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The Conscious Lifestyle: The Soul of Leadership

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 4, 2013


In almost every situation someone is called upon to lead. Taking up the call involves a conscious choice, and yet for many leaders, even those who are very experienced, not much consciousness is applied. If you ask a roomful of CEOs how they got where they are today -I’ve done this dozens of times when teaching a course on leadership for business people – the top answer is always “I was lucky.” Looking back, CEOs and other top executives mainly recognize that they wound up in the right place at the right time.

There are courses in leadership everywhere, and most of them, so far as I can tell, use case studies. The performance of successful leaders is analyzed, with comparisons to less successful leaders. These courses no doubt produce a set of skills, but the tendency is for these skills to be technical and managerial – human skills are far harder to teach and pass on. Yet they are the key to persuading other people to follow you.

I’ve taken a different tack, arguing that leadership is all about consciousness. It has to be, since the response that a great leader inspires (loyalty, respect, emulation, love) is life-changing. Such responses are not evoked by well-trained managers. Skills can be developed in consciousness. This isn’t a mystical area, although we must go beyond practical psychology. A successful leader isn’t a psychological manipulator, power grabber, bully, or public relations hack. Success, as it is practiced consciously, brings a better life, inner and outer, to both the leader and the group he leads. Read the rest of this entry »

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Which one?: America could do better than Barack Obama; sadly, Mitt Romney does not fit the bill

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 6, 2012

FOUR years ago, The Economist endorsed Barack Obama for the White House with enthusiasm. So did millions of voters. Next week Americans will trudge to the polls far less hopefully. So (in spirit at least) will this London-based newspaper. Having endured a miserably negative campaign, the world’s most powerful country now has a much more difficult decision to make than it faced four years ago.

That is in large part because of the woeful nature of Mr Obama’s campaign. A man who once personified hope and centrism set a new low by unleashing attacks on Mitt Romney even before the first Republican primary. Yet elections are about choosing somebody to run a country. And this choice turns on two questions: how good a president has Mr Obama been, especially on the main issues of the economy and foreign policy? And can America really trust the ever-changing Mitt Romney to do a better job? On that basis, the Democrat narrowly deserves to be re-elected.

The changeling

Mr Obama’s first term has been patchy. On the economy, the most powerful argument in his favour is simply that he stopped it all being a lot worse. America was in a downward economic spiral when he took over, with its banks and carmakers in deep trouble and unemployment rising at the rate of 800,000 a month. His responses—an aggressive stimulus, bailing out General Motors and Chrysler, putting the banks through a sensible stress test and forcing them to raise capital (so that they are now in much better shape than their European peers)—helped avert a Depression. That is a hard message to sell on the doorstep when growth is sluggish and jobs scarce; but it will win Mr Obama some plaudits from history, and it does from us too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bill Clinton Porn Star Picture Explained By Brooklyn Lee And Tasha Reign

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 26, 2012

Bill Clinton Porn Stars

Porn stars Brooklyn Lee and Tasha Reignspoke with TMZ this week to explain the story behind their picture with former President Bill Clinton that took the internet by storm on Thursday.

(For a refresher, see below)

“We had our own table and everything, dining side by side with Bill, and the prince, and everybody,” Lee said of the swanky event in Monte Carlo. “He kind of was looking over at us every once in a while, and we’re huge, like, psycho fans of Bill — we just think he’s really cute.”

Lee went on, claiming that the encounter at the fundraiser for the foundations of the Prince of Monaco and Clinton was prompted by the former president.

“So we end up wandering by, and we were gonna approach him, take a picture, and his Secret Service sort of, kind of brushed us away, and as we were walking away, Bill actually had the Secret Service guy call us back and come over and hang out and take pictures and stuff,” Lee said. “He’s really, really sweet. I just told him that I loved him, I thought he was a great president, and he just kind of winked and smiled and gave us hugs and stuff.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Hank Crumpton, Former CIA Officer: Clinton Wouldn’t Authorize Osama Bin Laden Kill In 1999

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 15, 2012

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Hank Crumpton

Hank Crumpton, a former CIA officer and top counterterrorism official, said in arecent interview that President Bill Clinton’s White House missed a golden opportunity to take out terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in 1999.

Bin Laden was in Afghanistan in 1999, Crumpton told CBS’s “60 Minutes” in a segment that aired on Sunday. His convoy had been clearly identified by an early edition Predator drone, which at the time didn’t have weapons capabilities.

