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I have many doubts on this Buzz

Something “new” but not so new is online. Google Buzz is just arrived and as Mashable reports, they already put together 9 million posts in few days. Still I’m a bit confused.

After starting testing it, my questions are: What’s new? Do I abandon my twitter place? What happened to Wave that seemed to be the new panacea? Having it embedded into my Gmail account is good but enough to make me use it?

Well, to be honest, as usual time will give me the answers to these questions but still I have the doubt that something is going differently this time. Less innovation and more confusion… Have users’ needs being taken into account or pure competition logic drove the creation of a new feature?


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The importance of an OPEN MIND

Interesting discussion with Mario Gastaldi on change in organizations, yesterday afternoon here at FAO.

Kept in my mind two main inputs:

the doubts on the value of
CHANGE

and

the importance of
an OPEN MIND

In particular, I keep on reflecting and elaborating the second point. To me, an OPEN MIND is :

– the ability to listen to people in every occasion,
– the unconscious feeling of being able to go to a meeting ready to let ideas from the others coming to you,
– the desire to focus not only on what you want to express,
– the capacity to have an “empty” mind, ready to be filled by external inputs,
– the willingness to let the positive feelings from outside affect on your mood,
– the positiveness towards the others’ notes,
– the sensitivity to the others’ remarks and needs,

How many other ways come to you to describe the state of a mind when it’s open?

As Mario was saying yesterday, it doesn’t mean to let the others do whatever they like. The point is to be convinced of what you believe but let ALWAYS place for doubts.

So, we need to find a deep balance inside ourselves to be able to manage certainties and uncertainties at the same time: to become open minded, we need a sort of Japanese Dō (). I think being OPEN is a really difficult state of the MIND,  but we can focus on it and try everyday to make it a more common habit.