Archive for June, 2009

Looking at ‘type’

It is said that when we do values work with clients it is best not to show them lists of values… yes there is such a thing, and on it you will find such words as ‘beauty’, ‘tradition’, ‘accuracy’, ‘zest’, ‘collaboration’. This is stated because people will shop for values. We sometimes choose the values that we would like to stand for opposed to those that truly represent who we are.

I have to admit I did a similar thing recently with the Typing Application on the iphone which is based on the Myers Briggs Type indicator. If you are unfamiliar with this assessment it is based on the work of Carl Jung and it asks you questions that will define you between –

Extraverting or Introverting (E or I)
Sensing or Intuiting (S or N)
Thinking or Feeling (T or F)
Judging or Perceiving (J or P)

As I clasp my iphone I survey each of the 16 combinations of types which sit in four quadrants across my screen and I look at each of the icons. The icons are the element that really has me shopping. I begin to wonder what it would be like to be a Sunshiney ESFP known as the ‘Motivator Presenter’ in the Improviser quadrant or a sure footed ISTP known as the ‘Analyzer Operator’ because the icon of those toes look so cute and so purposeful. I also note that my favorite icons are all in the Improviser quadrant…I obviously want to be over there.

I however took a Myers Briggs several years ago and I was ‘typed’ as ENTJ, and I have since taken abridged versions of the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) which also indicate I am a ENTJ though I do seem to be able to flirt with ESTJ…too….

Answering the simple questionnaire on the iphone app actually gave me a couple of result choices in the ‘Theorist’ quadrant but on the recent software update, with the more comprehensive assessment I was firmly an ENTJ again, a ‘Strategist Mobilizer’ with the icon of a crown. I have nothing against the crown, infact it looks kind of fairytale like which is interesting to me but it is just not as vibrant as the suns, as joyful as the feet or as balanced as the ying/yang symbols.

So today I imagine my crown at a jaunty angle, and that feels much better. I can embrace my ENTJness as long as I can wear my icon with a wink.

C
For more information on Myers Briggs assessments and how it could be useful to you visit www.myersbriggs.org

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Showing up

I was published this month in an industry magazine. While it was written for the coaching market there are some pointers in here for all solo practitioners and small businesses and I hope you find something useful for you.
Have a fabulous week!
C
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SocialVibe

We are trying something new.

There is a new widget for blogs and other social media sites that raises money for different charities. There is a variety of fabulous charities involved which makes the initial choice pretty tough. Then you choose the company who will support you in the fund raising endeavor (not such a difficult choice)…. and the fund raising begins per click.

You will see the widget to the right. We have chosen World Food Programme and chose Showtime to support the cause because we figure that watching a trailer of something that you may watch somewhere else anyway can hardly hurt. So we will see what happens. If you are a subscriber and you would prefer we supported one of the other charities please let us know!

– Keep a Breast
– Surfrider Foundation
– Children’s Miracle Network
– Whaleman Foundation
– Vitamin Angels
– Peta2
– Direct Relief International
– Charity : Water
– Children for Children
– Invisible Children
– To Write on her Arms
– Stand up to Cancer

If you are interested in getting your own socialvibe button just visit www.socialvibe.com

We thank you for exploring!
Candice

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Which part of your brain do you use?

We were a little delinquent with our blogging last week but for very good reason. On Thursday Dr. Shelly Zavala was giving a presentation about the brain and how we can live intentionally.

I sometimes ask my clients to read the Toltec wisdom book ‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz which talks about the illusion of the world and how we can create our own life using four agreements –

– Be impeccable with your word (i.e no gossip about yourself or others)
– Don’t take anything personally
– Don’t make assumptions
– Always do your best

The book has a spiritual stance about it and for some it really resonates and for others not so much, (if you wish to read it for yourself and are local, I have a couple of copies in the coaching lounge you are welcome to borrow).


