Great video on critical thinking

The YouTube video below is an excellent presentation of the purpose, value and process of critical thinking. No amount of training or education can take the place of the ability to evaluate circumstances, analyze problems and think through solutions. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to get ahead in your company, building a team to complete a project or training your sole employee for your small business: you need to know how to think critically and teach your employees to do the same. Here’s a 5 minute introduction.

Contacts sports

Today I published an article from a guest author about the connection between making a good impression on one individual you meet and the meaning of that connection to a much larger group. (How to Meet 300 People in 30 Seconds, by Cynthia W. Lett.) It gave me a few more thoughts to expand on, a bit.

One of the first things I learned about networking and self-promotion was that the average person knows about 250 people well enough for them to be invited to his funeral. That figure came from a “rule of thumb” estimate made by funeral directors. The point was that every contact you make is a potential connection to about 250 others. And, of course, that’s the whole idea behind LinkedIn, Facebook and other networking sites.

Yet, do you ever stop to think about how important it is to make a good impression on each and every one of your contacts. Every time. New or old, your contacts will pass on their impressions of you to their own contacts. That works socially and in business. If you have a dispute with a colleague, your dispute — and your colleague’s interpretations of it — may be throughout the company grapevine, or even spreading on line, in a matter of minutes. If you do a good deed for a friend, a hundred people may know about it twenty minutes later. If you get drunk at a company party, someone with a camera phone may record it and post it to their blog in five minutes flat.

After all the time you spend trying to build your network, you definitely want good news spread throughout your contacts’ networks. Watch your appearance and behavior in person, on the phone, in mail and email, in public and on line. If you’ve got publicity, you’ve got a public following. Anyone and everyone has become the paparazzi.

Just a reminder (service)

Do you use some reminder service like rememberthemilk.com? There are several excellent ones, and if you don’t use Firefox, they’ll do a good job for you.

However, I’ve just discovered an add-on for Firefox that does the job of keeping your to-dos and reminders/alarms constantly available on your browser. No calendar program needed. Very handy. It’s called ReminderFox and you can find it https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1191/. You can receive alarms in your browser and by email. You can even create “quick alarms” that remind you to do something a short time later, such as “it’s 4:00 p.m. — call your manager about the report.”

It’s set by default to reside in the right corner of the status bar at the bottom of the browser window. Just click on it and a fairly sophisticated reminder and to-do program window pops open. It’s very easy and intuitive, but there’s lots of user info and training available on the developer’s Firefox page (here). And it is free, but the developers would be most grateful for a small donation.