Posts Tagged ‘passion’

what kind of an organization do you (want to) work for?

February 17, 2010

met a good friend yesterday, roni

she told me most companies or organizations you work for you have to lie

you lie

  • to your customer
  • to your boss
  • to your self

or any combination of the above

this is most organizations.

the beauty in being an entrepreneur of a start-up, (or a VC – but let’s not kid ourselves, mainly the founders)  is that you can bring into life, or create, organizations that do not have this deceit built into their DNA



what a joy


4 minutes

January 24, 2010

i you have not seen the movie ‘vier minuten’, you should consider it.

here is a clip

one of my takeaways:

out of fracture comes greatness

even better a few years later

December 5, 2009

not talking about wine.

saw four funerals and a wedding late at night with my daughter and her boyfriend.

what a setup…

enjoyed. perhaps more than the first time.

here are 4 reasons to see it, and one not to:

ONE richard curtis does a wonderful job with the script. love, missed love, bad timing, hopeless love, funny at the tough spots. british, yet not.

TWO surprisingly one of the most touching moments for me was the funeral.

good acting. sad. to the heart. “ this is actually what i wanted to say

THREE Andie MacDowell or Kristine Scott Thomas? who adds more to this film?  Andie, in this flick, is about as sexy as any woman can be – easy! can not find a greater beauty. still, i think Kristine come out full of character. because it is tough to be a good number 2, the supporting actress, with out challenging or stealing the show from the top actress. and because of this. no competition

it is not Charlie and Lola.

it is about love

about how once you love someone, you can not love someone else until this one goes away (i actually disagree, but know the feeling).

about when love finally happens, (a strange thing), a moment of magic that will never go away.

FOUR because the plan, the script, is simple. when asked a question say ‘i do’.

i like it when the truth comes out.

who speaks when told ‘speak now or forever hold your peace?’ no one. and who keeps it to themselves?

and  a reason not to see the movie

rowan atkinson. so what if he is friends with Richard Curtis?

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone

December 5, 2009

W. H. Auden

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

falafel, should be eaten standing

October 24, 2009

one of the things i love about living in (leaving) israel is that fact that good falfel is abound.

i try to eat falafel at least once a week

it is a kind of reverse tax.

this country takes its toll on you.

falafel is how you take the toll back.

which falfel do you prefer?

each one of us has his ‘home base’, the one that is good to come back to. you have tried others, it has been a while, but coming back to this one is like coming back home, to mama

send me your recommendations.

one of the legacies i try to trams fer to my children is the habit of falafel once a week. man, it is hard when your girls are ‘צפונבוניות’. but that’s where having a son comes in. you can “greps” together.

Gil says falafel should be eaten standing.flafel eaten standing


October 15, 2008

we over predict extreme situations (winning the lottery, becomig quadrapeligic) because we under predict how adaptive we are .

regret theory. in the long past we regret what we should have done and did not do. in the short past we regret what we did and should not have done

book: the 7 sines of memory. how we mis-remember. we forget how we felt

we adjust to consistent pain. a commute of 45 minutes every day is better than a commute of 25-45 minutes.

miligram, good samaritan study at duke. our personality plays less a role in predicting how we will behave than the situation.

jazz is negotiation

October 13, 2008

michael wheeler, HBS

for his articles, press here. including ethics, rules change, and credibility

key takeaways:

emotions are contagious. they  also reinforce themselves. smiling makes you happy

’emotional wake’ the after-taste, what people remember after you left.

likeability‘ can be learned. based on four traits: friendliness, relevance (do you connect on interests or needs?), empathy and “realness” (genuineness or authenticity).


how can people who do not know each other create music together. is there a paradigm here. jazz is negotiation

two anxious people could connect positively as well


emotions are not mood.

youtube rushmore bill murry herman meets max’s brother

they are used for interpersonal

are we good at interpreting emotions?  trying to understand what others are feeling is difficult

seven universal emotions:

sadness, anger,surprise, fear, happiness

what about ‘nachat’ and ‘simcha l’ed’?

look at plutchik circumplex

good negotiator needs to be in 2 places both time. center stage, involved, engaged and on he balcony, observing. this cultivates curiosity, calm, creativity

book: ‘beyond reason‘, fisher shapiro: appreciation, affiliation, autunomy, status, role (identity). worth a visit

damasio: descartes’ error

emotions may disable decision-making but enable creativity

book: emotionally contagious

darren brown youtube russian scam.

book: fierce conversations. creating negative memory and positive emotions. very relevant about me:

“As a leader, in stressful circumstances, you may make
an off-hand, negative comment that might devastate someone who works for you.
Sometimes, you may not even be aware of the impact that your words have had.  Often, you
forget the incident, but the recipient can recall your words verbatim.  And long after he or
she has left your company, they will remember the negative psychological experience that
was created.”
book: Likeability factor.

adi’s emphasis/bias:


feel fun, (not calm) not anxious. calm is over rated.


use breaks. silence is over used.

prepared – backwards induction. personal research.

trust your emotions


about me, emotional afterglow, vs aftermath