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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