We all add value

Posted on 24. Mar, 2014 by in Balance, Constructive living, Leadership

A Chinese water bearer had two large pots, suspended at either end of a yoke or pole borne on his shoulders. One pot was perfect. The other had a crack in it. So after walking from the nearby stream to the cottage, the water bearer had one full pot and a half-empty pot. The perfect […]

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Feed the Eagles

Posted on 08. Mar, 2014 by in Balance, Constructive living, Leadership

A lovely story by Nilofer Merchant. “When I was 20-something … I walked into my boss’s office, the division leader … I told him that I felt like on any given day I was facing a tsunami of things I could pay attention to, and there was no way I could work any harder to […]

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The Trouble Tree

Posted on 08. Mar, 2014 by in Constructive living, Leadership

I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job, a flat tyre made him lose an hour of work, his electric drill quit and his ancient one-ton truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony […]

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Conduct your orchestra, make your music

Posted on 02. Mar, 2014 by in Leadership

The orchestra conductor is the leader of a large and diverse group of musicians. The tempo is constantly changing as the sounds from five groups of musical instruments are blended to create different types of music. The conductor, professionally dressed, is visible to the audience. She faces her orchestra, leading them through a series of practiced […]

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