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ACB-3 (prise 2): Un appel qui côute cher…

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Ceci est mon 3e projet Toastmasters de niveau avancé (bronze). Comme je n’ai pas atteint les objectifs la première fois, j’ai dû le reprendre.

Les objectifs du projet sont de :

  • Répondre à des critiques verbales sur un mode non défensif.
  • Suivre la méthode préconisée en cinq étapes pour identifier le problème, déarmorcer les attaques et trouver une solution.

J’ai fais ce projet le 13 octobre 2011. Vous pouvez voir la rétroaction que j’ai reçu ici. Ne vous gêner pas pour donner votre propre évaluation ou opinion dans la zone de commentaire ci-dessous.

[English]

This is my 3rd avanced toastmasters project (bronze). Since I did not attain the objectives the first time, I had to do it again.

The aims for this project are to:

  • React to verbal critics in a non-defensive mode
  • Follow the prescribed method in five steps to find the problem and disengage attacks and find a solution.

I delivered this project on October 13th, 2011. See the feedback I received for this speech here. Please feel free to provide your own feedback in the comment section below.

Insights from Steve

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. - Steve Jobs

Yesterday I finished listening to the audiobook of Steve Jobs’ biography. The unabridged audiobook is 25 hours long and cost 30$ in iTunes. I have been a long time fan of Apple and Jobs, working myself in the software industry.

I thought I knew a lot about this guy, but I was sometime shocked sometimes delighted by was I learned. In this post I won’t emphasis on his frequent mood swings or drug usage but rather on what I will remember from him.

1. Be yourself no matter what.

Don’t try to please other just to be liked. There is a lot of people that did not like him at all. So don’t try to please all… Leave that to politicians.

2. See the big picture, but pay attention to details.

This guy had vision and always had close control on what was going on. The details are everything. He could see the company’s future as well as being able to choose a font type for a particular product.

3. Don’t be in business to make money.

It’s a paradox as Apple became to most valuable company in the history of business. Not because they wanted to squeeze every penny from the customer, but to create great products, as well as a company that can endure.

Thanks Steve!

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