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Paradox WIsdom is my learning journey, where the purposes are only for my own personal development and learning. The Learning Journey I play with is an emergent individual discovery and is not meant for any other purpose.
  1. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    LifecentricBuzz Submitted by :Β  Dr. Ali AnaniBuzz : A Simple Approach to StorytellingDr Ali Anani offers a Simpler Approach to Storytelling We are neither in the golden age but nor are we in the dark ages, but if we use the modern barometer of storytelling we...
  2. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Time Before Dying
    The Time Before DyingBuzz Submitted by :Β  Paul WaltersBuzz : I Never Sang for My Father"Death alone merely ends our time on earth, however it fails to end relationships, which remain like an indelible stamp in the consciousness of those closest to the...


    Cyndi wilkins
    21/08/2017 #10 Cyndi wilkins
    #5 Right on point @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher...I find it rather futile to fear the inevitable...But we ALL go there...I think the fear is in the process itself...Will it be painful?...Will it be a long suffering?...Will I KNOW I'm dying when it happens?...etc...Everyone has the right to a dignified departure...but not everyone passes in a dignified way...So how do we die with dignity?? We live with loving intention...We live with reverence for all of life...How we live so too shall we die.
    Harvey Lloyd
    21/08/2017 #9 Harvey Lloyd
    I am "me" first, (family) "we" 2nd, and finally i am "us", third. What happens when us becomes the reflection of me? or; the order of this is rearranged. Can i truly describe "us" without defining "me"?

    Your thoughts here delineate the separation of me and us. I can be part of us, but only after i have defined me. Otherwise i am defining myself through the relationship us demonstrates. A very uneasy thought. Your TAO video was on point.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    21/08/2017 #8 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    In an extension of my previous comment I find this buzz of considerable value in writing great stories. It is the tension point (dilemma) on my graph in my new buzz "A Simple APproach to storytelling"
    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/a-simple-approach-to-storytelling#c12 View more
    In an extension of my previous comment I find this buzz of considerable value in writing great stories. It is the tension point (dilemma) on my graph in my new buzz "A Simple APproach to storytelling"
    This is reflected in your line again dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    "We are constantly fearing death rather than constantly loving life and so at the root of that which should be HOME. This is a great dilemma for story writers to consider. I simply love it. Close
    Ignacio Orna
    21/08/2017 #7 Ignacio Orna
    El tiempo que te quede libre... MarΓ­a Dolores Pradera.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    21/08/2017 #6 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    "We are constantly fearing death rather than constantly loving life and so at the root of that which should be HOME". This is the dilemma we face- we want to stay in our comfort zone and yet we live in fear of death? Is fear a comfort zone? We tend to kick ourselves out of the comfort zone while at the same time holding to it. Sometimes, the paradox of our behaviors amazes me.
    Deep thoughts my dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    21/08/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    "If I know others, I'm presemptive, if I know myself I am wise." " I do not put myself above others" By not claiming greatness, I achieve greatness," from the Tao of Leadership video. That video was full of words of wisdom.
    "We are constantly fearing death rather than constantly loving life" I think many of us fear death, some more than others and there will always be some who don't. I know I have experienced that fear far more over the past year and a half and I'm working through it slowly. My sister had cancer as did her daughter (my niece) and they live life to the fullest. To live in a perpetual state of fearing death isn't living. I truly believe I was led to read this tonight. Thank you @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. Great points you made.
    Pascal Derrien
    21/08/2017 #4 Pascal Derrien
    I am no academic but that's a smart reflection me thinks :-)
    Ian Weinberg
    21/08/2017 #3 Ian Weinberg
    Indeed @CityVP 🐝 Manjit let us live our lives in the present with one eye always beholding the last feeling that we will have before the lights go out forever at death. And let us live now to ensure that the last feeling is one of gratification. But that being said, let us be reminded that our our awareness in the present is a consequence of the interaction of the subjectivity of our individual narratives with life's endless challenges. And so gives rise to resultant awareness which ranges from unaware (unconscious) to full awareness of self and the extended environment. I would propose that the potential for change of awareness through coaching is therefore ultimately determined by the receptivity which exists within the personal narrative.
    Paul Walters
    21/08/2017 #2 Paul Walters
    @CityVP 🐝 ManjitVP Sensational piece and thank you for the insight into my writing
    Cyndi wilkins
    21/08/2017 #1 Cyndi wilkins
    If we are in constant search of happiness...indeed that means we are UNhappy in the now...and now is all there is...Each moment is a new now...with a never ending opportunity to shift our focus in any way we choose...choose wisely;-)
  3. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Image-Imagine-ImaginationBuzz Submitted by :Β  Harley KingBuzz : Five Ways to Improve Your Imagination Harley KingΒ  covers curiosity, questioning, exploring, doodling andΒ  writing as catalysts for imaginationBy the time I finished reading Harley King's "how to" buzz on...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    16/08/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Imagination is IMHO countered with a reality I observe that we rarely eat our own dog food, where we are profusely share in this so called social media but the actual volume of sharing surpasses the time we have to fully digest our own sharing, if we engaged metacogntive intent. Neither do we see it as learning media nor is our sharing particularly "social" since social is best face-to-face. For a brief time (less than a month) I engaged social media with my own kids - in the end I blocked them because they were trying to be social - tweeting to me even though I was sitting right across them on the kitchen table, it is only when I told them that they were blocked by me, did they lift their heads with surprise and say "really dad, I mean really?".
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    16/08/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Harley our own consciousness provides a pretty good barometer of what is good and evil. We live in a world that is now built on the idea of any publicity is good publicity, and that Goebbels idea of a "lie told many times becomes the truth" is now called "fake news". The outcomes of that lie were not good then and it won't be good now, especially where Alt-Right are imitating Nazi propaganda. We as a society do not seem to learn any lessons from history and even voted a dictatorial President who we now cannot distinguish with a North Korean dictator that also thrives on publicity. If we are not learning is it our imagination?

    The most important aspect of imagination is returning our own existence to a state of health, in what is a world full of unhealthy attention. Image clearly rules because labels now rule big time. Our attention is being cut into tiny pieces and that includes what I think of image-imagine-imagination. The thinking you should be doing is the pathway of your focus, because life is offering us plenty of distraction and dilution. My focus is the 15 pathways above - not to spread myself so thin across all 15 pathways, but to battle against the external attention of today's news, as to know what washes away my own focus.

    Imagination then for me is the relationship within me that is my being and the imagination that I did not create but that is the world all around me. Appreciating the inner and outer of that relationship is what makes me whole. I do not know what makes you whole because there is no way of me peering into your conscious and know when Harley King is whole, only you know that.
    Harley King
    16/08/2017 #1 Harley King
    Wow! @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. I will need to think on this. The first thing that comes to mind is that most ways of thinking of which imagination is only one can be used for both good and evil. Thinking does not create the human character. Character grows through thinking.
  4. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Non-Verbal Life
    Non-Verbal LifeBuzz Submitted by :Β  Juan Antonio NarvΓ‘ez(See also comment #1 byΒ  Pedro CΓ‘rdenas GΓ³mez below) Buzz : ΒΏQuΓ© peso tiene la comunicaciΓ³n no verbal? A delightful buzz in Spanish that is packed with first class communication content ...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    14/08/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #3 Pamela Myer provided very cogent insights which show me that deception and delusion are kissing cousins.
    Cyndi wilkins
    14/08/2017 #3 Cyndi wilkins
    "Our penchant for the deceptive is greater than our absolute intention about authenticity."

    This strikes a deep chord of truth...From Pamela Meyer's Ted Talk..."The more intelligent of the species, the more likely they are to be deceptive...over compensating with complex language as a tool to discredit or disarm a subject...Deception is complex...and woven into the fabric of our personal and professional lives..."

    Ain't that the truth;-)
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    12/08/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Most honoured Pedro to receive your response and more to your contribution. More than translation, I look for content that makes me see things anew and there is no question that this is a fascinating area of insight especially into the human condition. Thank You Pedro.
    Pedro CΓ‘rdenas GΓ³mez
    12/08/2017 #1 Pedro CΓ‘rdenas GΓ³mez
    Hi! You have made a great work translating my post! Jeje, yes i am who wrote the post for Juan Antonio. I am the Sinergologue Specialist in Unconscious nonverbal communication.
  5. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    PathwayBuzz Submitted by : Jim Murray Buzz: The 80/20 Differential Factoid De JourΒ Jim's Nausea about the word "Journey"It is the first time a pictorial has evoked a Paradox Wisdom, but the one Jim Murray produced...
  6. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Structure & Space
    Structure & SpaceBuzz Submitted by : Dr. Ali Anani Buzz: Habits Are Spontaneous Reactions Quotes Harvey Lloyd saying "I have always sensed that opportunity is created by leaders that seek a landscape of...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    31/07/2017 #16 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #15 Think about what disagree is, it is entropic state, but so is agreement, so in agreement and disagreement we are focused on state change. I accept the largely entropic nature of existence. The opposite of entropy is negentropy, so even in the discussion of syntropy the traditional view of syntropy is through the lens of entropy or negentropy or "negative entropy".

    I shared the following link last week but I share it here again because it represents a syntropic view - and this is a piece by Devdutt Pattanaik http://devdutt.com/articles/applied-mythology/society/agree-disagree-argue.html In vi-vaad, everybody seeks a voice. In sam-vaad, everyone finds an ear. Whether it is a Pulitzer Prize winner or a simple comment online, life is an opinion - but opinion is a voice, and the first ear of our voice is ourselves.

    That does not end conversations, it simply replaces the process of following with the spirit of exploring. When we have entropy running through our mind, spirit and body it may energize or deplete our inner sense of being, but when we have syntropy flowing within, we may be whatever nature that flow is, but our syntropy is with humanity as a flow within. We will still wrestle with entropy because the bubble life holds us in is an economic prison, but syntropy is us breaching the very walls of that prison, we will not be free of it because that is not how our society is configured, but we can take a step outside the walls of it.

    Even if we escape the economic effects of entropy we do not escape it's final effect which is death, but we are still life. Life is now.
    Sara Jacobovici
    30/07/2017 #15 Sara Jacobovici
    #14 I can't say I disagree because first of all, as you say, this is your space and structure. The other reason I can't disagree is because what you describe does take place. The place where I think we may be parting ways is that what I am suggesting is the tension that is a dynamic of who we are, of human nature. How we are, where we are, is of our own choosing. There is no one or nothing to blame, but ourselves.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    30/07/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #13 There is healthy tension and mindful tension and there is the tension that keep the urban masses from falling into a state of anarchy. The highest level of economic dependency exists in the urban community even though farmer suicides in India reveal that economic dependency has also enveloped the farmer, a group one would think could be independent of an urban system.

    Learned helplessness has entropic roots and our dependency on the power grid and a very finely tuned system of logistics means that the resilience of our society always depends on a few large scale systems that includes water supply. Yet we can redesign our cities to be more syntropic - and a couple of architects are good examples, these being Bjarke Ingels and Jan Gehl. Ingels is an exciting young artchitect whose book "Yes is More" typifies a more human and affirmative design mind.

    Jan Gehl is even more synctropic with his "liveable cities" approach and human scale design mind https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxywJRJVzJs Forget the millennials and boomer distinctions for these emanate from entropic professions such as traditional marketing and human resources. I am focused on the the past which is full of an entropic generation and a future which has an emerging syntropic generation. These generations are not age related, they are mind-spirit-being related. That is what I am focused on, that is my structure and space.

    This world is largely filled with expertise in how to deal with entropic consequence but it is a small group of people who are engaged in creating syntropic consequence - we are moving here from a world of unintended consequence to smart consequence, or at least that is the world fertilizing in my own mind - this is my structure and space.
    Sara Jacobovici
    30/07/2017 #13 Sara Jacobovici
    I have read your buzz, and the discussion that you have inspired, once through @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. It is a buzz that I need to reread a few more times to take in the layers of concepts that you have laid down for your readers. My "off the top of my head" response is that we exist in a process of tension and resolution; we can be in the chaos as long as it brings about order. We experience the tension of the energy that drives us towards homeostasis. We need the novel to allow for the familiar. It is when one of these states kind of go askew and we end up in one or the other; we get stuck. In this way, we begin to rationalize what we're doing and literally lose sight of the need to do things differently. As long as we take part in discussion like this one Manjit, there is hope for us to see again. I look forward to incorporating the discussion of spontaneity in my future buzz. Thank you to @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for bringing this buzz to my attention.
    Cyndi wilkins
    29/07/2017 #12 Cyndi wilkins
    "The chief reason we are not focused on syntropy is that so much more of efforts to make a living are based on an economic system which rewards entropy."

    Trauma sells...illness make Big Pharma rich...A cure for cancer?? It's out there...but being suppressed by those who stand to lose billions in revenue by feeding on the desperation of the sick...Corporate America targets older workers for dismissal because they become a liability to keep on the payroll...Oh yes, they want their expertise...so they are hired back as 'consultants' to a younger and much cheaper version of themselves.. a mortgage hanging over their heads and perhaps kids headed for college, again those who fall to the demands of Corporate interests feed on the desperate...because they themselves are the ones who created the conditions of the desperate in the first place...

    Our government operates in the same way. Scare tactics have been used on a global scale for decades...Extremism paves the way for fear to run rampant.Throw in a few wars and asteroids cutting it too close.The extreme fear that could be created by the fabrication of an 'other-worldly' intelligence posing a threat to our existence...Oh yes, don't fool yourself into thinking the so called leaders of today won't use any means necessary to increase government spending for the development of space-based weapons...We here in the states are the 'Nation of Concern.'

