Asking Questions More Effectively The ability to ask questions effectively is one of the most important skills in business as is the ability to actively listen. Yet as important as these two skills are they really don’t seem to ever be taught in school. I wonder if more college students ought to take a journalism course for a semester or do an internship at their school newspaper in investigative reporting. It’s the only place I could imagine these skills being taught today. Over the years I’ve been in many meetings where a group of people that I was with wanted to extract information out of a group of people with whom we were meeting and failed to do so effectively. There are many different meeting types where asking different types of questions may be appropriate. There are many different question types dependent on the scenario you’re in. The “Wide” (and uninterrupted) Question: You ask a very broadly defined question and intentionally don’t try to offer specificity in what you mean by the question. Some quick stories
My Dear Friends Gwynnie P. & Ina Garten Eat Class, Sophistication & Homemade Ricotta for Brunch Academy Award Winning film heroin, wife, mother, radiation survivor, Miso enthusiast, bag of osteopenia-riddled bones - Gwyneth Paltrow is a great many things. And now, with the help of the Barefoot Contessa herself, Gwyneth can now add homemade ricotta connoisseur to her varied and notable list of achievements. Gwynnie, as she is known to our close personal group of friends which includes legendary model/heiress Amanda Hearst, Nobel Laureate Herta Müller, Russian opera songstress Anna Netrebko and Jersey Shore star Snooki, took time out from her oh-so-busy schedule to whip up a light and delicious mid-morning brunch with Food Network vixen, Ina Garten. Homemade Ricotta Makes about 2 cups * 4 cups whole milk * 2 cups heavy cream * 1 teaspoon kosher salt * 3 tablespoons good white wine vinegar Set a large sieve over a deep bowl. Pour the milk and stream into a stainless steel or enameled pot such as Le Creuset. Herbed Ricotta Bruschette Serves 6
Salt & Fat iPhone 4 announced Apple Presents iPhone 4 All-New Design with FaceTime Video Calling, Retina Display, 5 Megapixel Camera & HD Video Recording Thinnest Smartphone Ever SAN FRANCISCO-June 7, 2010-Apple® today presented the new iPhone® 4 featuring FaceTime, which makes the dream of video calling a reality, and Apple's stunning new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in super crisp text, images and video. "iPhone 4 is the biggest leap since the original iPhone," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. FaceTime is as mobile as your phone, so you can see your loved ones and friends anywhere there is Wi-Fi. Apple's stunning 3.5 inch Retina display has 960 x 640 pixels-four times as many pixels as the iPhone 3GS and 78 percent of the pixels on an iPad™. iPhone 4 is the thinnest smartphone ever-9.3 millimeters-with an all-new design and build quality like no other mobile device. iPhone 4 comes with iOS 4, the newest version of the world's most advanced mobile operating system.
Love That Quinoa Burger! « November 1, 2010 by Linda So yummy! If you want a change of pace that’s meat-free, yet full of protein, fiber, and very filling…this might be for you. I like it with Tzatziki on top (my recipe is in this post), or a little “fry sauce” (what some drive-ins call that wonderful mayo/ketchup combo), and with a thick slice of tomato, avocado, onion and lettuce, as a burger should be, it’s fab. Don’t be afraid of Quinoa. It cooks just like rice – might even be a little easier! UPDATE!! 2 rounded cups cooked quinoa (see note below for cooking instructions) 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or other variety, if you prefer) 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese 1 medium carrot, finely grated (OR 1 cup shredded zucchini, squeezed dry) 3 eggs 3 tablespoons all purpose flour 2 green onions, including white parts 1 /2 teaspoon sugar 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder Olive oil for frying To cook quinoa for the above recipe: 1 cup uncooked quinoa 2 cups water
Healthy Dinner Recipes Infomercials lie. Those crock-O-matics are better at clogging counter space than producing good food. Keep your money and pull out a time-tested tool for all-in-one dinners: the pot. One-pot principle #1Customize a basic recipe for the season Roasted Vegetable RisottoA one-pot dish like risotto has infinite possibilities: Add fresh peas and asparagus in spring, or cherry tomatoes and zucchini in summer. What you'll need:1 cup 1/2" cubes peeled, seeded butternut squash1 cup diced cremini mushrooms1 cup grape tomatoes, halved4 garlic cloves (2 crushed, 2 minced)1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oilSalt and freshly ground pepper8 cups low-sodium chicken broth3 Tbsp butter1 white onion, finely chopped2 cups arborio rice (a short-grain variety)3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese1/4 cup chopped fresh basil How to make it:1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. 2 In a large saucepan, bring the broth to a simmer. 3 Add a ladleful of broth to the rice and stir with a wooden spoon until absorbed.
