Monthly Archives: January 2016

How to Stay Calm When You Know You’ll Be Stressed by Daniel Levitin

TED Talk

You’re not at your best when you’re stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there’s a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded — the pre-mortem. “We all are going to fail now and then,” he says. “The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be.”

In other words “fail forward”, fail in the direction of the goal or mission.


Leadership is not Management its Engagement Part 1

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One strategy is get results quickly

The leader’s job is to inspire and motivate. In his 1989 book “On Becoming a Leader,” Warren Bennis composed a list of the differences:

– The manager administers; the leader innovates.

– The manager is a copy; the leader is an original.

– The manager maintains; the leader develops.

– The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.

– The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.

– The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.

– The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.

– The manager has his or her eye always on the bottom line; the leader’s eye is on the horizon.

– The manager imitates; the leader originates.

– The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.

– The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is his or her own person.

– The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.

Taking a Chance, 30 seconds can change your life.

Michael Pollack, started playing piano at the age of seven and began performing with world-class musicians at many of New York City’s most famous music clubs not long after. He soon met Richie Cannata, Billy Joel’s longtime saxophonist who invited Michael to play with him at many of his New York City engagements.

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During a Q&A at Vanderbilt University, Michael Pollack asked his childhood idol Billy Joel if he could accompany him on “New York State of Mind.” To his surprise, Joel agreed. Pollack talks about the incredible opportunity, after which Joel told the audience to remember Pollack’s name.

In this  YouTube video of Michael and Billy doing their thing.

Billy Joel at the end of the clip says, “Take a chance”.

What are you preparing for?, and further would you have the courage to stand and ask for a chance?

Sometimes, a little bit of courage will change your life.

Again, What are you preparing for?