Omar Bradley, one of 9 5-star generals in the US


The wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy
“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”
Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.

Omar Bradley became the last of only nine people to be promoted to five-star rank in the United States Armed Forces.

He became Chief of Staff of the United States Army in 1948 and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1949. In 1950, Bradley was promoted to the rank of General of the Army, becoming the last of only nine people to be promoted to five-star rank in the United States Armed Forces. He was the senior military commander at the start of the Korean War, and supported President Harry S. Truman‘s wartime policy of containment. He was instrumental in persuading Truman to dismiss General Douglas MacArthur in 1951 after MacArthur resisted administration attempts to scale back the war’s strategic objectives. Bradley left active duty in 1953 (though remaining on “active retirement” for the next 27 years), then continued to serve in public and business roles until his death in 1981.[1]

David Halberstam’s The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War Should you read any history of the Korean War it should be The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam. It was Halberstam’s last book. Shortly after publication, Halbertsam was killed in an automobile accident April 23, 2007.


Creativity and the Myths of the Brain — Darruda

Por toda a vida, compartilhamos a idéia de que artistas e criativos em geral nasceram agraciados com o dom da criatividade. Designados como the right-brain thinkers, esses indivíduos apresentam o lado direito do cérebro mais desenvolvido do que o normal. Seria isso um mito?

via Creativity and the Myths of the Brain — Darruda

JFK: because we all came from the sea

why are We tied to the ocean?  Insightful from non-biology major to a biological basis angle toward a common problem faced by all human beings. Word with power, transformative leadership by JFK.

John F. Kennedy > Quotes:

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.

[Remarks at the Dinner for the America’s Cup Crews, September 14 1962]

― John F. Kennedy

tags: boats, nature, ocean, sailing, science, sea

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her habit of switching font-type in writing

One writer talked about her habit of switching font-type in writing: Papyrus in draft, Time font for proof reading, Helvetica for finalized production.

The huge, gigantic size of the capital letters in Papyrus font directs your eyes on the beginning of a sentence, anchoring your eyes on how you start a sentence.

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why rainbows are curved, not a circle?

I didn’t get the answer I wanted by searching Internet as listed below:

What can I do for my question (why rainbows are curved, not a circle?)?


Steve Jobs pose for creativity

Steve Jobs pose for creativity, as shown in this picture, selected by Jobs himself for his designated writer of his biography (Steve Jobs is the authorized self-titled biography book of Steve Jobs. The book was written at the request of Jobs by Walter Isaacson, a former executive at CNN …🙂

It’s on the back cover expanded onto two pages – emphasize its importance.

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politics is about relationship among humans, between human and nature environment

Politics is a puff of fresh air or dirty/toxic air at your choice. It’s up to you in a free world – get involved for better society.

As in definition – “Politics is the way that people living in groups make decisions. Politics is about making agreements between people so that they can live together in groups such as tribes, cities, or countries.”

My take is that politics is about relationship among humans, between human and nature environment, in a mandatory/law way, at a strictly-reinforced level. Literature raises human consciousness on the relationship, in a loose way, at a subtle level.  Both politics and literature work and intertwine, mutually promoted.


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Politics is the way that people living in groups make decisions. Politics is about making agreements between people so that they can live together in groups such as tribes, cities, or countries. In large groups, such as countries, some people may spend a lot of their time making such agreements. These people are called politicians. Politicians, and sometimes other people, may get together to form a government. The study of politics in universities is called political science, political studies, or public administration.

In everyday life, the term “politics” refers to the way that countries are governed, and to the ways that governments make rules and laws. Politics can also be seen in other groups, such as in companies, clubs, schools, and churches.

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The government tries to lead the whole group. Governments do things such as:

  • Decide which people get which pieces of land
  • Decide which people can tell other people what to do
  • Decide whether to go to war with another country
  • Create money
  • Build things for the use of the whole group, such as roads, hospitals, libraries, and docks.
  • Educate people, either for their own good, or to teach them what the government wants them to know
  • Take care of the very young, the sick, or the very old
  • Manage the welfare of the country and manages the money available for spending on services (Hospitals, Schools, etc.)

One of the ways the government leads the group is by making laws and rules which tell everybody what they can and can not do. The government makes these laws so that society will be safe and well-ordered. The law that “you must not drink alcohol while driving a car” stops people from drunk driving, which could kill people. The law “you must wear a helmet on a motorcycle” makes sure that people protect themselves

The sustainable motivation got be from the within, not from external –

tried-and-true communication doesn’t work well in a top-down company setting. As it’s not equal to communicate in top-down setting, I heard what boss said, she/he’s gone before I wanted to say …so common in work places. (refer to Ref. 2, below).

The sustainable motivation got be from the within, not from external – now, it’s so rare, as believed that pressure makes diamond –

tried and true ?

Synonyms for tried-and-true

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Ref. 1 _______________

tried and true communication works just fine for your middle market firm

Sep 13, 2017 – New communication technology is on the scene but do you need to change? Not if tried and true communication works just fine for your Middle …

8 Tried-and-True Steps to Building Trust8 Tried-and-True Steps to Building Trust4. Deliver the goods.

Nothing boosts others’ faith in you like doing what you say you’ll do, when you say you’ll do it.

One way to ensure this happens is to “under-promise and over-deliver,” Crowley says. When a client asks how fast you can complete a given job, for instance, fight the urge to please her in the short run by naming an early deadline. A later one will leave room for possible obstacles. If they don’t crop up, you can finish ahead of schedule and pleasantly surprise the client. If they do, just meet the deadline. Your client won’t feel let down (as she would if you had blown an earlier deadline), and you’ll keep her confidence in the long run.

Related: 18 Ways to Gain Trust at Work

Is following through on commitments a chronic problem for you? Keeping promises to yourself might help, Covey says. When you make good on your vow to exercise three times a week, say, or your plan to learn Italian, it feeds your self-confidence. This should translate into confidence that you can honor commitments to others, and then improvement on keeping those commitments.

3. Lend an ear.

Make a habit of asking open-ended questions at home and at work: “How do you see the situation?” “What would make you happy?” Many trust mavens recommend versions of “reflective listening,” in which you focus on others’ words without interrupting or planning a response of your own, and repeat their thoughts back to them to show you have understood.

Share your own thinking only when you’re sure they’ve had their say. This will foster low fear and high trust, Whipple says—as long as you don’t answer defensively or dismissively, or otherwise punish them for being honest. “You don’t have to acquiesce. What you have to do is treat them like an adult.”

Trust is also confidence that another person has your interests at heart.

The same goes when others open up to you unexpectedly. Crowley, the workplace consultant, remembers how after their third date, a man walked her home. “I felt that pressure of, Am I supposed to invite this guy in? Will he be disappointed? But I really didn’t want to, and I told him the truth.” He thanked her for her honesty, she says, and asked her on a fourth date. “He didn’t punish me for it, which had been my fear. And that said to me that I could trust him with the truth and it would be OK.”

That man is now her husband.