Dip into the brantub with emotional intelligence at work

Bran tubs used to be a staple of summer fetes such as those that occurred over the bank holiday weekend.  It’s just my excuse for a ragbag of items compared to the usual crafted thematic contents of these newsletters.  What, you didn't realise each one has a theme?

Jeremy Marchant
Ten tricks to appear smart in meetings
This is filed under comedy but, actually, it contains a lot of good points!  (Or does that just reveal a little too much about my approach to meetings?)  Sarah Cooper.
Body language
Amy Cuddy shows how standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain [20:59]
Music of the week
Tonight we fly.  Neil Hannon sings his irresistibly infectious song live [3:32]
Quotations of the day
The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.
Susan Sontag . cultural theorist and literary critic On photography (1977)
To listen is an effort, and just to hear [has] no merit.  A duck hears also.
Igor Stravinsky . composer
My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
Adlai Stevenson . politician (1952)

If I exorcise my devils, well, my angels may leave too.  
Tom Waits . singer/songwriter, The heart of Saturday night
EI problem of the week
A mother shakes her child in public—do you step in?  The woman pinches his arm and tells him he’s bad. What should you do, if anything?  Carla Power
What is a photocopier?
Painfully funny acted out verbatim transcript of a US legal deposition [6:59]
Blog of the week
Jeremy Marchant suggests that the Scottish referendum is a bad thing (irrespective of the outcome)
Benefit sanctions that kill
" My brother, David Clapson, a diabetic ex-soldier, died starving and destitute because he was penalised by the Job Centre for missing a meeting.

David had his £71.70 weekly allowance stopped meaning that he couldn’t afford food or electricity...  David wasn’t a “scrounger”. He had worked for 29 years; 5 years in the Army...

When he died he had just £3.44 to his name, six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines. A coroner also found he had no food in his stomach. "—Gill Thompson

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