My great-grandmother, like most women in the early 1900s, had two sets of dishes. One was a plain set for everyday family meals, and the other was a very fancy set that she only brought out on special occasions. Each plate, cup, and saucer was decorated with a design of delicate pink roses, curled ivy, and a beautiful gold inlay that encircled the scalloped edges.
She left the set to my grandmother, who then passed it on to my mother, who quickly discovered that fine china with gold detail is no match for the power of a modern dishwasher. The inconvenience of hand-washing every single item (and the risk of chipping or breaking the dishes) was too great. So those heirloom dinner dishes were hidden away in a china cabinet and only emerged on rare occasions.
As a strategic risk expert, I believe many leaders treat their strategic plan like a set of fine china. They know their plan is important; they invest time and money to create it. The final plan is detailed, logical, and beautiful.
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When you hear the words “Dante” and “Inferno,” your initial thought is probably something like this:
- Some guy named Dante wrote it a long time ago
- It’s a book about the levels of hell
- The Catholic faith has something to do with it
- There’s something about “comedy,” but not in the traditional sense
- I might have read the book in high school
Up until recently, that’s pretty much all I knew about this classic work. But what gems of wisdom are hidden in those lyrical texts? I decided to find out.
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Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy linked to Taoism, represented by an exchange of Yin and Yang energy. The idea is that we can create balance in our environment and interactions.
One of the tools in Feng Shui is the “Lo Shu” or Magic Square, also known as the Bagua Map. It was developed based on a turtle shell pattern with a 3×3 pattern. Each of the nine squares has a corresponding number, as seen below.
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The following is my perspective on owning a business, experiencing trauma, and bringing my failures to light.
I used to hate the idea of sharing details about my personal life or business publicly, mostly because it’s not fun to get rejected by strangers. As an entrepreneur, my business and personal decisions are intertwined; so negative feedback about my company can feel like a personal attack.
Sometimes, it seems like everyone else is succeeding while you’re the only one struggling. But the truth is, we all face challenges of some sort. Most of us just don’t like to talk about it. Because being transparent is scary.
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Diversity, transparency, empathy.
When organizations welcome these qualities while maintaining structure and stability, they’re ahead of the game.
It is often difficult to find the right balance between an aggressive approach and a passive one when managing a business. In this article, I will describe the 5 types of risk, the 5 risk roles of executive leaders, and how these apply to balancing the Yin and Yang of Management.
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Don’t you hate it when you’re having a conversation with someone, and suddenly you realize that you’re on totally different wavelengths? Let’s say we’re discussing your upcoming change management project, and you have been explaining the framework that will be needed to increase your warehouse’s production output. How would you feel if I respond with a completely unrelated topic: “Frameworks are incredibly useful! Which method do you prefer: the ADKAR, SWOT, or PESTEL?” Continue reading “The Two Precursors to Meaning”