• Il primo viaggio non si scorda mai

    In questo momento sarei dovuta essere a Tel Aviv. Lo sapevano tutti quanto fossi emozionata all’idea di trascorrere tre settimane in Israele. Avrei visitato alcune città, gironzolato tra le strade con la mia macchina fotografica in mano, provato qualche piatto nuovo, incontrato buone amiche, amici di amici, sconosciuti, … insomma avrei vissuto il viaggio pienamente, […]

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  • Resilience – Lunch Breaks series

    The feeling you have after having faced many adversities is of deep trust in yourself. You know that no matter where you are, you will find your way out, as you had managed it already several times. This sensation is empowering and gives every obstacle a different perspective; you start asking yourself: “what do I […]

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  • Roots & Wings – Lunch break #8 – Curiosity

    “Being curious means being open to new information and actively seeking it out. It means embracing facts that don’t fit your world view and trying to understand their implications. It means letting your mistakes trigger curiosity instead of embarassment. “How on earth could I be so wrong about that fact? What can I learn from […]

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  • Roots & Wings – Lunch break #7 – Humility

    “Most important of all, we should be teaching our children humility and curiosity. Being humble, here, means being aware of how difficult your instincts can make it to get the facts right. It means being realistic about the extent of your knowledge. It means being happy to say “I don’t know.” It also means, when […]

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  • Roots & Wings – Lunch break #6 – Responsibility

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXu8MkEzWX8 „The successful leader must be willing to assume responsibility for the mistakes and the shortcomings of his followers. If he tries to shift this responsibility, he will not remain the leader. If one of his followers makes a mistake, and shows himself incompetent, the leader must consider that it is he who failed.“ – […]

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  • Roots & Wings – Lunch break #5 – Persistence

    “Be persistent no matter how slowly you may, at first, have to move. With persistence will come success. (…) There is no substitute for persistence! Remember this, and it will hearten you, in the beginning, when the going may seem difficult and slow. Those who have cultivated the habit of persistence seem to enjoy insurance […]

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  • Roots & Wings – Lunch break #4 – Effectiveness

    “Effectiveness, in other words, is a habit; that is, a complex of practices. And practices can always be learned. Practices are simple, deceptively so. But practices are always exceedingly hard to do well. They have to be acquired, as we all learn the multiplication table; that is, repeated ad nauseam until “6×6=36” has become unthinking, […]

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  • Roots & Wings – Lunch break #3 – Enablers

     “The aim of education is to enable individuals to continue their education” – John Dewey, Democracy and Education During a summer lunch, a good friend of mine shared with me all his frustration. Despite years of experience in his job, he never got the opportunity to participate at management meetings or present in front of […]

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  • Roots & Wings – Lunch break #2 – Resilience

    “Just as nature takes every obstacle, every impediment, and works around it—turns it to its purposes, incorporates it into itself—so, too, a rational being can turn each setback into raw material and use it to achieve its goal.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Resilience is a well-known concept among expats. During the lunches with my Indian […]

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  • Roots & Wings – Lunch break #1 – Consciousness

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said: “There are two things parents should give their children: roots and wings.” …and what about leaders? Lunch breaks have always been a good moment of my day. In my corporate years, I sometimes had lunch on my own, reflecting about life or reading in a cosy cafe. When I […]

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