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In Mexico, a Healer Who Asks for Nothing in Return; Sergio Castro, 72, is neither doctor nor priest, but he fills a gap in Mexico’s ragged safety net in health care, accepting no money from his patients, who are mostly Mayans

August 13, 2013

In Mexico, a Healer Who Asks for Nothing in Return

By ELISABETH MALKIN

SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico — Every morning, Sergio Castro crisscrosses this city to treat the intimate struggles behind its closed doors. Past a black metal gate, Diego Raúl López Sánchez lay on a bed in a concrete room. A motorcycle crash left him paralyzed from the neck down a few months ago, and bedsores have branded his emaciated body. Mr. Castro cleaned and dressed the broken skin as he murmured softly to his patient. He offered advice to Mr. López’s wife, who seemed numb with despair at her husband’s new reality. He would return the next day. Neither doctor nor priest, Mr. Castro, 72, fills one of the countless holes in Mexico’s ragged safety net, which gapes wider here in the southern state of Chiapas than just about anywhere else in the country. Read more of this post

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Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential

Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential [Hardcover]

John Neffinger (Author), Matthew Kohut (Author)

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Release date: August 15, 2013

How People Judge You—And How To Come Out Looking Good
You will never look at people the same way again—including yourself—after this lively look at how we make character judgments.
Drawing on cutting-edge social science research as well as their own work with Fortune 500 executives, members of Congress, and Nobel Prize winners, authors Matt Kohut and John Neffinger demystify the process we use to size each other up. It turns out that we judge each other primarily on two critical criteria: strength and warmth. The authors explain the inner workings of each, the tension that makes it so hard to project both at once, and the successful strategies that the most admired among us use to win respect and affection.
Offering practical advice for a range of common and challenging situations, Compelling People shows you not just how people already see you, but how to make sure your best qualities shine through.   Read more of this post

How to be an irresistible leader; Can charisma be taught? Harvard seems to think so. A new book on cultivating personal magnetism is required reading at the B-school

How to be an irresistible leader

By Anne Fisher, contributor August 15, 2013: 11:03 AM ET

Can charisma be taught? Harvard seems to think so. A new book on cultivating personal magnetism is required reading at the B-school.

FORTUNE — What is it exactly that makes some people command far more respect and attention, even devotion, than their peers? And if you’re not born with the kind of magnetism that compels people to admire and follow you, can you acquire it? “Charisma” comes from a Greek word that means “gift from the gods,” which may explain why most of us assume you’ve either got it or you don’t. Read more of this post

Understanding motivation — and apathy — is key to education

Understanding motivation — and apathy — is key to education

In learning, motivation is the key to success. Students who are not motivated to learn generally do not fare well. But there are various kinds of motivation.

BY K RANGA KRISHNAN –

5 HOURS 38 MIN AGO

In learning, motivation is the key to success. Students who are not motivated to learn generally do not fare well. But there are various kinds of motivation. A student can be highly motivated because he is curious or interested in a subject, or he wants to gain the approval of his parents or teachers. If it is the former, he is said to be intrinsically motivated: He acts for the fun of achieving something he really cares for, and not because he is afraid of losing face or being punished. From birth, humans are generally active, curious and ready to learn and discover. This innate motivation is the key to growth and development, and our self-directed ability to survive. It is this interest in novelty and being creative that leads to success in life. Read more of this post

LKY gets the Warhol treatment

PUBLISHED AUGUST 16, 2013

Kuan Yew gets the Warhol treatment

HELMI YUSOF

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Artistic tribute: Sondhi’s painting ‘Singapore Icon: LKY Quartet 1’ (2013, mixed media on canvas, 24″x24″, at left) is priced at $1,400 – PHOTO: SUKESHI SONDHI

WHAT do politician Lee Kuan Yew and artist Andy Warhol have in common? Quite a number of things. Both are famous men born in the 1920s and both founded something – Mr Lee founded modern, independent Singapore in 1965, while Warhol founded the pop art movement in the 1960s. Perhaps, it is apt then that artist Sukeshi Sondhi has chosen to render Mr Lee in distinctly Warholian pop art style for her upcoming solo exhibition of some 20 paintings. Using an image of Mr Lee from the 1960s when he was a young man, she depicts him in various bright colours, repeating the same image across all her canvases. Read more of this post

Buffett targets cars, oil and satellite TV

August 16, 2013 12:00 am

Buffett targets cars, oil and satellite TV

By Dan McCrum in New York

Warren Buffett put money to work in cars, oil and satellite television in the second quarter as the chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway and his deputies invested the most money in stocks since 2011, according to regulatory filings. Berkshire increased its holdings in General Motors, the carmaker recovering from bankruptcy and a government bailout, and made two new investments: in Dish Network, the broadcaster controlled by Charles Ergen, and Suncor Energy, a Canadian oil company. The billionaire investor, for decades a proponent of the long-term attractions of stocks, made the investments in a period when the US stock market surpassed its previous high set in 2007. The rising market helped push the value of Berkshire’s stock portfolio to $97bn on Thursday, accounting for more than a third of the conglomerate’s $287bn market capitalisation. Read more of this post

Herbalife kept links to Canada pyramid scheme for a decade

August 15, 2013 5:58 pm

Herbalife kept links to Canada pyramid scheme for a decade

By Dan McCrum in New York

Herbalife, the direct selling company under attack from shortseller Bill Ackman, allowed an affiliated business to continue operating in its network for almost a decade after Canadian authorities had labelled the operation a pyramid scheme, a Financial Times investigation indicates. Mr Ackman, founder of hedge fund Pershing Square, has claimed that Herbalife itself is a pyramid scheme, while the company has said it is legitimate, prompting a high-profile battle between investors on either side of the argument. Read more of this post

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