This is an article by Umair Haque from Harvard Business Review worth reading. Exerpt:

The most disruptive, unforeseen, and just plain awesome breakthroughs, that reimagine, reinvent, and reconceive a product, a company, a market, an industry, or perhaps even an entire economy rarely come from the single-minded pursuit of the busier and busier busywork of “business.” Rather, in the outperformers that I’ve spent time with and studied, breakthroughs demand (loosely) systematic, structured periods for reflection – to ruminate on, synthesize, and integrate fragments of questions, answers, and thoughts about what’s not good enough, what’s just plain awful, and how it could be made radically better.

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The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking. Author Oliver Burkeman argues that we’ve created a culture crippled by the fear of failure, and that the most important thing we can do to enhance our psychoemotional wellbeing is to embrace uncertainty.

Last night I watched two exciting orchestras in an awesome playoff at the Melbourne Town Hall MSO 2102 Season. One was, of course, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted, for the first time, by Sir Andrew Davis. The other orchestra was the Melbourne Grand Organ, the largest in the southern hemisphere, played by the freaky genius, Cameron Carpenter, who’s been called a ‘Mozart’. Wow!

They played together a thrilling and overpowering concerto by Poulenc. One orchestra was played by 100 of Melbourne’s most gifted musicians. The other orchestra was played by one young American organist.

Guess which orchestra kicked the other orchestra’s ass?  A-mazing!!

Here’s a warm-up fun piece you’ll recognise:

Here’s Cameron Carpenter playing all the difficult ones:

He’s playing again on Monday night … can’t wait!

Michael