Why You Should Talk To Strangers

 Jul 31, 2014  |   Filed under: business, personal, leadership  |   Tags: Body & Mind, .NET, Programming, Challenge, Psychology, Learning, Opinion

After I attended Euruko 2011 I got an idea for a talk; a talk that was about developers just getting along. I knew this would be a really hard topic to sell so I wrapped it up in a nice package with some examples of what you could learn from other programming languages.

The abstract was purposefully misleading in order to get me invited to speaking events. Surprisingly the talk took of like a rocket; I’ve honestly lost count of how many times I performed it in 2012 and early 2013.

The key point in “Why you should talk to strangers” gravitates around social identity theory and how we try really hard to identify ourselves with an in-group, but in order to have an in-group we need to create an out-group; A them; we can’t have familiars without foes.

The tricky thing about social identity theory is that we are not willing to admit our bias or phobia. We hide it behind common sense and other explanations. But on the upside research shows that when we become conscious of our biases we can take steps to combat them. That is why I created “Why you should talk to strangers”.

Even if you are not a developer you might enjoy the first section of “Why you should talk to strangers”. It has been filmed and posted to the Internet twice! Both from Devday 2012 and Leetspeak 2012!

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Don't Jump the Gun on Criticism

 Dec 9, 2013  |   Filed under: business, personal, software development  |   Tags: Body & Mind, Challenge, Change, Consulting, Learning, Opinion, Philosophy

Earlier this year I wrote a blog post on our company blog about one of our core values "Challenge the World". This is not only one of our company values but something I have been subscribing to myself for quite a while. This has often been a successful way of approaching things for me. However in certain instances my questioning didn't lead anywhere and I've come to reflect over why this might be. I think...

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Kill the Goat

 Nov 21, 2013  |   Filed under: business  |   Tags: Challenge, Change, Entrepreneurship, Learning, Philosophy

Yesterday I was at the regional finals of EY Entrepreneur of the Year to support my long time friend and partner in business Deniz Yildirim. Deniz managed to snag the “Male Rising Star of the Year” award and moved on to the national finals in Stockholm. Someone else who moved on to the finals was Hossein Sadr of Carpetvista. Hossein, who won the “International Growth of the Year” award, told an interesting story which has...

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Third Time's the Charm

 Jun 26, 2012  |   Filed under: business, offtopic  |   Tags: Business, Change, Learning, Opinion, Philosophy, Theory

"Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not." --Virgil Thomson I saw this quote, or some form of it, on twitter today. It struck a chord with me because it resonates well with a thought I've been carrying around for a couple of years now. What...

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Installing IronRuby from Source on Mono

 Jun 6, 2011  |   Filed under: software development  |   Tags: .NET, IronRuby, mono, Programming, Ruby

This whole thing started as an effort to get IronRuby on board the rvm train. I started looking around for documentation on how to build/install IronRuby from source with Mono but the blogs and documentation I found where mostly outdated and full of broken links. I guess this is due to the bumpy ride IronRuby has had with owners, repositories and build processes changing several times in a short period of time. In order to...

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