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Shadow Box in Life

Have learnt a new management vocabulary today, “Shadow Box“.— a group of non-executive employees that works with senior executives on strategic initiatives. The purpose? To leverage the younger groups’ insights and to diversify the perspectives that executives are exposed to.https://hbr.org/2019/06/why-you-should-create-a-shadow-board-of-younger-employees?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=hbr&utm_source=linkedin This all sounds great, but what is the reality? Can the sounding board from younger workers and non-executive senior staffs can help the top executives see well what need to be changed? The real challenge probably would be “will the executives who have the power to influence the implementation are really willing to listen and act to change”.

When thinking this explanation deeper, I think the purpose of having a ‘shadow box’ is not limited to the change management in organization development only. In fact many people are struggled by two problems in life:

  • Disengagement – Often how many people (even closest partner or friends) are willing to act together without separate agenda but a collective goal for a longer period of time? Checking reality regularly is necessary.
  • Weak response – when it seems we are surrounding by many friends that we ultimately expect they are willing to listen but again we quickly realize in the process that many of them only interest in their own problems or even have different agenda and there are only few willing to engage and listen. It is normal, there are many “acquaintances” but only few “good friends” who are truly willing to listen, urge us to face the truth and to identify solutions for problem solving in life.

When we think we have many friends, but when we need friends to listen and to give us guidance because of facing puzzles, having troubles or in stress, we will quickly confront a challenge of how many are there truly willing to listen? To get us out from trouble situations in life, what we really need are not those who seems agreeing with kind words or give us suggestions that they can’t even act for themselves but not truly willing to listen. As matter of fact actually what we really need are few friends who can maintain objectiveness and urge us to examine the situation and push us to take actions that we need to take in order to get ourselves out from the trouble situation, step by step, without judgement.

In life, the reality teaches us few crucial facts: We can only reduce disappointments with the least expectations and God only helps those are willing to help themselves to put their feet on the ground and act forwards.

Even though the sky is grey, but the sun is still shinning above the cloud and waiting to shine through at the right time if we could wait it with patience.

Only those who are strong dare to examine the inner-self and clear the mist in the situation in order to identify actions to take; those who are weak only try to find excuses to explain the situation that they want to think or even push the blames on others by lying to themselves..

The Moment

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Just keep #inhale and #exhale, number is not the issue, but how do we manage each breath is.

Life is not limited by numbers of breathing, but how do we #accept, #adapt and #keeptrying.

I am the captain of my soul. Don’t ask the #why, #justdo with a clear #consciousness. Good people never walk alone.

Don’t ask why I am here, because I am already here;

Don’t ask where I am going because I walk on the path I choose;

Don’t ask when my journey will end because I am trying my best everyday without counting.

Moment only last a moment that we can’t redo, just do my best to make best from every moment because it is my duty, my choice, my life.

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Yes, I am changing

The Nature needs you, I and everyone

2020 is waiting at the coener,before wishing for #peace,#harmony,#joy and #prosperity for the coming year,it is time for us to reflect for what have happened that affected not only to our life, to our health, most importantly what have our actions have affected the change to the Mother Nature.

How true for what Rajiv wrote me back in his comment

The entire way of life has to be changed if we want to co-exist with the Nature”.

It is time to increase the awareness not only ecological but alao economical issues in every consumption in daily life.

Good quality tea provides us not only fine flavors and good tastes,each of those fine quality teas should also meet our believes and supports to the eco-balanced  principles to the Nature,meanwhile provides us various lovely and healthy choices for a sustainable economical lifestyle because of the possibility for multiple brewings.

Let’s don’t just talk about our worries for the Nature and fears for the future,let’s take actions to show our determination to protect the Nature and for a better peaceful and harmonous future by spreading essence of #sharing,#respect
#equality #peaceandharmony through tea,through goidcquality Eco-tea.

#multiplebrewings
#ecobalanced #ecotea


Tea can not be copied

The utmost important learnings for #teasommeliers are not about tea ceremony but more about tea.

Tea trees can be migrated,tea production methods can be learned,but unique characters in flavors and tastes are hard to be copied.

Tea can not be copied

Learnings from Tea to Leadership

The path of tea is more than a tea path or passion for tea, but is more about how to become a better person with clear conscioysness and capability to maintain the inner peace from a simple moment of inhale and exhale.

If one can’t even respect tea, can’t even honest to own body, what is the chance for s/he has geniune respects and honest to others?

Wellness is not just what should you do or which tea you should but is about actions on energy balance in body and mind, everyday.

How does learnings from tea can link with leadership developments? Have a cup of warm tea, lean backwards, close your eyes and walk with me ……..

