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Female street artists take to Dubai's walls

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Colourful murals are popping up across the city, but with strict laws governing street art it is often business that has created the platform for expression
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Carmina Burana , Carl Orff (Ponnelle) - YouTube

This was the dramatic rendition of Carl Orff's most famous piece of music, how he wanted it to look but seldom performed as such nowadays. It was finally fil...
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You Can Buy Empathy for $12

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Twisted as it sounds, researchers now think they can reverse long-held biases by dropping some dough on the prejudices.
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Naturally, further research is needed. “We want to identify which incentives work best and when,” says Ginges. Offering your spacey boyfriend money to listen to you, senators money to compromise or Palestinians and Israelis money to come to the negotiating table may sound crass. But have we not tried everything else?

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Christo invites public to walk on water

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Artist best known for wrapping Reichstag turns his attention to creating paths in Italian lake
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I look forward to experiencing this in June!

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Upcoming Exhibitions | Sleepless – The bed in history and contemporary art

Upcoming Exhibitions | Sleepless – The bed in history and contemporary art | Tread Lightly | Scoop.it
Location: 21er Haus Watch the Video More than forty years ago, John Lennon and Yoko Ono got into bed to protest against the war. The world’s most popular artist couple of that time made their honeymoon public by stating:...
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I missed it this visit, but soon I need to see this exhibition - all about Beds!

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Ten Things To Know About Medieval Monsters - Medieval manuscripts blog

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In their new picture book published by the British Library, Medieval Monsters, medieval historian Damien Kempf and art historian Maria L. Gilbert explore the fantastic, grotesque and exuberant world of monsters in the Middle Ages through the images found in illuminated manuscripts, from dragons and demons to Yoda and hybrid...
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It's Monday, the start of a new week. To remind those of you who are 'back in the grind', that there are other things in life as well, here is a wonderful and lighthearted view of Medieval Monsters.  It is based on various Monsters and Creatures found in Medieval Manuscripts and is really worth a look.

BTW: the first little guy could have been a forerunner of the Ferengi, and as the article makes clear, the last one was probably a model for Yoda as this post here makes clear: http://goo.gl/vkUZpE  ;
And do actually read the text, it's very amusing.  If nothing else, it may inspire you to find parallels and new ways to view certain colleagues, customers or bosses.
 
Enjoy and do tread lightly when announcing your discoveries,
 
  #art   #treadlightly #medieval

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Slow down, ideas are fragile things: Give it five minutes - (37signals)

Slow down, ideas are fragile things: Give it five minutes - (37signals) | Tread Lightly | Scoop.it

Ideas are often shot down an killed before they are even fully born. So often someone comes up with a thought, a glimmer, which, with a bit of massaging, could turn into something worth consideration, but is not even considered because someone else immediately sees a potential flaw. 

 

We are all so used to being fast, and not only having the answer, but having it FIRST:

 

"It’s like I had to be first with an opinion – as if being first meant something. But what it really meant was that I wasn’t thinking hard enough about the problem. The faster you react, the less you think. Not always, but often."

 

So, next time someone offers an idea, or even the start of what could be an idea - give it a minute. 

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All you need to know: Bertrand Russell’s Ten Commandments

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The philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote his own personal set of ten commandments. They were published under the title "My Ten Commandments" in Everyman magazine in 1930.
They ran as follows: -
1. ...

 

They still apply, but years later he wrote another set for teachers - this set should be part of any course on leadership or managment:

 

1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.

2. Do not think it worthwhile to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.

3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.

4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that is happiness.

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Spotlight on Association Leadership: Critical skills you’ll need to prepare for 2020

Spotlight on Association Leadership: Critical skills you’ll need to prepare for 2020 | Tread Lightly | Scoop.it

Another "List", this time of skills for leaders in 8-10 years. It is interesting because, perhaps due to the intended audience, all of the skills are very personal and have a social aspect:

Sense-making: Ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed.

Social intelligence: Ability to connect to others in a deep and different way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions.

Novel and adaptive thinking: Proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based.

Although the article was written with associations in mind, I can't see how these skills would not be beneficial for leaders in eompanies, can you?

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Powerpoint is still an issue

Powerpoint is still an issue | Tread Lightly | Scoop.it

It seems that Powerpoint has replaced documents in the world of business for all but contracts.

This brings the inevitable result that people try to cram the content of whole novels onto 87 slides. 

