Tag Archives: communication

How to determine one’s BMTI personality type?

Since we love and cherish our people (self, family, friends, colleagues, clients, mentors, mentees, tribe), we strive to understand them, and adapt our communication to suit their personality. We want to be polite to them, simply because we treasure everyone who crosses our life path. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (BMTI) describes four pairs of opposite […]

What are your preferred work style and mode?

As of 20151005, we are almost finishing 40% of the allocated time for project C (which is a sub-project of project S). That means that I am left with 9-10 more weeks to endure. Yes, I am counting down. All things are passing. I learned the followings about myself: I can enjoy working with collaborative […]

How to write an introductory email for potential partners and collaborators?

Recently, I was asked to make an introductory email by a former mentor who is interested to work with a colleague, who has a higher status than me. As in animal kingdom, status matters. Here is a checklist: Remember to ask for permission to make an email intro before making it Write a unique email […]

What are your checklist for writing effective and diplomatic emails?

“There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.” ~ Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) Recently, due to the nature of my responsibility, I have to spend […]

How to win friends and influence people?

The first time I read the excellent work of how to win friends and influence people by Dale Harbison Carnegie was through a yellowish paperback book owned by now father-in-law. The lessons learned served me well as I embarked on my graduate study. Later, I bought the same book in bilinguals while I stayed in […]

How to accept the need of begging?

Today (20150909), I sent an email begging for a deadline extension (read: kindness) from someone whom I have never met in person. In fact, I have sent a lot of “please” emails or made similar phone calls to several people, because they fail to response responsibly and on time. In life and work, there are […]

What are your reading list?

“I read about five books a year, so even though it feels like I’ll read an endless number of books in the future, I actually have to choose only 300 of all the books out there to read and accept that I’ll sign off for eternity without knowing what goes on in all the rest.” […]