The 3rd Alternative to Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving by Stephen Covey

February 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Business, Personal, Relationships

Dr Stephen R. Covey is the bestselling author of the classic and influential business book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and he is an internationally respected leadership authority and organizational consultant. His latest book, The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life’s Most Difficult Problems, continues to help transform lives and businesses with his great insights in conflict resolution and creative problem solving.

In The 3rd Alternative, Dr Covey describes a new way to resolve professional and personal difficulties and create solutions. In a conflict, the 1st Alternative is my way and the 2nd Alternative is your way. Everyone identifies with one alternative or the other, and decides that one way is better than the other. The conflict between both parties usually results in a win-lose situation or even a lose-lose situation when both parties lose something to resolve the conflict and reach a ‘compromise’.

Dr Covey explains that the 3rd Alternative is about synergy, where one plus one equals ten or a hundred or even a thousand. Synergy is not the same as compromise, on the other hand, synergy is better than my way or your way. It is our way. Read more

Daniel Goleman and the Science of Social Intelligence

February 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Relationships

Many people have read or heard about Daniel Goleman’s bestselling classic book, Emotional Intelligence, but not many have read his follow-up book published in 2006 on the science of human relationships, called Social Intelligence.

Goleman explains that humans are wired to connect, and that Social Intelligence is made up of social awareness, which refers to what we sense about others, and social facility, which refers to what we then do with that social awareness.

Social awareness includes:

  • Primary empathy: feeling with others and sensing non-verbal emotional signals
  • Attunement: listening with full receptivity and attuning to a person
  • Empathic accuracy: understanding another person’s thoughts, feelings, and intentions
  • Social cognition: knowing how the social world works Read more

How to Choose Healthier Food in Singapore

February 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Health

If you wish to be successful in losing weight or having a healthier diet, it’s important to monitor the calories and nutrients of your food. The Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) has a useful online database that makes it easy for you to understand the energy and nutrient composition of over 1,000 food items available in Singapore, including:

  • Cereal based dishes (eg. Beehoon seafood soup, Nasi lemak, etc)
  • Meat based dishes (eg. Roasted duck, Curry chicken, etc)
  • Fish and seafood based dishes (eg. Chilli crab, Steamed pomfret, etc)
  • Vegetable based dishes (eg. Broccoli stir-fried , Spinach fried, etc)
  • Local cakes, desserts and snacks (eg. Almond jelly, Pandan chiffon cake, etc)
  • Egg based dishes (eg. Omelette oyster, Egg with tofu, etc)
  • Pulses based dishes (eg. Curry chickpeas, Longbeans with tempeh, etc)
  • Sauces, gravies and dressings (eg. Coconut milk, Oyster sauce, etc)
  • Beverages (eg. Coffee with sugar, Soyabean drink, etc)

With the database, you can search and compare the Energy, Protein, Total Fat, Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, Carbohydrate, Dietary Fibre, and Sodium for different food items. Read more

10 Investment Tips from Warren Buffett, the World’s Most Successful Investor

February 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Featured, Finance

Warren Buffett is often regarded as the most successful investor in the world, and he is Forbes #3 world’s richest billionaires in 2011, with a net worth of US$39 billion. Warren Buffett is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, a large holding company with diverse interest in the food, insurance, utilities, and industrials sectors.

Warren Buffett’s investment principle is simple – he looks for quality companies that are undervalued on the stock market, buys and holds them for the long term, which is an investment method referred to as value investing. He focuses on the fundamentals and management of the company, rather than the volatile activities of the stock market. Read more

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