Touching Strangers | The Power of Connections in The Workplace

I recently watched an expose on TV regarding a photographer, named Richard Renaldi, who is working on a series of portraits.  For each shot he grabs strangers off the street and poses them as if they are loving family members. Renaldi calls the project “Touching Strangers”.  In the feature, he explained how the subjects of the photos reacted to his vision. It was clear in their body language how hesitant they were about the poses at first, and then, 10 minutes, later they are like family.  The subjects are deliberately posed by the photographer, yet when looking at the pictures, there is an emotion that shines through that, that is real.  You can see genuine emotion and connection in the pictures.

The subjects themselves felt a true connection to these strangers. One individual even said, “I felt like I cared for her, I felt like it brought down a lot of barriers.”  Another said, “… it was nice to feel that comfort.” These people felt comfort and care for one another – just because they shared some modeled physical touch. Read More

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Office Life: A Survivors Guide

I’m not sure there is anything more terrifying than the message below:

If you work on a computer, you know exactly what I mean. Password change day, is hell. Pure hell.

You know the scenario: You’ve waited until the absolute last minute, and you’re being forced to change your password. It’s probably Monday (why is it always Monday?). Your day starts with all hands on deck meeting. You make the password change first thing, a confident choice you’ll totally remember, then walk into the meeting room. You realize you need to print something off for the meeting. You head back to your computer, and muscle memory kicks in…. you fail. You stumble with the new password, and fail again. Your third chance is crucial: slow down and nail it, or risk locking your machine and having to make the embarrassing call to Help Desk. When you get it right, you celebrate the small victory (with a fist pump) of making it through your own obstacle course…. And then you realize you’re late for your meeting.

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Stop.

Listen to what you are hearing around you right now. Take a good 10 seconds and take in everything you are hearing at this very moment.

Chances are, you are going to notice things that will surprise you. We don’t do this very often, but by actually stopping and telling our brains to listen; we are asking our minds to take control of your senses and to focus on the specific sense of hearing. In a world where we are inundated with hundreds and hundreds of sensations, hearing is one that we often let go on autopilot. In a world of digital distractions, listening has become the true lost art within communication.

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