    Unfortunately, the 'bullies' are at the helm. What can we do? Pray...Nothing is more powerful for creating peace than prayer. If we all began to exercise of brains in such a way as to shift the frequencies we are emitting to that of peaceful exchanges rather than fearful of the consequences of 'not doing the right thing', we serve to initiate the very much needed change crucial to the success of our future generations...The only enemy to fear is the dysfunctional state of our own minds.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    29/07/2017 #11 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #10 Harvey your view reminds me of the 30 second bit about the "first one through the wall" in Moneyball

    What unfortunately gets lost because it is not priced into the value of action is the selfless patience to help people through a difficulty and this is not priced into quality of life because so much care-giving is under the radar, it is invisible, people making a difference without any thought that they are making a difference - other than who it is they are caring for or tending.

    What you have described is an entropic system and in that system who can blame anyone who succumbs on occasion That is the same system I hear @Lisa Vanderburg talking about, and @Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee addressing and the kind that people like @Cyndi wilkins tries to address in her work practice, and she has also lived through as a caregiver.

    Many simply have no clue. Even if the clueless got clued, there needs to be the strength of character to be able to absorb and appreciate this reality. If people shut people down for the most mundane of reasons, how can they appreciate the significant?

    Instead of appreciating those that persevere in the face of adversity or develop resilience, the fallback is out of sight is out of mind or the very dichotomy you speak of where right and wrong mindset is the easy way out.
    Harvey Lloyd
    29/07/2017 #10 Harvey Lloyd
    #9 The blessings are key. Through this window we can find a narrative that is larger than our own consciousness.

    This comes at a price, once we cross the divide from our environmental narrative and see the greater blessing, it is easy to allow apathy to set within. I succumb to this on occasion. Hence my catalyst comment.

    We work with educational professionals who in large part are very intelligent and masters/PHD level leaders. WIthin this we can see the environmental narratives play out with great effort and expense. Ultimately they are sacrificing the true nature of the goal, educating students with disabilities.

    Our team spends a great amount of energy just overcoming the environmental narrative to bring services and perspective to students who need to break the cycle of generational poverty. I say this to bring some perspective to my view.

    One of the greatest hurdles is our team. Many will succumb to the natural narrative of right and wrong instead of "syntropic" design in serving our students.

    Thanks for the dialogue and thoughts, its nice to know that outside of my world others are battling for the blessing and not the power.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    29/07/2017 #9 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #8 The key is the break from the narrative more so than the reality that only a few break from the narrative. In the context of today you and me Harvey represent the few in our particular context and time. That you see the future in my being and I see the future in your being, this is the blessing. The curses may distract or even educate us, but it is the blessing that brings the reality that transforms our senses - where we transform as sensory beings. For sure there are people who in trying to protect their financial or egotistical scraps in this world want us to be made senseless or insensitive. As you said in #8 only we can give our power away to these people. Fear then is a rear-window concept even when it is a fear of the future, which is what the bully fears.
    Harvey Lloyd
    29/07/2017 #8 Harvey Lloyd
    #5 I have to agree at some level. The catalyst concept is a path that we can get focused on creating a self fulfilling prophecy.

    I subscribe to be your best where you find yourself in your service to others, under a win win strategy. For me this has proven fruitful.

    We used a book, "Generational Poverty" as a study in our school to help us better understand the generational narrative of the students we serve. My general thoughts were, we all form a belief system of right and wrong based on our environment. A few can break from this narrative and step back and see the generational issues that have been handed down and self evaluate. So goes the world.

    Right and wrong have become powerful motivators. This dichotomy has become the belief system of the masses. When in reality there is only objective choice with the information we have, within the moment.

    Once we observe that what was thought to be objective is now subjective, there is forgiveness and a new choice.

    Mans quest for power is playing out in the Middle East. Eventually they will learn the power of forgiveness when the natural resources are gone. I dont see this as much different than our own Wall Street.

    My grander hope is that man will find power is fleeting, forgiveness and choice are the only power that allows all to live in joy.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    26/07/2017 #7 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #6 Energy creates energy- your mother is exceptional @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. You reminded me of an article in Scientific America "Fact or Fiction?: Energy Can Neither Be Created Nor Destroyed
    Is energy always conserved, even in the case of the expanding universe?
    In particular, the last paragraph of this article:
    It turns out that in Einstein’s theory of general relativity, regions of space with positive energy actually push space outward. As space expands, it releases stored up gravitational potential energy, which converts into the intrinsic energy that fills the newly created volume. So even the expansion of the universe is controlled by the law of energy conservation.
    Was your mother creating energy or more was she expanding her space and turning her energy to fill the new expansion?
    This buzz increases the space of my thinking and I am channelling some of my energy to fill that space.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/07/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #4 This is why I love the Life in Syntropy video because the energy needed comes from a shift in thinking that serves to accelerate abundance mentality and in this case it is people who have seen the symbiotic relationship between agriculture practice and forests. They have also made connections between pruning and natural fertilization of the soil.

    My own mother preaches one central practice which has enriched our own famliy, which is the idea that energy creates energy. I did not think of this as syntropic mindset but now I am aware of syntropy I can see it clearly.

    My uncle had an entropic mindset and while he loved his older sister (my mother) he used to dig in his heels and continue to live life his way, and though what he thought he was engaged in was "freedom", it was entropic freedom and today he is no more but he cried much realizing that his choices created chaos and destruction - though that was never his intent, yet though his death was a horrid illness the irony is that he wanted to die and yet saw too late the unintended consequences.

    For sure my mother lost a brother she deeply loved and she definitely does not want to be proven right - what goes wrong goes wrong, but we as a society have become experts in entropy, but I do not think we have in comparison become anywhere close to becoming experts in syntropy.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/07/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #3 Dear @Harvey Lloyd we share the same common core and for some time I did think that only a cataclysmic event will shift the polarity of the human condition, but if that was true then as I look at pictures today of bombed out cities in Syria and northern Iraq, I don't see the birthing from that destruction, I see weapons, engineering and construction companies benefit from entropy.

    Such is the magnitude of that destruction that America has seemingly been more prone to elect Presidents & VP's whose families benefit from strategic entropy.

    Look at the video marked "Life in Syntropy" - that is happening right now, it is proof positive that there are few people in this world who are walking with the flow rather than against the flow. It is true that our education system has taught us to step in lock, stock and barrel conditioned formation but if that is the prevailing condition, how does that explain the existence of the kind of people who will relate to this buzz?

    Relating here is not the same thing as responding. We can also respond in entropic fashion. It is not as if this truth has not been depicted. In the 60's Patrick McGoohan wrote and acted in the Prisoner series and in our century the movie The Matrix was released by the Wachoswski brothers (though their core motivation was that they were game makers who happened to make a movie). The key is that there is awareness about awareness.

    The cataclysmic scenario however does feed into beliefs about the apocalypse, which is the most extreme form of entropic belief human beings have - the ultimate doomsday scenario. We may be that stupid as a human race but we can are be smart.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    26/07/2017 #4 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit- I am believer that as for every action there is an equal action so I believe in that there exists an opposite for other systems. The opposite of entropy is syntropy. Why then we talk much more about entropy than syntropy? For a simple reason. Let me explain by example. If we take an ice cube then it is highly ordered, but it has one alternative to stay as ice. Once we melt the ice the running water molecules have many alternative paths and these alternatives expand greatly if water turns into gas. This means that if we consider probabilities than for a system to turn into ice we have to work against many alternatives. Syntropy is order and to have order we must keep feeding the system with energy; else it shall become disorderly.
    I therefore salute your syntropy idea.
    AS @Harvey Lloyd pointed out in his remarkable comment a win:win situation is an orderly one. It has very low probability to happen on its own. We need creative minds to help the system to shift the balance from disorderly to orderly.
    Thank you Manjit for giving me the space to think and think to put my mind in an orderly state.
    Harvey Lloyd
    26/07/2017 #3 Harvey Lloyd
    Syntropy or the word i grew up with synergy has many barriers. Most of these barriers exist between humans.

    Is success finite or infinite?

    How you answer this question within your deepest thoughts will determine your path of action. Fight for scraps or choose the path of win/win.

    When our communications were very local and word of mouth, synergy was a natural aspect of outcomes. Careers, two earner incomes, and media have brought us to the highest level of independent thinking.

    Barriers to interdependance are set at a young age these days. Knowledge is big business, a machine that is self defending and costly. Somewhere along the way as a nation we decided that knowledge was the key to success. The competition began. Establishing a competitive environment where success was finite.

    The wisdom of self awareness, personal goals and the understanding of others existance in the same way, and knowledge, can create success through synergy.

    This is a generational issue. The larger question of how do we swing three generations of people into a synergistic existance of grace and understanding, is imposing. From my perspective a catalyst on the order of the Great Depression will need to happen.

    Your grand thoughts of this post are points we should all be considering when we think about our children's future.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    26/07/2017 #2 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Great buzz and I defer commenting till I have watched the video embeds
    Don Philpott☘️
    26/07/2017 #1 Don Philpott☘️
    "At least with those developments which represent accelerated change, that should alert us that our collective approach is the opposite to that which is now converting innovation into advances that make us even more fearful about the future" - Bravo!
  7. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Mistake of the Take
    Mistake of the TakeBuzz Submitted by : Ali Anani PhD Buzz: A Give on a Give A Fabulous Buzz about the most Fundamental Power of the Human Spirit - Our Capacity to GiveThere is...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    10/04/2017 #16 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #8 Hi Lisa, you have actually highlighted another problem with the word "take". There is a great intelligence in knowing how to receive well. As a story about Buddha once described if the gift is denied who owns the gift and in this case what was being given to the Buddha were insults.

    Give and take is a relationship , we automatically place a positive sign on giving and a negative sign on taking - but that comes down to how we frame giving and taking. If the frame of taking is linked to the worst of humanity we side with giving but what that does is create a them and us scenario and give AND take should be the essence of "WE". Together not separate.

    If I give agape love but the other does not take that love - then what is that "Take"? Surely that would be a mistake of the take because here that mistake becomes one that is all to common, we don't know how to receive.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    10/04/2017 #15 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    "Mis"Take the Take- I am glad it doesn't spell "Miss"take. This is a witty title @CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    10/04/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #11 Dear Deb, I have been meaning to write such a buzz - the title I have had for weeks "IMAGE & BEING" but for some reason something or another has come up just as I have even begun to compose it.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    10/04/2017 #13 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Glad you dropped in to write a coherent comment @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee. Yes, it is an issue of disconnection.
    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    10/04/2017 #12 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #10 yes Dear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee - so many intellectual conversations like people living in their heads disconnected to how they feel and disconnected to how we feel about each other and our living world. Time to learn from nature!
    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    10/04/2017 #11 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit - you say, " when we take our soul and give it away for the price of fear and the drinking of emotional poison. The most precious thing we give away is not money, it is our very being - and today in the hollow center that remains, we fill it with image and we call that authentic." is an incredibly powerful statement and warrants another post!
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    10/04/2017 #10 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #9 But it is worthy. I find sometimes the pain is our own doings. I have just commented on a buzz by @Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee in which she provided a link to a great interview "The Songs of Trees: On the Beauty, Wonder, and Balance of Nature". It is amazing how much we may reduce our pains if we would learn from nature and yet we don't. We follow "intellectual paradigms" when nature has provided us with many solutions. Painfully, we don't learn and go against nature.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    10/04/2017 #9 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #7 The key is creating a new tomorrow and that is the growing pain.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    10/04/2017 #8 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I hope one day giving becomes more the norm than taking. So much suffering on this planet without regard to humanity as a whole. I will always give as I can. I much rather be a giver than a taker. Well written buzz!!
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    10/04/2017 #7 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #6 So true and painful- "If our soul is taken, then what is given is our continual attempts to plaster an ever-bleeding global wound".
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    10/04/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #5 The worst politicians give promises and take power, but that pales in comparison to when we take our soul and give it away for the price of fear and the drinking of emotional poison. The most precious thing we give away is not money, it is our very being - and today in the hollow center that remains, we fill it with image and we call that authentic.

    Giving which should be a collective power becomes an authenticity of the few and we don't know that giving until we have experienced agape. This type of giving is what makes humanity great in the small spaces we find humanity.

    The inhumanity of the system we give in is altogether different experience - and people do not have to have a political career to be negatively political, and here I do not separate the terrible politician from the people who sanctioned and allowed the rise of the terrible politicians - and this ignorance is killing us most because this ignorance are people giving generously without realizing what their giving is taking away.

