Induction into a new world of work

Even though I started working in the ski school a few weeks ago, I only recently attended the company induction program. Sixty-five of us were there. This was new for me. I am usually on the other side delivering the training. So began the first of many changes in my new world of work.

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Thoughts about the inner voice

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Photo credit – Jez Timms via

Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself.
Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.
~ Dogen (Japanese Buddhist monk & philosopher)


Friday treat: Ramen

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A hearty soup appreciated on a cold day in the snow, is ramen. It is not hard to cook but I am led to believe that making the stock is a long process.

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Ingredients of a new lifestyle

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A shopping expedition to the Lucky supermarket in Kutchan is a multi-sensory experience and an adventure. The large supermarket space is akin to any other such store across the world. So what differentiates this one? A few distinctive ingredients.

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Thoughts about empathy …

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Photo credit – Aleksandra Mazur via

Empathy is the faculty to resonate with the feelings of others. When we meet someone who is joyful, we smile. When we witness someone in pain, we suffer in resonance with his or her suffering.
~ Matthieu Ricard

Three tips to improve your empathy skills

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Empathy is a core competency of emotional intelligence and a desirable leadership skill. But is it in-built in humans or can we learn to be empathetic?

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Friday treat – Coffee in a can

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The Japanese love vending machines. Buying hot drinks in vending machines is par for the course, and one of my work colleagues is often buying cafe au lait!

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Thoughts about intuition

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No matter how deep a study you make, what you really have to rely on is your own intuition. And when it comes down to it, you really don’t know what’s going to happen until you do it.
~ Konosuke Matsushita

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