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Duke Ellington the famous Jazz Composer, Band Leader and Pianist was asked in an interview how he had managed to keep the same dedicated players of such a high standard and level of commitment in his band for so long. His reply after some time for thought was : “Well, I find paying them helps”.
I’ve been thinking over what has come into our “community” in the last few weeks, especially from you Walter - Thank you and it’s inspired the following thought :-
“What is it that enables you to get the best out of yourself? What is that enables you to get the best out of others?”
Duke Ellington, jokingly put it simply down to money. But how do you create motivation in yourself and others? Do you have any ideas?
If you need some help – have a look at this website www.TED.com and particularly the contribution of Dan Pink. It inspired me to reflect...
Enjoy your thoughts... and the Video... if you feel you need it. It’ll be interesting for us all to see your reactions.
These are really creative print ads. Some incorporating a mixture of print, new technology and direct target participation. The last, "sticky" one is absolutely brilliant at making its point.
This is an excerpt from a report published 13/6/2011 on the Al Jazeera English website. To read the entire article click the link below (there's also a video report by Alan Fisher):
What are your thoughts on the referendum's outcome and what does this mean for the future of Italy and Italian politics?
Silvio Berlusconi has suffered a humiliating defeat after Italians turned out in large numbers to vote in referendums which the Italian prime minister had encouraged them to boycott.
The proposals to repeal Berlusconi-era legislation on nuclear power, water privatisation and trial immunity for government ministers were backed by opposition parties and opposed by the centre-right.
Interior ministry figures put the turnout at 57 per cent, a huge change from the lacklustre participation in previous referendums, and 95 per cent of the votes counted backed the motions.
Berlusconi had declared that he would not cast a vote, but the unusually high turnout dashed any hope he may have had that the necessary quorum of 50 per cent would not be reached.
Everyone, it seems, are stressed out. It's particularly bad at this time of the year where we are just a month and a half away from summer holidays. We've all read about the causes, the cures, and much much more. But here's a very scientific look at stress. I found this documentary to be a real eye-opener. I highly recommend watching it.
Here's latest piece sent in by Chris Fogg.
Most of us I believe, present ourselves with challenges at certain times in our lives.
I think it’s because we have an innate need to progress. We are never completely satisfied with our present, we always wish to strive for something better. Surely that’s why we are no longer apes but have become Human Beings? Even in monkeys, chimpanzees for example, they find that curiosity stimulates them to play and learn.
Why are they still monkeys?
Maybe because they have never been presented regularly enough with things to arouse their curiosity through contact with man – essentially they have always remained in the same environment. So they have not progressed, even if they may have the intelligence to do so. The difference is that we in our world are continually faced with something new in our experience and we can choose to face the challenge or not.
Facing challenges is necessary if you want to progress.
The problem for us Human Beings is that we don’t find it easy to face up to our inadequacies – monkeys are not gifted with a sense of shame as we are – failing with our expectations of ourselves or failing in the eyes of others and, what we may believe, are their expectations of us.
Inadequacies that you fear you may have – may not actually exist.
Children learn more quickly than adults – they are too young to know what shame is and have no expectations of themselves, and don’t know that others have expectations of them.
So – smile – be like a child – learn from them – don’t worry about inadequacies and failure – face the challenge – enjoy it and so try to progress. And if you can - turn your progress into something that can help others to progress too.