Business - Software developer offers small businesses more room MANILA, Philippines ? Small and medium business now have more room to expand as an international business software developer launched its latest application which promises ?accelerated innovations, comprehensive functionality and superior user experience.? SAP recently launched its latest innovative software, SAP Business One 8.8, which accelerates time-to-value, facilitates business adaptability and increases ease-of-use and affordability based on strong co-innovation. ? ? SAP Business One 8.9 has been on ramp-up since August last year but was only made generally available May of this year. ? ? The new software also accommodates the continuous and ever-changing demands of the market by incorporating an upgrade wizard that is straightforward and easy to use which reduces customer? Likewise, SAP Business One 8.8 also integrates partner applications and other business services.
Fluffy Falafel…and an easy Tzatziki! « October 21, 2009 by Linda FALAFEL with TZATZIKI I eat fairly low carb, and the carbs I do eat usually come from veggies and a lot of beans. I LOVE BEANS! This recipe is a great vegetarian dish for when you’re tired of meat or just want something a little different. It gives a very soft patty, but it holds together well when fried in a small amount of oil and they firm up slightly as they rest. The sauce is fantastic – make it ahead to let the flavors meld. Falafel: 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup fresh or 1/4 cup dried parsley 2 cloves garlic, chopped One 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) OR Cannellini , drained 1 egg 2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon dried or 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon oregano Dash cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs 1 tablespoon flour Oil for frying or nonstick vegetable spray In food processor place onion, parsley, and garlic. Tzatziki: 3 tablespoons sour cream Like this:
Faith in numbers: Six more tech cults | Adventures in IT - InfoW Call it what you will -- fandom, devotion, obsession -- certain technologies have a way of inspiring an extremely loyal following. So committed are these devotees, you might as well call them technology cults. Sometimes these cults are inspired by elegant lines of code. Other times it's dedication to an ideal. [ Think you're a tech fanatic? Last year we looked at aficionados of the Apple Newton, the Commodore, Palm, Ubuntu, Lisp, Ruby on Rails, and IBM power systems. From the Singularity to Slashdot, each of these six tech cults has fierce devotees and, sometimes, even fiercer critics. What cults did we miss? Tech cult No. 1: The Slashdot SamuraiEstablished: 1997Gathering of the tribes: /. Long before there were comment wars on blogs, long before Digg and Reddit and all the other "social media" sites, there was Slashdot. To have an article or post "slashdotted" is both an honor and a curse. How does one recognize a Slashdotter in public? "Why would we need to go somewhere?"
Whole Wheat Linguine with Roasted Beet Puree and Chia Seeds at Cooking Melangery Inspired by a recipe from Pasta Sfoglia, a cookbook by Ron Suhanosky and Colleen Marnell-Suhanosky. Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 1 pound red beets, cleaned with leaves and stalks removed2 Tbsp olive oil1/4 cup of water1 package Organic Whole Wheat Linguine 3 Tbsp unsalted butter3 Tbsp walnut oil¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped (optional)2 Tbsp chia seeds1 tsp kosher salt½ cup pasta water4 Tbsp soft goat cheese Directions: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the butter to a 10-inch skillet. Use a wire-mesh skimmer or tongs to remove the linguine from the pot and place them directly into the skillet with the puree-sauce. Divide the linguine into equal portions and place on warm plates. You have no idea how good it is !
HTC Droid Incredible Review The HTC Droid Incredible: with a name like that, expectations are high for HTC’s latest Android release. It’s comparable to the HTC Desire, but it packs some extra features and it’s the only device of its kind, at least for now, that’s geared for the US market. Meaning, this is the first time we’re seeing Android 2.1 with HTC’s stunning Sense UI on such a powerful device in the States, so that alone certainly has Verizon Wireless subscribers in a frenzy. Verizon looks to capitalize on the “Droid” craze with the HTC Droid Incredible, but does it live up to its title? Read on to find out! Although the Incredible comes with a slew of features regarding its hardware and software, the packaging it comes in is rather bare bones in nature. What’s under the hood? Full specs can be viewed at PDAdb.net, where you can also compare it to other Verizon-backed Android devices. The Droid Incredible feels quite good in hand. I’ve found that onlookers are more curious about it than they are turned off.
Guacamole Reinvented Recipe nutritional information Serves 6 30 minutes or fewer Once the flesh has been scooped out, halved avocado skins make pretty single-serving cups for guacamole; serve them on saucers, surrounded by tortilla chips. 3 small avocados 3 small oranges 2 cups radishes, diced 1 ½ cups finely chopped romaine lettuce 6 green onions, finely chopped (1 cup) 3 Tbs. lime juice ¼ cup chopped cilantro 1–2 drops hot sauce, optional 1. 2. 3. October 2011 p.30