Compared To What?

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I try to be a professional speaker but I’m bush-league compared to this guy.

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams when asked how he’s coping with life in the NBA bubble: “Let’s be clear, mate. This is not Syria, mate. It’s not that hard…We’re living in a bloody resort.”

Perceptual contrast is an effect with which we’re all familiar. What we’re feeling right now is greatly impacted by what we were feeling immediately prior. Walk from the cold outside into a cool room and it’s ‘warm’ to you. Had you walked from a sauna into that same room, it would be ‘cold’ to you.

Adams isn’t comparing his current situation to his recent sport-celebrity ones; he’s comparing them to perhaps his own no-frills life growing up, or looking beyond himself, reading the room and comparing to many lives doing it hard.

A useful question in many workplace conversations is some form of, “Compared to what”?


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About Terry Williams - The Brain-Based Boss

I'm all about engaging people and helping you engage yours to influence behaviour to improve results - at work and at home. Maybe you're a manager, a salesperson, a leader, a parent, a presenter or an event organiser? You need to grab your people's attention, create some rapport, be memorable and influence behaviour change. How can we do that? I'm originally a trainer by trade, turned manager, turned comedian and partway back again. Author of 'THE GUIDE: How to kiss, get a job & other stuff you need to know', I write and speak about how to engage people, be they employees, family or yourself. How can we connect with people’s own internal motivations and help them use their own inner passions to drive towards productivity, success and happiness? And hopefully have a few laughs along the way... As a trainer facilitating learning and development in others, I find myself drawing on my own extensive business experience. I specialise in the delivery of high impact, customised training solutions for organisations that are serious about improving the performance and lives of their people.

Posted on October 26, 2020, in Employee Engagement. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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