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It's possible to love your job and get a good salary too: You just have to work for the right company.
Where employees are concerned, great leaders don't take. Great leaders give--especially these seven things:
They give a glimpse of vulnerability.
To employees, you're often not a person. You're a boss. (Kind of like when you were in school and you saw a teacher at the grocery store; it was jarring and uncomfortable because teachers weren't people. They were teachers.)
That's why showing vulnerability is a humanizing way to break down the artificial barrier that typically separates bosses from employees. One easy way to break down that barrier is to ask for help.
But don't ask the wrong way. Don't puff out your chest, assume the power-position, and in your deepest voice intone, "Listen, John, I need your help." John knows you don't really need his help. You want him to do something.
Instead ask the right way. Imagine you've traveled to an unfamiliar place, you only know a few words of the language, and you're both lost and a little scared.
How would you ask for help? You would be humble. You would be real. You'd cringe a little and dip your head slightly and say, "Can you help me?" Asked that way, John would know you truly needed help. You've lowered your guard. You're vulnerable. And you're not afraid to show it.
By showing vulnerability, you lift the other person. You implicitly recognize her skills while extending trust.
And you set a great example: Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness.
It's a sign of strength.
If it is a building’s job to host and contain performing art, the structure itself must reflect this in its design. While most of the world’s theaters are standard, columnic and republican, some architects have stepped forward to create truly wonderful, unique works of architectural art. To celebrate their structural ingenuity, here are 10 of the world’s most amazing modern theaters, concert halls and civic centers. Some may remain only ideas on paper, while others are a living part of the world’s cultural heritage.
Much like the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the JS Bach Chamber Music Hall by Zaha Hadid is a twisting, mathematic display of carefully calculated rhythms. Designed to host the Baroque composer’s music, this installation at the Manchester Art Gallery was the pearl of the Manchester International Festival, a celebration of one of history’s most important musical forces. The theater was composed of a translucent, acrylic membrane folded over a steel frame that encircles the perimeter of the stage and its audience. The result leaves nothing but black, white… and musical magic. [link]
The Singapore Civic and Cultural Center will span a staggering 24,000 sq.m. of space in Singapore’s One-North precinct. At its heart is a 5,000 seat concert hall that will house some of this tiny coastal nation’s greatest touring acts. Beyond it’s concert hall, the Singapore Civic and Cultural Center will also include retail and cultural features that add to the experience of the country’s soon-to-be largest auditorium. [link]
Easily the world’s most recognizable concert hall, the Sydney Opera House could also be the world’s most beautiful. Completed in 1973, this design by architect Jørn Utzon is timeless, the jewel of Sydney’s landscape. Between its six individual theaters, the Sydney Opera House can host up to 5,737 guests at once, 2,678 in its main Concert Hall alone. But the real value of the Sydney Opera House may not be the music and guests
In urban life, the subway is synonymous with the spirit of the city. It frees the city dweller from the automobile, it moves from point to point with speed while capturing the curiosity of its passenger. From Moscow to Montreal, Paris to Pyongyang, these 10 transit systems house truly stunning subway stations across all aspects of design. So grab your transit card and head underground– get ready to explore the 10 coolest subway systems in the modern world.
We contend that the Washington Metro is the most iconic and visually progressive subway system in the United States. First built in 1976, this 100-mile network of tunnels includes 28 stations, most of which are the work of architect Harry Weese. These massive, concrete caverns feature an egg carton texture that stretches from one side to the other in a split cylinder design. The walls are out of reach, there are no thick pillars breaking up the view and the whole expanse is awash in indirect light. These features are as much as aspect of design as they are safety, as the Washington Metro subway stations provide few if any dark crannies in which crime can hide. First time riders will also be amazed at the sheer depth of these Metro stations. Some stations reach down 200 feet below the surface, providing for one heck of a long, slow ride into the caverns below.
The world’s second most used subway system is also amongst its most beautiful. Nearly 7,000,000 people ride the Moscow Metro Subway each day, zipping through 190 miles of tunnels that stretch as low as 276-feet below the surface. While some of its stations are nondescript, others are magnificent, ornate works of classically-influenced design. Take for example the Komsomolskaya Metro Station in Moscow, shown above. This gem of underground architecture was built in the 1930s and remains one of the world’s most lasting, most beautiful subway stations.
Taipei Metro subway system every day, cruising at speeds of up to 56mph across Taiwan’s
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