The Daily Paradox

Isolated – How to cope

You can feel isolated in a crowd. It’s not a matter of people around you, more about how you relate to even one person. Demanding for a parent, boss, friend or mentor, each of whom must remain objective but all of whom will feel subjective. We have seen struggles that bring tears to the eyes.…
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A New Purpose

The next thirty years is make or break for Planet Earth. Since the population – dread diseases and major disasters apart – will be 10bn by 2050, the exigencies of food, water and air will take precedence, even over exploring Mars and the rest of the (AI) firmament. Longevity will still be a goal and…
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The Essence Time

The old ways of managing time were slower. Today we must micro manage time by freewheeling the downhill tasks and throwing more effort behind the uphill ones.  List your tasks under two groups:  [a] those you have to do and can do without too much thinking (fairly mindless – downhill) [b] those you have to do and which require…
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What values should we hold on to

Our values change when we are faced with dread disease and death. We may not say so, we may not even think so, but they do. As the Financial Times explained, so lucidly, ‘The bank of Mum & Dad is closed’. We retreat to our homes, cut down on frivolous spending, protect the family first,…
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Think your way to discipline

Our diary is organised down to the last minute. Our computers – the filing systems of today – are in as orderly a fashion as we can bring ourselves to arrange them. Our relationships, both at home and at work, are tended as bulbs in a Dutch tulip field. But how are our thoughts working…
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To spend or not to spend

That is the question. The analogy with Hamlet’s soliloquy in the nunnery scene ends here. Economies, like businesses, are not built in a day – but they can be destroyed in a night. Covid-19 has proved that. They can also revive pretty quickly. Imagine, if we had had only one round of coronavirus, and herd…
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Seek & Find

A mid-life lady came to see me about her work. She was being treated unfairly. Her boss didn’t trust her as fully as she expected. Her team was delivering late. She was depressed, insecure and lacking confidence on a level I have seldom seen. Her home life wasn’t good either. Mistreated by husband, disrespected by…
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Global Communities

It is well-known that Covid-19 has set back the cause of globalisation. It is ironic that the first truly universal event demanding absolute world cooperation has had the opposite effect. A decent leader of the western world might have seen it work as it should. The idiocy of the USA quitting the World Health Organisation…
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The FUN in your job

Whatever happened to the fun in your job? A Daily Paradox reader has posed the question and I think it is a good one. His words are compelling: “When one wakes up at 6am daily, takes the crowded commute, rushes for deadlines and has to deal with unreasonableness and unpleasantries at work… and the main…
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Step by Step

The world is moving Step by Step toward hostilities. The cras handling of China by Trump and the increasingly assertive stance of Beijing towards the USA, and with it the west, is ominous. I have been here before. In 1939 I was old enough to know that we were moving Step by Step in the…
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