May Or Might? Or What?

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Just one of the brilliant things about a shared language is that it brings clarity of meaning. Whenever we communicate, we should at least try to avoid ambiguity and confusion. A discussion about whether to use ‘may’ or ‘might’ illustrates this point really well.

I’ll start with a couple of statements. They are not hard and fast rules but, if you follow them most of the time, you won’t go far wrong.

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Translation: Ran Blake – A Man in Black

Ran Blake @ Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society Half Moon Bay CA 6/14/1987

I’ve just finished a translation of ‘Ran Blake – Un Homme En Noir’. It’s a comprehensive study by expert French music critic, P. L. Renou. The article focuses on American pianist, composer, and educator Ran Blake, and the central relationship between his music and ‘film noir’. Continue reading “Translation: Ran Blake – A Man in Black”

SMART Meetings For Smart Managers

SMART Meetings
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We’ve all heard about SMART goals. Have you ever considered the concept of SMART meetings?

Leaders and managers who make their meetings SMART are showing one of the qualities that employees value: respect for the time, the energy and effort, the skills and the dignity of the individual. In human-centred workplaces, the individual human being is placed front and centre; the SMART meeting is an indicator of a human-centred approach.

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The Work-Life Balance Myth

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Is the concept of ‘work-life balance’ not working for you? There could be good reasons for that. You might be buying into the work-life balance myth.

Like any myth, it’s tied up with belief. We all like to believe there’s a way to have it all.

It’s the real world, though, and you, your family and your staff are human beings. In daily life, you cannot totally separate the human and the personal aspects from what you might consider the ‘work’ components. 

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