    GIVE AND TAKE should be an integral and integrated experience but it is reduced to the status of trading whether that trade be with politicians, corporations, professional bodies, special interest or men of religion. If our soul is taken, then what is given is our continual attempts to plaster an ever-bleeding global wound. Instead of creating a new tomorrow we repeat our yesterday.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    09/04/2017 #5 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #1 Dear friend @CityVP 🐝 Manjit- I am truly honored to have my name mentioned in this great buzz. I read it twice and thought a lot before daring to comment. There are so many great points in the buzz that warrant careful attention. For me I want to focus now on these two extracts from the buzz. These are:
    The mistake is not recognizing this invisible hand when we think about giving. We then place giving as a feature of our humanity but the system of fundraising is our marketing - this is the reality behind giving, not our great hearts and the great inner spirit of giving we possess.
    At every level of giving, giving has become a function of marketing and not a function of humanity. If we do not see that difference how much giving can any giver give for true change?
    I paused thinking and I wondered if actually the politicians give even before they take the price in advance. They give part of what they have taken to take more. Your cited examples are in line with this. These politicians and greedy marketers leave the world worse than when they entered it because they see want to take. Even financial aids are meant to increase the purchase power of their country products. They give nothing for nothing. What they give is visible and applauded, but what they take is kept secretively.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    09/04/2017 #4 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    #3 I now understand this paradox of wisdom Thank you for explaining this so well dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjitcity and I am getting to witness this in my daily life.
    As you say "As a world that is better when we leave it than when we entered it"
    Thank you once again.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    09/04/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #2 Dear Fatima, we do not take a look at the word "take" in its full context and one context is the bitter, the bad and the sad but that is only one context. The idea of giving our opinion is our "take" on things. We all have a take - and if we are only giving partial view of that take, it is merely a take. That is the primary mistake of the take, not the actual taking. The taking is a consequence of the take. Once we get to that point then the disruption in giving is that, because then it is not a marketing point of view, it is a human integrated view. Even when we give we are involved in point and not the whole. The agreement that giving is good is the easiest part of giving. The difficult part is how it comes back as renaissance, as a world that is better when we leave it than when we entered it - and that is the possibility, so the mistake of take is not understanding the full context of take - for a take is not simply money or resource or profit or opinion - it is the relationship between give AND take. That is where the paradox wisdom is.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    09/04/2017 #2 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    A brilliant honest buzz thats needs to be published world wide. THE bitter truth of giving - Taking.
    "The time when most realize the mistake of the take, is when the giver of a give is the giving of our own life - and this is not a step forward into the future but not learning from history - and then where is renaissance, where is the future evolved society we call the "Golden Age" - because we might feel spiritually bigger by giving but poorer by the taking."
    This is the truth and I wish world leaders realise this and make the change before it's too late.
    Thank you @CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    09/04/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Dear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee as promised in your buzz "A Give on a Give" - I present "Mistake of the Take".
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    Extraordinary Sense
    Extraordinary SenseBuzz Submitted by : Ali Anani PhD Buzz: Common Sense That Has No Sense Ali Anani looks at logic and sense relationship while questioning a popular quote by...


    Melissa Hefferman
    20/03/2017 #18 Anonymous
    #17 Oh. It's good to be back. You're too kind. I needed a break, for my own balance, nothing to do with anyone else, ultimately. I came back because the free flowing share of learning here is unique. Imperfectly so, yet unique nonetheless. I still have much to do in that regards, learning that is, and there is an opportunity to do so here in conjunction with my inner reflections that I can not deny. Thank you for sharing. I must read more of the authors and articles you mentioned because yes, this, "we can each think the best, do the best and live according to our humanity," means a lot to me. Thank you, deeply! Love, Melissa, from Canada but now living in America, who happens to just be and BE, it's a flux.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    17/03/2017 #17 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #16 It means a lot to me to see you active again on beBee Melissa - there was a moment last year when Deb 🐝 Helfrich and I contemplated the return of a great spirit and these moments are a felt-experience because we know what we notice.

    I do think that we need to look at the word "revolution" and the word "spin" and see how one has continually been connected to other - and yet what is contained under our skin is a biological miracle and for sure as we evolve in our own skin, and the quality of our homes, and from there kindred spirits and somewhere along the line, our societal system gets to mess with that, rather than let life be. I am more akin, as a result, to give the word "evolution" a chance - and I hope we can find peace in that nurture.

    Our regards also focus upon those with difficulties and Aaron Skogen 's recent post about him helping Haitians brings that home. There are plenty of people in this world of ours without any personal brand but with massive amounts of humanity and this is the greatest blessing of all, to know the good that is within people that we are among. The kind of people Aaron brought water to, and tomorrow at my Saturday speakers club I hope to a listen to an international student speak, her name is Christelle, she is from Haiti and she is Christelle - who happens to be from Haiti.

    Sometimes we forget the reality of this knowing because the pull on our attention can draw our senses away rather than closer to what matters and where life is actually lived. Sometimes a difficult challenge gets in the way of what matters and then we can pray those have the strength to battle thorough. We can each think the best, do the best and live according to our humanity.
    Melissa Hefferman
    17/03/2017 #16 Anonymous
    I've read this a few times now... I often feel like a very weird person, but maybe it's because I took this thought to heart once upon a time: "The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.” ~Jim Morrison ("The doors of perception are wide open" Huxley/Morrison/Blake AND @CityVP). Thank you for writing this, I must noodle it some more. 5 stars and then some!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    17/03/2017 #15 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #10 Dear Gert [ @Gert Scholtz the chief gift of life is what we have inside of us and what we have inside of us contain answers unique to who we are. This takes me to an idea of image and being which I will try to articulate later on today as another buzz.

    Our senses can bombard us with answers rather than liberate natural answers within, and to develop extraordinary sense must accompany an inner sense of freedom. I am thinking even if the world outside of us isn't free, what we take in and what flows out of us depends on the quality we nurture within. I think all of us don't give ourselves the permission to be. Why seek revolution in society when we have not sought evolution within ourselves?
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    17/03/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #11 There are two things that is worth thinking about

    What is the difference between wanting to get rid of something and things falling away because they no longer serve a purpose or way

    The other is self-awareness - is it a trying or a becoming? Ultimately for me self-awareness is arriving to a point where we would never go back to the old way of thinking, because it is obsolete because we have learned to see. At the same time we have to be excessively kind to ourselves because self-awareness as a learning may trigger regret.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    17/03/2017 #13 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #9 Yes, Laurent, I can see how refraction can take us to a place that is creative instead of an inevitable end destination called idealism. On thinking about this our inability to refract probably is more responsible for bringing us to dead ends.

    I can see how that opens rather than closes possibility. Refraction is a great suggestion in terms of discovering our own extraordinary sense. Just when we head off in a far more creative direction, the paradox is critical thinking, questioning why we refracted.

    If we are not reflective about this we get stuck, but if we can be reflective - we make creative and critical a catalyst to each other - allowing our right brain freedom and our left brain control.

    Ultimately the question becomes, what would this change, and one thing it should change is that if we cannot coexist in our own contradictory mind, how do we expect to coexist in the world=at-large?
    Sara Jacobovici
    17/03/2017 #12 Sara Jacobovici
    You work can never be considered lacking @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. Thank you for another piece filled with insights and resources.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    16/03/2017 #11 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit This buzz is a sensory feeder that awakens me to find my extra-ordinary senses. IMHO my senses reflect me as person and if I don't realise myself because of senses overload or senses deprivation I'm destroying me or getting on that road to self-destruction.

    "Why do I want to make a living out of pushing the drug of certainty into people's lives, when uncertainty is the norm."
    Which is the drug we have been fed with since school. I firmly believe my true self-discovery and self-development begins with uncertainty filled with self-questioning/reasoning which is when I use my extra-ordinary senses which can therewith be alerted and utilized by self-awakening.

    But most of times I'm smoking (using my common sense ) due to the nicotine of certainity which my self is conditioned which I need to get rid of.The only known remedy for me is learning and discovering my extra-ordinary senses and living in the Now.
    I salute you for this extra-ordinary buzz.
    Gert Scholtz
    16/03/2017 #10 Gert Scholtz
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Your post is so rich with thought and knowledge that I shall have to read it a few times. All I can say now is that it is a multi-sensory and multi-textured script of wisdom. Thank you Manjit.
    Laurent Boscherini
    16/03/2017 #9 Anonymous
    #6 Thank you @CityVP 🐝 Manjit for excellent reply so wise as agile. I think a better approach might be refraction. Let me invite you to think of it like a beam of light shining through a prism as the cover of Pink Floyd’sΒ Dark Side of the MoonΒ album.
    "Of all the definitions of man, the worst is that he is a rational animal." - Anatole France, Le Petit Pierre (1918)
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    16/03/2017 #8 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #2 Siraj, learning in digital medium is a humble pursuit rather than an affirmation.

    I look upon learning in this space as an emergent practice i.e. no two people have the same learning pathway, just as no two people have the exact replicated DNA code.

    In working with digital code I see learning equivalency with our own DNA code. Instead of learning in natural ways, we have culture code dictating digital code.

    The digital lexicon is moving much slower than the technological taxonomy that is producing new capabilities. No wonder technologists are investing more time on the internet-of-things where computers talk to computers.

    Culture code is tribal. Digital code is new. DNA code is who we are and who can be because this code equals our evolution.

    Tribal is the past, and what is the point of being increasingly tribal when it keeps our biology in the cave?
    siraj shaik
    16/03/2017 #7 siraj shaik
    #3 Observed the image "with 2 integrated options in each block and compromising 15 blocks by three governed factors which can lead to many combinations of perspectives and the finest perceptions of evaluation from resulting counts is complex function and which of those can be the efficient and which can be shortest path function and which of those gives highest yields.. oh! anyone to chalk out those all". Just scratched my head in the orangutan way of style.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    16/03/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #3 Dear Laurent, that "singularity of the context" is actually becoming frighteningly true, that computers are learning human action and displacing people from both blue and white collar jobs, but human action is not learning to adapt to computers. It is so absurd that some countries are now thinking of paying people to learn rather than work,

    The irony is that we have to teach ourselves to learn in these new digital environments and hopefully engage that which actually works, so nations start studying their own people. If nations know that there are going to be these gaps then fix the educational and work training system rather than expect success from ways and actions of people who are not aware of systemic realities or progressive/sustainable relationships.

    Nations have no need currently to ask or study their citizens, for even after the Trump election, the same old ways of tribal practice persist. It is frightening how many people are welcoming new technologies without a comparative shifts in mindset.

    For sure we have the gift of digital speed and network intelligence but are we seem too set in our old ways that we won't even learn from our kids or our grand-kids how to shape a new way of learning and working with digital properties.

    The singularity it might not be, but technological change is trouncing individual human change - and that represents a great amount of rework, waste and non-value add. Here I am only talking about adapting at a personal level as a digital unit of one.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    16/03/2017 #5 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    So much to comment on dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. Still thinking whether to comment here or respond in a buzz to this fantastic buzz. Will decide later tonight.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    16/03/2017 #4 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit- I am still reading thoroughly your buzz, but I feel mesmerized. Your wrote "So it is I thought about two forces that create dysfunction, namely the overloading of my senses and equally sense deprivation". I used the term sense deprivation. You talk about center of swinging and I discussed the vortices of turbulents. I am eager to find out if it is the sense of synchronicity that is active.
    For readers who wish to compare notes- the link to my buzz is here:
    Laurent Boscherini
    16/03/2017 #3 Anonymous
    Thank you @CityVP 🐝 Manjit for sharing your relevant prism. Maybe it could be understood as a paradigm of that paradox, in a sense of a fractal oxymor, steered under its different perceptions, related to its own as the singulariry of the context. Brilliant !
    siraj shaik
    16/03/2017 #2 siraj shaik
    Salute you @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, sir very high profile information. Look forward to learn from opinions and contributions on this subject matter.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    16/03/2017 #1 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    I am reading this thorough buzz dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit almost with the simultaneity of me publishing a buzz on my bazz that prompted you to write this buzz. The surprising fact I wrote my buzz in response to a comment you wrote on my buzz. I assure leaders that either of us is aware that we had no idea that we were writing and publishing today.
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    My Curriculum Vitae
    My Curriculum VitaeBuzz Submitted by : Javier CΓ‘mara Rica Buzz: Tu currΓ­culum no sirve para encontrar trabajo Spanish Buzz that talks about how to use curriculum vitae in the...


    Pascal Derrien
    11/03/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    some fair points in this especially the legacy aspect :-)
  10. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    People to the Power
    People to the PowerBuzz Submitted by : Pascal Derrien Buzz: We Did Not Stop The Fire Pascal Derrien writes a personal poem utilizing the energy of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" The 60's was...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    21/02/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 You may do indeed good sir !!!
    Indeed I opened up an entirely new paragraph to accommodate the Left Honourable Patti Smith, MP [Music Profession]
    Pascal Derrien
    21/02/2017 #1 Pascal Derrien
    May I add this one for good measure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPR-HyGj2d0 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit :-)
  11. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    The Water of Life
    The Water of LifeBuzz Submitted by : Ali Anani PhD Buzz: The Hidden Marketing Forces Ali Anani wrote a great buzz about the Hidden Marketing Forces which Sara Jacobovici said deserved him to...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    23/02/2017 #11 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #10 If a society has built itself on economic dependencies and in serving consumers created an unintended learned helplessness, then when we layer personal brand on that, we are layering that brand-you on a host and then we become the parasites.

    The net result of that is the term " a consumable society".

    In order to get to that kind of consuming society the industrial age took away the sophisticated relationships of home and replaced them with the command and control of work and media that is built around serving work and not the home. If it serves home it is often an antidote or a restbite from work, but then mass advertising is the greatest of parasites, feeding on consumers.

    So how do we move away from a life consumed to a life that is very much alive. Ultimately argument is simply a fight for those who are having to fight in this system - but abstraction is not necessarily an argument. As people succeed the level they rise in society is dependent on them having powers of abstraction and the kind of arguments we talk of as "abstract' are simply concrete people talking in languages we do not know or understand.

    So we assume these concrete people know better than us and that abstract people are dangerous to us. Of course they are because they are innovating and creating new realities while our consumption is based on conformity, and the certainty that comes from command and control.

    That is why I go back to Water - because all of this can become very abstract really fast and so we refresh ourselves by going back to our fundamental core - that we are largely water and also 90% of our being is not even human, it is organic and microbial, but that is another story unto itself :-)
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    23/02/2017 #10 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    Messing with the forces of nature and sometimes messing with our own mind and the mind of the other. Influencing and controlling and so on.

