Rubbing the right way

It has been awhile since I wrote a blog post. Life has been busy with its ups and downs coupled with, a PhD that must be completed. I have been thinking about a conversation I had a few days ago with an old friend. This former colleague is someone I admire a lot for his wisdom and work ethics. He recounted an experience he had concerning a recent endeavour and how his no-nonsense attitude is a limitation to being able to achieve his goal. He is particularly not a very tactful person.Yet, his goal cannot be achieved without astute people … Continue reading Rubbing the right way

The Power of Constructive Feedback

Constructive feedback involves giving both positive and negative aspects of something. Feedback helps in making necessary adjustments that will help in enhancing ones effectiveness. It is expected that if you look at feedback as constructive it should make you better i.e. more effective. When the feedback is viewed as criticism, we tend to be defensive and deny its legitimacy. It can also lead to questioning the motive the person giving the feedback which may lead to a negative outcome like resentment rather than enhancement. From my personal experience, it is good to be humble in receiving feedback especially when it is coming … Continue reading The Power of Constructive Feedback

Gender Stereotyping

After a meeting yesterday morning, a guy came over for a handshake and afterwards commented about the softness of my handshake and the need to make it firmer (not his exact words). I smiled politely and left the scene. Just remembered the incident and decided to write about it. Researchers have found a connection between our sense of touch and our perceptions of others. For instance, holding a warm cup of coffee makes you likely to have a warm or positive feelings towards others. The knowledge of abstract concepts like masculinity and femininity is connected to the body and how … Continue reading Gender Stereotyping