Solitude and Leadership, by William Deresiewicz

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Published on: June 15, 2011

An interesting lecture given by William Deresiewicz to graduating students..

 

here is a short excerpt from the beginning of the talk:

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What can solitude have to do with leadership? Solitude means being alone, and leadership necessitates the presence of others—the people you’re leading. When we think about leadership in American history we are likely to think of Washington, at the head of an army, or Lincoln, at the head of a nation, or King, at the head of a movement—people with multitudes behind them, looking to them for direction. And when we think of solitude, we are apt to think of Thoreau, a man alone in the woods, keeping a journal and communing with nature in silence.

Leadership is what you are here to learn—the qualities of character and mind that will make you fit to command a platoon, and beyond that, perhaps, a company, a battalion, or, if you leave the military, a corporation, a foundation, a department of government. Solitude is what you have the least of here, especially as plebes. You don’t even have privacy, the opportunity simply to be physically alone, never mind solitude, the ability to be alone with your thoughts. And yet I submit to you that solitude is one of the most important necessities of true leadership. This lecture will be an attempt to explain why.

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More articles from authors webpage: [William Deresiewicz]

 

 

[TED talk] Paul Root Wolpe: It’s time to question bio-engineering

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Published on: March 25, 2011

A very interesting/stimulating TED talk about our current developments in bio-engineering… How far do we want to go? Time to reflect ourselves as to what we want to do from these technologies.

Neil Pasricha: The 3 A’s of awesome

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Published on: January 7, 2011

Great talk about the 3As. From the author of “Book of Awesome”, also blogger of the website: www.1000awesomethings.com

  • Attitude
  • Awareness
  • Authenticity

Photography Tutorial: Exposure

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Published on: January 3, 2011

An excellent 7-part series on exposure in photography..

Perfect Exposure – Part 1 of 7 from Joe Bloggs on Vimeo.

Photography Tutorial: Composition

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Published on: January 3, 2011

An 8 part series on composition in photography. Excellent video Below.
Here is the summary.

  • part1: Composition
    • “It the arrangement of the parts of a work, so as to form a unified harmonious whole”
    • “It is the artists way of directing the viewers vision in a planned de-randomized fashion”
  • part2: Distractions and Attractions
    • Bright areas, high contrast, color contrast, area of sharpness (eyes for animals/people), colors in monochromatic space
  • part3: Elements of Composition
    • Lines, textures, contrast, movement, positive and negative space
  • part4: Subject Placement
    • Golden mean, rule of thirds/horizontal lines, proper balance (weight), framing, (as)symmetry
  • part5: Different lenses
    • UWA, Normal, Telephoto: Foreground (uwa) or Background (tele) emphasis
  • part6: DoF, Shutter Speed, Movement
  • part7: Positioning and Camera Location: Move your feet/tripod/camera
  • part8: General tips/hints
    • For portraits: Keep eyes sharp, use less distracting background, keep face out of center of the frame, dont be afraid to crop the top of head, beware of cropping at joints
    • For general photography: Wait for the right moment, shoot both horizontal and vertical, keep eye out for tight mergers (intersections), run border patrol, know power of lines in photos, use depth of field button
  • Most importantly, learn these rules and break them! Composition is a life long practice…

Perfect Photography Composition – Part 1 of 8 from Joe Bloggs on Vimeo.

[TED] Using Our Practical Wisdom

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Published on: January 1, 2011

Author Barry Schwartz of the new book, Practical Wisdom (together with Ken Sharpe), gives an inspiring talk about practical wisdom and how rules and incentives sometimes hinder wisdom….

Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work ..

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East vs. West — the myths that mystify: TED Talk by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Published on: October 6, 2010

Where good ideas come from: Steven Johnson on TED.com

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Published on: September 21, 2010

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via Where good ideas come from: Steven Johnson on TED.com.

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

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Published on: September 21, 2010

An inspiring talk from TED about learning and education…

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