    To get lost in abstract arguments and get lost to whats going on inside your head.
    Learning how to think really means how to exercise control on how and Why you think
    Its means being conscious and aware enough to choose to what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.
    Because if you cannot exercise such kind-of choice in adult life you will be totally host - David Foster

    People are used as a Host for various reasons by people , managers , politicians and even their own friends. Awareness is the key to stay conscious and alive.

    A mind awakening buzz @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thank you

    "If we mess with water, we mess with life. If embrace water as life then we can find the hidden within us without need of philosophies, religion, marketing or all that commands our attention" I embrace these lines for the rest of my learning journey !
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    21/02/2017 #9 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #8 I have to throw in a caveat regarding that experience, while the Dark Mirror reality does exist, one also has to ask whether the small screen has led to more travel for younger people or less, and the answer coming back from the travel industry is that millennials travel about 20% more than older generations - then it comes down to what kind of information is being accessed - and whether that is shaping a society withdrawn from the world (which is dark mirror) or new generations exploring the world - and the evidence points to young people wanting to know more. Indeed young people voted to stay in Europe but older generations swayed the vote to Brexit. Millennial's were indifferent to the two boomer candidates who were both 40 years+ older than them, but the millennial vote did tip towards Clinton. If anything the digital experience of older generations is what is most at question.
    Sara Jacobovici
    21/02/2017 #8 Sara Jacobovici
    Very thought provoking and core material, written only as you can @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. I am driven back to our pre-marketing state of being; our primordial state when and where we were a part of nature. Then, we branched/evolved into creators and things changed. It never ceased to amaze me when I would hear people look at a view in nature and exclaim, "It's as beautiful as a painting!" Fast forward to now when we are so busy videotaping an event/experience, seeing it through the little screen instead of being in it, live, in the moment. We no longer know who we are, unless we see it advertised. We search for brands and we are advised to brand ourselves. For me, the water connection is just that; our connection. It is a source of life and we have a reciprocal relationship with it. It is internal and external, it is in us and we are in it. I echo David Foster Wallace, awareness, being aware, is key. Thanks Manjit, for bringing so much to our awareness.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    21/02/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #5 Dear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee I don't need to distinguish the marketer but the marketed. I am the marketed and what I must distinguish is the professional. I want to put the marketer in his rightful place which is in the role of servant leader and not the marketer to be in the position of master and me being his conditioned slave. This buzz is about turning this relationship on its head.

    In so doing I begin to see what the prior marketer master, the human capital slave owner, the project manager Nazi would not - that professions cannot continue to be these islands of competing parasites on the organizational and social body - now see the employees and customers who they serve, because then employees and customers are the same thing again - which is what?

    Employees and Customers are people - and if I am "people" now I am in a position to be served by all these professions and not be a professional drone or a corporate slave to their competing professed priorities. This establishes in professional circles the role of the professional as a servant leader, and in that role, the servant leader helps rather than subverts the managerial hierarchy.

    If I am the water of life, don't muddy this water with professional viewpoints - and if now the responsibility of the professions is to educate rather than sell their profession, I have a greater responsibility to listen. I can listen because in my world the battle for my attention is over. I am watching the marketing machine, I am watching the human resource capitalist - and I am now a person.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    21/02/2017 #5 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    Part 2/
    In my previous buzz on "More on Balancing Acts"
    I mentioned the need for forces to act in synchronicity or better to be fused as one force. Looking forward and outward is just another great example of what I meant. It is not enough to look inward or outward; far better if they work in synchronicity or amalgamate together to give an alloy of a new force. WE NEED BOTH. We can't ignore what happens outside our domains for they influence us.
    As for marketers they may know their customers more than their customers know themselves or what they deem unnecessary. Marketing and creativity go a long way in probing these possibilities.
    Yes, we humans are mostly water. It is us who contaminate this water with tangible and intangible contaminants and make us sick. The marketers pride the medicine or sometimes delude us into a drug that is not. Here, we need to distinguish between "Honest Marketing" and "Dishonest Marketing". This situation is like a lawyer defending a legal case or an illegal one. I raise my hat to honesty.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    21/02/2017 #4 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #1 #2 #3 -Dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit- you kept silent for few days to write such a "sounding" buzz. I enjoyed reading it thorughly and equally reading the comments of dear @David B. Grinberg. I have my own thoughts.
    First, just in case a reader wishes to read my buzz mentioned in your buzz here is the link.

    SOcrates said to know yourself. More often than not fail fail to identify themselves or pass unnoticed some of their talents, strengths and weaknesses. I give one example, dear @debasish majumderwrote a buzz in which I sensed his talent in writing poetry. Debabish responded with a poem and now his authority in writing poetry is beyond questions.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    21/02/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #2 Dear David [ @David B. Grinberg ] Looking outward is the whole point. In a world of massive attention and the meme of trying to attract followers, the default mode is that we are looking outwards into that attention. Then we never have time to look inwards, because we have no bandwidth for it.

    Now if I don't worry about followers and know the purposes of advertising, media, news and every human being vying for our attention - then and only then when I have side-stepped all that, am I truly looking outwards - and in looking outwards, I have an uninterrupted opportunity to look inward. This divergence and convergence cannot be separated - this is why I am so omnipresent here at bebee. I am doing this :-)
    David B. Grinberg
    21/02/2017 #2 David B. Grinberg
    (Part 2 of 2)

    3) While I agree that it's important to look inward, I also think there is substantial merit to looking outward -- albeit in the correct way. Exploration, learning and discovery, as you note, can facilitate finding the true "meaning of life" on an individual and societal bases. You probably know where I'm going with this.
    4) Space exploration and environmental science. Space is where we can discover the the co-called "known unknowns" as well as the "unknown unknowns." That's at least one larger part of where the ultimate answers lie IMHO. Moreover, regarding Earth's vast oceans, there is still so much scientists DON'T know. Some parts on the ocean are too deep to probe, even via robots -- like the Marianas Trench (the deepest part of the Earth's oceans). But even above that, humans have not explored every inch of the oceans or what lies beneath toward the Earth's molten core. So yes, look inwards for wisdom, by all means. But also look outwards into space and our natural surroundings.
    David B. Grinberg
    21/02/2017 #1 David B. Grinberg
    (Part 1 of 2) Thank you @CityVP 🐝 Manjit for another brilliant buzz. I appreciate how you frame the concepts as to open our collective minds to think differently and be enlightened. Ditto that for @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee @Sara Jacobovici @Milos Djukic and others whose writing has the beneficial impact of looking beyond the superficial, or "cracking open the egg" so to speak. Just a few thoughts:
    1) To state the obvious, marketing is a byproduct of a capitalist society in which market forces drive so much of life. We automatically conditioned to conform from birth onward. Thus, marketing should be directly tied to capital and the "American Dream" of becoming super rich.
    2) I love water, literally. How much? Well without revealing my monthly Deer Park Water bill, I will say that I receive about a dozen cases of water per month. Yes, I drink a lot of water. H2o comprises most of our bodies and most of the Earth via oceans. We all know that water is fundamentally intrinsic to life as we know it.
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    The Soul of Home
    The Soul of HomeBuzz Submitted by : Pascal Derrien Buzz: Anger: Hostility Towards the Opposition A Cathartic Story that Many People Will Identify With - Such is our existing Social Condition We have...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    08/02/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #4 Thanks Don. The greatest professionals that I have met in my life are called great mothers, it is an unpaid job that has revolutionary effects. That we don't value tending in the workplace is the same as we don't price quality of air or quality of water. My leadership was taught at home by the greatest manager that is irreplaceable and her work still continues as she enters her 80's.

    Home is so often at the root of what makes us great and every CEO who has achieved greatness owes something to someone unpaid but who was their guardian or parent or mentor.

    The labour of love and the loyalty that goes with it starts from grounding - a grounding we have obliterated because we find greater meaning in the work we do, than the home we create.

    I don't care what others do for a living or what their "brand" is and I don't care if I lose work opportunities in not paying attention to that, for I am making meaning where my home is.

    Home is a private space that needs my attention and where the eyes of the outside world don't help us because no one knows our home better than we do. We end up in a "FIX THIS" mindset rather than a "LIVE THIS".

    Then there is the blindness of not seeing that home is work also. It is premier work and in the pressure cooker world we have created "Work-Life Balance" is a denial that home is too much work to call it "work" - in finding the meaning of home we extend the value of work. I can always move into a cheaper house but I must focus on a greater home.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    08/02/2017 #4 Don 🐝 Kerr
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Thanks for sharing this. The principle of work/life balance is, to my mind as well, impossible to achieve. On the contrary, we all have to potential though to seek work/live integration where our professional lives and our personal character are inextricably linked. Sharing.
    Pascal Derrien
    08/02/2017 #3 Pascal Derrien
    Thanks for the shout out @CityVP 🐝 Manjit a lot of food for thought in your article :-)
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    08/02/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 For me the bricks of wisdom are not the bricks of a house - and love is just one part that flows into and out of this wisdom. It is more challenging when work effects flow back like a blast radius to inform effects at home, and rare that home effects inform work transformations.

    In terms of continuums I would like to entertain them as streams. At the work level, Toyota by operating at the level of continuous improvement began improving thousands of streams and that system consequently exhibited facets of a more complete system. Those effects worked for Toyota because they were tiny experiments that accorded more with the scientific method and a closer approximation of bricks of wisdom - but some Toyota workers eventually did die from overwork and so the term "karoshi" came into being https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/18/death-from-overwork-japans-karoshi-culture-blamed-young-mans-heart-failure

    Our home has been one of continuous improvement and here I am informed by its evolution, but now as some of our kids move into their own homes this is the challenge that is an evolution. The most important being of a home is the privacy of it rather than theory of it. If it is a lived experience (and that includes the mistakes) then it transforms the bricks of wisdom. That is the sacred space and the shared space informs the sacred space. We not only have technologists and marketers who are invasive with their theories we have ourselves - and that does not effect soul, it effects resilience. The soul of our bodies is in our DNA and as a society we are invasive about that too. Answers replaces observation for we observe as branded beings not as human beings.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    08/02/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    "the education of emotional wisdom depends on every brick of wisdom we cement together on our life journey."

    "So are we without meaning when there is no soul in our home."

    These two quotes really throw the focus away from the nature/nurture continuum onto the love/fear continuum. Based on the soul energy flowing through the home, we grow into beings whose nervous system's response, incident by incident, is shaped by how renewable love is throughout the home. Going out into the workforce brings separation and fear introduced by the constant evaluation of meeting deliverables or making quotas - a strong focus on measuring often induces great competition and sets up structures were winners are rewarded and losers are in jeopardy. That focus on lack survives the commute home which then diminishes the free flowing love to the family in the house, especially the kids when they are in their sponge years. This builds a cycle.

    I feel very deeply that Work and Wellness are intertwined and we have got to start to inject soul back into each second of our days. That is the way to a Well New World.
  13. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Life Path Value
    Life Path ValueBuzz Submitted by : Fatima Williams Buzz: To New beBees Visiting beBee Land Fatima Williams provides a buzz as an introduction to beBee for new BeesWhat we say in innocence emerges with more truth...


    Cyndi wilkins
    11/08/2017 #26 Cyndi wilkins
    #25 I prefer a good bourbon myself...but I'll drink to that! Bottoms up my friend;-)
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    10/08/2017 #25 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #23 Yeah Cindy ! When we drink fear like we drink beer, it will have a deleterious effect on our gut one way or another. Thank You Kindred Spirit !!!
    Cyndi wilkins
    10/08/2017 #24 Cyndi wilkins
    Another round for @CityVP 🐝 Manjit...This one's on me;-)
    Cyndi wilkins
    10/08/2017 #23 Cyndi wilkins
    Be it career paths or 'life' paths the obstacle remains the same...Fear. Little word...HUGE ripple in that ocean of existence we speak so much about in terms of 'collective conscious'...The path to transformation is in overcoming our fears...these energies are all around us. Fear of failure, fear of loss, fear of retaliation should we speak the truth when we recognize injustices...fear of love...being vulnerable...learning to trust another with our heart is perhaps the most difficult challenge we face as humans...we fear being destroyed emotionally if we expose ourselves fully. However, that is the only path to transformation...and expressing the love that lies just beyond our deepest fears...

    We must learn to express ourselves intelligently, with an approach of courage instead of fear...learn that wanting what you want is not enough when sharing a relationship...Be it intimate in nature or business as usual...You must share your common concerns as a 'partnership' and not be afraid to express your deepest individual concerns without the fear of upsetting the other...There must be a neutral ground of transference. Value the needs of your partner as much as you value your own needs and you will leave those energies of doubt and fear behind and rise into the higher frequencies of love and mutual regard...Something the world is in desperate need of these days.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/07/2017 #22 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #21 Trust me we all need a pinch, and sometimes we might even require a punch - though I am not offering that as an excuse for violence. It is how thoughts act as knives slicing through what is already beautiful about life and trying to show us our piece. Looking at just one piece of life can disturb our peace. Peace is a reminder that knives cannot cut our soul, but that we can ignore our soul by becoming beholden to our thoughts. We are taught to see the parts in the whole and not the whole in the parts.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    18/07/2017 #21 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    #20 Thats is the biggest gratitude I hold right now. Thank ful that I have a life and thank you for never ceasing to enrich me, I am not yet sure if I cannot afford this MBA I will share my journey with you all soon. Thank you once again for making me pinch myself in acknowledging the gift of life.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/07/2017 #20 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #19 Dear @🐝 Fatima G. Williams

    Lifetime learning, lifetime work, lifetime peace. Life is not something separate unless it is separated. Our mind carves thoughts.