As an alternative, try writing your main story into a real document, with complete sentences and everything (you can still be brief). Then, really take only headlines and follow the guidelines summarized by Scott Eblin. What a difference!

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A Joyous Christmas Wish to All

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Wishing a joyous Christmas and Health, Peace and Happiness in the new Year...
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Give a man a fish: Great Leadership: Ambiguity Breeds Mediocrity

Give a man a fish:   Great Leadership: Ambiguity Breeds Mediocrity | Tread Lightly | Scoop.it

Dave Mastovich writes that ambiguity on the part of a manager in assigning work will lead to mediocre results from the employees.  He then continues to give some tips both to employees (repeat and confirm the task), and the manager (don't just eMail, meet with the employee, be specific). 

Which is fine for starters, and when the work involved is more than completing a simple task I would add that it is always helpful for the employees to be aware of the context.  

It reminds me of the proverb:

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

If you want the task done precisely, explain the exact result you expect. If you want the employee to actively participate in this and future, similar results, involve her in the process leading to the task itself.

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A fun look at some seriously bad habits: 10 Ways to Act More Important Than You Really Are

A fun look at some seriously bad habits: 10 Ways to Act More Important Than You Really Are | Tread Lightly | Scoop.it
I have a gut feeling that this post is going to rub a few people the wrong way. Why? Because many, if not all of the items on the upcoming list are grounded in some degree of reality.

 

A tongue in cheek look at some of the characteristics of important people - or those trying to appear that way.

1. Never show up to a meeting on time.
2. Name drop.

3. Have the biggest chair in the office.

4. Pose like a peacock.

5. Have a lot of LinkedIn connections.

6. Keep a lot of very important books or periodicals on your desk.

7. Talk really loud and don’t worry about listening.

8. Pretend you enjoy the arts.

9. Never answer your own phone, emails, or schedule your own appointments.

10. Use a lot of letters after your name.

 

Was there something on the list that made you cringe? Because that is the one to watch! 

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Once Upon a Time...: "An artist observes, selects, guesses and synthesizes" - the Russian painter Andrei Petrovich Ryabushkin

Once Upon a Time...: "An artist observes, selects, guesses and synthesizes" - the Russian painter Andrei Petrovich Ryabushkin | Tread Lightly | Scoop.it

10 May 1904, the Russian painter Andrei Petrovich Ryabushkin died at the age of 42 in Lubvino, 50 miles southeast of St Petersburg - a short essay on Russian art at the end of the 19th century, Realism and Ryabushkin.

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A wonderful post not only about the artist Andrei Petrovich Ryabushkin, but about the development of painting in the 19th century.

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‘Honoring Nepal’ Review, at the Rubin Museum of Art

‘Honoring Nepal’ Review, at the Rubin Museum of Art | Tread Lightly | Scoop.it
The Rubin Museum of Art responded to the disaster in Nepal with speed and poise with their new show ‘Honoring Nepal.’
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The staff on the Rubin Museum prove 'Agile' is not just for Software.

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Nepal landmarks: Before and after the earthquake

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A strong earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale rocked Nepal on Saturday with tremors felt in India from Delhi to Guwahati and Srinagar to Jaipur. The earthquake, which centered less than 50 miles from...
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The destruction of lives and culture is heartbreaking.

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Christo invites public to walk on water

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Artist best known for wrapping Reichstag turns his attention to creating paths in Italian lake
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Now I know one place I will be visiting in June this year. 

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Picking Up Art Later in Life Could Help the Brain

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You’re never too old to follow your dreams, or so the saying goes.
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One has to wonder at the neuroscience behind this. Could it be that the concentration and focused effort involved in producing 'art' is the reason?

Whatever it is, I think I'll start drawing!

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The Long Marriage of Mindfulness and Money - The New Yorker

The Long Marriage of Mindfulness and Money - The New Yorker | Tread Lightly | Scoop.it
Meditation, like yoga before it, has been fully assimilated into corporate America. Several large companies offer their employees free meditation training.
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There is no Symbol that we can't use: Five Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk - Forbes

There is no Symbol that we can't use: Five Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk - Forbes | Tread Lightly | Scoop.it
Through his example, Starfleet's finest Captain has something to teach us about leadership. Here are five lessons to take on your own voyages.

 

FORBES gets ever more creative with their presentation of leadership characteristics - this time with Captain Kirk.

