113.  Up north with emotional intelligence at work

24 march 2016 / On this day in 1707, the Acts of Union were signed, officially uniting the kingdoms and parliaments of England and Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain.  But for how long?

—Jeremy Marchant

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The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.
RD Laing, Scottish psychiatrist

There is no method of reasoning more common, and yet none more blameable, than, in philosophical disputes, to endeavour the refutation of any hypothesis, by a pretence of its dangerous consequences to religion and morality.
David Hume, Scottish philosopher, historian and economist (above), An enquiry concerning human understanding

Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.

Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist
I can’t believe I have waited this long before embarking on a page of quotations about politics.


Inside the mind of a master procrastinator
Tim Urban has a very amusing TED talk which has a message even for those who don’t think they procrastinate. [14:03]

In a castle
A soprano new to me, Bauwien van der Meer, sings Schumann’s song, Auf ein Burg [In a castle]. 

An old knight sleeps in a ruined castle (perhaps a ghost) as a bridal party sails past in the river below [2:51]

David Lewin’s brief, but illuminating, introduction to the song

Emotional intelligence:  why is it important in business networking?
Jillian Stone tackles a rather underemphasised subject.

My take:  What is networking, really?

Ten scientific reasons why you need to cuddle someone asap
Adam Lippin counts to ten on the good Good men project website

And this—In praise of hugs—on the excellent Book of life site

And, let’s give this video a reprise.  Fascinating that the police stopped a human being hugging another human being.  [3:39]

Why projects fail
This is fascinating, whether you are a project manager or not.  After all, we are all affected by the failure off government projects:  taxpayers throw away billions of pounds on projects which have been badly thought through, badly designed, badly managed and, if it gets that far, badly implemented.

This article, from the International project leadership academy, gives a jaw-dropping 101 reasons—and they are just the common ones.

Here is my very brief overview of the ways to reduce this problem

A letter to my wife whom I have never loved
Each Saturday, the Guardian publishes a letter from someone (usually, given the content, anonymously) to someone they know.  This one struck me forcefully:  my mind spun off down many avenues of thought, and I still don’t know quite what to think about it.

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