108.  All the world's a stage* with emotional intelligence at work

23 November 2015 / On this day, in 534 BC, Thespis of Icaria became the first recorded actor to portray a character in a written play on stage.  He is said to have invented tragedy (from the Greek, tragos, a goat).

—Jeremy Marchant

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Helping graduates get (better) jobs
 GradStart for Universities is a programme of workshops and associated supporting activities which raises students' personal and interpersonal characteristics and skills for use before and during job search.

For universities languishing at the bottom of the government’s league tables, it offers a huge leg-up for their students.

People are disturbed, not by things, but by the principles and notions which they form concerning things.
Epictetus, c55-c135, Greek Stoic 

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet and playwright
People and things do not upset us.  Rather, we upset ourselves by believing that they can upset us.  
Albert Ellis [above], 1913-2007. American psychologist, philosopher and teacher
It seems we have a consensus here. 
A new selection of quotations on
(not) learning from history.

Subversion.  I love it.
There’s a man scattering very funny fake books signs and pamphlets around LA.


The intergenerational communication gap at work
The intergenerational  communication gap in the workplace has been getting more attention recently.  But how real is it?  And, if it exists, what to do about it?  In this piece I look at the things people can do to improve communication between the generations.

More long reads on the website.

Asking for advice makes a good impression
Presumably for fear of being thought stupid, people are far too reluctant to ask for help. 

Alison Wood Brooks and Francesca Gino describe their research which shows that asking for help is not perceived as stupid.

Why do people feel miserable and disengaged at work?
Because the traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux.  

So, he says in this TED talk, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit's warren of interdependencies (or give up, I would add).  In this impassioned talk, Morieux offers six rules for "smart simplicity." [11:58]

Britain is heading for another 2008 economic crash:  here's why
In this Guardian article, David Graeber explains, in words even I can understand, why a budgetary surplus cannot fix our problems and, indeed, will lead inevitably to another crash.

Very scary.

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* All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages...

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