Day 3 Light and Fluffy

I usually write about business and leadership and have no shortage of ideas for what to write. After yesterday’s post, I wanted to write about something light and fluffy. I struggled to publish something that I really wanted to mull over more and spend more time refining but with my commitment to do daily posts, I pressed publish with quite a bit of trepidation.

And this post doesn’t seem to want to be written either, this is my second attempt after the first draft had an “error – couldn’t be published” or some such infuriating message.

Why is it so hard to think of something light and fluffy to write about? It reminds me of when I was at an interview with Apple. They do these big group interviews, I think there were 50 of us. The one I went to a couple years earlier was less than 20 around a big table. This one had us introducing ourselves and doing small group role plays to see how we interact.

For the introduction, they asked us to say something we’re passionate about as long as it wasn’t anything to do with Apple. I wracked my brain, not sure what I’d say, it had been years since I’d been in a job interview and I’d honestly never had this question, especially not in a large group. I said something about being passionate about companies that use business as a force for good.

She asked me a second question, probing for a bit more humanness, she wanted to know what I normally do when I’m not working, like on a Saturday morning. I mumbled, “Probably walking my dogs.” She asked about my dogs, what kind they are and how many, when I said three she asked if I was an animal lover. Yes, I answered, and thought to myself, what a boring answer, have I become boring in my old age? There was only one person older than me in the group.

What I have learned about myself, not from failing to get a second interview at my second interview with Apple in two years, but from a happiness survey, is that I’m happiest when I’m outside walking my dogs. 

For over 5 years I’ve been doing a set of happiness surveys with every 6 months. It consistently shows that my happiness rating tops out when I’m walking the dogs. I didn’t realise it played such an important role in my life. But when I think about it, this is what gets me out of the house twice a day, gives me fresh air, exercise, a good dose of nature that nurtures me.

There you go, how is that for light and fluffy?


Technology Futures, Microsoft & Apple

Over the last few years I have fully converted from Windows to Mac. My mom bought me an Apple IIe when i was in college. Untill now, every computer I’ve had since 1992 has been Windows. Now I have an iMac and and iPhone and share an iPad with Emma. She has been discovering amazing ways to learn and teach Indonesian to her students at school. And though she’s been pretty focused on what’s available from the App Store, a few days ago she was sent by her school to a Professional Development session run by Microsoft. When she got home she showed me (a version of) this video: Microsoft’s Future Vision 2019.

I was pretty impressed. I looked through some of the comments, one said, “Apple will do it first!” and of course the regular verbose sparing about Microsoft vs Apple. I started to think, and wondered what it would take to create this future. Emma said they were told that much of this technology has already been developed by Microsoft but it currently too expensive to mass produce.

What would it take? What if Microsoft and Apple teamed up? Collaborated on making it happen? That kind of partnership would certainly make it a reality faster than in competition. So I put it to you, what do you think it would take for Microsoft and Apple to work together to create this future?