far from random that clay particles exhibit fractal distribution and therefore fractal dimension? Is it the balance between none or all? Is it also the human behavior of wanting all (egoism) or nothing for me that throw humans out of balance and forgetting that behaviors should have a fractal dimension»? Ali Anani, PhD Clay particles tend to Clays often form colloidal suspensions when immersed in water, but the clay particles flocculate and settle quickly in saline water. Does this explain why humans in general tend to flocculate and settle quickly when going through saline experiences? Our bodies are fractal and our emotions are charged like charged clays. When charged we absorb things we don›t normally do and our structure changes and so our behaviors. Are we then in a position to predict human behavior with any certainty? I doubt for even when we try to locate a behavior we affect it and change it. Is this the Human Behavior Uncertainty Principle? I tend to say yes. Lisa Gallagher- I dedicate this buzz to you for being a lady of consistent understanding and support of others.
  58. 58. 58 Merge to Emerge Themergerofcompaniesandthemergerofelectronorbitalssharemanycommongrounds. Whereas the merger of orbitals lead to successful bonding between two atoms, the merger of two businesses leads to a new and gigantic corporation to emerge, but mostly not to surviving ones that wouldn›t fall apart and collapse. Culture problems, opinions and the sudden change in the work environment are among the reasons to blame for these failures. So, why atoms merge their orbitals so that an emerging molecular entity survives? One simple reason is that it is the loss of self-ego.When orbitals of atoms merge it is not anymore me, it is always: the togetherness spirit that leads surviving new entities. When atomic orbitals merge, their self-ego disappears and the new molecular orbital is the new entity with no tears crying over the past. This is what lacks in business merges that lead only to transient states with many embedded «pockets of memory» so that the past overwhelms the present and soon the promising emerging entity dissolves in every pocket of memory. What applies to businesses is extensible to our personal interests. This is a key issue that we fail mostly to understand. We might have interests that if they would merge they would lead to the emergence of new us. This is only possible if the «orbitals of Interests» overlap to produce «molecular Interest» with no regret over the past or overriding the old interests over the emerging ones. We have compatible desires, conflicting desires, and neutral desires, charged desires, modest desires and extreme desires as well. How can we merge our desires and interests so that a better desire would emerge and create a new entity for us?
  59. 59. 59 Merge to Emerge Merginginterestspurposefullyandgenuinelyisagreatwaytomakeprogressinlife.Ibelieve there are enough stories on beBee that would make all of us realize the value of merging to emerge a new person. I give one example of Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD. Her writings tell us about some of her great sufferings. But she managed to merge her interests for writing and herpersonalsufferingsincreatingnewbusinessmodels,ideasandevennowwritingpoetry. Being a researcher and a poet might seem to be conflicting interests; but it is the merging of these two interests that make her write unique poetry. May be one day she would start a training business on writing scientific poetry in partnership with @debasish majumder. I am sure there are many examples of beBee authors who have combined interests in a way that resulted in the emergence of new business ideas. I don›t wish to discuss the authors› personal stories, but I do invite them to share them. For example, Lisa Gallagher rich writing invokes the idea of inviting her to share her stories. On a personal level I suffered (and still do) from my awful handwriting. My love for writing conflicted with me unable to read my own handwriting sometimes! I had conflicts of interests. I learn computer science so as to use the computer as a writing tool long times ago. Rarely now I use a pen to write as the keyboard and voice recording are my main tools for writing. I started a business on computers. I may claim that I succeeded because I have never looked back at my problems of poor handwriting and the new me lasted because the merge of my conflicting interests was genuine. I was in Turkey last week. I found new spots that filled my heart with new interests such as photography.Idiscoverednewinterestbecauseofmyfailuretocapturesomegreatscenery. I am looking now to combine this interest with other interests so that a new molecule would emerge.The journey has begun. Let beBee be the landscape for meeting and merging of interests with the hope the emerging new ones will stand the test of time. BeBee isn›t sharing of profiles or affinities; more is how to make these interests merge and new possibilities emerge accordingly. This is a noble goal that is worthy of pursuing.
