Tao Te Ching…

The pursuit of wisdom, happiness, life’s meaning is as old as history itself, as the Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way) attests.

Tao Te Ching – Amazon

The Tao played a significant role in development of Buddhist thought, classic meditative insights with an emphasis on mindfulness. Centered on principles of Wu Wei naturalness, flow, simplicity. An attitude of spontaneity that fosters individuality, self-awareness.

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Exam hall…

Email: Sister’s 16th birthday. Loves school, social media, jokes. (Spain)

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Types of friends in an examination hall:

1. Mr/Miss Experts

Class toppers. Teachers go to them when in doubt or can’t solve problems. Answer out of syllabus questions!

2. The Indecisive Ones

Even though they know 2 + 3 is 5, check on the calculator twice, just to be sure!

3. The Confused Souls

Ones who wonder why everyone brought a calculator to an english exam? Reality hits when they see the question paper: accountancy test!

4. The Snakes

Each time friends says, “I haven’t even started studying, surely going to fail”. But, well prepared. While we’re struggling to fill the 1st sheet, they’re on 3rd, asking for more!

5. The We-Will-Not-Discuss-The-Paper 

Once exam is over, they won’t discuss anything. Probably, the coolest people! Believe in what’s done is done.

6. The Artists

Always a few who explain each answer with aesthetic flow charts. Use blue, black sketch pens. Answer sheets look more beautiful than our lives?!

7. The Peeping Tom’s

Peeping into friend’s papers with innocent rolling eyes!

8. The Lost Ones

When friends discuss 3rd page’s last question, they go blank. “There was something printed on 3rd page? OMG”

9. The Pretenders

Say they’ve been studying for 8 hours when in reality watching Netflix, chatting!

10. The Braggers

Ones who say they did extremely well but results show otherwise!

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Leadership by algorithm…

Everyone is buzzing about artificial intelligence, but few understand how it’ll affect the way organisations are managed, led. How will algorithms change leadership? Which parts are unlikely to be replaced by machines?

Will our next boss be a robot? Can an A.I. boss display human qualities that define a good leader – empathy, imagination, creativity, strategic awareness?

Leadership by Algorithm (David De Cremer) offers startling insights into leadership qualities needed to balance humans & machines.

Leadership by Algorithm – Amazon

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New selected poems…

To the love of poems. One of the greatest poets of our age. Seamus Heaney was awarded Nobel Prize in Literature (1995) for works of lyrical beauty, depth which exalt every day miracles. Credited poetry with the power to persuade vulnerable parts of our consciousness. 

New Selected Poems – Amazon

Poetry so close to thought, to our world, to emotions. (John Banville)

More than any other poet since Wordsworth, he makes us understand the outside world is not outside, but what we are made of. (John Carey)

Heaney’s voice is mythological & journalistic, rural & sophisticated, reminiscent & impatient, stern & yielding, curt & expansive. (Helen Vendler)

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