Thursday, November 03, 2011

All eyes are on India as the world awaited the arrival of its seven billionth child and my parents in law might actually meet the baby in the holy gurudwaras.. Good tidings as the spirit of Diwali is still spreading in the land of wonders...

A nice way to finish the week - Chief Executive magazine from New York has named this missive among its Top 10 CEO blogs. KRConnect has been going for five years now, covering whatever comes to mind, falls across my path, or is close to my heart. A rough count makes this post 1,046. KRConnect

The world had changed suddenly, but I hadn’t. I think part of me knew that it passes, and then it moves on. All you have to do is hold on through the wave, so that you don’t get washed away. It does pass. It was very peculiar. You’re turned into some kind of object, and writers are determinedly subjects. Recently people have been starting to say that it’s all about sales, that the companies behind it are very proud of the sales of the books, and nobody’s talking about the books. There’s quite big PR machine behind it, and we know how PR machines are. The writer is a kind of incidental figure in the middle of this global PR exercise. Presumably writers dream of having such a thing happen but actually what we dream of is the fantasy of suddenly breaking free from your critics, which is not actually what happens. You’re freed from a certain amount of financial tension, but if you weighed money too much in the balance you’d never become a writer in the first place. When you get into it, it’s for whatever kind of reward is there. Though I am very interested in what money does to people, because I’ve had money and I haven’t. The years from 1993 to 2007 were pretty thin. I’m interested in how stressful it is not to have money, but also how, if you do have money you cannot imagine what it is not to have it

Man of the Moment Lessons From Leaders: Leaders and leadership are not always the same
Great leadership is uncommon, but given the state of the world, at the moment more than uncommonly necessary.

Major global trend-forecasters are sounding the alarms that humanity is on the verge of entering into the most tumultuous period in our history. The prospects of a global depression, global war on an unimagined scale and societal collapse are increasing.
Governments have been optimistic with all their happy talk. Is the worst really behind us? Raising interest rates is one way to find out! Maybe our leaders need to look at the facts! Is the economy in deep trouble - hence the delay in raising interest rates now?
Worldwide, the economic crisis has many bubbles. The main event on the horizon is the "bailout bubble" and the general world-debt bubble, which could plunge the world into a Great Depression.

• < Is the economy in deep trouble [ The power of political soap opera Stress tops list of long-term absence causes - Stress is now the number one cause of long-term sickness absence as employees struggle with heavy workloads and job loss worries. Mental health problems hit manual and non-manual staff; Tracking the Trackers: Where Everybody Knows Your Username Tracking the Trackers: Where Everybody Knows Your Username by Jonathan Mayer - Click the local Home Depot ad and your email address gets handed to a dozen companies monitoring you. Your web browsing, past, present, and future, is now associated with your identity. Swap photos with friends on Photobucket and clue a couple dozen more into your username. Keep tabs on your favorite teams with Bleacher Report and you pass your full name to a dozen again. This isn't a 1984-esque scaremongering hypothetical This is what's happening today ]
• · Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices are Changing - Today’s digital media environment is rapidly evolving, driven by the proliferation of devices people use to consume content both at home, at work and on the goSheding light on the direction of the ever-evolving digital media landscape ; Personal technology at work: IT's Arab spring, The Economist People are demanding to use their own gadgets in their jobs. Trying to thwart them is futile
• · · Risk Leadership: How to be heard, Risk Management Partners, 2011. This risk management white paper has found that the secret to communicating a risk management message to the right people was knowing the audience; learning how to talk to them in their language; and telling them what they wanted to hear while telling them what they needed to hear. Risk professionals needed to draw senior management a picture of what risk management really was. ; The Peter Principle revisited: a computational study Winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Management for mathematically demonstrating that organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random
• · · · Anger management: there's an upside to seeing red at work - New research from the Australian School of Business shows tempered anger in the workplace can have a positive effect. Venting may clear the air or have a catalytic impact, signalling a matter of importance. It could even be a necessary "evil", just part of the job. But before letting fly, be mindful that things may turn sour if it's out of control - and the cause of the outrage will affect how it's perceived; GRAHAM Richardson was a 'gifted liar', and an 'archetiypal trickster' as Labor Party warlord, Bob Hawke's biographer and wife Blanche d'Alpuget says. However you choose to describe him, just like his old boss, Paul Keating, he knows when to throw the switch to vaudeville. This week he sprung a masterful media trap for Kevin Rudd to help spruik his incarnation as a political commentator on Sky News Richo a tart for publicity
• · · · · One world many stories ; Edward de Bono recently made an appearance on ABC down under, sharing some typically flamboyant thinking, mostly around the subject of thinking itself. I’ve been a de Bono fan for years and this was fresh as ever. Among his key insights were: Fresh Thinking ; They say bad luck runs in threes, but these crises aren't luck, they are all of our own making. As with diseases of the human body, problems in business become much easier to resolve if detected early. The Australian - We're the richest nation on earth, according to a Credit Suisse report. 20 October 2011. AUSTRALIANS are the world's wealthiest people on a median basis and second in the world behind Switzerland on an average basis, According to a new Media Dragon report
• · · · · ·Increase your productivity by doing less- A change of attitude could be enough to see us doing jobs sooner, easier and better ; Jenni is heading to Praha for 5 weeks Only in Bohemia ;-)