Productivity Tip

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Hmmmm. What does this say about me?

Since I’ve turned off all my notifications on my cell phone, I’ve become a lot more productive and less reactive:

  • I read emails when I am prepared to, not because my phone blings;
  • I focus on writing quality blog posts and creating art, and refrain from checking stats; and 
  • I’m far less distracted in general and my productivity has increased by at least 40%. 

 

Active or Passive?

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Everyone I know has an electronic device. Some use it for work only and they put it away so they can spend time with their families, exercise, and enjoy nature. Some are in front of their device all day and most of the night.

A good question to ask yourself (besides “Am I on my screen too much?“) is, “Am I changing because of my screen time, or am I making a change in the world using my screen time?”

Are you an active user or a passive user? Are you controlling it or is it controlling you?

 

 

 

Japanese Ritual Suicide – Power of Culture

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Bilocal Culture Crossing

 

“Seppuku” is a traditional, excruciatingly painful and public way to commit suicide in Japan. It has not been displayed since World War II,  but was widely observed and expected in Japanese culture up until then. Ingrained in Japanese culture is the concept of shame and the expectation of suicide in the face of that shame. In fact, it was not only men who committed suicide (sometimes through disembowelment), but their wives would commit suicide should their husbands have brought shame to their house.

You may have heard of honor killings in India and Pakistan. This, too, is part of their culture. With Internet and social media, some cultures are changing. Closed cultures are opening up due to their youth using social media. They no longer want to embrace these traditions.

Yet, it speaks to the power of culture. Disembowelment? Kill your sister? If your culture dictates that it is right, you will do it, no problem.

Leadership is so critical because leaders help create and maintain culture. An exceptional leader inspires employees and societies. Leaders help create strong, empathic cultures. Thus, it is critical to choose our leaders carefully.