Find inspiration in magazines

magazines02A highlighter in my right hand and a magazine on my left. This is not the typical scene you would expect to see on a Saturday afternoon in a crowded airport. Yet there I was trying to study the magazine that had cost me 110 HKD. I wouldn’t have bought this magazine, had I not learnt to appreciate this type of publication. I learnt that the images in a magazine stimulate me and give me a rest when I get tired of reading words. I learnt that magazines show multiple perspectives and portray a variety of topics. I learnt that I can find inspiration and insights in its lecture.

Back at home, after the arrival of my 12-hour flight, I pull out all the magazines that had been sent to me and those that I did not finish reading: they are a lot! I send a picture to my friend and she says that I have more magazines than what stores have for sale. I laugh at the fact that her comment might even be real.

Magazines provide inspiration and energy. They leave me thinking, flipping and thinking. They are the best competitors and companions to books. Above all, they are fun to read. The content is quick and easily digestible. They are like snacks for our mind. Their pages nourish thought and arouse emotion despite their conciseness and brevity. Perhaps this post, too, is an attempt thereof: to invite for reflection and exploration in less than 300 words.

How you are sabotaging yourself without knowing it

Man under threat

You are smart. You are aware of your surroundings and alert to potential dangers, yet your greatest threat is not knowing where the real peril is. You could prevent the knife of an angry girlfriend revenging you; you could prevent the thousand-euro electricity bill; you could prevent your mom from finding your party picture on Facebook — if you were aware of such possibility.

But the biggest dangers are always unknown; they are hidden. That’s why a ship as huge as Titanic can be crashed by a hidden iceberg, and not even the most romantic love on earth can avoid it. The lesson here? Pay attention to the your own iceberg: It can be deep and incredibly dangerous. You are ambitious, but you don’t want to beat the Titanic on the disaster ranking.

You cannot identify the greatest perils by looking at the outside; you need to investigate what you cannot see — your inside. In the following, I will share with you my inner monsters, so that you can feel inspired to uncover yours too.

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M&A: Uber China – Didi

Mergers and AcquisitionsDidi is one of the first Apps I installed when I came to China for my latest project. Since then, it has hit news headlines with increased frequency. This week, the acquisition of Uber China by Didi has been a major highlight across the media. Uber China has handed over its assets, including brands, data and operations, to Didi in return for a 17.7% stake in the combined company equity. Read more →

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Reflections on Great Leadership

Reflections on great leadershipI have learnt what great leadership is through the real life example of a fantastic project lead I have had.

Her leadership style was goddess type. Knowledgeable about all work streams and each of the small content/process details, she led the team very smoothly into splendid operations. Whenever our team had an inquiry, she would respond, and always in a prompt manner. Her replies would be well-thought and magnificently crafted. She would even consider eventualities, and act as a shield that protected us from potential mistakes. The final team result under her leadership would be as a wonder from nature, made to admire.

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