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Cuba's All-Inclusive Holiday During A Food Shortage, Hyper Inflation, Electricity & Internet Blackouts

My son just got back from his all-inclusive resort holiday in Cuba. They went to a brand-new 4 or 5 star resort. Unfortunately, they experienced children begging for food and resort workers warming up canned beans and canned chicken at the all-you-can-eat-drink resort. For 2 weeks, they had to leave the resort to seek food and toiletries. No businesses wanted Cuban pesos; they only wanted US dollars. A meal for two - a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, a skinny grilled bread with cheese but not ...
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Synergy vs. Silo Mentality: Key Differences for Leaders

Synergy is the harmonious integration of diverse strengths within a group, generates collective creativity and productivity, establishes a culture of respect, and encourages collaboration and innovation.  Silo Mentality Several factors can undermine and destroy synergy within a group, team, organization's branch, or company. Here are some silo actions that negatively impact synergy: Team members doubt each other's intentions, capabilities and ideas; needs to be more trust erodes open communi...
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Parker's Off-Season Basketball Training - Mamba Mentality

My 16-year-old boy - Parker, started playing basketball when he was 8. He started playing with his older brother, who is 5 years older than him. His older brother eventually played college ball. My two boys are highly competitive, more competitive than their mother or father. Parker has always wanted to become the best basketball player in this family, and he has a dream/goal of playing college ball, too. Parker understands that he needs to grow mentally and physically as a student-athlete. He ...
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The Transparency & Accountability Paradox: Exploring Hidden Pitfalls & Manipulation

Transparency and accountability refer to the openness and accessibility of organizational information. These two terms also go hand in hand with the responsibility for actions within a company or organization that promote trust and integrity when it comes to policies within companies and businesses and leadership within an organization. Be aware of individuals in an organization or business that have some managerial power and use the following pitfalls against their co-workers: Over the years,...
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Nvidia's Stock

I'm still quite surprised that a computer chip company, mainly a graphic computer chip company, is now using their chips for AI; Nvidia stock has skyrocketed into the trillions of dollars, and actually, their stock is just as high or maybe even worth more than the Canadian economy! Now, Apple and Google are positioning themselves to make their own AI chips. My question is, do we have enough raw materials - silicon, tantalum, palladium, copper, boron, cobalt, and tungsten, mainly from Africa a...
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Gigonomics: The Economics & Psychology of the Gig Worker

So what is a "Gig Economy?"  It is a labour market of short-term, flexible jobs, often promoted or posted by companies, employment websites, or cell phone apps. Flexibility & Cost-effectiveness These skilled individuals typically work as freelancers, independent contractors, consultants, or part-time workers, taking on projects rather than traditional, long-term employment. For businesses, gig work creates labour market flexibility and cost-effectiveness, as companies can use a flexible w...
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15 Benefits of Choosing Open Studies for Your College or University Education

Open Studies is a flexible and less structured way to start post-secondary education. Students can choose courses from various disciplines without selecting a diploma or degree program.  It provides students with the opportunity to explore different subjects. Students can gain writing or mathematical skills at the post-secondary level. Adults can gain specific educational qualifications in Open Studies that they did not acquire in high school. Open Studies allow for a more interdisciplinary an...
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We Are Living In An Artificial Intelligence (Ai) Revolution

We live in an artificial intelligence (AI) revolution, shaping businesses and contributing an estimated $14 trillion to the global economy over the next decade.  Ai Can Handle Massive Data While AI excels in management, handling data and automating routine tasks, it fails in leadership qualities that involve charisma, vision, and the ability to inspire people. In the financial sector, AI excels in tasks like stock market analysis, background checks, and number crunching within databases and sp...
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Fixed Mindsets... Growth Mindsets... Perseverance... Grit... Flow...

There are a tremendous amount of complexities children experience, and these experiences have a profound impact on future success.  Overcoming Trauma Traumatic events during childhood, noted by elevated ACE scores (tally of different types of abuse, neglect, and other adverse childhood experiences), align with behavioural and health challenges that continue into adulthood. As we all know, trauma can negatively affect a generation; however, the importance of a nurturing and attentive parenting ...
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Living Longer, Healthier, Happier Lives

Pursuing a longer, healthier life all starts with embracing exercise as a lifestyle — cardio, weightlifting/strength training, or preferably a mix of both. Dr. Peter Attia's research indicates the importance of fitness, showing that fit individuals have the lowest mortality rates, even outdoing smoking-related risks. Surprisingly, Attia explains that strength training isn't just for the young; it is crucial for bone cell regeneration for individuals over 50 years of age! Moreover, strength train...
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3:1 Positivity Ratio - 3 Positive Experiences For Every Negative 1

