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Tired of wearing mask? I hear you.
I was talking to a colleague from Australia last week.
She said that in her country, they are required to wear mask everywhere at a 250+ rate of new infections a day. While I said, I was driving by a lake last week for a presentation, people are enjoying every inch of the beach space. No mask at all.
There is a dissonance between what the public health authorities are asking everyone to do and what people are doing otherwise. People go to the beaches, enjoy public events and restaurants, avail of health services, and outdoor sports and recreations, like they used to.
The fatigue in keeping the rules of social distancing and wearing masks is a social phenomenon. There is a certain limit to how far the public can keep up with restrictions in the name of collective public safety, health, and well-being. The social deviance is a response to this but there are deeper factors at play.
It is beginning to show that individual registers to risks and rewards are very different and sometimes, antithetical to the establishment. In fact, I would surmise that instead of being able to curb out deviant behaviors through fines and penalties, it will rise up as force to reckon with.
How much of what is perceived are purveyors of real risks? How much is pure fluff and can be dismissed as overreaction?
Perception is reality. Perception is the only real thing.
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Passion, apparently, is not something that we 'love' to do.
It comes from the Latin word 'passio' which means 'to suffer' as in the Passion of Christ (His suffering on the cross).
Passion is about something that we cannot ignore and it pains us if we are not doing or being that person that we want. That pain and suffering that comes out of it is what we should call our passion. In current parlance, it becomes synonymous to either love or rage, all in strong amounts, which dilutes the essence of the concept.
As leaders we are driven to achieve and measure thing that matter. In our drive to win and excel, we, sometimes, lose the central fact of life.
Our passion is not doing what is comfortable, convenient, and extremely easy.
Our passion is to continue provoking understanding, soliciting insights, and encouraging debates that will increase our effectiveness and awareness about the ambiguities that we face.
Instead of comforting ourselves in our 'nice, cozy positions and status, we should look out for radical ways to extend our humanity and impact.
It is not with coziness that we learn lots, it is the crucible of trials, tribulations, and challenges that we become better at our work and in ourselves. Discomforted situations reveal great things about individuals, institutions, and societies.
On the other hand, a lot of our discomfort stem from our resistance to evolve hoping that some things will reveal themselves in better light or go away in due time. Most things do not get fixed on their own.
What do you think about at night when you are about to sleep? Are you comforted by what you achieved or discomforted by what you are trying to resist doing or becoming?
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Bossy is the word they use for girls and women exhibiting strong leadership qualities, while boys and men are labelled as leaders with a great future early on.
Let's reframe the word bossy for the next generation of girls and young women who are ready to take on the world with their talents, aspirations, and contributions.
They need to be nurtured for what they can be and do rather than what roles they are expected to fulfill. They should be accepted for who they are, not what parents or caregivers expect them to grow to be. They should be enabled to explore themselves with many options to choose from, than what traditional paths would call them into.
As a society, we owe this to the younger generation to be claim their space with less barriers and obstacles imposed on them, less prejudices they face, and less judgments on themselves and their choices. Let's build up the next generation of people that is proud to be called bossy and living up for it!
Trees are like girls.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.-Chinese Proverb