The Daily Paradox

Talk about religion

Talk about religion A Singapore Minister of State said recently that we should talk more about religion. It’s a big turnaround from the time, not so long ago, when we were discouraged from discussing the subject for fear of offending or proselytising. People are naturally sensitive about their religion and it is not nice to…
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The woman who matters

The woman who matters You can call her good-looking, noble, decisive, visionary. She might appear slightly arrogant, tough, commanding. I call her the woman who matters – she has stature. Her stature comes from her character. Anyone can have stature. Why do some people find it easier than others? Picture by kind permission of matterprints.com…
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Flatter yourself

Flatter yourself When does encouragement end and flattery begin? What is the good or bad of insincere flattery? Are sales techniques that involve the feelings of potential customers acceptable? I had a client who handled his staff badly. It was a cross between bullying and derision. Deride is what we do when we despise someone.…
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The honour of being

The honour of being It is an honour to be a human being. In eighty-five years nobody has ever told me that – no parent, no teacher, no lover, no boss, no friend, no priest. I’ve been told ‘lucky’, ‘lottery’, ‘accident’, ‘mystery’. I’ve been advised to choose my parents carefully (a joke, I think) and…
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Teachers – and others – please speak up

Teachers – and others – please speak up When the President of the United States indulges in language that is crude, lewd and base it is time for the world’s true leaders to speak up. Political stupidity, lack of strategic thinking and personal narcissism are bad enough. But they can show our young what not…
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Next week we’ve got to get organised

Next week we’ve got to get organised A fallout from the rapidly changing technological world is the speed with which we have to adapt our basic disciplines of organisation and order. The neat file arrangement you have to ensure that someone else could access the vital matters they would need if you were no longer…
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Toxic Corporate Cultures

Toxic Corporate Cultures The departure of Uber’s Travis Kalanick is just one of several resignations that exit toxic influences from businesses. The fact that these dismissals are often related to high-profile start-ups doesn’t mean that only the new are toxic, just that they are more visible. There is plenty of toxicity in the old, too.…
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Batteries C-H-A-R-G-E ahead

Batteries C-H-A-R-G-E ahead The future of planet earth depends on sustainable energy. At last we are beginning to realise that our earth-extracted energy sources are finite, lead to pollution and have been over-used. It has been a long journey from the days of my childhood when a magnifying glass converted the sun’s rays into a…
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Top talk

Top talk It is going to take a long time to impeach President Trump. It is even possible that it may not happen, though it seems more than likely. When it does, the system that allowed a Trump to capture the most powerful job in the world will still be in place. It will remain…
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Free will – the moral duty of death and life

Free will – the moral duty of death and life Among our more bizarre paradoxes is the right we grant to the dead to continue, even perpetuate, their wishes beyond their own consciousness. The paradox is that this made sense when most people believed in resurrection of the body after death. Whatever our beliefs now…
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