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Leadership lessons from Confucius: random delights

random delights

色斯舉矣,翔而後集。曰:「山梁雌雉,時哉時哉!」子路共之,三嗅而作。
Startled by a sudden movement, the bird flew off, hovered for a while, and then landed again. Confucius said: “The hen pheasant on the mountain bridge – How timely! How timely!” Zilu clasped his hands and bowed towards the bird, which tweeted three times and flew away. (1) (2)

No matter how well tuned in you are to the rituals of everyday life, it’s always good to escape from them with a visit to the countryside and enjoy the natural world. There’s no telling what random delights you might come across! Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: random delights

Leadership lessons from Confucius: pines and cypresses

pines and cypresses

子曰:「歲寒,然後知松柏之後彫也。」
Confucius said: “It’s only in the cold of winter that you realize that the pines and cypresses are the last to wither.”

It’s only when your back’s against the wall that you’ll find out what you’re really made of. Tough times and crises provide a test of character and ability like no other. Are you sure that you have the mental and physical toughness to withstand them like pines and cypresses in the winter? Do you possess the inner strength to remain calm while everyone else is losing their head around you? Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: pines and cypresses

Leadership lessons from Confucius: a fair chance

fair chance

子釣而不綱,弋不射宿。
Confucius fished using a line – not a net. When hunting, he never shot at a bird that was nesting. (1) (2) (3)

If you do like to go fishing or hunting, at least be sure to give your prey a fair chance by relying on your cunning and skills rather than your hi-tech weaponry. You would hope for the same if someone was pursuing you. Continue reading Leadership lessons from Confucius: a fair chance