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Want to learn how to give a great talk? Chris Anderson is writing the official TED guide to public speaking

This is a great idea! TED offers a model of public speaking that’s worthy of exploration, and anyone — anyone — especially leaders, need to practice, learn and expand their skills in this. No more wordy powerpoints! No more death by meeting! Freedom! Clarity! Creativity! That’s leadership by preparation, by curiousity and enthusiasm.

‘Epitaph On A Tyrant’ by W.H. Auden

Originally posted on A poem for every day:
Perfection, of a kind, was what he was after, And the poetry he invented was easy to understand; He knew human folly like the back of his hand, And was greatly interested in armies and fleets; When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter, And when he…

The rainforest is for every human being: Tashka Yawanawá at TEDGlobal 2014

Partnerships like this are vital, fragile, and potentially consciousness raising/preservationist! This is a good example of indigenous leadership and global awareness: “The plants are central to Yawanawá culture, but have also been historically exploited, one of the main natural resources that led to early interference by Western society. Now, though, the Yawanawá are working toward […]

Hildegard: A Saint Eight Centuries in the Making

The visionary abbess Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) has long been regarded as a saint, with her feast day of September 17, yet she was only officially canonized in May 2012. Why did it take the Vatican over eight centuries to canonize this great polymath, composer, and theologian? The first attempt to canonize Hildegard began in…

The Darkside of Charisma

Originally posted on Leadership Archways:
Last week I posted about how to improve your charisma. This week I thought it equally important to bring up the dark side of charisma. Charismatic leaders are often thought of as heroes that are able to use their personal allure to lead others.  We have learned about inspirational leaders like…

True Leadership: Where Common Goals Triumph over the Ego

Originally posted on People, Places, and Perspectives. :
At the company’s management forum today, one of the topics discussed was crucial conversations, during which the emphasis was on the importance of putting emotions and the ego aside to resolve conflicts. Our Managing Director demonstrated exemplary leadership when during his wrap up speech, he openly commended a…

The “Selfie” Phenomenon

Originally posted on Clearly Connected Conversation:
While the self-portrait has a long and venerable place in the history of art, the democratization of media in our young century collided with our first-world self obsessions to create a robust trend.   Chosen by the OED in 2013 as Word of the Year, “selfie” has charged into the…

Happiness mapping and getting over gender mapping

Originally posted on Marcus Ampe's Space:
When we look at the different societies in this world we notice that everywhere people are looking for the same answers and trying to find the best of luck and happiness. Happy girl 5 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We could have a look at those people around the world…

“Papa Don’t Preach”: TED-like Talks at Malmo Nordic Women’s Forum May 2014

When I was a little girl, I used to be afraid. I was afraid of the dark. I was afraid of thunderstorms. I remember once cowering on the floor in the back seat of the car waiting for my dad to come take us home. My dad, who was a Methodist Minister, was too busy…