Influence through empathy

People need to know that you care before they will care what you know.

When dealing with people, try to hear them first and understand where they’re coming from and what’s important to them.

To empathize is to put yourself in another’s feelings; see what they see and feel what they feel.

When someone raises a concern or shares an experience with you, try not to invalidate it by your response or quickly offering solutions.

If you lead people you often need them to “come with you” somewhere in order to realize some vision that you collectively share. For people to “come with you” they need to know that they can trust you and that you understand things from their point of view and that you see the validity and importance of that point of view.

One way to do that is to put yourself in their feelings and try to understand things from their point of view. Once they see that you “get it” they will be more ready to go with you wherever you need them to go.

Renee Fleming

Jay Nordlinger talks to Renee Fleming–an American soprano, one of my favourite artists, and “one of the most important singers in the world”.

The Strange Happiness of Germans in the West

To Germans, caution and frugality are signifiers of great moral character. Sure, they favor high-quality consumer goods—but they deliberate on what to buy for years, and expect their possessions to last for decades, from Birkenstocks to $7,000 Miele ovens to Mercedes sedans. Yes, Germany has its super-rich citizens. But most of them, such as the late Albrecht brothers of the Aldi grocery empire, are notoriously reclusive—perhaps because extreme wealth is considered tacky.

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Google responds to the anti-trust ruling with changes to Google Shopping

If you are a keen observer (or Googler of products) you would have noticed some changes to Google’s Product Listing Ads (a.k.a Google Shopping).

Three months ago the European antitrust commission slapped a hefty €2.4 billion fine on the search giant for what it judged as unfair treatment of other vendors. It gave Google 90 days to reform and today Google has responded. Continue reading “Google responds to the anti-trust ruling with changes to Google Shopping”

How to point a Namecheap domain to Siteground and run WordPress

I normally buy all my domains through Namecheap—they’re relatively cost effective, plus it keeps all my domains in one place.

I host my sites though with Siteground.

Whenever I install WordPress, I go through much the same process. I configure my domains to point to Siteground’s name servers. I create a new area in my webspace for the WordPress files and setup the mySQL database to pull those files.

I almost always forget how to do some part of this process so I’m writing it here for future reference.

If you want to use a registered domain with a different web host and run WordPress, I’ll go through my exact process here step by step so you can refer to it as well if you need to. The specific example will be using Namecheap and Siteground but you can do this with another registrar or host—it’s pretty much the same process.

Okay, let’s get into it.

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