Archive | January, 2013

Lightening in a Jar

30 Jan

Every once in a while I receive an email that is a really big pick-me-up and perspective re-set.  Take a few moments, watch, listen and enjoy.

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Opportunity

23 Jan

When I was a small boy, I knew an old lady who was a close family friend.

Many years later, returning home for a visit, my mother noted she was in a nursing home and had asked about me. I had an amazing visit with her. She grew up in Serbia and in 1912, when she was 15, her parents packed everything she owned in a small cardboard suitcase and sent her alone on a train on the first leg of a journey to America.

She missed the boat in Cherbourg. The boat was the Titanic. I was stunned. She would have been in steerage and most probably would have drowned. Families in America have many such stories. What motivates people to abandon their ancestral homes and come to a strange land?  For a contemporary story of American migration goto:

http://www.corridorbusiness.com/consulting/a-story-of-american-immigration-hope/

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Positive Psychology

16 Jan

Sometime ago I did a 5-part series on realistic optimism.  This is an excellent example of what is coming to be known as “positive psychology.”  Recently at a meeting where we were discussing leadership, a TED link to Martin Seligman, one of the acknowledged founders of positive psychology, came up.

Seligman, who did the seminal research on optimism, posits, with research support, that there are three types of happiness:

  • The Pleasant Life
  • The Good Life
  • The Meaningful Life

These are intriguing ideas, well worth 20+ minutes of your time.

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Five Tune-Ups For 2013

9 Jan

Here are five tools to tune up your functioning in the New Year.

  1. Ban “reply all.”
  2. Practice the “hard stuff.”
  3. Use the power of Persuasion.
  4. Learn to be annoying.
  5. Re-do your  “to-do” list.

There’s more in-depth at the WSJ site and a link to even more ideas for managerial and personal improvement.

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Jane Austen 2013

2 Jan

In January 200 years ago Pride and Prejudice was published.  This morning in the Iowa City Press Citizen Jane Nardin published an article entitled After 200 Years, the words of Jane Austen ring true.

In case the link doesn’t last, let me share some highlights:

From Mansfield Park: “Tom was better for forever for his illness, he had suffered and he had learned to think, two advantages that he had never known before.”

From Sense and Sensibility about a young man who carries on a long discourse on a topic he knows nothing about:  “Elinor agreed to it all for she did not think she he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.”

From Emma about what will happen to the child of a particularly indulgent young mother.  Mr. Knightly, the most sensible and agreeable man in all of Austen’s novels, comments in a response to Emma:  “Nothing very bad – the fate of thousands.  She will be disagreeable in fancy, and correct herself as she grows older.”

Read the article, it’s a joy.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!