Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today, besides being Veteran’s Day in the US, is Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Day? Dedicated in Arlington National Cemetery on this day in 1921, it honors American service members who have died without their remains being identified. Trivia buffs: The Sentinels guarding the tomb take 21 steps during their walk by the Tomb. It alludes to the 21-gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.”

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Second cousins

Being smart often has little to do with being persuasive.

And yet we often assume that one leads to the other.

We spend years and years educating people to do well on tests in the belief that this will make them smart.

And we assume that they’ll figure out the persuasive stuff on their own.

We conflate the two on a regular basis, assuming that charisma or followers or influence is somehow aligned with insight, foresight, and learning.

The good news is that being persuasive is a skill. If you’re smart, we’ll all benefit if you’ll also invest the effort to find a way to lead.


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Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Sesame Street Premiere Day? Sesame Street was the brainchild of Joan Ganz Cooney. Cooney’s goal was to create entertaining and educational programming for preschoolers. From the show’s inception, one of its most-loved aspects has been the cast of characters that became Sesame Street institutions, including Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Grover and Big Bird. Thank you, Joan!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.”

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Sub itaneous – WOTD

Part of speech: adjectiveOrigin: 
Latin, mid 17th century
1That occurs or is manifested suddenly, spontaneously, or in haste; sudden, hasty, unexpected.2Of an egg (of certain invertebrates): hatching very soon after being laid, without a period of dormancy.
Examples of Subitaneous in a sentence “He woke at 3 a.m. with a subitaneous solution for that nagging problem.” “The pop star’s arrival was subitaneous, but still excited the crowd.”

A theatre of dominance

A theatre of dominance

Organized sports often turn into a play about status roles and dominance. Bullfighting, pro wrestling, even hockey, are about who’s winning, who’s losing and who’s in charge.

But they are also theatres of affiliation. The fans celebrate their unity as well as their divisions. The pomp and circumstance are a form of culture. There are insiders and outsiders, and the right way and the wrong way.

When a sumo champ breaks protocol, the crowd isn’t happy. When the people next to you are wearing the same jersey as you, neither of you is headed onto the ice, but both of you feel like you belong.

The symphony has the same elements. The affiliation of players in tune, of familiar music from the canon, of an audience that knows not to clap between movements. But it’s also the dominance of the European-trained conductor, bringing his passion and will to bend the performance to his wishes.

One way to understand what’s happening in the office or on the news is to look at it through these lenses.

The theatre of affiliation happens when groupthink sets in, when we’re wondering what others will think of a new idea, when we go out of our way to play the long game and to be kind and thoughtful. “People like us do things like this.”

And this always dances with the theatre of dominance, when we see someone shortcutting to gain market share, or subjecting a co-worker to abuse in a meeting. It leads to a reinforcement of caste and stereotypes, and yet it persists. “I’m winning.”

Affiliation is the infinite game of culture building, sustainability, cooperation and resilience.

Dominance is an instinct as well, something we see in many successful species, and particularly when the game that’s being played is tweaked to reward dominators, it often returns.

When you’re in one mode, it’s tempting to believe that everyone else is too. But depending on which pocket of culture you’re in, which ticket you bought, what state your persona is in, it might be that you’re not seeing what others are seeing.

Getting in sync requires doing the emotional work of changing state long before we start using words and rational concepts. When in doubt, assume the people over there might be engaging in a different sort of theatre than you are.

courtesy: SEth Godin’s Newsletter

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