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I am Arduino Mancini, and this is my blog.

I offer insights and training tools for people who want to develop effective thinking and improve their performance, at work and in private life.

Training, career management, glass ceiling, job search, boss and people management, critical thinking, negotiation, gender diversity are just some of the topics we will discuss: at the bottom, to the right, you find the post’s categories.

To complete the panorama of the tools at your disposal, you will find reviews of books and movies, training courses and coaching programmes for people, groups and organisations.

A characteristic of this blog?

I believe that the task of a blogger is not to dispense truth, but to leave the reader at least a doubt to be kept within his notes: and questions to share with the tibicon community.

Read from you soon!

Is it true that Asians don’t ask?

The Art of “Bothering”

2022 October 14 | by Monica Zhaung Critical thinking - Exploring cultures

The idea of not “bothering” other people is intriguing; it typically depends on each person’s personality but may frequently be embodied in Asian culture. Confucius’ “己所不欲,勿施于人” (Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you) is deeply rooted in every Chinese’s mindset. Likewise, in Japanese culture, “他人に迷惑を掛ける” meaning to annoy/bother others, […]

Prevail when the opponent is in trouble

The 36 stratagems - 5 - Loot a burning house

2022 October 13 | by Arduino Mancini Senza categoria - Stratagems to succeed

The stratagem I’m going to present to you is from the book The 36 stratagems, a Chinese masterpiece that can be of interest to anyone involved in conflict situations: in business, politics and private life.   Literal translation When the enemy is in danger, take advantage of the opportunity to attack to win.   Interpretation of […]

The typical stratagem of change transition

The 36 stratagems - 20 - Clouding the water to catch the fish

2022 October 10 | by Arduino Mancini Stratagems to succeed

The stratagem I’m going to present to you is from the book The 36 stratagems, a Chinese masterpiece that can be of interest to anyone involved in conflict situations: in business, politics, and private life.   Literal translation Exploit the enemy’s internal chaos, also taking advantage of his weakness and lack of initiative, to force him […]

To me, it has always been very difficult.

Can you provide a simple definition of success?

2022 October 10 | by Arduino Mancini Training and development

But one day I came across a quote by American writer Bessie A. Stanley that made my mind clear. A quote I want to share with you today.   He has achieved success and has lived well, laughed often and loved much. Who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little […]

This post will help you find the answers!

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE ENROLLING IN A TRAINING COURSE?

2022 September 15 | by Arduino Mancini Training and development

My last intercompany training course was about critical thinking, a topic particularly suitable for the three questions I usually ask participants at the beginning: why did you decide to participate? what do you expect from the course? what information did you collect about me? Participants confirmed the attitude to decide whether or not to participate […]

Learn about the power of slander

THE 36 STRATAGEMS - 15 - Lure the tiger down the mountain

2022 August 18 | by Arduino Mancini Stratagems to succeed

The stratagem I’m going to present to you is from the book The 36 stratagems, a Chinese masterpiece that can be of interest to anyone involved in conflict situations: in business, politics, and private life.   Literal translation Wait for the moment of the day, siege the enemy when they are in an unfavourable situation, and […]

Find out why a knife is not necessarily used to hurt

THE 36 STRATAGEMS - 10 - Hide a knife behind a smile

2022 August 10 | by Arduino Mancini Senza categoria - Stratagems to succeed

The stratagem I’m going to present to you is from the book The 36 stratagems, a Chinese masterpiece that can be of interest to anyone involved in conflict situations: in business, politics and private life.   Literal translation Try to convince the enemy that we are friendly, so that they would let down their guard; in […]

I tell you confidentially…

Here's something that scares me!

2022 August 10 | by Arduino Mancini Effective communication - Quotes

Some time ago I came across one of the Schegge, articles written in 1971 by Giovanni Papini, a controversial Italian intellectual, for Il Corriere della Sera. Listen to this. Some say nothing but say it well. Others say a lot but say it badly. The worst are those who say nothing and say it badly. […]

A lot: in this cartoon strip I tell you why!

How much is ignorance worth?

2022 July 21 | by Arduino Mancini Effective thinking

I don’t think I need to add something. Do you?

When concealment is (almost…) everything

The 36 stratagems - 30 - Turning the guest into the host

2022 July 03 | by Arduino Mancini Stratagems to succeed

The stratagem I’m going to present to you is from the book The 36 stratagems, a Chinese masterpiece that can be of interest to anyone involved in conflict situations: in business, politics and private life.   Literal translation Take advantage of the gap to intervene, and find ways to control the enemy’s key points, which must […]