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Sangam, landscape and love poetry

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Vaidehi “Vi” Herbert will tell you she is not a poet or a language scholar. She is simply passionate and disciplined.

Herbert has dedicated the last three years to studying Tamil, one of the classical languages of India, and translating hundreds of ancient Sangam poems from her second language into English. She is originally from Tamil Nadu, located in southern India, where the language has official status.

“No other scholar in Tamil Nadu or from other countries have translated this volume of literature,” Dr. Rukmani Ramachandran, Herbert’s teacher and an assistant professor of Tamil at Queen Mary’s College in Chennai, wrote in an email. “Her passionate love for Sangam poetry knows no bounds.”

The Sangam genre of poetry dates from approximately 300 B.C. to 300 A.D. There are 18 Sangam Tamil books containing 2,381 poems written by 473 poets, 102 of whom remain unknown.

So far, Herbert has translated approximately 1,800 of those poems into English, with plans to complete the remainder over the next year. She has co-authored three books with Rukmani, with five more in the works and has set up more than 20 websites dedicated to teaching Sangam.

“This is something I am doing with passion,” she said. “I spend, on average, 13 to 15 hours per day.”

Herbert’s goal is simple — to share the beautiful poetry with the world.

In her “Introduction to Sangam Literature,” Herbert writes that the poems are “delightful in language and thought, scant in lines but rich in content and filled with human emotions intertwined with the natural elements found in the Tamil country.”

To put it simply, Sangam is “ancient, secular landscape and love poetry,” Herbert says.

“About 75 percent of the literature is love and nature poetry,” she said. “In every poem plants, trees, flowers, animals, mountains, streams, ocean, etc. are used as metaphors and similes. Human emotions are brought out through the nature of nature.”


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Why coaching, not gadgets, is key to getting the most out of employees

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Research suggests that managers need to become coaches to get the best out of their employees.

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Research shows that coaching is more effective for performance than gadgets and hacks. Is your manager your coach?
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Good reinforcement of the role of managers in coaching their team members. Helping managers make time and space through one on ones etc. can have a massive impact on performance (engagement, productivity, alignment, focus, development). 

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Finding Excellence Starts with People

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One of the first business books I ever read was “In Search of Excellence”, that's why having Tom Peters, the author, and one of the most exceptiona

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The Simple Question That Will Always Motivate You

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Founder and CEO of Gravity Payments, Dan Price, tells you the secret to staying motivated in your career.

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How to be resilient: 'self-awareness is fundamental'

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Practise mindfulness, join support groups and take time away from technology were some of the tips from the experts in our live chat

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Lead Yourself Before Leading A Team

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"If you are not leading yourself, then you will be failed. Do you know why? I have a reason. At last, you are also part of the team. If you are leading yourself, means you are going by the same rule, the team is going by or I can say even harder rules for you. And, then your mind speaks to you."
 

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First comes trust

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Stephen Covey's book, The Speed of Trust, hits the nail on the head - the need for trust is one of the main foundations of business.


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Transformation Practice: The Key to Making Change a Core Competency

There is a fundamental flaw in how many people think about digital transformation. First, as we’ve written about extensively at Intellyx, people tend to think about it as a finite corporate project, rather than as a process of continual transformation. 

There is a deeper flaw in thinking, however, that leads to this type of project mentality. Enterprise leaders commonly think of transformation as something done at a corporate level — something the organization does to itself. 

But that mindset creates a separation between the act of transformation at an organizational level and the transformation that must occur within each individual to make organizational transformation a reality. 

The truth, however, is that there is no such thing as organizational transformation – at least not in the way people think about it. After all, organizations are merely collections of people with shared goals and objectives. Therefore, personal transformation becomes manifest at an enterprise level as it spreads across the organization. 

Transformation Practice: The Key to Making Change a Core CompetencyMaintaining an exclusively organizational focus is where most transformation efforts go off the rails. Enterprise leaders fail to make transformation personal.

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Five Ways to Benefit from Embracing Spontaneity and Disorder

These days it’s hard to avoid the admonishments of self-titled productivity gurus that we should take more control over our lives, calendars, and in-boxes. But there are countless examples of creative and entrepreneurial minds soaring to their greatest heights through the exact opposite approach.

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Sexual vs. Emotional Intimacy: Do You Know The Difference?

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MOOC: Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects | Coursera

MOOC: Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects | Coursera | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. We’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. We’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.

 

 


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Ultimately teachers strive to help their students 'learn how to learn'.  This is the topic of a free online course from Coursera. 

