Issue 10 Vol 6

Contrary to Andy William's Christmas tune, December may just well be the most stressful time of the year. Gift shopping, juggling company and personal dinner parties, nagging thoughts about not reaching one's goals; all these and many other issues could easily dampen our mood...only if we let them. In this December issue we highlight some news-worthy articles on food in our Living and Dining segment, 10 interesting TED videos, and talks that should not be missed,  as part of our countdown to 2015. We hope that these resources may help you start 2015 with the right mindset in taking a slower and more reflective pace of life. But before planning too far ahead into the future, let's enjoy our last weeks of 2014 with our loved ones...

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10 TED Videos On Leading a Gracious & Thoughtful Way of Life

Self-awareness is the capacity for introspection and the ability to recognize oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals. Self awareness is also about having a clear perception of our personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Although, it is often cited to be an important factor to effective leadership, it is also ironically lacking in leaders during moments of crisis. We are not super beings, and being absolutely in control of one's consciousness is not a norm. Unlike self-denial, where there is a lack of self awareness, there is no knowledge to reject. ViTRINE picked a few of our favourite video clips from TED on interesting insights shared by experts in the world. Some videos...

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Gracious Living Guide 24: Dare to Disagree

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree. Watch Margaret Heffernan's presentation on the subject of good disagreement on TED  How do organizations think? In her book, Willful Blindness Margaret Heffernan examines why businesses and the people who run them often ignore the obvious -- with consequences as dire as the global financial crisis and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Heffernan’s third book, Willful Blindness was shortlisted for the Financial Times/GoldmanSachs Best Business Book award in 2011. Margaret Heffernan began her career in television production, building a track record at the BBC...

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