What I’m good with
Problems. I love problems. The more complex and weird, the better. The more mundane also, the more exciting. Example:
Mathematician: ‘How can I formalize a proof for this theorem?’
Me: ‘Like this’.
Result: The professor formalizes his proof, publishes his finding in a solid journal, and gets invited as a keynote to talk about it at a prestige university.
Job seeker: ‘What does it take for me to score at the upcoming job interview?’
Result: Job seeker gets the job and sends me a surprise gift.
Mother of three: ‘How can I handle my teenage son?’
Me: ‘Like this.’
Result: Mother gives problem son a specific task and is free of grunts.
I’m good with distinction. Between clarity and conflict. But I use cards to get to the core of a problem.
I could use what some Harvard business professor devises as a model of efficiency for your company, or what a psychology professor prescribes as a cognitive path for your soul, but what interests me is how we move beyond mainstream, self-conscious models that quickly turn into reductive clichés.
Cards are good at demystifying cultural consecrations.