    Enjoy the heart that is not in peace and the peace that you find in your heart. Enjoy the relationships you make in doing your MBA, enjoy the lives that wrote the MBA books and the books you may write so others may enjoy them, enjoy the cup that is not full and the cup that is, enjoy the journey and enjoy the home, enjoy purpose and enjoy meaningless, enjoy driven and enjoy not so driven, but above all enjoy life because, for the biggest reason of all, you already have it.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    18/07/2017 #19 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    #18 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Your comment here could not have come at a more better time than now. I am on the path which I believe is to the life path that your talking about, the career path I've been now, doesn't seem to give me the fulfilment and satisfaction and peace in my heart. My cup is not full and I am not able to give. And I want to give, the MBA I choose to study is supposed to give me the clarity I'm looking for? Or will it not? I am yet to find out. I have seen what learning has done to me. I have seen what the career path has done to me and I cannot wait to be on this purpose driven journey I've undertaken. I am yet to find out!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/07/2017 #18 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Thanks @🐝 Fatima G. Williams for reviving this buzz by placing it in the https://www.bebee.com/group/56487 Why beBee Hive. It is timely in terms of context for @Whitney Raver and including @Melissa Hefferman

    This is a reminder about context. Whitney questioned the relationship of personality, reputation and brand. Life path value is not in the sum of these parts or these parts separated to further levels of definition. Career path is a great reminder of life as parts vs. when the whole is LIFE where brand is a myriad of things that simply fits into that whole.

    Career path value is born of 20th Century perspective, but life path value is a birthright to 21st Century thinking. You may ask Fatima what is the significance of Life Path vs. Career Path and I will tell you in that regard that it is significant in difference as Peace is to War. In a world where we partition life and operate in three distinct segments EDUCATION - WORK - RETIREMENT we create agitation inside each division.

    In a world where life is whole there is peace, until that is we are dragged into the daily life battle that defines millennials and boomers - for age is not a division, it is a wisdom. Today we have ageism because we have division. I want LIFE PATH. That is what I am pursuing here - and in this I find both humanity and peace. To choose career path value is to choose war.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    03/04/2017 #16 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    This is an extraordinary buzz by @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Not because he mentioned me here but because of the quality of his thoughts and the crux of the buzz that reinforces our purpose.
    This one needs to be reread every now and then.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/02/2017 #15 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #11 Dear Donna, that is also the best reason I have for thinking this, because having written it, it also requires my own consideration to think further. That is the best thing about learning, it is a small or grand as we choose it be, it can be in silence or in infinite loops. Thanks for your thoughts.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/02/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #12 Dear Fatima there should come a time in a human era in the future where making a difference is such a norm that it would be like telling people that we breath with lungs. Remember that voice is what emanates from within us that can make a difference, but we also have an inner voice and the difference it makes is entirely that which is within us - it is our own inner voice and that is the voice of the 21st Century.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/02/2017 #13 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #9 Dear Franci, we have one life and yet we collectively make our life about what we do rather than what we live. Work should be one element of life, not life being the principal element of work.
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    04/02/2017 #12 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    Quote "How stupid is any ideology that gears everything for the middle part of life and has littler reverence for beginning or end. The Life Path is a 21st Century mind." #Truth Stupid indeed and the ideology still exists ! ! !

    The life path epitomizes all the path we take and we have the power to inspire others to act. You are a living example - a symbolic expression of learning and I will join you and spread your voice along with my learning journey if I humbly may , As the voice of this century as well to the people I can make a difference to. To the few friends of the 500plus I have who read an interesting buzz or quote or comment when I share on fb/insta etc and most importantly to the immediate people around me.

    Excellent message from the star fish story ' The understanding that we hold in our hands the power to change a life, a mind, or a circumstance today – right now – is a powerful insight and motivator"
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    04/02/2017 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Brilliance in motion, CityVP. I like your idea of life path as I feel it embodies all paths we take in our lives. Should we choose to define them separately, life path is still the core.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    04/02/2017 #8 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #5 Dear @Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee you are the embodiment of life path value and that is why I honour you and why others who come across your mind revere you. When we subscribe to old thinking we are old, when we subscribe to life - we are thinkers who are incredibly alive. The life path can become the inconvenient truth where fear tells us love is not what we bring to work, but only as a brand.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    04/02/2017 #7 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #4 Fatima, the career path is the default setting and the industrial age is the ecosystem. Th Life Path is the path of the individual, the Career Path is the path of the group. The group has had revolution after revolution after revolution only to emerge as a group again. Even hedonism and individualism is a group mindset. The Life Path is the same story as the often told story of the "Star Fish" https://www.cityyear.org/about-us/culture-values/founding-stories/starfish-story

    Like it or not, I am the voice of the 21st Century - because it is the one voice that is largely unheard - the voice of our own heart and the humanity that cultivates totally within us and if that humanity is born within the 21st Century voice is simply us hearing ourselves, perhaps for some for the first time and that is a really difficult thing for people educated to live life on the education-career-retirement conveyor belt.

    Personal brand becomes an empty vessel when we live on that industrial age conveyor belt and I know that to be true because as I have expressed before, personal brand is something we take off with our work cloth when we arrive home - and it does not deal with that which is empty inside of us - it simply is a survival reaction due to the framing of the career path as a central focal point.

    I also know it because people are in tears when they tell me their personal stories - and how can people who empty vessels called career professionals even begin to arrive at this point - because if they did, it would show the pandora's box personal brand often hides. How stupid is any ideology that gears everything for the middle part of life and has littler reverence for beginning or end. The Life Path is a 21st Century mind. Branding is a great form of learning but in the context of the Life Path not as core Career.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    04/02/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 My family is not going to like this one bit, not at all, but I am going to watch "The Century of the Self" this afternoon, but this time on our home theater screen (which is normally deployed on Friday and Saturday evenings - right now I have to set up an early warning system that between 2pm and 6pm I will sequestrating an afternoon show, and while this will not be "Occupy Wall Street", today will definitely be "Occupy Home".

    Our home theater is in the largest room of the house which is best described as a party room or great hall - and it forms a center of our home - so when I say occupy, I really do mean "occupy" :-) For my family, what I want to watch is usually considered as equivalent of Edvard Munch's "Scream" - the last time they collectively had that look was when I emptied the room watching a movie that I personally found inspiring called "Miindwalk" - that was the evening I convinced our kids to watch it.

    15 minutes in those brave souls were asleep and eventually the room emptied. I was given a gentle rebuke that weekend that Mindwalk is not considered "family time" :-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uec1CX-6A38 Apparently series like "The Walking Dead" are considered essential elements to "family time" - a series the family watched on the big screen - except me.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    04/02/2017 #5 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    What a great buzz dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit and tribute to a great thinker dear@🐝 Fatima G. Williams. The sseds of ideas resulted in such a great buzzz and this one is exemplary of what true ideas-pollination mean.
    "What we say in innocence emerges with more truth than what we say with design
    for the simple reason that the pure can feel more than those whose life experiences have either toughened or hardened their hearts
    "In giving we receive, in receiving we learn, in learning we grow".
    We are told to expect 10 to 15 jobs in our life and to be prepared to adapt to constantly changing market conditions. Yet we hang onto the idea of the "career path"
    Great thinking, great ideas, eye-opening to contradictions in our lives and the need to change to a growth model that starts with giving to end up in learning. Sharing proudly
    🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    04/02/2017 #4 🐝 Fatima G. Williams
    I'm ecstatic to read this brilliant buzz . As I say many times with you my learning journey only begins. It makes me think like I haven't in the last 20 years of my life. Thank you for all the learning contributions you provide to the world.

    I've read the buzz half way through and at the documentary part now. I couldn't agree less about what challenges there are when it comes to obedience/conformist and creativity/free-thinking as contradictions. I can only imagine if I HAD found a medium like beBee to express and learn while I was in school. I'd be a different person now in terms of the knowledge and ideas I would have gained. I don't think I learnt much from school other than the fact I was supposed to get good grades , be obedient , not talk in class and not be fun loving.
    I was an outstanding girl in class every-time I asked Whynot my teacher would get annoyed and say" Out you go ( LOL) ". I Now see all the toppers students during my school who worked too much to get those grades - Where are they now ? Just an ordinary person why didn't they put all that smartness to use ??
    But honestly that's what classes do they kill the creativity and create a conformist.

    My learning journey in Life started when I was 16 and started doing part time jobs. Learnt about people, greed, money , love and it's role in people's lives

    I am so glad the current generation has access to the things I never had as a child. Thank you @CityVP 🐝 Manjit for such an illuminating buzz
  14. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Home, Work & Play
    Home, Work & PlayBuzz Submitted by : Javier CΓ‘mara Rica Buzz: Work & Play The Founders of beBee relate work and play to the meaning of LivingThe moment I saw this buzz I hit my hand on my forehead and saw the...
  15. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Human Appreciation
    Human AppreciationBuzz Submitted by : Juan Imaz Buzz: 3 Steps to Building Your Personal Brand For me life is a play or as Michael Schrage described as "Serious Play", though he was talking about prototyping and not...


    Donald 🐝 Grandy
    31/01/2017 #4 Donald 🐝 Grandy
    Very Deep!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    31/01/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Interesting that I saw the word DIGNA-TENTITY before I saw the word DIGI-IDENTITY. It is only on my second look that I saw portmanteau of digital identity and not dignity-identity. This is the same mind that is the providence of great marketers.

    It is not the trend of personal branding that bothers me, it was being confronted by Tom Peters who launched BRAND-YOU at the end of the last century portraying the human being to sell themselves like Proctor & Gamble sell a box of soap.

    When people read the original roll out of "The Brand Called You", it was a hit, but I did not focus on how we can Proctor & Gamble our own being or Unilever our soul, I just stared in amazement that this concept could be launched with an image of soap powder.


    Here were on the eve of the 21s Century and someone was reducing the human being to a box of "Tide". Now add to that the feeling of being a product in a digital container, my reaction then was not the reaction of my peers. Immediately my gut reaction was to launch into posts such as Pathway to Authenticity. Yet that gut reaction was just as limited as "The Brand Called You".

    That is how Mark Zorro came to be - initially a blog in 2003 where my rejection of "The Brand Called You" expressed itself as a blog of one-liners i.e. that we were becoming a soundbite society. In 2003 I created this blog at blogspot, founded by Evan Williams. In 2006 Evan Williams launched a co-founded a company that promoted guess what? One Liners - his group first called it TWTTR

    A Brand Called "Mark Zorro" - One Line for Everything !!!
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    31/01/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    "...our capacity to be this thing we call "being human" This is not a facility that nature gave us, it is a potential we have but we need to nurture it. That nurturing did not begin with us, it begins with our guardians or parents and the nature of our society. "

    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit - I have been slow-cooker-marinading on your series of thoughts on the wrong-side-of-the-bedness of succumbing to the trend of personal branding. I alternate between unease and 'oh, just an inapt metaphor' to extreme unease and then back to simmering confusion.

    Are avatar, persona, profile thumbnail any better? What do we call this little slice of Deb that is portrayed in 2-D typing that is interpreted differently in each brain that chooses to read my arrangement of words?


    Here is my basic problem. A corporate brand is meant to coalesce products and/or services so that hundreds of employees can talk to thousands of customers in a shorthand without misrepresenting a core component in the fluidity of language.

    Being human is a state of constant change and of infinite complexity. Tomorrow you or I, or both of us, may awake and decide to "Do what we want to" > https://www.bebee.com/bee/melissa-hefferman-california?t=posts
  16. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Workable Life Intelligence
    Workable Life IntelligenceBuzz Submitted by : Jim Murray Buzz: Building Your Personal Brand a Blueprint Jim Murray explains how to build a personal brand I am the first to acknowledge when someone has a written a very good...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    29/01/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    And then there was 42 and I have all the hives I now require for my learning journey. "Workable" is not a brand, it is my own personal exploration and for my learning and development purpose only. If we truly write living chapters in a book of our life as we live it, then we can only publish one book and that book is entirely metacognition.
  17. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Brands Hatch
    Brands HatchBuzz Submitted by : David B. Grinberg Buzz: Blogging on beBee = Better Personal Branding David B Grinberg shared his personal brand experiences about blogging on beBee ...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/01/2017 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #10 At least Assange has a "personal affinity with humanity"

    It is good to go retro and try out 20th Century wallpaper while I see Reid Hoffman use the word "outthink" in his presentation http://www.businessinsider.com/reid-hoffman-shares-his-best-networking-advice-2015-12

    Here is me thinking I could imagine the nature of 21st Century Work and a 21st Century Home and now I have must journey before 4th December 1999 because what the populous understand in my century turns out to be a 20th Century conception -which is as dynamic and breathtaking as a Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_branding

    I used to very good at platitudes, I used to be very good at marketing gimmicks, I used to serve the kool aid with a big wide naΓ―ve smile. That was me in the 20th Century. I think I can learn again how to be a two-bit consultant – back then such strategy is what I called the β€œeasy money”. I still go to college, I still talk to the faces of tomorrow. Now it’s like 1999 but does not everybody know that Prince is dead?

    Right now I feel like I am in that scene from Braveheart laying flat out on the floor.

