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  • Carlos shared from The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work by Joanne B. Ciulla
    Luther’s and Calvin’s work ethic pales next to this work ethic of fear. Unlike the Protestant work ethic, the work ethic of fear does not hold out hope of salvation, but only offers the opportunity to work more. The marketplace is fickle and far more demanding than any single boss.25 Nowadays when people are laid off, employers tell them, “Sorry, it’s the economy” or “We can’t compete unless we move the plant overseas.” Frustrated unemployed workers don’t always know who to blame or who to yell at. They can’t blame managers or politicians, because nobody can control the global...
    Note: The work ethic of fear
  • Carlos shared from The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work by Joanne B. Ciulla
    In contrast to the ant, the grasshopper lives for the present and sacrifices the future. His playing goes nowhere and leaves nothing behind. There is pleasure in a life of play—but is there meaning? The bee works like an ant, yet enjoys its pursuits like a grasshopper. It takes pleasure and finds meaning in producing a good and useful product that is appreciated by others. The bee symbolizes a life of useful and rewarding work.
    Note: The work of the bee
  • Carlos shared from Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty
    In George’s view, Michael needed to shift his perspective on leadership. “It’s all about being present and taking responsibility for how you relate to yourself and others,” says George. “And that means being willing to adjust so that you can meet people where they are. Instead of expecting them to be somewhere else and getting angry and trying to will them to that place, you try to meet them where they are and lead them where you want them to go.”
    Note: Meeting people where they are
  • Carlos shared from Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty
    “To hear the unheard,” he said, “is a necessary discipline to be a good ruler. For only when a ruler has learned to listen closely to the people’s hearts, hearing their feelings uncommunicated, pains unexpressed, and complaints not spoken of, can he hope to inspire confidence in the people, understand when something is wrong, and meet the true needs of his citizens.”
    Note: Hearing the Unheard
  • Carlos shared from The News: A User's Manual by Alain de Botton
    To help in this quest to use celebrities more productively, we should redesign that grievously flawed staple of the news: the celebrity interview. A genre at present predominantly fixated on personal revelations and undirected questions about ‘the new project’, the interview should in the future become a chance to answer one question above all others: ‘What can we learn from this famous person?’ It shouldn’t matter that the celebrity operates in a field different from our own. Lessons are transferable and virtues operative across activities.
    Note: What can we learn from this famous person?
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Carlos Miceli
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