Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Anna Karenina review

Anna Karenina, Vol 1 of 2Anna Karenina, Vol 1 of 2 by Leo Tolstoy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tolstoy is a master of emotional nuance and the human spirit. I found some of the chapters on Levin and his farm to be tedious but outside of that was a brilliant read. The inner demons that haunt people in relationships whether between Levin and Kitty or Anna and Vronsky are so intriguing. I found myself thinking how crazy the characters become, but know, under certain circumstances, I've been in exactly the same place. When love and the overt struggle for power interplay, magic and tragedy can and often do happen. I also enjoyed the steeple chase as allegory of Anna's downfall.

Yes! This is a "must read" for any literary enthusiast.

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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Pay Attention

Your best employees are crushing it for you.  The number one, two, and three things that drive them are feeling successful in their job, making you proud of the awesome work they're doing,  and feeling like they're making a difference.  If you listen, you'll find out what it is they need.

 Marina Shifrin gives us a flat out brilliant example of not doing this.  In her viral video on quitting her job (and doing Kanye West's "Gone" some dance justice) she explains the thing that was vitally important in doing her best, that quality is important, especially when your name is stamped all over it.
Just listen.  You'll be surprised at what a difference it can make.

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