What is great about Dr. Zavala’s work is that in some ways she talks about very similar concepts yet she shows the neurobiological approach to it all. Neurobiology is the study of cells in our nervous system and the organization of these cells into functional circuits that process information and mediate behavior. Neurons are cells that are specialized to receive, propagate, and transmit electrochemical impulses. In the human brain alone, there are over a hundred billion neurons which communicate with one another via specialized junctions called synapses. The theory is that we create neuron pattern connections constantly based on our own self-talk. If you are consistently thinking or saying negative things, you create a neuron pattern making it very easy for the neuron impulses to travel down through that those negative electrical and chemical pathways creating a habit.

We can also choose to see the world from our Amygdala, which is a very tiny piece of our brain at the rear of our skull, and among other qualities we will be reactive, dislike change, be unable to listen well, be overly emotional, unable to make future plans and unmotivated. Or we can choose to live from our frontal lobe, a much larger part of the brain where we have intentional awareness, clarity, decisiveness, focus, strengthened sense of self and proactiveness. We can see our future, create a plan and stick to it.

We can consciously and intentionally rewire our own brains by choosing what we wish to focus on. We can continue to rerun all our fears and chatter and have our neurons locked in one sequence or we can choose to be more mindful, non judgemental, present, learn by experience, love and accept and wire our brains to live from that point of view. We can interrupt our inner chatter and break up the nerve patterns, habits and associations that have already formed.

If you still doubt this possibility consider this. NASA gave astronauts in training glasses that had convex lenses which turned everything that they saw upside down, to see if it would cause nausea, high blood-pressure and other symptoms. They had to wear the glasses for a few weeks and attempt to function under those conditions. After a period of time, while still wearing the upside down glasses, they started to see things right-side up. Their brains were rewiring, and adjusting to the view. When they removed the glasses everything looked like it was upside down for a few days until their vision flipped again and they could see normally. From this study it was found that it will take approx. 24-30 days to rewire our neurons into alternative patterns, we can choose to live intentionally and positively.

Which part of your brain do you choose and how are you wiring it?
C

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Vacation, stay-cation, be-cation

The results of last week’s poll, ‘What are you most looking forward to this summer?’ are as follows, drum roll please…..

64% of those who voted said they were most looking forward to:
‘BBQ’s, parties and outdoor activities’

14% of those who voted said they were most looking forward to:
‘Traveling abroad’

7% of those who voted said they were most looking forward to:
‘Summer movie block busters’

14% of those who voted said they were most looking forward to:
‘Summer fashions as they looked fabulous in yellow!’

0% of those who voted said:
‘Nothing, I prefer other seasons’.

From these results we could conclude that among our readership we have many summer loving social animals, who are more likely to spend time locally than travel, some of who love a good movie and look fabulous in yellow! All great things to know!!

The travel aspect is an interesting one. With the economy doing what it is doing you can choose a few perspectives. Some folks are choosing the stay-cation over the traditional yearly vacation while others are totting up exchange rates and are choosing to go further afield. A girlfriend of mine is in fact packing up her four children, husband and sister and heading for London and Rome as it is more affordable to do now than it has been for a long time. She is choosing a ‘let’s just go for it’ perspective on the current economic vibe.

The Red Barn lounge here in downtown Laguna Beach used to be an American Express Travel agent. Prior to taking the space over it had bright sunshine yellow walls with colorful travel brochures held neatly in rows of racks covering the majority of wall space. They also used to hang posters of far off destinations in their windows enticing passers by to come explore. Today mail still arrives from the travel companies touting their destinations, Alaskan Cruises, African Safaris, European Wine Excursions, and tours; ‘In the Wake of Lewis and Clarke’, ‘Canada’s Maritime Provinces’, ‘Genghis Khan’s Mongolia’ (I kid you not..). Each brochure full of vibrant pictures and tales of exotic adventure.

But what if you feel the need for vacation and neither your bank account or career seems to accommodate it? Well not only can you stay-cate, and wikipedia will inform you of both the benefits and risks (?!) of doing so, but you can also choose a new perspective on your daily life and have a ‘being vacation’.

Instead of being driven by all the things you ‘do’ everyday, choose who or what you want to ‘be’ everyday for a week.

A be-cation may look like the following –

– You may want to be an explorer, and change your route to work. Whether you drive or commute, pick a new route, be refreshed by your new surroundings.

