373287_7724542745_1979940005_n (1)his 25 years at manchester united.


Asking the right questions is an essential skill of a great boss. Yet many fail to inquire enough. Here are three types of questions you should be asking:

. Questions about yourself. Good managers ask themselves and others about what they could do better. Ask in a way that invites constructive, candid responses.

. Questions about plans and projects. These should both advance the work and develop the people. Tough and direct questions are ok, as long as they are in the interest of progress.

. Questions about the organization. Look for ways that the organization can function more effectively by questioning practices, processes, and structures. Ask: Why do we do things this way? Is there a better approach?



images i’ve learned this from watching invictus, a movie about nelson mandela.

out of the night that covers me,
black as the pit from pole to pole,
i thank whatever gods may be
for my unconquerable soul.

in the fell clutch of circumstance
i have not winced nor cried aloud.
under the bludgeonings of chance
my head is bloody, but unbowed.

beyond this place of wrath and tears
looms but the horror of the shade,
and yet the menace of the years
finds and shall find me unafraid.

it matters not how strait the gate,
how charged with punishments the scroll,
i am the master of my faith; 
i am the captain of my soul.



i met a traveler from an antique land
who said: “two vast and trunkless legs of stone
stand in the desert. near them, on the sand,
half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
and wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command,
tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
which yet survive, stampt on these lifeless things,
the hand that mockt them and the heart that fed:
and on the pedestal these words appear:
‘my name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
nothing beside remains. round the decay
of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
the lone and level sands stretch far away.”

— “ozymandias,” by percy bysshe selley (1817)

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23271_271481653740_1816_nThis is a story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he’d never truly be happy until the day he met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music and a total mis-reading of the movie ‘The Graduate’. The girl, Summer Finn of Shinnecock, Michigan, did not share this belief. Since the disintegration of her parent’s marriage she’d only love two things. The first was her long dark  hair. The second was how easily she could cut it off and not feel a thing. Tom meets Summer on January 8th. He knows almost immediately she is who he has been searching for. This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story.

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LetsConnectBigThe old adage "It’s not what you know, it’s who you know" is truer than ever in today’s organizations. But how do you know whom to know? Here are three types of networks it pays to have:

Personal support. Form relationships with people who help you get back on track during a bad day. These may be friends or colleagues with whom you can just be yourself.

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Photo-0006farmers find grass for their cows in the center of phnom penh as their farmland is flooded. they gotta ride this heavy load cross japanese bridge and ferried to koh dach.  that’s a father, son and uncle. this pack is enough for only one day for his 3 cows. he has to find the grass again tomorrow. anyway, this very hard-work happens only when such bad flood comes.

i did help them tightening the load. the son is studying at sisowath high school grade 9. he hopes he won’t do this hard work as his father, they hope.

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