The 3:1 positivity ratio, researched by psychologist Barbara Fredrickson, maintains that there needs to be a balance of three positive experiences for every negative one for you to enhance your well-being, to be happier, and have a high chance of experiencing success in life. Build On Resilience Research indicates positive outcomes due to psychological benefits, shaping a positive life attitude because there are more positive experiences in a person's life compared to only 1/3 or less negativ...
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Creativity Is Not Born, It's Developed

Creativity isn't just for a select few. Creativity Is Nurtured Creativity is a skill anyone can develop. Despite the myth that creativity is inherited, it's more about nurturing our creative spirit. We can spark creative ideas by combining seemingly unrelated ideas and reframing problems. The creative process often involves persistent questioning and numerous attempts and failures. A case in point: Edison and thousands of writers attempted and failed hundreds of times until they successfully a...
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Building Resiliency

Resilience encompasses a variety of strengths, such as determination, confidence, and compassion, which empower individuals to cross over to difficult times, manage stress, and pursue opportunities with conviction. Foundation of Mental Well-being Resiliency is the foundation of mental well-being, fostering happiness and inner peace by preparing us to withstand adversity and recover from setbacks effectively. Developing resilience involves using our minds, reshaping thought patterns, and foste...
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Adaptability Is Essential To Succeed

Adaptability is essential for life's unpredictable twists and turns. It's about being open to change and adjusting when things don't go as planned, sometimes with great disappointment. Life is a journey of surprises, and adaptability is our life hack for future success. Live through unexpected challenges with a positive mindset. Adaptability is not coping. Adaptability is about thriving in the face of extreme challenges. When we encounter new experiences, staying open-minded and living th...
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Reading About Supply Chain Management & Logistics

I'm reading a few books on supply chain management and logistics related to Amazon, Walmart, and FedEx. Highly Technical & Logistical These companies are the largest online shopping network in the Western world, coordinating a fantastic, highly advanced technical and logistical delivery of products from global production facilities to our doorsteps. These companies are by far the most advanced in coordinating and managing their supply chain with multiple second, third, and fourth nodes; ju...
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Alberta Computers for Schools (ACFS)

I am a strong proponent of free access to computer technology for families, students, and individuals in need due to their socioeconomic status or economic situation of need. For over 15 years, I have sought out and delivered refurbished computers with Linux operating systems for families and individuals. This is the non-profit organization that I have always gone to to support such communities in need. Alberta Computers for Schools (ACFS) A non-profit collaborative model involving the Alber...
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For Some People, Work Can Bring On A Bit Of Anxiety

Now, when it comes to figuring out anxiety, the criteria for diagnosing it seem to be constantly changing. It's kind of like a moving target. And get this, a little bit of conflict within a team? Surprisingly, it's actually needed for the team to do well and be super productive. Guess what's in charge when it comes to anxiety? Our survival brains take the wheel! But don't worry, that's totally normal. Leaders should have courageous talks about discrimination and bias, even if it makes them anx...
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Great OS Designs - Blending Visceral, Behavioral, and Reflective Levels

macOS visually boasts clean lines, smooth animations, and impressive clean icons and graphics designed for visual appeal (eye candy) and recognition, creating an emotional connection for users. Intuitive navigation with a centred dock of apps and consistent interface creates ease of usability, while optimized fast performance reinforces stability. Reflectively, macOS Apple's brand identity has a strong loyalty due to user satisfaction with ease of use and integration. Customizable features like ...
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Motivation Is Needed For Discipline To Work

Success is more than just reaching those lofty goals; it's about enjoying the journey and celebrating the small victories. Manageable Steps Take a moment to break down your goals into manageable steps, creating a daily routine that fuels your motivation and allows you to enjoy rewards regularly. Remember, success is a dynamic process. As you shape your goals, consider multiple ambitions/goals, becoming a serial achiever. Having a mentor professional in your field will provide valuable insight...
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Discipline Is Needed For Success

Success depends on discipline. Conscious Choices & Deliberate Thinking There's usually a series of conscious choices and deliberate thinking through distractions that could derail progress. To become an outlier, a person has to have an extraordinary degree of discipline. Picture an elite athlete, a high school basketball player wanting to play at the college level. 10,000-Hour Rule Most coaches understand the 10,000-hour rule, meticulous routines, setting short-term and long-term goals,...
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The Cost Of A State Of The Art Light Rail Transit System