    Tomorrow I will dust myself down and continue my learning journey and I will also bow my head in humility, and the good news is that in the movie William Wallace did get over it and he did fight again and in the end he cried out "FREEDOM" - but got drawn and quartered, but at least he said it.

    At least I can still read Ed Zitron, who knows how the populous use β€œpersonal brand”. Retro BeGee Vamos !
    http://www.brandquarterly.com/why-personal-branding-sucks-and-is-bad Close
    Dean Owen
    26/01/2017 #10 Dean Owen
    #9 This is a particularly important discussion to be had especially in light of the subtle change in brand messaging we have seen from beBee from affinity social networking to personal branding. I think it is a good move as affinity is one of those words that the populous may not fully comprehend with clarity and personal branding is the buzz phrase of the moment.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    25/01/2017 #9 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #8 That is exactly how I see personal brand. We are influenced by fame rather than privacy. Did Trump reveal his taxes, even if he had something to hide that is the norm for the super-rich. Discretion, no publicity, hidden away from the publicity machine - unless one of their rich clan possess too big an ego and want their cake and eat it on the social stage. This is the biggest thing that bugs me but it also informs me - so I have my own church and state. Church is home and work, largely off the radar. State is my online and offline learning journey.

    If an individual earns their living on the public stage, then personal brand makes a tonne of sense - so I have no problem with other people's personal brand - I don't want people to assume that I buy into the need for me to express my life through that PB lens. Largely the kids I hang out with go to sites that extend the things they do on a daily basis - that is why snapchat is scaling bigger, they are not creating a billboarded life - they like applications which share and instantly deletes what they share - a given privacy.

    Nor do I think it makes sense to see EVERYBODY as a personal brand when there is no practical value in an individual declaring that they have a personal brand. Of the people in my class at college, there are a couple of kids who have strong personal brands and they are both in the marketing profession - makes complete sense for then to have a PB - but I am not a marketer and there might come a time when circumstances dictate I develop a PB. There is also the 80/20 rule - so 20% of PB's will be classy people.
    Dean Owen
    25/01/2017 #8 Dean Owen
    #7 I was just thinking how things are changing. I know quite a few millionaires and even a couple of billionaires who prefer to maintain zero personal brand, so much so that you Google them and the only thing you find are articles including the word "reclusive". I guess part of personal branding is tied to vanity, which I take no issue with. Both routes can be classy, both routes have different advantages in business. I would love to do an article on a billionaire set of twin brothers that I am related to, but they absolutely hate publicity, so much so that they bought their own island and built a fortress on it.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    24/01/2017 #7 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #6 It was an incredible performance by BrΓΌhl that really brought home to me the genius of Lauda. Growing up I heard of Stirling Moss but the brand that featured most in my younger days was Jackie Stewart. His image was writ large in the media.

    I do see what you are saying about Stirling Moss because it is the integrity of the man himself that appeals. So I know your context but your context is the road lesser traveled. I want to extract this quality from quantity. I have seen the worst of PB.

    When it comes to personal brand this is no different to the qualities we find in life - a great man or woman is a great woman or man with or without personal brand. Legend is what we do but legacy is who we are - with the proviso it comes with mythology.

    My favourite personal branding article is a Fast Company article called "Six Personal Branding Secrets from Drag Queens"
    https://www.fastcompany.com/3061660/6-personal-branding-secrets-from-drag-queens viz:

    1. Develop Your Persona
    2. Develop "Everyday Drag"
    3. Adopt a Drag Mom
    4. Get Comfortable with Risk
    5. Learn to Shake of Criticism
    6. Check that Your Image is Authentic

    One thing I know for sure I will not be able to find readily is tips on "Personal Branding for the Riff-Raff". Once I place PB (which is also my shorthand for "pubic" or "pubic image"), the disdain I reveal relates to personal branding as a mass consumption.
    Dean Owen
    24/01/2017 #6 Dean Owen
    #5 I am glad Niki Lauda liked the movie. It really was a masterful performance by BrΓΌhl. As you may have gathered, I have a fond affection for Hill, Brabham, Salvadori, Hawthorn - the Greats, but for me, in terms of personal brands, Stirling Moss carried it all.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    24/01/2017 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Thanks for the correction Dean. I had a thought about it, and those two cars is still a picture of your father. Here is Arthur Owen's team record at the same website

    Arthur Owen - Teams Page
    http://f1-facts.com/overview/company/Arthur_Owen View more
    #1 Thanks for the correction Dean. I had a thought about it, and those two cars is still a picture of your father. Here is Arthur Owen's team record at the same website

    Arthur Owen - Teams Page

    On that page is a picture of a driver I watched as a kid which is the one and only Graham Hill, and the picture on the page shows Graham Hill driving an Arthur Owen P57. In the pictures above those drivers are driving an Arthur Owen P67.

    I would liken that to two concurrent World Driving Champions driving a Williams. When I think Williams, I think of the Frank Williams personal brand. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Williams_(Formula_One)

    Today Formula one is even more about both the Drivers and Constructors Championship. In this championship, other personal brands have recently come into more acclaim, in the case of Williams, it is the engineering mindset of former World Champion driver Nicki Lauder - and those that watched the movie Rush http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/rush/niki-lauda-interview/ just as I came to understand Artyon Senna as a family man rather than a larger-than-life personal brand in the movie Senna.

    It was one thing to be a driver and another to be a constructor, but to be a driver and a constructor what time is left in that life to do anything else, for then here is the first love (work) writ large - but here is also a son called Dean Owen and that serves my values more, that Personal Brands Hatch something even at Brands Hatch about first love (home). Close
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    24/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #3 The point for me Francis is that personal branding is a segment of branding, which is a segment of marketing, which is actually a form of selling. Now add to that the biggest change there is in the 21st Century, which is the desire in people to have a more human and felt existence, and so why are borrowing terms and living in talk that relates to marketing and not our human values. Personal branding does not get me there and reputation is a segment of identity, which is a segment of character, which is actually a form of humanity. My upshot here is to study the world's greatest sales people and also the best examples of human beings. If that is all in one person, then what a great individual to study. Think about Muhammad Ali, he knew how to sell boxing but he also knew humanity - when he went to jail for his beliefs it was not about his reputation, but his humanity.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    24/01/2017 #3 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Truly amazing post, CityVP. I feel the use of the word brand is for marketing purposes - new generation, new year = new term. I don't think of people setting out to create their personal brand as much I believe people set out to build a reputation and leave their footprint.
    Dean Owen
    24/01/2017 #1 Dean Owen
    This is such an amazing article, and truth is, I agree with you on so many levels. I never set out to create a personal brand. As I have stated in a couple of articles, I write for my children so that they can discover who I am aside from a father when they feel curious enough to find out. To me, my name is not a brand as I am not making a digital footprint to further my career goals or sell a product. I do care about the image I project and keep my very personal life on Facebook where I can use privacy settings to select what is viewable to public vs close friends and family. You have my utmost respect for your views, and I so much want to thank you for the mentions of Arthur Owen. I do need to point out that the pictures are unlikely of my father, but of various different drivers who drove cars belonging to the Arthur Owen Racing Organisation.
  18. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Integrated Mythology
    Integrated MythologyBuzz Submitted by : Juan Imaz Buzz: Personal Brand Juan Imaz in BeBee; the platform to create, showcase and share your personal brandI am the voice of the 21st Century and I can declare that with 100%...


    Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    19/01/2017 #6 Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín
    #4 We are analyzing it, @Dean Owen. Thanks for the feedback. Is it still happening to you now?
    Dean Owen
    19/01/2017 #5 Dean Owen
    #3 Well your personal brand IS also your legacy and it is that that motivates me, not some vain desire to gain recognition. In a way, your personal brand captures integrated mythology albeit in lines of code as opposed to parchment.
    Dean Owen
    19/01/2017 #4 Dean Owen
    #3, Something seriously wrong with notifications @Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín. I am getting notifications 3 days after the comment.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    15/01/2017 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Hi Dean [ @Dean Owen ], personal brand is a 20th century mediated version of mythology, it is mythology itself which has been with us for centuries. The Ancients Greeks were not creating personal brand, they were creating mythos.

    Integrated Mythology is saying that I accept the robotic and mediated nature of personal brand as being one recent addition to mythology. I can accept personal brand as form of cosplay otherwise personal brand is colour by number. As a human being when I look at you Dean, I see many dimensions e.g. traveller, artist, foodie, humanitarian etc etc

    Irene Rodriguez Escolar on COSPLAY

    Personal brand is a form marketing and maintain personal brand and I don't want to turn my life into linear marketing tripe.

    I don't want to meet the image of Dean Owen nor do I want to invade the private life of Dean Owen. I see personal brand as a virtual cosplay because I separate the creative from those who use makeup. To me life is not about keeping it real, it is about keeping it creative and in motion. For @Javier 🐝 beBee and @Juan Imaz they see the value proposition for beBee for "my" personal brand" - whereas I see that as a predefined limitation unless I can explore PB as integrated mythology in the 21st Century.
    Dean Owen
    15/01/2017 #1 Dean Owen
    I guess personal brands have been with us for centuries. We called it our reputation. You raise some thought provoking points here. Freedom to observe your own life. I need to think about that....
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    Our Blood is Red, Our Flow is Orange
    Our Blood is Red, Our Flow is OrangeBuzz Submitted by : Gert Scholtz Buzz: Honey Five-O In celebration of Gert Scholtz flow This is not another attempt to define flow, which was never an attempt in the first place, but a recognition of a...


    Gert Scholtz
    06/01/2017 #1 Gert Scholtz
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit Your engagement is my enjoyment - to the ultimate on this post. Thank you Manjit.
  20. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Death Needs Time - Life Needs Flow
    Death Needs Time - Life Needs FlowBuzz Submitted by : Mamen Delgado Buzz: Entrevista beBee a JosΓ© RamΓ³n LΓ³pez Link above is an Interview in Spanish by Mamen Delgado and the title means BeBee interview with JosΓ© RamΓ³n LΓ³pez: "Publishing in...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    29/12/2016 #33 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Snopes asked if this was the deadliest year for celebrity deaths and found that the count for the year was not unusually high. In a society which brings celebrities into our home and as a part of our daily discourse - this is a great example of "death needs time" - and then we are transfixed by something which is a natural anomaly. As more and more celebrities pass away in coming years, will we get numb to the sheer scale of such news? If the 60's introduced us to this culture of fame, will the coming years return us to recognizing that we adding to the scale of grief, rather than appreciating what is natural about life and its path?

    Was 2016 the Deadliest Year for Celebrity Deaths? - SNOPES
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/12/2016 #31 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #30 Time and distance are human measures, time and distance are irrelevant to the universe in its choice for life, but relevant in creating the very narrow criteria that enables life to exist where it does. We will have a smarter perspective of this in 400 years time, until then we make do with the 21st Century as a pivotal point between time bunched together as people living in different centuries, unprepared and not in flow with the transformations we are experiencing right now.
    Dean Owen
    27/12/2016 #30 Dean Owen
    #19 I am not convinced. With the billions of stars in the universe, the emergence of a perfect ecosystem that supports an environment that fosters the evolution of an intelligent species is highly probable, and no doubt, we are not alone.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/12/2016 #29 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    5 References on how one can distinguish :

    1. 25 Ways to Distinguish Your Self by Rajesh Setty
    http://changethis.com/manifesto/17.25WaystoDistinguish/pdf/17.25WaystoDistinguish.pdf View more
    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    27/12/2016 #28 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    #27 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, well i aligned the conversation and the quest and the introspection.

    You distinguish.. To each his own
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    27/12/2016 #27 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #26 Conversations are plentiful and abundant on social media - sharing is astronomic. Reflection is the road less traveled.

    We do in weddings what we do not do in social media, which is a wedding is when we decide what our capacity is, but in social media there are no limits, some people accumulate 5000 followers, other 50,000. All of which is broadcast media.

    Less is more as far as following is concerned when following is confused with flow. We end up spinning our wheels.
    At this point I look at my watch and I am back in the field of time. This is where Aurosama's post is quite poignant

    Killing Time Around Christmas by @Aurorasa Sima

    Social media can be such a random universe. A friend of mine once said "Twitter is stupid". I asked why
    He retorted "It is full of brain farts". I thought about it and then googled "brain farts" and then you find something like this :

    10 Everyday Things That Cause Brain Farts

    This is not sharing, it is personal exploration. What is not relevant - move on. What is interesting - explore and move on.
    If by the end of the day it became merely an exercise in killing time, it is time to read Aurorasa's post again - because she is cool.
    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    27/12/2016 #26 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    #22 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit, conversations are sharing of thoughts, a mutual quest with different reference points that serve as anchors to return.
    Everyone loses flow, everyone gets it back on the aame track or a newly discovered journey.

    Isnt it all about being true to oneself. Suoressing onws imaginatikn isnt being true to oneself.
    Beginnings are pure, endings are enriched by the good and the bad as long as the all encompassing flow can make me that way
    Amina Alami
    26/12/2016 #25 Amina Alami
    #24 Thank you for sharing your story. "Into each life a little rain must fall". Hard times are a reality in our life, they make us stronger and wiser.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/12/2016 #24 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #23 Dear Amina [ @Amina Alami ] this is why counting our blessings is so profound. My parents experienced unbelievably harsh hardship of life but in their hardship they had a vision for us, their children. It is that vision that kept them battling through those hardships and brought meaning to their struggle. Now as their children, we are the realization of their vision - but then if we paid no honour or thought to that sacrifice then we do not know the seeds we sow for ourselves should hardship then revisit us.