  60. 60. 60 Ideas Transferring Writers suffer from small nudges that take them into paths that they didn›t imagine. One ideas that I read on LinkedIn is by Angelina Kukkamalla, EPC✔🌏, in which she wrote commenting on an image shard below by saying «This picture says a million words.... Do you understand why you must shine light in the darkness? Because LIGHT HAS NO SHADOW». Ideas Transferring @ Sara Jacobovici was quicker than I in responding to the above post by publishing her own on post titled «Illuminating a Shadow». However; I got nudged away by another post on beBee by Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD in which she shared the following image: Ideas Transferring Comparing the two images above inspired me with the idea: what if light falls on broken hearts like light falling on broken glass? Broken hearts are dim and are less bright than the light source. What shadows these hearts shall reflect? We know the sun makes the stars fade away during the day because the sun is greatly brighter than anything else. Bright bodies don›t show shadows. How about dark and broken hearts? The quote from Chekhov in the image above tells us that in writing show it rather than say it. I say show the effect rather than the cause. Show the reflections and diffractions of light rather than showing the light source. A light falling on a sunny person has different effects
  61. 61. 61 than same light falling on a cloudy or gloomy person. The cause or source is the same, but the effect is different. Reena Saxena commented on Sara›s post by saying «Shall I equate this phenomenon with a teacher-disciple relationship? We do not see flaws in our thinking process, till we come across a higher source of knowledge.The teacher need not be human. A book, an article, a website, an opinion or argument can all ignite these sudden insights. Synergy is not created till one agrees to merge». By the same token, we need a brighter idea to question a bright one. A new nudge breaks in now as the image of broken glass reminds me of the «Broken WindowsTheory».This theory states that maintaining and monitoring urban environments to prevent small crimes such as vandalism, public drinking, and toll-jumping helps to create an atmosphere of order and lawfulness, thereby preventing more serious crimes from happening. There are some doubts about the validity of this theory. I have my own. This is because a smaller act is preventing bigger criminal acts. But it is the brighter sun that hides the stars. Will by the same token only bigger acts eclipse smaller ones? This thinking works in the opposite direction of the Broken Windows Theory. Your thoughts are greatly welcome.
  62. 62. 62 New Metaphors on Employee Selection I feel sometimes that the selection of employees is like selecting a watermelon, or some other fruits.You shall only be quite sure of the quality of a watermelon by cutting it, making sure its seeds is black and that it is red. We run many times into assuming that we selected the right watermelon only to be disappointed that it is white and non-tasty from inside. The selection of employees and of friends are not different for we run into many disappointments upon finding out what looked promising from outside turned into displeasure. We may improve our guessing of the quality of watermelon by properly examining its outside. A mature watermelon will have a yellow spot where it was sitting. This is because this part didn›t have the opportunity of exposure to direct sunlight. We may that some candidates may have a «yellow spot» because they were not exposed to the cameras. They were dimmed from exposure; in fact such «spots» may be indicative of hidden strengths and qualities. This yellow spot may not in effect reflect a «yellow» person. The outside of a watermelon should protect it from major bruises. That is a main job. A candidate employee might have suffered from minor bruises, but his «skin» should be devoid of major ones. The bruises are mostly intangible. Check for major and repeated complaints, and their pattern of repetition. A watermelon with major bruises should not be picked. Candidates with deep wounds and bleeding memories may be not suitable for
  63. 63. 63 «picking up». A good watermelon is uniform in shape. Uniformity is quality. Look for the «shape» of employees and how uniform they are. In particular consider how they shape up not their bodies; more importantly their thinking authenticity. You don›t want candidates who flow with the ideas of the interviewers and their opinions take the shape the vessel they fill. You need employees who fill their vessel with solid thinking and not fluid thinking just to fill the vessels of others. The paradox here is that watermelons are essentially water (%92).They are fluid from inside. If the outside isn›t uniform, firm and has the right colors then the inside fluid is not of value. Human are also mostly water. If the outside of the human is bruised, of the wrong attitudes and high susceptibility to bruises then the inside might not be safe to deal with. Someone famous in Source Title Human are also mostly water. If the outside of the human is bruised, of the wrong attitudes and high susceptibility to bruises then the inside might not be safe to deal with. Ali ANani, PhD

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