Newsletter 36 : 9 june 2010
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“I work for a company which is very enthusiastic about promoting people who work hard and are well qualified. Without wanting to blow my own trumpet too much, I have both attributes. However, several of my co-workers seem to envy me and are giving me the cold shoulder. I assume it’s because I have a lot of things going for me and, of course, everyone is jealous of the person who has been there the least amount of time, but who gets promoted quickest. I am very ambitious and keen to do well, but I don’t want to alienate myself from everyone. How should I deal with such a situation?”
Before you read Jeremy Bullmore‘s answer [scroll down to “I’m a victim of my own success…”] what would you advise? Incidentally, we don’t agree with the answer, on the grounds that it is hard to not do something. (For example, don’t think of a purple spotted orange. There! You’ve done it. And, if you hadn’t done it then, you have now.) We suggest it might be more helpful for the questioner to adopt a different, positive approach, for example applying the leadership principle: “make the other person more important than you.”
Music is an outburst of the soul
Frederick Delius, composer (died 10 June 1934)
Mary Chapin Carpenter is often unfairly labelled as a country and western singer. In fact, her songs have infinitely more subtlety, poetry and depth than that and what is interesting is that, although she writes in a self-imposed restricted style, over and over again she finds little novelties and felicities with which to grace her songs. These two are among forty or more excellent songs she’s written. This is a recreation of smalltown America, and here is a remarkable evocation of memory. The Queen of Bittersweet. (dur: each 4-6 min)
One of our precepts is “Deal with the world as it is, not as you would like it to be”. (Because it is the way it is, however much we want it to be – or believe it ‘should’ be – something else.) Why do people see the Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich or hear demonic lyrics in Stairway to heaven? Using video and music in this TED talk, Michael Shermer shows how we convince ourselves to believe otherwise. (duration 13:29)
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
Alexander the Great (died 10 June 323BCE)
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If you have been, thank you for reading.
Kay and Jeremy
Compiled by Jeremy Marchant . added 21 february 2015 . [one link has died, so the item has been removed] . image: screen grab from video