The Philosophy of Bruce Lee

I’ve been reading a lot of Asian quotes and proverbs recently, for a project I’m working on. One of my favorites is this one by Bruce Lee “True observation begins when one is devoid of set patterns.” (man, shouldn’t that be the mantra of every student and teacher!) Here’s an

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Headed to Taiwan

I’m off to Taiwan tomorrow. This video gives you a taste of traditional Taiwanese music.You’ve heard the song – “Return to Innocence” by Enigma – no doubt. What you may not have realized is that the heart of the song comes from a traditional song by the Amis Tribe of

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B.S. – A Tale from Santa Rosa

As mentioned in my last post, Angie and I were in wine country over the weekend.At the Sunce Winery in Santa Rosa, we were tasting some very good wines, when the sommelier and I entered a discussion about one of my favorite TV shows – Penn & Teller’s Showtime expose

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Reading “A Whole New Mind” – from Dallas, Texas

I’m in Dallas (Richardson, to be exact), leading a Situational Self-Leadership class. I’ll comment on that tomorrow, but I need to say this today… Go. Buy. Read.A Whole New Mind – Why Right Brainers Will Rule The Future – by Daniel H. Pink. It’s the best book I’ve read this year.Here’s a short

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Worst Classroom Nightmares: Part 1

Last week, I attended the class “Exercising Influence“, delivered by Barnes and Conti. As I attend classes, I’m always learning on two levels.The first level is, of course, the class materials. The second level is watching other instructors at work.It’s a kind of ‘out-of-body’ experience to see another person facilitate a

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How to be Culturally Capable

Yesterday, Clarence Eddy and I co-facilitated a class called “BKM’s for Global Productivity”. We work with ‘global goddess’ Heather Hinrichs of Meridian Resources to provide this class, which is based on the book “Working Globesmart” (highly recommended). No better tool set exists for approaching an unfamiliar location than keen eyes,

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Do Your Acronyms Work?

Let’s say, hypothetically, that you create a new position in your company and call it Chief Administrative Officer. So far, so good. Next, let’s say that – for lack of a better moniker – the group adopts that title as it’s name.For example, if you were going to have a

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How Effective Are Your Escalation Meetings?

Yesterday, I led a new class I’m designing to strengthen our escalation meeting management. We’ve built some role play scenarios that show how the ouput of an escalation meeting falls far short of the product that’s needed for a customer meeting. I did a series of web searches in my

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Airplane Reading

Flew back from Singapore yesterday.Long flight, but we got an upgrade to business class, so that was nice. On the flight, I read two books. 1) The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists – Interesting book.About a month ago,I read this article in Metro (which, by the way, is now downloadable in pdf format)

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Checking in with an old friend…

Angie and I had dinner tonight with our good friend Jodi Chia, and her kids. We ate at California Bistro, in the Esplanade. Chicken sandwiches – goodFish and chips – very goodWeather – hotAir – humid Seeing an old friend – priceless Share this:

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Exploring Singaporean Music

The sun is rising in Singapore… Stephanie Sun Yan-Zi, that is. As part of my continuing world music series, today I will introduce you to Stephanie Sun.Here’s her profile. And a fan site. Singapore’s most famous performer, she is a singer/pianist with an excellent voice, singing in both English and

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Singapore Fashion

It’s fashion week in Singapore. As we were passing through Raffles City Shopping Center (designed by none other than I.M. Pei – it isn’t one of his most inspired works, but it’s interesting), a show was about to start, so we stuck around to take a few photos. I’m not

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Singapore has the Best Food in the World

I firmly believe that… You can see all of Singapore in a week, it’s true.But it would take you a good five years to eat your way through the Lion City. Last night (my birthday, by the way) we had dinner at the Cafe Lotus, at Clarke Quay. Here’s a

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Bringing the World to your Desktop – from Singapore

Here is a view of famous Orchard Road, at the intersection of Scotts Road.I’m shooting from Border’s Cafe, towards the Marriot. Orchard Road is the premier shopping, eating, people-watching zone in Singapore (some would say Asia). I personally think it’s the best people-watching spot in Asia. Indians, Chinese, Japanese, Malaysians,

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Engaging the Singaporean Workforce

This was the first trip I’ve made to Singapore since I saw the Gallup Q12 data that showed Singapore having the least engaged workforce in the world. Marcus Buckingham makes a pretty big deal out of it in his TLC presentation, roughly saying, “When they offer you that great job in Singapore, don’t take it“.The statement, like

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