Imagine the peaceful conditions you need for the health of your body ……..

Imaging the positive and well streamlined energy to facilitate positive energy in mind ………

When you can consciously relax your sub-consciousness, when you are willing to listen and respect…. how that feeling of empowerment and trust do your body and mind?

What Can Tea Do For You

This is what Lu Xun, a famous Chinese writer, essayist, poet, and literary critic writer in the early 19th century, said about what can tea do for us:

Drinking tea helps to improve IQ, EQ and sense of happiness in life almost by 86.4%.

In other words, a critical thinker as Lu Xun also confirmed what we can profit from drinking tea based on his personal mexperience. Drinking tea not only helps to improve health conditions by serving the needs for healthy lifestyle; a tea time also means we are giving ourselves a quality moment to enjoy the tranquility and calmness with a cup of tea that helps to elaborate the level of thinking and feeling in more peaceful and joyful manners without being impulsed.

But Lu Xun left us a silent smile to the question : Where to purchase the good quality tea.

©copyrighted Mei Lan Hsiao, 16/11/2019

Human, The Heart of Heaven and Earth

There is time from the Heaven to stimulate the growth of the Nature

There are plenty of minerals in Earth to neurite the growth of the Nature

Only those People who are wise know how to adapt and mange the Nature.

The interpretation of the meaning of universal based on the humane values by great Confucian scholar in Ming Dynasty, Chen Lai of Li Ji (禮記, 禮運篇), he wrote “Human, the heart of heaven and earth; the beginning of five elements”.

Can his interpretation be applied to understand problems that we are facing today in the world? The answer definitely is positive.  When we examine the cause of those global warming chaos that we are facing today from the Nature and in the world, it all points directly to the source of decayed hearts – Greediness﹑Insanity﹑Idiotic; Jalousie﹑Hates and Desires.  

If the heart beholds respect, believes in the greater good, then Buddha is in his/her heart, why bother to search from far?  If we could treat the Nature and people with kindness and beholds greater love in our heart, then love is in everywhere.

If we could open our mind to embrace universal humane values and without differentiative minds, we all respect morals and willing to follow the boundary of laws and orders, in this case, there will be peace in the family and society, then eventually we can think of peace in the world.

The removal of the devil from heart can only be dealt with by finding peace in heart, by controlling egoism and shaping behaviors. Starting from self but not expecting from others.

Those people say they know but can’t act based on what they know are actually not knowing.

The greatest stupidity in the world is driven by egoism and selfishness.

When we look at the mirror everyday what and who do we see? 

Before pointing finger towards others, perhaps should first examine the self that the other three fingers are pointing at. Therefore, before trying to correct other people’s wrong doing, we should first examine if we also made the same mistakes; before preaching good manners and morals, should first ask ourselves if we have been acting according to morals with good manners, to who, when, where and how. Still today, I remember what my late father said to me repeatedly in my upbringing:

You can connect with the best teacher from within if you could examine own deeds at least three times a day.

Most flowers are gone, the grass is getting rusty dried, trees are getting bold and the wind breeze is getting colder, the re-examination of those old moral learning in this cold greyish afternoon keeps my heart warm.  Even though I am more than ten thousand miles away from my birthplace for many years, but the family rules and Chinese traditional moral teachings are always crystal clear as Autumn moon in heart.  People probably will forget me one day, but I will never forget who I am, and I will continuously walk on the path that I chose cheerfully.

copyrighted Mei Lan Hsiao, 15/11/2019

Listen to your heart

Life can be simple and yet can be very complicated when we fail to feel the truth based on actual situations. When only want to believe or draw the judgement based on what we think but not based on reasonable facts, the chance being mislead is big.

The most critical learning in life is not what can achieve, but how well can we maintain a good balance in body, mind and energy, and how,well can we consciously sustain the inner peace in life by

Thinking logically

Acting reasonably

Feeling by listening from heart

Judging without preconceived decisions


Water to Tea

Water is mother to tea. The alkalinity in water would influence the color and taste in tea.

Japanese researcher, Masaru Emoto, devoted his life in the research the frequency in water. Amazingly his researches discovered how water could react to the energy to the energy wave.

The frequency that we can’t see would influence the alignment of molecular in water and that can, too, influencevthe color and taste of tea.

Those researches open opportunities to companies who provid mineral water or those who manufacture water filter system. Before hurrying into a decision making to invest in water purification system, perhaps what yoy can do is first to check with the community adminstration department to find out more anout the quality in the local drinking water.

Simple tips to remember for good water are,

  • of course, the first thing would be the color should be clean, clare and transparent
  • No strange smell or bad odor
  • Taste refreshing and light but not flat or dull

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