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Experience your epiphany. Then advance. eiLeads.
Experience your epiphany. Then advance. eiLeads.

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"There is only a trying, the rest is not our business... - T. S. Eliott's line... one of my favorite phrases, you can't guarantee where the trying is going to get you... So you can't guarantee the result... the only thing that is in place is the trying, that's where the action is..." - Robert Redford (Sept 2018)

Robert Redford's stewardship of the land he loves, independent cinema and the arts. His characters shaped over 8 decades of carefully maturing (multiple) inner competencies, has crafted a leadership journey that has been quietly impactful.

As he bids adieu to his pubic life, he speaks to Lee Cowan. Here's an excellent question from Cowan, "As the success got bigger and bigger you felt, a certain danger in the air... What was the danger?"

"Success is a double-edged sword, you want to shadow box with it, but you don't want to embrace it or dance too close..." - Robert Redford
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What might we expect from a memoir, written by a CEO? What would we like to learn about their journey?
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A cardiologist contemplates a new paradigmatic set of responses to the problem of heart disease.

"Today we know that the heart is not the source of our emotions. And yet more and more, the field of medicine is coming to understand that the connection between the heart and the emotions is an intimate one. The heart may not be the origin of our feelings, but it is highly affected by them. We have learned, for example, that fear and grief can cause serious cardiac injury. During emotional distress, the nerves that control the heartbeat can set off a maladaptive “fight or flight” response that causes blood vessels to constrict, the heart to gallop and blood pressure to rise, resulting in damage to the body.

In other words, it is increasingly clear that our hearts are sensitive to our emotional system — to the metaphorical heart, if you will. Doctors like myself are trained to think of the heart as a machine that we can manipulate with the tools of modern medicine. Those manipulations, however, must be accompanied by greater attention to the emotional life that the heart, for so many years, was believed to contain..."
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Nandita Das directs a biopic on a South Asian writer Saadat Hasan Manto. She explains how his writing and his personality, gives her the space to reflect on "dissent", freedom of speech and a progressive understanding of politics, in the context of the contemporary milieu.

Recommended viewing, for an immersion into a specific range of emotions, critical for the maturation of Emotional Intelligence.
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A new vision and culture for US Congress, that might unfold with the results in the midterm elections in 2018.
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Elon Musk could be unconsciously seeking emotionally intelligent Counsel.

Elon Musk, passionate founder and visionary of Tesla, Space X and Solar City, has been feeling overworked. Some of his weeks involve 120 hours of work, with no breaks.

But for the kind of influence he wields on re-imagining the world of transportation, his passion needs the anchor, of emotional intelligence. He needs his many tributaries of feeling and cognition; of passion given their constructive outlets.

"Acting out" is not ideal, no matter what the provocation. In this situation, the "short sellers" who bet against his projects, got his goat. He will have to dig deeper to find his response, before articulating it. His voice of influence needs far greater complexity and depth, to adequately bewilder his enemies.

“I thought the worst of it was over — I thought it was,” he said. “The worst is over from a Tesla operational standpoint.” He continued: “But from a personal pain standpoint, the worst is yet to come.”

He blamed short-sellers — investors who bet that Tesla’s shares will lose value — for much of his stress. He said he was bracing for “at least a few months of extreme torture from the short-sellers, who are desperately pushing a narrative that will possibly result in Tesla’s destruction.”

Referring to the short-sellers, he added: “They’re not dumb guys, but they’re not supersmart. They’re O.K. They’re smartish.” - ELON MUSK (2018)

[Short-sellers made $1 billion as Tesla stock dropped 9 percent on Friday.]
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Stephen Colbert, who has taken the lead in Late Night, for his moral clarity and sharp insight on the conversations of the day for the American people, sits down for a conversation at Times Talks with Sopan Deb.

The conversation is an intriguing reflection on his process. He discusses his sense of responsibility as a communicator. He describes the process of relaxing individuals at the end of the day with his jokes, intellect and humanity.. " you are like an arrow, that has already been released by the bow.. you've got to go do it..."

