sábado, 7 de novembro de 2009

Tu e o teu caderno preto

Estás sentado no café da esquina. Tu e o teu caderno preto.

Um prato vazio e um café que arrefece. A garrafa de água aberta. Olhas a rua na grande metrópole. Olhas sem ver porque tens os pensamentos perdidos, um turbilhão de ideias sem ordem nem razão.

Inesperadamente um pensamento cai em ti como um meteorito que entra ardente na atmosfera e te impacta fundo. Será, provavelmente, a última vez que te sentas nesse café de esquina. Tu e o teu caderno preto.

Quantas vezes o fizeste? Muitas, muitas, centenas concerteza. Após um lustro, um lustro de pensamentos no teu caderno preto, não precisas de pedir. Sabem quem és, que café queres, a tua mesa preferida, quem entra, a terceira junto à janela de onde podes ver o cruzamento e as pessoas que correm apressadas.

Olhas pela janela e começas a ver. O céu está azul, limpo como só consegue estar nas manhãs frias, incorrupto, sem núvens, o sol baixo faz brilhar a grande metrópole.

Vês passar os carros, os táxis, os autocarros, vês gente que caminha apressada e outros que aproveitam a manhã de sol para passear.

Não há pausa na cidade, há sempre um carro parado no semáforo, gente que atravessa a rua. Centenas de anónimos como tu.

Sorris, dás-te conta que a cidade continuará a mesma sem ti, levantas-te, fechas o teu caderno preto e caminhas até a casa confundido com a multidão.

Fica a esquina, o café da esquina, a terceira mesa junto à janela onde passaste horas. Tu e o teu caderno preto.

quinta-feira, 5 de novembro de 2009

Um bocadinho de mim

Estes dias fiz um curso de “soft skills” que me assustou pela extrema qualidade. Nunca fui muito de acreditar nestes cursos com técnicas fabricadas para convencer, influenciar ou vender, mas este método parte de nós, das nossas forças e fraquezas e das daqueles com quem lidamos e como nos devemos moldar às características dos outros.

O resumo da minha análise depois de uns quantos questionários e uma entrevista com uma psicóloga é o texto transcrito abaixo. Quem me conhece, faça o favor de comentar.

Personal Style
Melões likes to develop models for improving the way to solve difficult problems. He is highly independent and can live and work quite contentedly in modest surroundings. He has an ever-present internal critic who judges everything he thinks and does. He uses his thinking to run as much of the world as he can and is in his element when a situation needs to be organised, criticised or regulated. Although disinterested in purely scholastic pursuits, knowledge is important for its immediate usefulness to him.

He is keen to pick out logical inconsistencies. He typically does not take constructive criticism and disagreement personally. He welcomes though, accurate, unrelenting critiques as helpful in achieving the highest levels of performance and objectivity. Both for himself and others, fun, relaxation and free time are scheduled and prioritised events. He prefers to be left to work quietly on his own, which is when he achieves his best work. The process of objective analysis is a source of great enjoyment to him, with the outcome often of much less importance. He may sometimes take over work of others rather than leave important tasks undone, or done poorly. He is seen as practical, trustworthy and dedicated to preserving traditional values. Because he relies heavily on logical analysis, he can overlook what matters to others. His strong sense of personal values may make him reserved around strangers whose values he feels may conflict with his own. Although objective, he may be more interested in finding creative solutions to problems than in seeing those solutions become reality.

Melões is an analytical thinker, who prefers to be fully objective in his work. He is aesthetically appreciative and values quality. He often sees when colours match or blend and may have a highly developed taste for art, music and food. He is good at organising and bringing ideas into the plan. As he likes conversation to be purposeful, and may argue practicalities to the point of hair-splitting, he tends to be convinced only by reason. His aim is to fit all the pieces of the jigsaw together into a complete picture, but for Melões the jigsaw keeps expanding with the discovery of every new piece.

He likes to make rules based on his own standards and to apply those rules to everyday life. Melões is seen by many people as being independent and self-contained. He sometimes feels less than adequate when he thinks the effort of living up to his own high standards of perfection. He is strongly motivated and get things right, especially factually, and to be most effective he should be allowed to operate in a private environment. He is quiet, reserved and distant, with a thoughtful appearance.

Interacting with others
Melões applies objective analysis to most things, including people. Although he has a good understanding of facts, figures and ideas he may sometimes struggle to present them to others and have them understood and accepted. He doesn’t often encourage others to challenge his views. He uses his thinking to analyse the world, not to control it, but his reliance on thinking makes him appear impersonal and critical. He may mistrust authority and hierarchy and will choose to remain neutral rather than be drawn into supporting lost “underdog” causes.

He is reluctant to display his emotions to others. He may sometimes encounter difficulties in communications because he would prefer everyone to be as logical and analytical as he is himself. He will often do without something rather than reach out to others to get it. He may seek to reduce his personal needs rather than be dependent on other people. He needs to know that he is making a unique contribution to the world he lives in. Roles that require empathy and sympathy may not suit him, as despite his concern for others, he is likely to be more content dealing with things rather than with people.

He dislikes being criticised by others as he is already heavily burdened by his inner voice of self-judgement. He can be independent to the point of stubbornness and places a high value on professionalism. He does not take criticism personally and his often surprised to discover that others may be hurt or offended by the constructive criticism he can offer. His abilities may not be readily recognised or accepted, as he may be seen as somewhat aloof by others. His interests do not help social encounters, where he is often perceived as distancing himself from social contact.

Decision Making
Melões’ quizzical and probing nature may create solutions which open up fresh processes. His quiet demeanour often allows him to get agreement to his alternative solutions. He views life as an intellectual challenge and needs to think things through before deciding. He may lack patience with others who are less focused on the job in hand. His natural introversion does not prevent him from making critical and incisive comments with conviction and presence.

He usually delays decision making until the facts and details are available. He tends to make sound future decisions only after deep reflection. He applies analysis and objectivity to discover the underlying principles, relying on clear thinking in making decisions. He may occasionally be slow at coming to a decision, or try to have a decision reversed, as he has a need to analyse all the available alternatives. He makes decisions after a great deal of thought and he may not be dissuaded by emotional or muddled arguments.
Melões is able to readily grasp any underlying principles and make decisions based on logic, rather than on how people feel. He is not usually prepared to commit to high risk decisions. He is impressed by reason and logic and prefers to focus his thinking on the underlying principles. Melões’ many accomplishments are achieved mainly though determination and perseverance in reaching or exceeding his high standards. With a love of problem solving, he can be very perceptive and has a highly developed capacity for inner reflection."