I wanted to share with you one of my professional experiences as a helicopter pilot.
It was about twelve years ago in French Guiana. We used to regularly perform medevac flights during night hours since military personnel were the only ones allowed to perform such flights. Civilian helicopters were not authorized to do night flights back in this time.
My memory probably has some gaps now. I might be mixing together some elements of many different missions from that period of time. But that is not what matters… it’s the memorable elements and feelings that are true.
Coincidence of the calendar since New York Fashion Week has just concluded…
I wanted to share with you guys a glimpse into a moment. The kind of moment where art, beauty and happenstance come together and plunge you into a frenetic and prolific desire to express yourself. Continue reading “Be inspired…”
Films, Books, TV, Art, Social Media, Press, Blogs just like this one, Studies have never been so numerous and so accessible. This is Great! This is so exciting! This is physically exciting in fact. This post of Hugh McGuire on hbr.org – How Making Time for Books Made Me Feel Less Busy – actually reminds us how every feed in our lives has a physical impact on us when the release of dopamine in our brains increases the need for a reward when we learn something new. And frankly – it can be exhausting.
Personal branding is a trend. We read a lot about developing a personal brand and sometimes the plethora of information and advice on the topic seems a bit generic and difficult to translate into actual practice. You have to build your personal brand. – You need to work on your elevator pitch. – Highlight what makes you different from the crowd. Yes, you’re right. I’m gonna try.
But, you know what? It’s not that easy to give an elevator pitch when what you do best is to listen.
You probably noticed my absence last week. Yep, sometimes you need to get out of the city and it is so refreshing to find and explore new places. I just wanted to share with you some of the treasures I had a chance to discover along the road through Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Let’s be excessive. Sometimes I can be a bit Obsessive Compulsive… but I know how to pace myself.
Yes, I have to admit that I love to be organized. Either in my job or in my life I love a sense of order, cleanliness, simplicity and easy access to the information or objects that I need. It helps me to get things done and to stay focused. I love art and beauty too and the act of creation sometimes has to be messy.
Being organized is a full time job. It easily can become burdensome, and requires dedication and hard work. You can’t be lazy! To master the art, you have to rapidly learn the skills required or you’ll quickly get overwhelmed. And at some point, you have to learn to delegate even if you fear that the end result won’t necessarily be as well executed as that you could achieve if you did it yourself. The important thing is to have confidence in your ability to teach someone the proper and expected way to do the task, and to understand that people can learn – and surpass – your expectations.
As a user of different technologies, products and tools I am continuously interacting with interfaces which allow me to take control of them. I sometimes also have to struggle with them!
My eyes cross checking the parameters of the control panel of my single seat aircraft making sure that they’re all green; my hands exerting light pressure on the cyclic and collective pitch to maintain the steady hovering of my military transport helicopter despite the wind; visualizing the complexities of a comprehensive financial situation through a simple graphic; browsing and setting up my operating system to make it mine; the softness of my fingers on the keys of the piano to evoke the sound I desire.
Designing the right interface for your tools is the key of their success.
What would have become of the wheel if we hadn’t invented the steering wheel?
I love interfaces. They make you feel in control and allow you to use tools as extensions of yourself.
Simplicité et ergonomie pour faire corps avec la machine.
While deciding what topic to cover in my first official post, this subject struck me as being an obvious starting point…
I spent quite a few hours browsing, studying and thinking through the various methods for starting a new blog. The reviews of the different options offered by numerous website builders made them quite appealing and seemed to present an easy way to get started.
However, I felt they were still missing something essential…
I’m an engineer; I like to understand how things works and as any Executive or Pilot I like to be in control and to keep my options open to drive my course. My analysis drove me to not choose what seemed like the easiest way to proceed. After research and consideration I decided to build my website from scratch in a more modular, evolutive and polyvalent way.
Comme ce vieux dicton Français qui nous suggère de ne pas mettre tous ses œufs dans le même panier.
One never knows in which direction the wind and the flo(w) will ultimately drive him… All I needed were the tools to control the drift and to maintain flexibility to make decisions that would enable me to potentially change my selected path at any given landmark.