    That is why I honour books written about hardship and struggle such as The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. The question I ask is if someone has struggled and sacrificed to provide us a moment of paradise - what prompts us to squander that paradise and thus not build on the shoulders of the great - but start the struggle all over again because we could not see the meaning of it. The one guilt that I don't want to feel is to take what my parents thought as meaningful and render it meaningless.

    I am conscious of how quickly we can remove the wheels of our paradise in a society that provided us means of movement towards a freedom that people decided was worth sacrificing for. If we have a modicum of freedom in our hands we should treasure it - for once it is lost, we either surrender as slaves, or fight for the very bits of freedoms which we may want to restore.

    This blessing gives me the luxury to explore and live my life but it is always in context of those who contribute to the life we have. Sometimes the hardships of life are unavoidable like the onset of tragedy but by have meaning it changes what we focus on.
    Amina Alami
    26/12/2016 #23 Amina Alami
    #10 Thank you Manjit for sharing this insightful and thought-provoking post. Some people ebb and flow between the hardships of life and the fear of death. To swim in the river of life is to flow with whatever may happen, to let go to have a tranquil flow of life.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/12/2016 #22 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #20 Dear Devesh these are excellent questions and they are your questions because they are a part of your flow. How I utilize these questions assumes I know the answer to them, which I do not.

    The references that I link here are what I am looking at in the moment and as I go through those links, I log them and in that log there is a pattern that develops - and that finger print is my learning journey.

    I do not need to formulate an answer in the moment because we live in a world abundant with information. People on the web have lots of answers to each question and your question - are delusional people unauthentic - immediately prompts a question in my head that I then I go off an follow, which is Are we living in a delusional society

    Are We Living in a Delusional Society by Jean Pollack

    In that piece Jean Pollack asks even more questions - but the bit that caught my eye was when she said

    "Delusions are false judgments held with extraordinary conviction and subjective certainty, resistant to contrary experience and counter-argument, whose content is impossible-or at least not verifiable."

    I do absolutely agree that too many references leads you to many places where we spread ourselves too thin, but also too many questions lead us to juggle to many options and I know that point because my own inner biology tells me that - and it is not felt in the mind but first felt in the gut.

    What puts in flow may put others out of flow, and what puts others in flow may put me out of flow - my learning journey is about learning and in that learning journey so I am not trying to experience flow in totality because that will just blow my mind. And NO you are not delusional - and you do demonstrate spontaneity.
    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    26/12/2016 #21 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    I ask because i may appear to be delusional
    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    26/12/2016 #20 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    #18 i never said abandon the reality of time.
    What i surprised is with is this...i see a flow in your expressions and your writings, why the need for so many references.
    Too many references make one a mouthpiece. Why not build your own voyager?

    What if inspiration is merely an acknowledgement of the familiar which sits like a beautiful expression in the head.

    References can make a person inconsistent, perhaps a shortcut means to quantify certain thoughts which may make one appear as unauthentic.

    How about experiencing the flow in totality without the excess of references.??

    All my posts are spontaneous here, i havent refined them so that the authenticity becomes questionable.

    Another question...are delusional people unauthentic??
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/12/2016 #19 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #15 Dear Dean when we think about the many perfections that make life possible, it is extraordinary to think people still believe that the formation of life is just an accident. We learn not just from the very narrow criteria that makes life on Earth possible, but the functioning of other planets such as Jupiter, which ensure that this gas planet takes wallops of asteroids that would otherwise end our Earthly existence.

    A bucket list is a good example where "Life needs Flow". In terms of death in the last 24 hours in Britain, George Michael is the big story. The more we are gravitated towards "Death needs Time" the more deeper and attached we become with that single news story. When we are in flow we are not interrupted by news nor are we making news and that is what makes a bucket list special, it is an expression of optimal experience and not optimal branding a.k.a. we live it more than conceptualize the idea of having a list.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/12/2016 #18 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Dear Devesh You have already encountered the extraordinary flow of Ali Anani which is perhaps the best example of a mind that exemplifies optimal experience. Just as interesting is the life experiences of Dean Owen - whose optimal experience is found in his travel accounts.

    The flow I mention here is evidence based and one of the great academicians of our time Mihaly Cziksentimayhli who studied it extensively with reputable research pedigree. As for Gert Scholtz asking about time and timeless, it is Mihaly's work that drew out the connection between flow and its timeless quality - that when we are in flow, we forget time. Mihaly does point out that the timeless quality of flow can harm a human being.

    We are always in flow in relationship to time but in time there is danger, damage and death, but time is brought back into positive relationship in the work of Sara Jacobovici who views time as a sense. So in the timeless effect of being in flow does not mean we abandon the reality of time - for sooner or later, the back slap of reality shocks us back to time, even if we are awaken to flow as an optimal experience in that sweetspot between time challenge and time capability.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    26/12/2016 #16 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    The flow exists but it's how we perceive its existence that can govern our life journey. Flow is timeless, unpredictable and constantly changing. This brings to mind my dear friend @Milos Djukic "Remember that you must at all costs remain self-similar..I call it virtual synchronicity or a fractal alignment. I'm not the only one". - Milos Djukic

    The tree of life and the river of life metaphors represent the flow of life. If the tree dies and the river dries up, we may perceive their demise as death but not so because the flow still exists.
    Dean Owen
    26/12/2016 #15 Dean Owen
    There is something so perfect about a 365 day year. Not too short, not too long. As for life and death, well that is what bucket lists are for. The act of going through your bucket list is the life part, and once you have completed a fair bit, death seems not so frightening. Everyone needs a bucket list.
    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    26/12/2016 #14 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    I once grew a tree,
    Then it grew on me.
    So did the rivers, the lakes and the hills.

    They are alive nonetheless, irrespective of my being.

    On the other hand i need them for physical needs, for emotional support (yes they do give it) and the vitality that you talk about.

    They are the source, im merely the cultivator.

    But that is how i see it and i have lived in the cities to identify with your point of view.

    Similarily i am like a tree for very few in this society, eventually it keeps moving irrespective of me, its liberating that i dont hold anyone down.
    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    26/12/2016 #13 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    #9 depression or appreciation is a choice, as a human being, the expected choices are only human.

    Each triggers a desirable or undesirable response.

    Perhaps the flow always exists, it maybe calm, smooth, deep, shallow, noisy with rapids, like a stream or like a flood. Life is perennial till death. Maybe, Without patience the slow is assumed as stagnation and the fast is only assumed as fast when its quicker than one could comprehend or rationalise.

    The flow is always there, it is what we assume it to be as well as a flow in itself. Ideally it empowers yet there is no illusion of control.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    26/12/2016 #12 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #8 Devesh we are society right here, we are not exclusionary to society - so the question for me is what can I learn from this gathering of society. The person who is most different to me in the small gathering here is @Max🐝 J. Carter and in his case, learning about what a Shaman is, is like fine wine, I will know over time and not immediately.

    I can read about Shamanism http://www.sandraingerman.com/abstractonshamanism.html but the Shaman called Max Carter is not the UN representative here for Shamanism, he is a Shaman who is a part of our society. The greatest learning I receive is from people who are different from me but spread through the diversity of all the people we will come across. That to me what my flow is, whereas Max Carter is connected to a flow that goes back to ancient ancestors.

    The saddest death of all where I live is seeing how much culture and knowledge has been stripped from the indigenous people of North America - but no matter how much is stripped, the ancestors that passed their knowledge is alive through others, just as our flow passes through to future generations - that is if we pass on life onto them, or it might be something dead which ends that branch of the tree, maybe even float away as a dead log in a river.

    That is why the tree of life metaphor is just as brilliant as the river of life metaphor - but I don't find flow in dead things, but living things - it is we make this tree alive, it is we who make this river flow - if we are connected to it as a vital life force.
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    Times Are Changin'
    Times Are Changin'Buzz Submitted by : Ian Moyse Buzz: Your Personal Brand in Social Selling A Newly arrived Bee "Ian Moyse" lays out the Case for Social Selling The Times are Changin' is the famous Bob Dylan song and...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    13/12/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 Yes I appreciate it Max, because what is the point of living our lives through surrogates and that is what we do when we engage judgements. Much wiser to engage appreciation, especially those who have stood the test and rigours of time and contributed to the culture and meaning of a particular society.

    With so many great names lost this year, perhaps we should also pay regards to the living - rather than in memoriam when it becomes a major news story and people get super-social about what Bob Dylan meant to them because it is 24/7 news. The reality is we can't stop reactive living, but we can sure become examples of appreciative living.

    For now Bob Dylan continues to be a living legend. He also has a life that he gets on with just like us - and on that score that is a part of our collective humanity.
  22. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Unlearning Political Correctness
    Unlearning Political CorrectnessBuzz Submitted by : Dean Owen Buzz: Unlearning Prejudice Dean Owen's Buzz Providing a Different Look at RacismUnlearning political correctness does not mean that political correctness should not exist,...


    Brian McKenzie
    19/12/2016 #19 Brian McKenzie
    "Diversity" to me has always seemed the difference between choosing pork, mutton, beef or turkey as your source for the 'Society sausage' you are grinding.
    Pure divide and conquer, the All animals are equal but some are more equal (entitled) than others
    I have no PC filter. At some point something I say or write will offend delicate sensibilities - I believe in getting it out of the way early. I have seen too many dead bodies to be offended by words. I have been in combat at the hot end of the bang stick pointed at me to worry about the 'harm' from mere words.
    I will tell SJW's what Society has been telling men for generations. "Man Up. Quit your whining and sniveling - or we will give you something to really cry about." Get over it snowflakes - the world sucks - and nobody gets out alive.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    18/12/2016 #18 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #17 That is simply the most erudite and longish in-joke in the history of THE americas... :)

    beBee is the happiest place on the internet!
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/12/2016 #17 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #16 Even better Deb [ @Deb 🐝 Helfrich ] is that if fresh water becomes scarce because of privatization or ecological mismanagement, at least the continent of America can run a non-fracking pipeline between the Arctic and the Antarctic.

    Then should we differentiate between an Arctic American and an Antarctic American but I recognize that this is opening up a can of polar worms - how can this world have nationalities everywhere but those born in the Arctic and the Antarctic and so have to figure out which nation they actually belong?

    The Nationality of Santa Claus?

    What is really galling is that there are arctic indigenous people and not a single one of them as a bee

    If there was a place for the United Nations to operate, then the natural place is Antarctica, it has no indigenous people

    It is about time someone at beBee provided these people a Polar Hive.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    18/12/2016 #16 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #14 Classic @CityVP 🐝 Manjit observation!

    America is a landmass! The whole continents thing is inaccurate & probably from a time when we didn't have accurate technology to realize it is just twisted like a party balloon at the Panama junction. A whole big to-do was made over the necessity of the canal, for an important reason.

    'Americans' as the term is commonly used is pretty much just imaginary Hollywood & mass media fantasy stereotypes.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/12/2016 #15 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #12 The key to diversity is noticing our own reaction to other people and on that score it is unlearning our own reactions to political correctness as well as political incorrectness. Reaction is a different mindset to appreciation and/or equanimity, and reaction is actually the easier or more default option.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    18/12/2016 #14 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #13 Dear Pamela, what US citizens seem to forget is that America is a huge continent that includes North America and South America, so if Europeans are from Europe, why are not Americans the sum of both America's. The United States is a representation of states that could otherwise have been as varied as European countries, while the most incredulous thing about America in total is how Canadians do not consider themselves as continental Americans. I have never seen US citizens as the same because how can one mistake a Texan for a New Yorker or a West Coast American for a Mid-Westerner. Then we go into any American city like New York and the cultural differences are signficant - and as we keep on drilling down, we get to the level of a human being, who happens to hold a United States passport, but who is also unique as an individual finger-print. We are of the same persuasion when it comes to diversity.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    18/12/2016 #13 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Thank you for this Manjit! "It is therefore much wiser to acknowledge differences, and actually valuing differences, then it is to pretend or hide that there are no differences - which is actual "diversity"."
    This is exactly the way I have viewed those 'different' from myself. The more different they are the more fascinated I am. I don't want everyone to be 'like' Americans, that in itself is really stupid to say because America is supposed to be known as the great melting pot. None of us are true Americans; the closest being Native Americans who thousands of years ago immigrated from Asia across the Bering Straits, and there you go. If research is to be believed then the only true "native" culture is African where it is believe humanity originated.
    My 'bad' is that I can get a little exuberant in my interest in learning about other cultures and it seems to have become 'politically incorrect' to even ask about those differences. This is why I have enjoyed connecting with people here on beBee that are from around the world.
    Brian McKenzie
    18/12/2016 #12 Brian McKenzie
    Nothing to unlearn, I never had it.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    12/12/2016 #11 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #10 The Coopers was a skit on "Goodness Gracious Me" - which featured four Indian comedians, of which Sanjeev was indeed the brightest, unlike Not The Nine O'clock News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxxDtSHa97Q View more
    #10 The Coopers was a skit on "Goodness Gracious Me" - which featured four Indian comedians, of which Sanjeev was indeed the brightest, unlike Not The Nine O'clock News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxxDtSHa97Q which became a classic with Rowan Atkinson obviously being the stand-out comedian. Mel Smith of course passed away sadly in 2013. Some skits on Goodness Gracious Me were just plain daft and silly, while others were drawn from caricatures i.e. "Asian Top Gear" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6h0lkq-Sno but Sanjeev Bhaskar was a cut above the rest because of his creative mind.

