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Inspiration and Chai

Inspiration and Chai
For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. 1. This was the most common regret of all. It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. 2. This came from every male patient that I nursed. By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. 3. Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. We cannot control the reactions of others. 4. Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. 5. Life is a choice.

Waiting is the bane of the medical system Lisa Gualtieri, PhD | Patient | October 24, 2011 “By the time you see the doctor, you’re either dead or you’re better,” my mother-in-law told me. She had to have multiple tests, all with long waits to get the appointments and the results, before her health insurer would allow her to make an appointment with a specialist. “Waiting is the bane of the medical system,” a former student, an R.N., concurred. Some of the ways we wait: Wait to see if the symptoms go away or get worse. Waiting reduction We all have to wait. Schedule tests and doctor’s appointments together. Quality of health care is paramount It is important to maintain perspective: quality of health care is paramount.

» 7 Simple Tips To Deal With Negative People “The people who are the hardest to love are the ones who need it the most.” ~Peaceful Warrior Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Celestine Chua of The Personal Excellence Blog. Have you ever dealt with negative people before? If you have, you will know that the experience can be quite a downer. I used to have an ex-colleague who was very negative. The first time we had a meeting, I felt very drained. The same thing happened the next few times we talked. After a while, I figured I needed to work out an action plan to deal with negative people. With this in mind, I then brainstormed on the best approach to handle negative people. If there’s someone negative in your life at the moment, don’t let yourself be affected by him/her. Here, I’d like to share my 7 tips on how you can deal with negative people: Tip #1: Don’t Engage in the Negativity One thing I found is negative people tend to harp on the bad things and ignore the positive stuff. For starters, try to switch topics.

The Top of My Todo List April 2012 A palliative care nurse called Bronnie Ware made a list of the biggest regrets of the dying. Her list seems plausible. I could see myself—can see myself—making at least 4 of these 5 mistakes. If you had to compress them into a single piece of advice, it might be: don't be a cog. The alarming thing is, the mistakes that produce these regrets are all errors of omission. I would like to avoid making these mistakes. Don't ignore your dreams; don't work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy. which I then put at the top of the file I use as a todo list. About | Design Thinking Foundations Design Thinking Foundations Design Thinking Foundations is a research-based initiative focused on exploring design thinking, its applications, and its roots.The project seeks to understand the concept of design thinking as understood both by those that practice it and through synthesizing the literature on design thinking, innovation, creative problem solving and design itself. This project has multiple components: 1. 2. 3. The aim is to bring multiple threads of data together to better understand design thinking and its potential to contribute to social innovation and wellbeing and tackle complex, wicked problems. Principal Investigator: Cameron Norman, PhD CE Cameron Norman has been working in the field of public health for more than 15 years as an educator, researcher and health promoter. This project is supported through a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and sustained through contributions from CENSE Research + Design.

8 College Courses That Will Make You Rich Is it common knowledge that school doesn’t prepare you well for the real world? Sure, you can get a good degree, find a well-paying job, work until you’re in your 60s, and then retire to enjoy the life you’ve deferred for 40+ years. However, that may not prove to be a successful life, a secure life, a financially sound Nevertheless, school is here to stay. For now. If you’re in college, about to start college, already taking online college courses, or looking to take some classes, here is a list of college courses that could help make you rich. Accounting Although this list is in no particular order, I think Accounting is, by far, the most important course to take if you want to succeed financially. Learning the difference between assets and liabilities, as well as concepts like inventory and cash flow, is essential if you intend on keeping your finances in order. -Robert

Happiness Is The Ultimate Economic Indicator One factor that is increasingly being cited as an important economic indicator is happiness. After all, what good is increased production and consumption if the result isn’t increased human satisfaction? Until fairly recently, the subject of happiness was mostly avoided by economists for lack of good ways to measure it; however, in recent years, “happiness economists” have found ways to combine subjective surveys with objective data (on lifespan, income, and education) to yield data with consistent patterns, making a national happiness index a practical reality. In The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being, former Harvard University president Derek Bok traces the history of the relationship between economic growth and happiness in America. Ironically, perhaps, this realization dawned first not in America, but in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

What Is Design Thinking Anyway? This topic is being heavily debated in the design and innovation circles I’ve been traveling in lately. Some feel we need to be thinking more before we make anything at all while others say we need to focus on making, and stop spending so much time torturing ourselves over words on a page that say what we plan to do. ‘Design thinking’ is defined as “the ability to combine empathy for the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and rationality to analyze and fit solutions to the context.” Intuitively it makes sense to want to understand the people and the world you are designing for before you make something, and insight in itself is not a dead concept, so why all the debate around whether design thinking is dead or alive? The idea of design thinking is decades old and it’s similar to systems thinking in Peter Senge’s terms in that its naming an approach to understanding and solving problems. Balancing Extremes: the Tensions in Design

Edge : Conversations on the edge of human knowledge COMATEK® OPEN MANAGEMENT APPLICATIONS - Innovative softwares editor for 21th century management How an Olympic flop can inspire innovation - Ask the Fedcoach Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 07/26/2012 Jul 26, 2012 03:32 PM EDT TheWashingtonPost (Andy Lyons - GETTY IMAGES) Are you familiar with the Fosbury Flop? In the 1960s, a track and field athlete named Dick Fosbury developed a new high jump technique because he consistently failed to clear the bar using traditional methods. There are lessons to be learned for federal leaders from Fosbury’s experience. I share this example because my organization, the Partnership for Public Service, and Deloitte derived some similar lessons from our latest Best Places to Work in the Federal Government analysis of innovation in government. Based on our review of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, we found that 92 percent of the respondents were looking for ways to perform their jobs better, but only 59 percent said they were encouraged to come up with new and better ways of doing business. Of course, there are notable exceptions. · Ask your employees for help. · Support employees who generate ideas.

The Beautiful Art Of BaoPham BaoPham is an excellent artist based out of Iowa who aside from painting beautiful females, has been doing his fair share of world travel as of late. Who can blame him? New settings and culture bring all kinds of new inspiration for artists, and typically work as a great palette cleanser for stale imaginations. His work typically centers around female subjects in ethereal states, fading away or in a dreamlike trance and he creates some truly vivid and beautiful palettes in his pieces.

L'entreprise totalitaire n'est pas la plus performante À l’échelle d’une civilisation L’Homme est conduit par la liberté d’action. L’histoire en offre des exemples inlassablement répétés. Jacqueline de Romilly l’exprime avec éclat dans un texte de 2008 consa­cré à l’engagement : « Les Athéniens lorsqu’ils travaillaient pour un maître ne se donnaient aucune peine et aussitôt libérés, travaillant pour eux-mêmes, ils firent un grand effort et connu­rent de grands succès. Ceci se traduisit d’ailleurs dans les faits puisque d’abord la liberté et l’enthousiasme des combattants rendaient compte de succès des Grecs contre un envahisseur bien plus nombreux, et que bientôt la démocratie à Athènes coïncida avec un effort extraordinaire dans tous les domaines et en par­ticulier dans le domaine culturel où apparaissent alors tous les chefs-d’oeuvre. » Il est indéniable qu’à l’échelle d’une civilisation ou d’une société la liberté d’action et son corollaire, l’autonomie, peuvent être à l’origine d’une ardeur exceptionnelle et de grandes réalisations !