“We saw a security detail, a convoy, and we saw bin Laden exit the vehicle, clearly,” Crumpton told CBS’s Lara Logan, describing aerial images captured by a drone flying somewhere outside of Kandahar. “The optics were spot in, it was beaming back to us, CIA headquarters. We immediately alerted the White House, and the Clinton administration’s response was, ‘Well, it will take several hours for the TLAMs, the cruise missiles launched from submarines, to reach that objective. So, you need to tell us where bin Laden will be five or six hours from now.’ The frustration was enormous.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Nobel Peace Prize 2012: Bradley Manning, Bill Clinton Among Nominees For 2012 Prize

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 27, 2012

OSLO, Norway — The Nobel Peace Prize jury has received 231 nominations for this year’s award, a spokesman said, with publicly disclosed candidates including a former Ukrainian prime minister and the U.S. soldier accused of leaking classified material to WikiLeaks.

The secretive committee doesn’t reveal who has been nominated, but those with nomination rights sometimes announce their picks.

Names put forward this year include Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private charged with the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Others believed to have been nominated include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Being nominated doesn’t say anything about a candidate’s chances. A wide range of submissions come in every year from lawmakers, university professors and others with nomination rights, but the decision rests solely with a five-member panel appointed by Norway’s parliament.

This year’s list of candidates is a mix of repeat nominations and new names, the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s nonvoting secretary Geir Lundestad told The Associated Press. Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 10 Political Sex Scandals

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 8, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner’s wiener (photos) have got him into a lot of trouble. After originally denying he sent the photos via Twitter, he came clean in a June 6, 2011 press conference. TIME takes a look back at the tawdry affairs of Weiner and his philandering predecessors

Gov. Mark Sanford

Scandal: Year-long affair
How Outed: Press Conference

The Sanford saga began with a disappearing act. The South Carolina governor apparently left home in a black SUV on June


18 and stopped picking up his cell phone or responding to text messages and emails. He was AWOL for the better part of a week. The explanations piled up: the rising GOP star was “writing something,” said his wife; he was recharging after losing a fight to refuse stimulus money, said his spokesman; he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, said his staff. When a reporter cornered Sanford in the Atlanta airport June 24, however, the governor revealed that he’d been in Buenos Aires. With South Carolina’s capital buzzing with talk of impeachment, Sanford, 49, held a press conference to explain himself: he’d gone to visit an Argentinian woman with whom he’d been having an affair. Apologizing to his wife and four sons and choking up repeatedly, Sanford said he’d spent “the last five days of my life crying in Argentina,” and had now ended the year-long dalliance. Sanford, a rumored 2012 presidential hopeful, said he will resign as head of the Republican Governors Association.

Read “Sanford’s Sex Scandal: Assessing the Damage.”

 Sen. John Ensign

Scandal: Affair with campaign staffer

How Outed: Press Conference

On June 16, Nevada Sen. John Ensign abruptly admitted to having an affair with a former campaign staffer, Cindy

U.S. Senator John Ensign pauses during a news conference about an affair he had with a former staffer in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hampton, from December 2007 to August 2008. Why the frank disclosure? The Las Vegas Sun reported June 19 that Hampton’s husband, Doug — who was, incidentally, a former administrative aide in Ensign’s Senate office — had sent a letter to Fox News five days before Ensign’s press conference asking for help in laying bare the senator’s “heinous conduct.” “Senator Ensign’s conduct and relentless pursuit of my wife led to our dismissal in April of 2008,” Hampton allegedly wrote. “The actions of Senator Ensign have ruined our lives and careers and left my family in shambles.” Fox denied the report, and Ensign’s camp said he had come clean because the Hamptons were trying to extort money from the senator. Either way, the fallout continued: Citizens for Responsibility in Ethics in Washington filed a complaint against the senator June 24, alleging that Ensign’s actions had violated the Senate’s ethics rules and calling for an investigation into the affair.

Read a 2-min. Bio of Sen. John Ensign. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Net Worth Of Every American President, From Washington To Obama: 24/7 Wall Street

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 21, 2011

Anyway most of them seems millionair­es.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Bill Clinton: I Sent Two Emails As President

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 18, 2011

Then his secretary must be busy to send mails on behalf oh him.
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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation ‘Silly Shirts’ Tradition Nixed For 2010 Japan Summit (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 9, 2010

Putin and Bush really look funny.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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YouTube Interview with President Clinton

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 14, 2010

President Bill Clinton answers citizen questions submitted through Moderator on YouTube in this special interview.

Topics discussed include Haiti, plans to put a mosque near Ground Zero, the hikers detained in Iran, cancer survival rates, education in the developing world and more.

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George W. Bush ‘Holed Up’ in Texas: Not Much Demand For Former President

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 10, 2010

What about from Bush?
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