– You may want to be more expressive, and change your clothing. Choose a theme for the week, a color, or way of dressing.

– You may want to be more casual, and change your routines. It is said that highly effective people have habits and it is also stated that a ‘change is as good as a rest’, so for a week, mix up your schedule or the order in which you do things.

– You may want to be more open to new things and change the food you eat. Not only can you choose to eat something different for lunch, you could arrange to meet different sets of friends every night for a week, and try new dining venues each time.

– You may want to be more stimulated, and choose to go to the movies, theater or a band during the week. There really is no need to wait for the weekend for your life to kick in.

So just for one week, take a ‘be-cation’, stop just ‘doing’ and consciously decide who or what you wish to be each day. You may just get into it and make it a way of life and you can always visit China next year.

Bon voyage
Candice

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Taking a moment…

It is said that you should never go beyond the 15 minute mark in a presentation without asking the audience a question or introducing a new element such as a video, or a second presenter.

I am making a new observation that you should never go 131 blog posts without running a poll.

We are curious, what are you most looking forward to this summer?

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It’s all about to change (again..)

So technology is about to make another leap and will be knocking on your front door.

Today at the E3 gamers conference, Microsoft not only presented gaming where the player IS the console but also announced its alliances with both Facebook and Twitter so they are now integrated with Xbox Live, (if that means nothing to you, that is OK, but there could be a Teen in your house who will be VERY excited about these integrated social networking opportunities). And if that wasn’t enough they also revealed an artificial intelligence character called Milo. It was a fairly mind expanding press conference.

Steven Spielberg took the stage during the show to endorse and show his own excitement for consoleless gaming, He stated that 60% of American homes do not yet have gaming platforms and it was felt that if you removed the console, one of the main obstacles and challenges for those not brought up on gaming, then these types of platform based entertainment systems would continue to grow . The demonstration movies that were shown included lots images of ‘mom and daughter’ in action, playing driving games and soccer, using their arms and bodies, not a console, to control the action.

If these guys are right and more households embrace entertainment platforms such as Xbox what might this mean? Will this result in families spending more entertainment time together as the demo film implied or impact family dynamics in a different way? Well it appears that time will tell.

Project Natale (as this technology without the need for a console, is named) was big news, and some of the more skeptical journalists were quick to question if what was being shown was really possible. The most incredulous aspect was the Artificial Intelligence module. Lionhead Studios (now owned by Microsoft) has taken Microsoft’s concept and software and created a Tween or possibly very early Teen character called ‘Milo’.

The concept being that when you approach the screen/camera set up, if ‘Milo’ has been given a little prior information about you, he will then be able to recognize you, through both audio and visual recognition. When Milo (the camera/microphone combo) detects you, he will stop whatever he is doing in ‘the scenario’ and come to the foreground to greet you.

As if that was not enough, they have given this artificial intelligence character the ability to recognize emotions too. In the scenario that was shown Milo was by a lake and he invited the real person, Clare, to also come forward and look into the lake. As she moves forward, the view on the screen becomes the lake, just as if you were looking down into it. There was even a reflection of Claire with computer generated fish swimming through it!! Milo asks Claire to actually put her hands into the lake so she reaches out toward the screen, and as she does she begins to create ripples in the image and displaces the computer generated fish!!!

Milo then asks for help with his homework, Claire obliges and helps him with a drawing. She draws something in the real world on a sheet of paper and holds it up to the camera as if passing it to Milo. As this happens a sheet of paper appears in the character’s hand on screen, just as if he had taken it from her. Given Milo is also programmed to recognize color and shape, he was able to comment on the drawing and was very ‘pleased’ with his Orange Fish.

Milo may be a computer generated Tween but he has basic abilities to be your artificially intelligent companion. You may no longer need to get that puppy to practice on before your first child and your child may no longer need imaginary friends… and if this person is programmed to ‘listen’, detect emotions in a person and respond appropriately, what next? An AI therapist in your home???? You couldn’t possibly have an AI coach ; )

Yes, our world is about to change and it could be entering your living room much sooner that you would have ever believed, however, what you choose to do with it is still in your control.

Have a fabulous techonology filled or free week.
Candice

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