Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)
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Music and diplomacy are deeply interrelated. The volume “Music and diplomacy from the Early Modern Era to the present” deals with all the aspects of diplomacy which are connected to music, from the thoretical, philosophic or practical prespectives. Concepts, terminology, practices and institutions of the music shape the world of diplomacy. For instance, “to act in concert”, “improvisation” are terms which remind us both the world of the music and the world of diplomacy. In addition, music has always contributed to promote intercultural exchange and to build positive international relations. Rebeka Harendt, Mark Ferraguto and Damien Mahiet gathered sixteen international scholars with different backgrounds to discuss all these aspects.
Here you can find the introduction to this volume
Would you give away your home keys to some random stranger? I bet not. Curiously enough, when it comes to internet personal security, people usually lower their guard, thus giving possibility to malwares, Trojans or identity thieves to have access to private data. Justin Schuh, one of the top Google’s information security engineers, here explains in five simple tips how to sensibly reduce risk of infection while surfing on the internet.
Because, as Jodi Rell once stated: “at the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security”
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Mary Marshall argues that leadership is a natural talent nourished by experience and practice. Leaders do not just “manage” human resources; they inspire people and motivate them to act because they passionately believe in something. And this cannot be learnt or taught in school.
Read more: “Can Leadership Be Learned?”.
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What are the first questions you generally put when you meet someone for the first time? Ivan Misner, founder of BNI, a business networking organization, lists 10 of them in his book “The 29% solution”. These questions refer to an initial conversation about business. Two of them, in particular, can be very helpful to get a better idea of your intelrocutor and to build a lasting relationship with him. The first one is about about what he likes most about what he does. The second one, about the challenges he has to face in his business. Of course, there’s the right time to put both them in order to build confidence with your interlocutor.
Here the video you can find on the Business Networking website.
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“Why should we support gender equality? Of course, it’s fair, it’s right and it’s just. But more than that, gender equality is also in our interest as men”.
Gender equality has been a long-debated issue during the recent years. Nevertheless, the way how Michael Kimmel deals with it in his TED Talk is original and amazing. According to him, men have changed and, if you look to what they now look for, gender equality is the best way for them to get the lives they want.
All of the great leaders had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership – John Kenneth Galbraith (economist and diplomat, 1908-2006)
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