Monday, June 17, 2013

No More Techno-Phobia!

plein air, 7" x 5", oil, 'Accent Flowers'

Techno-phobia, is like other phobias, a fear or intense dislike, for technology. It displays a wide range of negative emotions, such as anxiety, incompetence, fear, stress and nervousness.

Symptoms of techno-phobia are:
  • Fear of computers and related technologies
  • Resistance to automating processes
  • Unwillingness to change from one system to another or one software to another
  • Highly critical of any technology changes or implementations
  • Passive resistance to new technology initiatives
  • Unwilling to attend training classes
  • Slow to learn new technologies
  • Providing excuses for not attending training sessions
  • Relentlessly arguing the lack of need for technologies
  • Pleading "the old way is the best way!"
  • Convincing colleagues that "I have made it this far without technology. Why now?"
Do you know someone who manifests these symptoms? Most individuals are unaware that these are symptoms of techno-phobia and even if they are aware, many individuals are reluctant to admit their phobia.

Technology is here to stay. It will not be going away! So, how can we prepare for a world that is so completely different from what it was a decade ago? 

Here's a few ideas: 
  1. Create a friendly learning environment. Educate people that failing a few times while learning new technologies is normal. In fact, the more you fail the more you learn!
  2. Help people take one small step at a time. Reward their efforts and be a mentor.
     3.  Have fun!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

plein air, 10" x 8", 'Flowers of Courage'

You never said I’m leaving
You never said goodbye
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knew why
A million times I needed you,
A million times I cried
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died
In life I loved you dearly
In death I love you still
In my heart you hold a place,
That no one could ever fill
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn’t go alone
For part of me went with you,
The day God took you home.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Interview! Contract! Job!

studio, 16" x 24", oil, 'Early Morning Politician'

"The early bird may get the worm but 
the second mouse gets the cheese!"