 

The (unsurprising lessons) are:

1. Never stop learning

2. Have advisors with different world views

3. Be part or the away team (get in the middle of things)

4. Play Poker, not Chess (it's not always the rules that define the game)

5. Blow up the Enterprise - read the article to find out ;-)

 

The whole thing is a bit Tongue-in-cheek, but worth a read, especially for all Strar Trek Fans 

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5 Leadership Lessons: Great Leaders Grow

Ken Blanchard has a new Book out: "Great Leaders Grow", in which GROW stands for:

Gain Knowledge

Reach out to others

Open your world

Walk towards wisdom.

 

A key point of the book is: "The two primary reasons leaders get off track are ego and fear. For many leaders, their ego is fueled by a heightened sense of confidence—you might call it overconfidence or pride. This, combined with the fear of losing control, often prevents leaders from serving people."

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Why Bosses Who are Civilized and Caring, But Incompetent, can be Really Horrible

Why Bosses Who are Civilized and Caring, But Incompetent, can be Really Horrible | Tread Lightly | Scoop.it

Bob Sutton, who writes so wonderfully on-point about bosses, both good and bad, has added a new category of a bad boss - one who is nice but incompetent. The idea behind this is that there are bosses who are actually incompetent, but because they are such nice people, nice to both staff and peers, no one can bring themselves to remove them.

 

To this I would add the category of "Boss as Ineffective Rebel". These are bosses who regularly complain about their own bosses, how they themself understand all the grievances of the staff, but they just can't get through to the jerks upstairs. They always give you the feeling that they feel your pain, would do things differently if they only could, unfortunately......  To top it off, this often leads into long discourses about their pain! 

 

Practiced regularly, this will not make your staff appreciate you more, in fact, the opposite occurs - you have hijacked their story, provided no help, and ultimately actually asked for their empathy because of your own ineffectiveness.

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Your daily duh with a twist: Humble people more likely to be helpful

Your daily duh with a twist: Humble people more likely to be helpful | Tread Lightly | Scoop.it
If you're looking for a helping hand, you're more likely to get it from people who are humble than from those who are more arrogant, a study by researchers at Baylor University has found.

 

Arrogance and conceit, both almost automatic by-products of assertiveness and self esteem, are not conducive to being helpful. This fits well with the recent study showing that 'nice' people are less likely to be viewed as effective managers.

 

So my question is this: if high levels of assertiveness and self esteem are found in most leaders, and that makes it more likely that humility is not their strongest suit, how on earth can we expect them to have true interest in mentoring, fostering, and helping their employees?

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Karin Sebelin's comment, April 30, 2013 1:49 AM
Wonderful article .. thank you! I like this question:"..if high levels of assertiveness and self esteem are found in most leaders, and that makes it more likely that humility is not their strongest suit, how on earth can we expect them to have true interest in mentoring, fostering, and helping their employees?"
Karin Sebelin's curator insight, April 30, 2013 2:25 AM

Read the article: 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/01/02/humility-helpful.html

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Two leaders die, only one will be missed | leadinglightly.com

Two leaders die, only one will be missed | leadinglightly.com | Tread Lightly | Scoop.it
Kim Jong-il & Vaclav Havel die to very different world reactions, one leader will be missed, the other leaves a power vacuum.


This effect is not limited to world leaders. It is often seen in organizations as well. Managers' authority comes not from within, due to character and personality, but from without, from their position.


It is difficult to show the effects of these two different styles. Here however, the differences become apparent in the reactions to the deaths of two well known leaders, each one a representative of one of the styles.


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What's good for the gander is not good for the goose: Humility key to effective leadership

What's good for the gander is not good for the goose: Humility key to effective leadership | Tread Lightly | Scoop.it
Humble leaders are more effective and better liked, according to a study forthcoming in the Academy of Management Journal.PsyPost...


Intuitively, this is something we probably agree with. How much better to work with or for someone able to admit a mistake, or ignorance on a topic, able to apologize, or just someone who has an open mind and doesn't have to be deferred to.  Another interesting fact is that people can tell whether your humility is authentic or not - this is something that really can't be faked.


However, while these facts may appear to be obvious, it turns out that the "humility-bonus" only works well for white males (the author's words, not mine). It seems that both brown males and women have to present more competence and therefore have a hard time being humble as well.  So, as a woman or man of colour, they get you coming and going, don't they? 

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