Saturday, August 28, 2010

RANDOM SPOTLIGHT: "It's in the Jeans!"

PRAGMATIC INSIGHTS FROM THE WISE

"... I wrote about neoteny, the zoological term that means "the retention of youthful qualities into adulthood."

The most fortunate old people don't lose the curiosity, energy, playfulness, and joy they had when they were young…

I take an almost childlike pleasure in each new day. There is always something new to see, to taste, to hear, to learn. I live surrounded with people whom I love and who love me...

If I am occasionally grumpier than I used to be, I am also more forgiving. I understand now, as Philo of Alexandria observed two millennia ago, the need to "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

… And every day I remind myself how lucky I have been — to have survived the war, unbroken; to have lived among great m inds; to have fulfilling work; to be greatly loved; to thrive with my loving, gorgeous Grace; to have healthy children; and to have lived to see the development of antibiotics... the defeat of polio, and the birth of the computer age.


The actuarial tables tell me I'm nearer the end than the beginning, but nothing is certain.

Children look at the world with wonder because everything is new. I see the world with the same wide-eyed wonder because everything is different than it was 25 years ago. Or 50. Or 75.

I can't wait to find out what happens next. Every day I look around, and I'm still surprised..."

~ from 'Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership', by Warren Bennis;

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"... so you see, imagination needs moodling; long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling & puttering..."

~ Brenda Ueland, writer & teacher; also author of 'If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence & Spirit';

TODAY'S Q2P (QUESTIONS TO PONDER)

1: Where do we want to go?

2: How do we plan to get there?

3: How will we know that we're there?

4: What will that look like for each business?

5: What will we do to get there? What will we stop doing?

6: How will we organize ourselves?

7: Who will do it? How much can they spend?

8: What exactly must be done?

9: How do we get everyone on board?

10: Where should be? Where are we? What are we doing about the difference?

11: Are we there yet?

12: What went wrong? What went right? What should we change?

[Source: 'Strategic DNA: Bringing Business Strategy to Life', by strategy consultant Lawrence Hobbs;]

Friday, August 27, 2010

TODAY'S Q2P (QUESTIONS TO PONDER)

How can I live a meaningful life?

What is the deepest life I am called to, &

How can I respond to that call?

~ inspired by 'The Hero's Journey: A Voyage of Self-Discovery', by Stephen Gilligen & Robert Dilts;

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"Don't wish for what you want.
Don't wait for what you want.
Command what you want.
& watch it come to you like magic!"

~ Asara Lovejoy, author of the One Command Quantum Success coaching program & radio host for 'Living in the Quantum Field';

Thursday, August 26, 2010

TODAY'S Q2P (QUESTIONS TO PONDER)

Five key questions to consider in your business development:

1) What or who are your targets?

2) What do they care about? What outcomes are they seeking?

3) Where do you find them?

4) What or who influences them?

5) How do they want to engage & eventually buy?

[Source: Notes from My Scratchpad ~ I have forgotten to jot down the original source;]

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"'Opens Your Mind' challenges us to probe our imagination & to unleash our creativity. Let us welcome new ideas & embrace innovations. Then, our future will know no boundaries."

~ Wayne Chou, Managing Director of the Popular chain of retail stores;

NOTES FROM MY SCRATCHPAD: A SUMMARY OF LEADERSHIP DISCIPLINES

Lan Liu, researcher at Peking University's Center for China Strategic Studies & adjunct professor at the Beijing Peter F Drucker Academy, where he teachers leadership courses, summarises the following eight disciplines of leadership in his book, 'Conversations on Leadership: Wisdom from Global Management Gurus':

1) Connecting with people;

2) Learning from failure;

3) Reflecting on experience;

4) Thinking deeply;

5) Storytelling;

6) Being a teacher;

7) Knowing yourself;

8) Becoming yourself;

He emphasises that these leadership disciplines require daily practice & continuing hardwork.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

RANDOM SPOTLIGHT: "What do you believe?"

RANDOM SPOTLIGHT: FORMULATED SOLUTION


Just wonder, how would our life be if it came with a formulated solution?...

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"We put thirty spokes to make a wheel;
But it is on the hole in the center that the use of the cart hinges.
We make a vessel from a lump of clay;

But it is the empty space within the vessel that makes it useful.
We make doors and windows for a room;

But it is the empty spaces that make the room livable.
Thus, while existence has advantages;

It is the emptiness that makes it useful."

- Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu;

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

RANDOM SPOTLIGHT: OXYMORON OR CONUNDRUM?

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"Life is a great adventure. It's not just getting from point-A to point-B, but 'How' & 'Who' you do it with!"

~ Author Unknown;

TODAY'S Q2P (QUESTIONS TO PONDER)

"If you had three days to see, what would you choose to see in those days? Your answer to this question will teach you about what you truly love in your life."

~ Helen Keller;

RANDOM SPOTLIGHT: "I'm New Picasso"

RANDOM SPOTLIGHT: "Anything is Possible!"


Is this gradually becoming a trite, stereotyped expression?

Monday, August 23, 2010

NOSTALGIA: CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF RUSTIC KAMPONG GAMES

These digital snapshots of seemingly rustic kampong games were captured at Jurong Point shopping mall yesterday evening. They certainly brought back sweet childhood memories of my kampong days in Yong Peng, Johor, West Malaysia.

























Sunday, August 22, 2010

ACCIDENT HAPPENS!

A good buddy of mine has sent me the following amusing story, which turns out to be a fascinating ad:

An authentic Chinese Ming vase is up for auction. The bidding opens at a half-million Euros.

Bidding is brisk and each bidder is clearly identified as each raises the bid by 100,000 Euros.

(The exchange rate today is 1 Euro = US$1.54.) Within seconds, the bid stalls at one million Euros, and the gasp from the crowd reflects the excitement that prevails in the room.

The successful bidder is the last one who bid one million, and the auctioneer counts down the bid, "Going once, going twice, and sold to the gentleman sitting in front of me for one million Euros."

Now, you re going to have to see the video for yourself. The auctioneer is exuberant.

The pace is fast ! The language..................never mind if you don't understand.

The conclusion ? Priceless!

LESSON FROM 'THE MAN IN THE ARENA'

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actuallly in the arena, whose face is marred by dust & sweat & blood, who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again & again, because there is no effort without error & shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds, who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, & who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold & timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

~ US President Theodore Roosevelt at the Sorbonne, Paris, 1910;