“The plane had a cabin crew, which ran them all through the plane’s safety procedures like on a regular plane. Lancaster followed along with the instructions and looked at Brian hard, until he did too.
"Always review when you can, Brian. No matter what you’re doing, or how often you’ve done it before, something fresh in your mind will save your ass about twenty percent more often than if you just go on old knowledge. It works… so do it.”“
– P.S. Power, Proxy
After reading this I started to follow along during the flight safety procedures again, which I have not done for many many years. And it got me thinking about all the things I think I know just because I have read it a few years back, or if I have done something a few times. Rereading old books I have on communication, personality types and conflict management made me realise how much I had forgotten from them. I remember the overall ideas and many of the take aways, but details I have forgotten or didn’t see the first time I read them came back to me. There are two great ways to remember things, one is repetition and the other is to associate the new knowledge to old knowledge. By creating multiple connections to the new knowledge it makes it easier and faster for our minds to find it again. That’s one of the reasons I love to read all of these books, find quotes and connect them to other things I have learnt.
“I’m unpredictable?” I found that hard to believe. She shook her head. “I’m certain that you believe that everything you do is perfectly predictable. It probably is, to you, or to someone who thinks like you do. But for the rest of the Collegium…”
– L.E. Modesitt J.R., Imager’s Challenge
This is why it is important to talk about how we think and feel. Why tools like MBTI and FIRO-B are needed to give explanations for how we are different. They are models of the human mind and human behaviour and can not explain everything, but they are a good way to start talking about our differences and similarities. It helps make us more predictable to one another and to make cooperating easier.
“One never has a meeting without knowing exactly how it will go and how to assure that it does.” He smiled warmly. “Otherwise what is the point?”
– L.E. Modesitt J.R., Imager
The two most important things for a meeting is to have a purpose and a plan to reach that purpose. Most meetings I have been to usually have the purpose more or less defined, but I have been to quite a few meetings which seemed to lack that as well.
What many people forget is to think about how to reach that goal. A meeting needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. The beginning is to make sure everyone feels comfortable talking and that we have a common understanding of the purpose of the meeting. The middle of the meeting is about discussing the problem and look for solutions. The end of the meeting is about deciding on what to do and make sure everyone knows their tasks. A meeting needs a lot more things to be truly good, but this is a good base.