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fame and fortune (chapter 44 of tao te ching – translated by ursula le guin)

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Which is nearer,
name or self?
Which is dearer,
self or wealth?
Which gives more pain,
loss or gain?
 
All you grasp will be thrown away.
All you hoard will be utterly lost.
 
Contentment keeps disgrace away.
Restraint keeps you out of danger
so you can go on for a long, long time.
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Written by Hayk

September 29, 2011 at 6:51 am

dim brightness (chapter 7 of tao te ching – translated by ursula le guin)

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Heaven will last,
earth will endure.
How can they last long?
They don’t exist for themselves
and so can go on and on.
 
So wise souls
leaving self behind
move forward,
and setting self aside
stay centered.
Why let the self go?
To keep what the soul needs.
 

Written by Hayk

September 20, 2011 at 7:01 am

soul food (chapter 2 of tao te ching – translated by ursula le guin)

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Everybody on earth knowing
that beauty is beautiful
makes ugliness.
 
Everybody knowing
that goodness is good
makes wickedness.
 
For being and nonbeing
arise together;
hard and easy
complete each other;
long and short
shape each other;
note and voice
make the music together;
before and after
follow each other.
 
That’s why the wise soul
does without doing,
teaches without talking.
The things of this world
exist, they are;
you can’t refuse them.
 
To bear and not to own;
to act and not lay claim;
to do the work and let it go:
for just letting it go
is what makes it stay.
 

Written by Hayk

September 12, 2011 at 6:51 am

how capitalism relates to shminovation and bible

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Innovation, shminovation. We’re obsessed with innovation. But why care about innovation? Perhaps because it’s comfortable to think innovation is panacea for our social stagnation or economic graveyard called capitalism? Indeed, if capitalism, it must be  messy to drive innovation.

Ask yourself, how many Fortune-500 firms breathe innovation? Only few. In them “innovation initiatives face their stiffest resistance after they show hints of success.

But, not all lost: creative capitalism + social  innovation = new social enterprise. Sure, capitalism. Even Bible indirectly condones value-based, compassionate capitalism, for which we need to be deliberate and motivated.

Oh, capitalism inspires poetry too.

Written by Hayk

August 24, 2011 at 7:04 am

dictators, tyrants, despots and autocrats

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We often blur lines between an autocrat, despot, dictator and tyrant. For many, they are different names of an oppressive, cruel and powerful person. But are they?

Despot (“my lord”) was originally the title given to the Byzantine Emperor, while tyrant was the title of a leader in ancient Greece called upon to bring internal/external political/economic stability.

Tyrants in business might have moderate success. Shaw and others expressed admiration for modern dictators/tyrants such as Mussolini, Stalin, …

Among top ten worst dictators, many can be nicely described by the dictators’ poem.

Lastly, check your innate dictatorship level by passing this test.

Written by Hayk

August 22, 2011 at 9:31 am

Risk fin and why to embrace risk

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Since 2009, SEC’s Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation, “parachuted into complex legislative matters demanding immediate specialized expertise“. Searching “risk fin” on EconomyInCrisis and DollarCollapse was fruitless.

A beautiful poem “Risk (author unknown)” contains:

To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.

concluding “Only the person who risks can be free.

To succeed, organizational risk-management needs:

  1. rethink (danger->opportunity->necessity),
  2. contextualization
  3. consider (cross-disciplinary/organizational) success-stories
  4. tailoring to organizational structures

Written by Hayk

August 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Innovative beer virtually and in poems

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What costs $0.99, has been bought about 1 million times, and generated about $2 million and counting in revenues? An iBeer. That’s right, a simulated iPhone beer.

I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety,” wrote William Shakespeare in Henri  V. Ironically, beer consumption in his country is in sharp decline, although worldwide it increases, with China and America in lead.

And innovation in beer production or delivery? Beer launching fridge, temperature-sensitive Coors beer, beer-milk, beer for dogs, scratch-n-strip beer featuring nice ladies, … exist.

And the top 10 beer poems features Poe, Rumi, Baudelaire and others.

Written by Hayk

August 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm