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Thursday, December 31, 2009

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There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.
Frank Lloyd Wright

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
James Thurber

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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Laughter is America's most important export.
Walt Disney

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Monday, December 28, 2009

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The harder I work, the luckier I get.
Samuel Goldwyn

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

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Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
Charles de Gaulle

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

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We are what we believe we are.
C. S. Lewis

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Friday, December 25, 2009

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Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
Dale Carnegie

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

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We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.
Herman Melville

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
Aesop

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

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Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.
Robert Bulwer-Lytton

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RSS

Combine printing and radio and you get RSS technology.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

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The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
P. J. O'Rourke

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

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Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
Laurence J. Peter

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

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I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Bill Cosby

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Friday, December 18, 2009

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If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.
H. G. Wells

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

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Let him that would move the world first move himself.
Socrates

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Rain is Falling


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Rock'n Roll is King


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Roll Over Beethoven


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Strange Magic


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Sweet Talking Woman


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Telephone line


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Light Exhibition Design - Milan

Light Exhibition Design in Milan - Festival della Luce a Milano - Giochi di Luce a Milano

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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
Hannah Arendt

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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Education is the transmission of civilization.
Will Durant

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Monday, December 14, 2009

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The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
Plutarch

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Seth's Blog: What Matters Now: get the free ebook

Seth's Blog: What Matters Now: get the free ebook

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Seth's Blog: What Matters Now: get the free ebook

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

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Failure is success if we learn from it.
Malcolm Forbes

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Scoiattoli e tacchini excerpt 1

Scoiattoli e tacchini

Squirrels and turkeys
by Gian Paolo Montali - excerpt 1


Capacità di allenare i sogni, questa è una delle
caratteristiche che devono avere un bravo Coach e
un bravo Capo, affinché il viaggio non finisca mai.
In modo che ognuno abbia sempre una sua Itaca
in mente, come scrive il poeta Costantinos Kavafis
(Itaca):

Sempre devi avere in mente Itaca
¬ raggiungerla sia il pensiero costante.
Soprattutto, non affrettare il viaggio;
fa che duri a lungo, per anni, e che da vecchio,
metta piede sull’isola, tu, ricco
dei tesori accumulati per strada
senza aspettarti ricchezze da Itaca.

Itaca ti ha dato il bel viaggio,
senza lei mai ti saresti messo
in viaggio: che cos’altro ti aspetti ?

E se la trovi povera, non per questo Itaca ti avrà deluso.
Fatto ormai savio, con tutta la tua esperienza addosso
già tu avrai capito ciò che Itaca vuole significare.

All’inizio, non pensavo all’importanza del viag-
gio. Solo in seguito ho capito che le sconfitte e le
amarezze sono il prezzo da pagare per realizzare i
sogni. Essere sconfitti è salutare; perdendo ven-
gono a galla difetti e punti deboli. L’unica possi-
bilità che abbiamo a disposizione per migliorarci
è che il viaggio sia pieno di difficoltà, che metta a
dura prova corpo e mente.

Tratto da: Scoiattoli e tacchini di Gian Paolo Montali, pagg. 20 e 21

English version

The ability to coach dreams, this is one of the
peculiarities that a good Coach and a good Leader
must have, in order the journey will never end.
So that each of us could always have an his own Itaca
in his own mind, as the poet Costantinos Kavafis writes
(Itaca):

But you must always keep Ithaca in mind.
The arrival there is your predestination.
Yet do not by any means hasten your voyage
Let it best endure for many years,
until grown old at length you anchor at your island
rich with all you have acquired on the way.
You never hoped that Ithaca would give you riches.
Ithaca has given you the lovely voyage.
Without her you would not have ventured on the way.
She has nothing more to give you now.
Poor though you may _nd her, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Now that you have become so wise, so full of experience,
you will have understood the meaning of an Ithaca.

At the beginning, I had not been thinking to the importance of the voyage.
Only nextly I understood that defeats and sorrows
are the price to pay in order to realize our dreams.
To be defeated is healthy; by losing, defects and weaknesses turn out.
The only opportunity we have at our disposal in order to improve ourselves
is that the voyage has to be full of troubles,
that harshly tries out our own body and our own mind.

Freely translated from “Scoiattoli e tacchini” by Gian Paolo Montali pages 20 and 21

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

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To be is to do.
Immanuel Kant

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Friday, December 11, 2009

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The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
Paul Valery

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

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Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.
Milton Friedman

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.
Nelson Mandela

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.
Lou Holtz

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Monday, December 7, 2009

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One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.
Antonio Porchia

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

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Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
Anne Frank

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Dynamic management Better decisions in uncertain times - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Strategic Thinking

Dynamic management Better decisions in uncertain times - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy - Strategic Thinking

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Change before you have to.
Jack Welch

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Friday, December 4, 2009

A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - I'm alive


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Evil Woman


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Secret Messages


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Calling America


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Fire on High


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Summer and Lightning


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Shangri-La


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - So Fine


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Radio


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Jungle


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Bluebird


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Living Thing


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Last train to London


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Rockaria


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Shine a Little Love


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Tightrope


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Danger Ahead


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Turn to Stone


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Eldorado overture


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Midnight Blue


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - All over the world


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Diary of Horace Wimp


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A tribute to Electric Light Orchestra - Standing in the rain


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When one teaches, two learn.
Robert Half

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Millennial Leaders - Bea Fields, Scott Wilder, Jim Bunch & Rob Newbold



MILLENNIAL LEADERS


A great book I read last year in 2008. I was very pleased to directly receive the book by one of its authors, my online friend Bea Fields, completed with an autograph of her.

The very modern and updated book gives a deep insight in the peculiar way the so called Generation Y approches work and life.

The book, very smooth to be read, encompasses a number of interviews with experts in this field, as well as precious "Point of reflections" at the end of each chapter.


From Chapter I "The Roots of a Generation" :


"Echo Boomers. The Connecteds. Generation Y. Millennials.

This isn't a list of rock bands, but the numerous names attacched to the generation of young people who were born after 1980. And there are 74 million of them in the United States right now, a population that will soon outnumber the Baby Boomers who have dominated the workplace for two generations."


"Here is a generation of young adults who have never been without the Internet or cell phones.The Soviet Union existed only in their history books. To "Google" is a verb and text messaging is their email."


"Gen Y, as a Group, has tremendous influence in our culture, with a powerful impact on the workplace. On teh job, they are interacting with members of others generations - Gen X, baby Boomers, and the Silent Geneartions. Each generation brings its own perspective and set of tratis, but how do you bridge the ever-widening gap between so many interconnecting age groups ?"


"…..The reliance on the Internet and text messaging to communicate within their socila network has reduced many social and interpersonal skills. The have great expectations and "I want it now" impatience that confounds their managers and employers."


"As our stash of fascinating insight continued to grow, we saw the need to share it with others who have been unable to find a way to live, work, and play with these unique youth. In this book, we offer perspective on the upbringing that has created the Gen Y mindset by letting the experts speak for thenselves. We deliver their knowledge and advice to help you grasp the core essence and unrealized potential of this segment of the population".


"This book is about busting myths, not people. Gen Y has been accused of being self-serving, lazy and disrespectful. We'll explore the realities of these myths, revealing a generation of young people who are dedicated to volunteerism and making a positive change in their world. We'll show you that these highly self-sufficient individuals welcome leadership and respect the value of older mentors."


http://millennialleaders.com/




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I want to put a ding in the universe.
Steve Jobs

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

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Don't go through life, grow through life.
Eric Butterworth

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
E. Joseph Cossman

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