On the night Donald Trump won the Presidency, in November 2016, Colbert was compelled, to dig deep within himself to sustain the show, as the outcome had made all their prepared material irrelevant. That crisis, helped him have a breakthrough.... He stayed raw and real.

"Now I know how to do this show... its that we can't ever lie to the audience for any reason... you mustn't lie to the audience, emotionally, because they can smell that... and so we work really hard to keep our emotional skegs in the water, all the time... because I didn't want to go through that night for nothing."
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Aretha Franklin the legend passes on. She never sang words she couldn’t feel or connect to - in her words that is why it is called “soul”.

A voice true to the bone. Emotionally intelligent in every performance, Aretha’s artistry will be a gift for us listeners of soul, forever.

Rest In Peace.
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Dr Sherry Turkle, Professor at MIT, proposes a critical point of view. If human beings expect intimacy from Robots, then they'll have to rewire themselves without their human history or experience.

"These robots can perform empathy in a conversation about your friend, your mother, your child or your lover, but they have no experience of any of these relationships. Machines have not known the arc of a human life. They feel nothing of the human loss or love we describe to them. Their conversations about life occupy the realm of the as-if."

"Children will lose the ability to have empathy if they relate too consistently with objects that cannot form empathic ties.

Technology challenges us to look at our human values. We can try to use technology to cure Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, which would be a blessing, but that blessing is not a reason to move from artificial brain enhancement to artificial intimacy.

And yet that is the kind of talk that one hears these days. The narrative begins with the idea that companionate robots would be “better than nothing,” better because there aren’t enough people to teach, love and tend to people. But that idea quickly shifts into another: robots would be better than most anything. Unlike people, they would not abandon you or get sick and die. They might not be capable of love, but they won’t break your heart."

"Now, science goes a step further and presents us with artificial intimacy, yet another form of A.I. Again, this is an intimacy that does not make room for human empathy or what human beings in their bodies experience as the fear of death, loneliness, illness, pain. We diminish as the seeming empathy of the machine increases. It is technology forcing us to forget what we know about life.

In life, you are struck by the importance of presence, of the small moments of meaning, the miracle of your child’s breath, the feelings of deep human connection. When you are thinking about technology, your mind is not on all of that. We program machines to appear more empathic. Being human today is about the struggle to remain genuinely empathic ourselves. To remember why it matters, to remember what we cherish.

These days, to be human is to keep one’s mind on the glory that one is." - Dr. Sherry Turkle,

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Professor Mihir Desai does not recommend the financial architecture of Apple, he does call it a "high-wire act"...yet he does suggest this might be the "future" of capitalism.

"This restructuring of operations to minimize inventory, move to subscription models (which generate predictable streams of cash) and keep suppliers waiting has become the dominant pattern in large corporations. Amazon, for example, generates relatively small profits but mountains of cash through this process. But this emphasis on cash also means that executives can become wary of making capital expenditures, such as new factories or server farms. This kind of spending can increase profits in the long run but bites into cash flow in the short run. That is a recipe for sluggish corporate investment, just as we’ve seen in the wake of the financial crisis.

Finally, Apple is the epitome of an “asset light” company: It owns very few hard assets and therefore needs almost zero outside capital to run its business. As of mid-2018, Apple has $105 billion of operating assets and $120 billion of operating liabilities. What does that mean? Miraculously, its operations rely on no capital from outside financiers.

How does one achieve this apotheosis of the asset-light strategy? First, create a supply chain in Asia run by companies willing to invest in low-return projects that create your products. Second, hold those suppliers under your thumb. Idolizing asset-light strategies, however, can also lead to underinvestment, an excessive reliance on outsourcing and the artificial division of companies to avoid hard assets.

The accomplishments of Apple’s model are substantial. But the financial strategy that has worked so well for Apple is a risky one for less capable companies with weaker strategic positions. For them, aping Apple can just as easily result in too much debt on their balance sheets, precarious supply chains and deferred opportunities for investments.

The financial archetype defined by Apple — asset-light strategy, leveraged share buybacks and cash flow above all — is a high-wire act."
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