A Wave of Relationships

Raindrops, Croak17, Flickr

I remember a long time ago sitting by the pond near Jericho Beach here in Vancouver on a rainy day. As the raindrops fell into the pond, tiny waves rippled outwards from each drop overlapping the waves from other drops. When I looked at this, it reminded me of the relationships we have in our lives. We are all connected as we overlap other people’s lives, while others overlap ours.

For some people, the circumference of the wave emanating from them may be small, so they may not have that many relationships. For others, it may be quite large and they may overlap many others around them. The interesting thing is that I don’t think one is better than the other. Instead they’re just different types of relationships.

For example, those people representing smaller waves usually have a higher frequency and thus more frequently connect with the smaller amount of people in their lives, whereas those people representing the larger waves have a lower frequency and thus may not interact as much with the people they know but when they do, it can still be very strong and meaningful.

Interesting. Is this why people on the same wavelength usually build momentum towards achieving something?

Anyways, here’s a couple of other circular zones emanating from each of us that seem interesting as well.

Sing It Like You Hate It!

Just stumbled across a great slogan and ad by Honda UK when I was browsing Seb Payne’s Flickr photos relating to iWeb.

Hate something. Change something. Make something better.

This really could describe my general outlook on life. If I see something that doesn’t look like it’s working right then I like breaking it apart, seeing what’s wrong, and then rebuilding it better.

Actually now that I think about it, I think this is what Dave Winer was talking about the other day when he said stated "Anger is a very powerful force".

It’s also a perfect mantra for Tom Peter’s Reimagine! book.

White Noise vs Harmony

It’s almost as though you have every single voice in the world shouting out at the top of their lungs trying to be heard. The only problem is if everyone is doing this then it just forms one big discordant sound that eventually blends into white noise with no one really being heard. The trick is to have your own distinct and unique sound but still work in harmony with those around you so that eventually in unity you become like a symphony achieving something wondrous. For this to be achieved though, both diversity and unity need to be in balance as both are integral to the overall harmony.

Cultivating Trust

David Weinberger points out an excellent article from Fortune.com that talks about Ray Ozzie’s current involvement with Microsoft. Excellent read to say the least.

Ozzie can do what Gates no longer can – not only formulate strategy but also help implement it by working with the troops. People tell stories of the approachable Ozzie having long conversations with low-level programmers by the coffee machine about security strategies or other arcana.

Sounds like Ray’s helping to foster a different kind of culture in the company or…helping to rediscover what was once there a long time ago. This has hints of my post a while back on the culture of startups. Interestingly enough, the subject of trust, which seems to be David Weinberger’s primary concern today, also came up back then as well. As I mentioned back then, if the trust isn’t there (and I’m definitely not talking technology here) then more often than not the relationship will never last that long.

Actually it’s kind of hilarious when you think about it. That being people not wanting to use a "trusted" system because they don’t trust it. 🙂