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Este curso MOOC elaborado por la  Universidad de California en San Diego te enseña a como  aprender a aprender . Así como estos hay miles de cursos gratuitos a los que se puede acceder desde cualquier plataforma en línea. Uno elige lo que necesita en función de sus necesidades de aprendizaje. Si no se quiere entender que ello cambiara la enseñanza superior en pocos años, es estar ciego a lo que se viene. No hay futuro para la educación tradicional, no para el 90% de las instituciones educativas actuales si no cambian radicalmente su modelo educativo.

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Reinvent Yourself Before You’re Forced To

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Things work … until they don’t.

We bought stories previously that made sense. Advertising works because people pay attention. A horse and buggy is the way to travel. Everyone should meet for lunch to do business. Conglomerates are responsible for the news.


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Flourishing Together: Guide To Appreciative Inquiry Coaching | Ebook

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Reframing Problem Solving with the Appreciative Inquiry 4 D Cycle - Brilliant or Insane - @AngelaStockman

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Have you ever noticed how, as leaders, we’re often far more sensitive to people’s weaknesses than we are to their strengths? And once we’ve targeted a weakness, do you ever notice how common it is for us to slide into problem-solving mode?

Lately, I’ve been experiencing daily reminders of how this inhibits us from recognizing what people are good at and helping them use their strengths to serve others. I’m reminded of this every time I watch a teacher slide into editing mode before she provides a learner narrative feedback.  I’m reminded of this every time I watch an administrator rush to make judgments about the observations gathered during a lesson study. And I’m reminded of this every time I listen as two people on opposite sides of an issue fail to practice active listening or check their confirmation bias.

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Which of these habits is keeping you from being a great communicator?

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These habits can suck the life from your conversations, says sound consultant Julian Treasure. Read this and strengthen your gift of gab.

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An old African proverb says, "When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside can do you no harm."

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Lead Yourself Before Leading A Team

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Learn to ask effective questions - such a great skill, that you'd be suprised many people don't have...


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Talent is an organizational capability

Everyone knows what talent management means, right? Yet despite widely accepted common practice, most talent management approaches fall way short of the mark when it comes to improved strategy execution and organizational effectiveness. 

When we talk about accomplishing business objectives and achieving strategic success, the talent that’s embodied in people plays a critical role: without the contributions of individuals, nothing would ever happen. Yet this traditional way of defining and focusing on talent leaves a gaping hole in what we need to know: there are other major components of work design that must be included to optimize organizational performance and achieve strategic success. No one is an island, and that applies in spades at work. 

Individual performance depends on a lot more than individual competencies: it requires the right motivation and job design. And looking at performance one person or role at a time (traditional talent management) loses sight of how the organization design and culture, along with business and HR processes, combine together to produce the desired business results. That’s how the individual plus organizational aspects of talent come together to produce strategy execution and organizational effectiveness.

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5-Hour Rule: If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible

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Why did the busiest person in the world, former president Barack Obama, read an hour a day while in office? Why has the best investor in history, Warren Buffett, invested 80% of his time in reading…

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Empathy: The Royal Road to Intimacy | Psychology Today

Empathy: The Royal Road to Intimacy | Psychology Today | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

What is more intoxicating than someone who is into you?

 

Let me explain what I mean by empathy and its' connection to intimacy. Empathy is when you resonate with your partner emotionally as your partner resonates with you emotionally. Not only that, but you transcend yourself and experience your partner's inner life, emotions, intentions, goals, and desires as your partner experiences yours. What could be more intimate than tuning into your partner as he or she tunes into you?

 

In case you are thinking this all sounds incredible, it is not. Researchers in Parma Italy made a ground breaking discovery. Recent scientific findings show that we have what are called "mirror neurons" that link us to others' internal worlds in a meaningful relationship. In a romantic relationship, matching mirror neurons act like mirrors and reflect each partner's thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and desires to the other. And so partners walk in each other's shoes emotionally, which is what empathy and intimacy is all about.


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The collaboration curse

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IN MODERN business, collaboration is next to godliness. Firms shove their staff into open-plan offices to encourage serendipitous encounters. Managers oblige their underlings to add new collaborative tools such as Slack and Chatter to existing ones such as e-mail and telephones.

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As a river dies: India could be facing its ‘greatest human catastrophe’ ever

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Everyone else is paying attention to other stuff.

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The Courage of Appreciative Inquiry

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As I reflect on the numerous successes of past positive change programs using Appreciative Inquiry, one element I see is the courage of the leaders who chose to use this approach. For the newcomer to Appreciative Inquiry, it is a very different approach.  Not only is it different, it is also hard to fully understand […]

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