Art, water and animal life under the bridge at Sihlcity in Zürich


A story about connecting

The other day I was at an event about changes going on in education. A relatively strong focus was put on how digital tools change the way we learn and teach. During the break, I walked up to a person and asked, “Are you Raphael?” Immediately, he said “Yes, I am.” Then I said, “We follow each other on Twitter. I am Frank, hello. It’s nice to meet you.”

During our great conversation, we quickly agreed that more and more people connect this way. First, we follow people online, for example on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram etc. And one day, when we are at an event, in a supermarket / shop and/or simply on our way from a to b, we bump into people we follow on social media.

It struck me that just a few years ago, it was the other way around. You met someone at an event or somewhere else. And then, in a second step, you connected on the Internet / on social media.

Amazing how digital is changing how we live our lives. What do you think?

Vulnerability is a sign of strength

I think I have always thought that showing vulnerability is a sign of weakness. After reading the phenomenal book Rising Strong by Brené Brown, I learned that vulnerability is a sign of strength. And just the other day, I came across the video embedded below about the importance of vulnerability. I wish we could have more role models on this. In this regard, I would encourage as many CEOs as possible – particularly CEOs of large companies – to take the lead here.

Listening tips

In the video below, you will find 3 listening tips. To learn more about listening, have a look also at this research on listening. When you think about what is important in order to listen well, what do you think is missing?