Horoscopes 2.

After I finished off with my post Horoscopes, it occurred to me that I should write one observation that would be applicable to all. I was spared the effort when I was given this as a reading for me on answering a quiz. Just look how clever the content writer is! I can’t think of anybody who would not be pleased with this observation!

“Your life hasn’t always been simple, and you obviously have quite a few skeletons in your closet, but you never let these things stop you. Your past difficulties are what made you who you are today, they built you and they represent a significant part of your personality. Although it was easier to escape and not to cope, you chose to stay and overcome all obstacles and learned a great deal during your life journey. Deep down you know that standing face to face with your inner demons, and overcoming them is the way to a better future.”

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Neumanisms.

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The Problem With Millennials.

I came across this very interesting video clip which I hope my readers will find interesting too.

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Where Should I Live?

As I occasionally do when I have some free time, I took a quiz on what kind of a place I should live in, and this is the result that I got.  Please click on the image to get a larger resolution.

Amazing that the quiz found exactly the kind of place and life style that I am already living in including a dog and two kids! It is not quite the same kind of cottage as in the picture but, our home does have a garden with mock picket fencing and is in the suburbs of a large city.

Perhaps you should try your hand at it too!

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Can A Truly Decent Man Be An Effective Leader?

My fellow 2 on 1 Friday blogger Shackman asks this innocuous question which in my opinion has only one answer. Only a truly decent man can be an effective leader.

I can simply rest my case here and end this post but, I will disappoint Shackman and so will continue.

“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”
~ Ekoshapu.

My working life included experiences of working under leaders and other figures in positions of authority. I therefore believe that I have the necessary qualification to make that observation. Fortunately for me, I had more leaders than others to report to and so was able to work under stress free conditions for most of my working life.

An effective leader can inspire one to perform whereas the other type of Superior expects obedience and therefore gets only what the book says and not that extra something that inspired work can deliver.

The difference between the two types of authority figures essentially lies in the first treating his subordinates as people whereas the latter treats the subordinates as subordinates. It does not take much discussion to decide that the former is a decent human being whereas the latter is not, let me qualify, in that particular role. Even decent human beings become different in their behaviour when given positions of authority and that is why I needed to express that qualification. On the other hand, an effective leader is a decent human being in all situations.

“Position gives authority and authority gives power, but only good behaviour begets respect”

Positions and Titles give power. Take away the title and power goes away. Any title, position or power, unless it is built on justice, can not endure. Greatness does not lie in just being strong but equally in the right use of strength.

His Phone rang in church by accident during prayers…
The Pastor scolded him.
The worshippers admonished him after prayer for interrupting the silence.
His wife kept on kept on lecturing him on his carelessness till they reached home.
You could see the shame, embarrassment and humiliation on his face.
*He has never stepped foot in the church ever again.*

That evening, he went to a bar.
He was still nervous and trembling.
He spilled his drink on the table by accident.
The waiter apologized, gave him a napkin to clean himself up.
The janitor also mopped the floor.
The female manager offered him a complimentary drink.
She also gave him a huge hug and kissed him while saying “Don’t worry man. Who doesn’t make a mistake?”
*He has never stopped going to that bar since then*

“You can make a difference by how you treat people especially when they make mistakes.”

I hope that my readers are as eager as I am to see what Shackman has to say on the matter in his blog.

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The Idea Of A Husband.

“At a banking conference in Hong Kong I was seated at dinner next to a brilliant young banker. She was 37 years old and enjoying a very successful career and she taught me many things over dinner about current issues and trends in Asia. Then we started talking about our personal lives. “Do you plan to have a family?” I asked. I didn’t mean to be rude; we Swedes (nowadays) like to talk about these things. And she had no problem with my honest question. She smiled and looked over my shoulder at the sun setting over the bay. She said, “I am thinking about children every day.” Then, she looked me straight in the eye. “It is the idea of a husband I can’t stand.”

~ Hans Rosling.

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Wisdom And Virtue.

“Nature does not give a man virtue; the process of becoming good is an art.”

~ Seneca.

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Blog Humour.

A friend sent this cartoon to me on WhatsApp. I responded with a link to my latest blog post. He responded saying that he reads all my posts as he subscribes to them and gets email alerts. I tried again and said, “The cartoon refers.” He still could not get it! He responded with “What cartoon?”

I finally had to explain that I sent him the link to my post in response to the cartoon of the spider inviting the fly into his website!

He finally got the joke and confessed to being a tubelight! (Tubelight is a term used here to refer to someone slow on the uptake.  A tubelight, unlike other bulbs takes some time to light up when switched on.)

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Work Life Balance.

Two images that were shared with me recently need wider readership.

The first one is this.

The next one is in a blog post by my friend Ekoshapu.

Thank you Ekoshapu.

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Monsoon Season.

In my post Favourite Time Of The Year I had indicated that it was the monsoon season.

Here is a short clip that shows some excellent scenes from the state where I live, Maharashtra. I can take you to places like this within fifty kms from my residence during the monsoon season.

I wish that I knew the cameraman’s name to give him credit for this excellent work through Camera Drone. I however thank my friend Hari for sending me this clip that brings back so many memories for me.

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