    Another person who was pretty good at comedy was President Obama. He got painted by Trump as a symbol of political correctness when the reality is that Obama stood up and said uncomfortable things that were hardly politically correct http://reason.com/blog/2016/05/15/obama-blasts-political-correctness-fragi but he was not politically incorrect either, whether it is politically correct or politically incorrect, the problem is going to one extreme or the other - the Victorian sensibility or the Savage Trump - savage because he reminds me of Joseph Goebels statement that "a lie told many times becomes the truth". Close
    Dean Owen
    12/12/2016 #10 Dean Owen
    #4 I didn't know The Coopers for some reason. Very familiar with The Kumars, watched that show vehemently on cable. Sanjeev et al have done the Indian community an incalculable service in Britain imo, destroying the stereotypical view.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    12/12/2016 #9 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #5 and #6 Yes, conversation that includes tiny chinks of discovery like at the beginning of this year when there was the story of an Israeli woman whose book was banned from the Israeli curriculum because it was about a love story with a Palestinian man in New York http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35265002

    With race and racial realities, all groups wear their cultural armor and chinks in the armor equate with choosing vulnerability - but chinks of discovery are ours to find, for otherwise the meaning of chinks in the armor mean we are trying to exploit a vulnerability in another, for even if we get through to another like that, we may serve only to harden that skin and so finding chinks in people is really an act of fault finding and judgement, which is what political correctness ends up doing, and where one see's the value of political correctness I see a new armor called playing nice.

    When we talk about manipulators in society, we should ask where did that two faced nature come from. My own heart will tell me if my arteries were lined with ignorance or my own blood flows with red heart of humanity. A learning journey that does not include learning new wisdoms about our own virtue is a learning journey that is superficial, then we can recite what it is we learned but yet not have that enter the wholeness of our own being.

    When we talk about freedom, it means that someone down the line paid a huge price for something we now take for granted, it does not mean that we risked anything, but it does mean that we begin to learn about all those who paved the way, so we are in this position in our time, to actually live a life that resembles what we call humanity. The chief reality of freedom is recognizing when the fight has been fought and the freedom it gained or was won is recognized and channeled into our own ways of being.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    11/12/2016 #5 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    #3 "Once we make this about two faced people rather than political correctness - we get much more closer to the realities of human nature "

    Exactly! The PC advocates have taught us to cry racism over the video Dean shared. Everyone gets to feel good that they identified the racism without actually thinking about their own behavior.

    There are many possible human nature reasons that a woman would brush off one man and not another. We are uncomfortable that we might be caught on camera like that and want to make it plain we would behave differently. I have absolutely no idea how I would behave if I had been on that bench that day, because I am missing millions of pieces of data that went into that particular woman's behavior.

    I know my own prejudice is smell. If one of them smelled of cigarette smoke or very liberally applied petrochemical fragrance - that is the one I would not have given the time of day to - I would, in fact, have run the other way, for my own health. Undoubtedly,
    this active moving away would be perceived as racism by many if caught on video and the man I moved away from had darker skin than I do. (Although it is ironic that practically every man technically has darker skin than I do.)

    Addressing racism has to do with uncovering how people think, and their faulty beliefs, rather than shaming snippets of behaviors, and having a frank discussion about the commonality of humanity and how to demonstrate an open-ness of mind to everyone we meet. How to do this is not necessarily self-evident.

    We now mistakenly treat people as grey, unable to celebrate differences just as surely as we try to avoid discrimination.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    11/12/2016 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 That is the power of comedy where we laugh with rather than at people. The Coopers is something I can identify with see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKc9EXo_CoU View more
    #1 That is the power of comedy where we laugh with rather than at people. The Coopers is something I can identify with see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKc9EXo_CoU and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h-t8vVi0zc because as an Indian we have met people from "Chigwell" :-) There is a private joke that goes around among Indians about "Coconuts" and the first time we hear it, we may ask what is a coconut and the response comes back, people who are brown on the outside but white inside.

    This is why political correctness has actually led to the idea of reverse racism. Instead of dissolving racism, new forms have emerged where people feel that their rights have been attacked and so we get Brexit and Trump, and then the kind of responses from the politically correct are no longer politically correct in their reactions to a SNL skit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOm9YrcPxRQ now instead of a white man hating a black man, a blue man is hating a red man due to a democrat-republican skin. Colour is in the meaning we personally give it and comedy when it reveals our tribalism is best when it reveals all. Close
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    11/12/2016 #3 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #2 The chief problem with political correctness is that it gets people to say the right thing while they are now privately thinking the wrong thing - and racism then is experienced by people like me in a much worse way, which is meeting two faced people. When I came to Canada I was very pleased to see that it was a highly tolerant society, yet genuine tolerance in Canada depends on what part of the country one is.

    In a town like Toronto, this two faced political correctness is far more prevalent than Torontonians admit because the city is a multiracial melting pot with over 135 different languages. I knew something was not right when I watched some people in Toronto reveal deep anti-americanism in their reaction to 9/11 - that is when I realized that if that was the hate they were hiding for Americans, what are they saying about immigrants like me behind my back.

    The reality I found is that political correctness can create a tough skin but then racism becomes skin deep - get a little deeper into the layers and I have found that hidden racism. It is therefore much wiser to acknowledge differences, and actually valuing differences, then it is to pretend or hide that there are no differences - which is actual "diversity".

    Once we make this about two faced people rather than political correctness - we get much more closer to the realities of human nature See: http://tiny.cc/1teohy At the same time let us focus on beautiful correctness - and learn to see beauty in people also.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    11/12/2016 #2 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    "hating hate is an oxymoron because it is still a form of hate." That is definitely part of the challenge. We do tend to like to get riled up, expend a lot of energy seeing things as polar opposites - judging things as either/or - certain the the reverse of bad has to be good. It is all more complex, subtle, and ultimately has to be more collaborative. Only via enough discussion, with a diverse group of people weighing in from different angles do we come to long-term, sustainable changes.

    The video in Dean's buzz instigated this comment by me: "Yes, it looks like racism, but they were out filming for racism. My point is to point out how easy it is to agree with other people, when a certain expectation is set."

    "I have trouble in the fact that mostly what people advocate for as an alternative is for grayness - POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. Not seeing skin color is not the answer. Learning to see and value everyone is, because even if we became skin-color-blind, we wouldn't be disability-blind, size blind, fancy clothes blind, acne blind.....the list is enormous."
    Dean Owen
    11/12/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    You bring up so many important points it's hard to know where to start except to say that if we can't celebrate and laugh at our differences, we may as well be living in Orwell's 1984. Britain and Germany have mended ways. I wish Japan and China would mend their ways too but there is still inherent hatred between the two. A show like Fawlty Towers making fun of either side could cause a major incident. Thanks for reminding me of Love thy neighbor! a hoot indeed!
  23. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
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    Practice of LeadershipThe greatest dilemma in leadership today is that the more we write or opine about leadership the less we seem to be changing trust in leadership or engagement through leadership.Β  Buzz Submitted by : Sushmita Thakare Jain ...


    Mohammed Sultan
    05/12/2016 #8 Mohammed Sultan
    #7 Thanks for sharing your link which,unfortunately, I was not able to open with Adobe.Warren Buffet and many other successful business leaders have achieved unprecedented success not because they were able to reach 100 % practice which could be developed by ordinary managers or because of their core skills or experience or qualification,but because they had another type of creative and innovative practice,and passion to take whatever opportunity they had and make it perfect.They were able to develop an open mind and spirit of inquiry to deal with the complexity and uncertainty of many chaotic business situations.Also,as many early immigrants to the US he favored being in uncertain situation rather than resorting to the status quo.Although each one of these successful leaders was driven by different motives and a different mix of gain and pride to keep going ,and sometime of fear of being regressed to mediocrity or spectacular failure, all were able to go against the logic of many others.Their unprecedented success was not at the concrete level but took place in the framework of their high expectation.The instinct of creative leaders or the strategy of early immigrants was often based on; a single idea that solve more than one problem and create more than one opportunity.They always had an integrated motive as marketers and entrepreneurs.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    04/12/2016 #7 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #4 Dear Mohammed, what you have introduced in your commentary is specialization and professionalism. Leaders who can think at great levels of abstraction can deal with higher complexities of practice. Leaders who best think at the concrete level can deal with end-to-end managerial practice all the way down to operating a lemonade stand. Their is much mess in not noticing this

    Having said that, Warren Buffett began his business practice as a newspaper boy, at each level of leadership practice, Buffett accumulated greater levels of leadership ability. Consequently Buffetts letters to his partners and then to his shareholders mirrors the growth of Berkshire Hathaway. How Warren Buffett developed is 100% in his practice and these can be seen in both his shareholder letters http://www.berkshirehathaway.com/letters/letters.html and his original letters to his partners - through constancy of purpose he got really good at what he did. The question is not in learning to read Buffett's letters, it is how best would we write them if we were expressing our leadership year-in-year-out in the form of a letter.

    It is not only leadership that is a practice, but so is management, so is medicine, so is public speaking. Thinking is a practice.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    04/12/2016 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #2 The theoretical when it comes to the practitioner is very important as leaders transition to greater challenges. When I look at the behemoths like LinkedIn and Facebook, I find entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who also are hard-core thinkers. Peter Thiel who was one of the geniuses behind both Facebook and Paypal thinks at an extremely high level of capability including what informs him at the philosophical level. http://www.businessinsider.com/peter-thiel-on-rene-girards-influence-2014-11

    Then there are actual philosopher kings that turn into entrepreneurs like Yvon Chouinard http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/09/19/patagonias-philosopher-king and don't forget Reid Hoffman at LinkedIn.

    Then there is leadership at brass tacks level - a leader who is running several stores at a local level. These leaders don't need to think at global levels, indeed they will be extremely bored to run a business at the local level. The same as it would if I asked Yvon Chouinard and Peter Thiel to partner with me, because they are not interested in the day-to-day leadership challenges, they are already thinking many years out and at levels of investment that are challenging to comprehend.

    The pond metaphor then is very apt. The big fish in a small pond is a leader, and the small fish in the big pond is a leader, but the big fish in the big pond is what most leadership theory aims to address - and that is why understanding that leadership is a practice is fundamental starting point, you and me recognize that, but we don't think of leadership that way, instead leadership books deliver a mythological leadership. For sure our society does require mythology to keep it running, but it also needs practitioners who can operate the larger visions of society, and it is those leaders that I am definitely interested in.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    04/12/2016 #5 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #3 Leadership is exponential with complexity. At the most basic level leadership can be practiced at the most mundane level, without great levels of complexity and when we level set to an organization at an early stage of development or that has reached a low ceiling at which it operates, then that is a different form of leadership than running a huge global organization. There are also some founders who like starting companies but don't want the leadership challenges of scaling a business.

    There are problems for a leadership mindset that entertains global level ambitions when the organization itself is not going to grow beyond the local level where it was founded, because then there is a misalignment between the needs of that organization and the capability of the leader - for then the leader with a big vision operating in limited settings will create unnecessary complexity to be designed into a business and then the competitor who operates with a simpler framework will win the day in the marketplace and the leadership of that competitor do not necessarily need to be the smartest people in the room.

    At the other end of the scale, in the world of mergers and acquisitions, getting the smartest minds into leadership practice is more important because the complexities are far richer. There is one thing leading an organization with a large percentage of grassroots level employees and leading a multi-billion enterprise that is about to see a transfer in ownership.

    In this case failure in addressing leadership talent can lead to an increase in the likelihood of merger and acquisition failure, which according to Forbes can be high as 83%. It really comes down to level-setting what kind of leadership we are preparing ourselves for and not the one size of leadership fits all that comes across with cookie-cutter solutions.
    Mohammed Sultan
    04/12/2016 #4 Mohammed Sultan
    Dear@City VP Manjit .It's a great well written post ,but to treat leaders as practitioners will block the organization alignment with its customers at a strategic level.The need may then arise for a business leader for every strategy.This worked well in the product era when you needed product experts or guardians of the innovation process.But in the current positioning era businesses may adopt radical changes that requires a dislocation of everything and every strategy.Here we may not be in a need for a leader who is a 100 % practitioner or a leader for an outdated strategy.In today's business world where mergers and acquisitions is taking place, changing the face and heart of every organization,we are in a need for leaders who are not only guardians of the org corporate vision but also to leaders who can work as intergrators .The leadership of 100% practice is better pushed down to functional managers.To go even further ,the function of today's business leaders will stretch beyond the leadership traditional tasks of visioning ,aligning and motivating to include establishing of company's identity and purpose. When we call for leadership 100 % practice in our organisations who ,then ,will run the lemonade stands!
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    04/12/2016 #3 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    Thank you @CityVP 🐝 Manjit for the mentions! Just like Ali Anani says practicing leadership it another thing, one of the most important Leadership lesson is realizing you are not the most important or most intelligent person in the room all times. Your post has taken my headspace to another level sharing on other platforms.
    Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    04/12/2016 #2 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    @CityVP 🐝 Manjit- theory is something and practicing it can be another thing. Leaders should be great listeners, but how often we notice a self-acclaimed leaders talks and rarely listens. It is like somebody swimming in a small and shallow pond and claiming h/s is a great leader. I second the comment of @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    04/12/2016 #1 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Outstanding read, @CityVP 🐝 Manjit - I am especially fond of this statement ""Best Practices" is not practice - that is simply imitation of leadership practices of the fake it till you make it kind. This brings me back to what the LEAD is in leadership. Best practice is not leadership, it is followership. The leader is the person/group whose practice was emulated and vaunted as a best practice."
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    Mike Bosworth
    29/11/2016 #2 Mike Bosworth
    Manjit, Beautifully stated.
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