The Edmonton Urban Light Rail Transit system combines above-ground and below-ground sections to efficiently serve the city's diverse urban population. The above-ground segments are economically viable for less densely populated areas, providing a cost-effective solution. At the same time, below-ground tunnels enhance connectivity in congested regions, creating a transportation network for families and students. The Southeast leg of Edmonton's Valley Line LRT, spanning 13 kilometres with 12 sto...
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Benefits of Free and Open-Source Software to Boost Your Workflow

Free and open-source software (FOSS) benefits your daily business and personal workflow. Here are some personal choices for my own daily workflow. Zorin OS, a user-friendly Linux distribution with a Mac-like design, creates a smooth and intuitive workflow experience. Mozilla Firefox has blazing speed, outstanding privacy, and an excellent community ecosystem of add-ons. Standard Notes is the most secure and private note-taking app on the planet. It has powerful end-to-end encryption, and SN g...
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Urban Ring Roads

Almost every major city in North America, Europe, and Asian countries have these mass asphalt three to eight lane highways. Surprisingly, the first ring road was completed in 1937 under the dictatorship of Hitler's Nazi, Germany around the capital of Berlin. The concept makes sense, high density high population urban metropolises and thousands of people needing to get to work on the other side or different areas of the urban city reduce travel time and less consumption of fuel. Next time you...
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6 Extremely Effective Reading Comprehension Strategies To Spark Student Interest & Understanding

Improving reading comprehension is a gradual process, and these strategies require regular daily reading and practice of techniques to significantly enhance your ability to comprehend and retain information while reading. As Malcolm Gladwell mentioned, any improvement in an area physically or cognitively requires 1000s of hours, translating into years. To improve and become an outlier of reading comprehension, one must read a diversity of short and long pieces of narratives and genres to build v...
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21st Century Education 2.0: Revolutionizing Learning for a Globalized World

Just some ideas on an Education 2.0: Transforming Learning for a Globalized World Education Creates Societal Progress & Individual Empowerment A society's education system symbolizes societal progress and individual empowerment, leading to career development, economic progress, and higher quality of life. Traditional educational models of the 20th century are slowly transforming to meet the demands of a fast-paced, interconnected, globalized world. Education 2.0 represents a paradigm shift...
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Immigration - Newcomers, & Our Saving Grace

The lightning speed of information technology has significantly reshaped the economic landscape, particularly with the advances in AI.  AI - Artificial Intelligence & Obsolete Professions AI will profoundly transform financial data analysis, national budgeting, and tax reform planning. My question is, how many millions of job losses will automation cause due to AI? I agree that AI can enhance efficiency, but at the same time, AI may make entire professions obsolete, leading to long-term jo...
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Always Say Less...

When seeking to impress others with words, the advice is clear: by saying less, individuals will have less to negatively attack you on points; on the other hand, if you have verbal diarrhea, your words diminish your impact, respect, and power. Say Less The idea is rooted in wordiness, which relinquishes you less in control. In contrast, concise, calm, quiet, and precise communication lends an air of mystery and power. Author Robert Greene's concept of fewer words is more power extends to one'...
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U Grad Studies

University Grad Studies - 1 or 2 years... It took me 3 years... I was the guy that lived in university and public libraries with my two boys reading and running around causing slight minor issues with the librarians. I am so sorry. At the same time I was... Reading every free minute, everyday Writing notes every free minute Building links to academic articles, textbook notes, and book notes In the back of my mind via my mother and her culturally mixed family, knowing that no one can take our...
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A Domino Effect of Workplace Gossip

Rumours Erodes Trust Unfortunately, workplace gossip, the informal sharing of information or rumours, is part of professional settings, influencing organizational dynamics, culture, and efficiency. As leaders, when we recognize gossip, it is essential to squash it quickly, as it directly impacts employee morale, teamwork, and overall workplace culture. Gossip can create a hostile atmosphere, fostering distrust and anxiety among team members and hindering the establishment of a positive and coll...
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Jealousy

Jealousy and envy lead to discrediting specific individuals and others. When combined with subtle "invisibility" that people see, sense, and despise silent racism and discrimination, these behaviours can bolster harmful stereotypes and unequal treatment with others. The critical message exposes such negativity, promotes awareness and empathy, and actively challenges biased beliefs, attitudes, and negative actions directed to targeted individuals. Perpetuating a positive diversity perspective...
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