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Chinny McGringo

Giving constructive advice

Part of consulting, or teaching, or in some ways planning, is advising others on a course of action. You may know someone who smokes, or have an employee who doesn’t follow the health and safety procedure.  Or, maybe you just want to motivate someone who’s not living up to their potential. People can change, have faith […]

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List of movies

Love them or hate them, here’s a list of movies. It’s not a good list, or a bad list, just a list. Some have won awards and become classics. Others have been largely forgotten. Some we watched on the recommendation of friends.  Others we had to see for class. Still others just happened to be […]

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The Ptara Christmas message

Every year, around the world, heads of state give Christmas messages.  The first time a British Monarch gave such a speech was 1932, when George V said the following.  (If you are patriotic, British, and love history, then this might bring tears to your eyes. Otherwise, it might help you sleep.) So, what do we at […]

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Consensus or Group Think?

Usually, when people talk about “group think” they are condemning bad decisions. Yet when they talk about “consensus” they are implying that the group or crowd must be right. When good leaders make bad decisions because advisers not only fail to speak up, but fail to even consider that better options may be available, that’s […]

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Hey Stupid!!

“Hi, I’m stupid.” We’ve seen it again and again. Workplace “scandals” that involve public spats, arguments over bad management that end in someone getting fired. Some “gurus” claim this shows a lack of “emotional intelligence.”  I think it’s more to do with economic intelligence.  But, if you need a primer in emotional intelligence, here you […]

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The Emu, kidnapped by the American pirate

Susannah Lallemont, was condemned to death (some sources say that Susannah was only 16.)  Still, “the prisonner was recommended to mercy, on account of her age.” Perhaps “mercy” meant that her death would not be as gruesome as some. Perhaps it was lucky that the empire “needed” colonists. Susannah was repreived to a life of […]

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