Krakow Live Festival 2016

It’s hard to get bored in Krakow.

In August 19-21, Krakow Live Festival ( for the eleventh time with amazing musicians’ list: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Sia, Massive Attack, Roisin Murphy, Cage The Elephant, Chemical Brothers, Muse.

There was two times more than mentioned musicians, but I will share only outstanding ones in person.

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

The youngest son of the legendary Bob Marley, Damian was performing in Krakow for the first time, and I got to his performance and listened to him for the first time. Whereas he was on the stage on Friday’s 19.00, I was not serious about his performance. But judging from the second part, I understood I was wrong.

To all who loves reggae, I recommend him. Wonderful artist.


I think Sia is not the artist you need to present.

Just my impression on the table.

  1. Her performance at 21.00 started suddenly, sharp and even, which confused a bit, because it was unexpectedly on time….
  2. During the whole performance Sia was standing immovable with her fringe on her eyes. That’s why choreography attracted all attention to stage and screens. It was beautiful.

Some of my video here, in my YouTube channel. To my regret, YouTube blocks some clips, that’s why I will provide link to originals in the end.


Massive Attack

I don’t know who was the headliner on Friday Festival’s night, but Massive Attack was for me the tremendous main performance which would be alone worth going to Festival on Friday.

Performers of the “Teardrop”, which became main sound theme of “Dr House”, they had pumped up the crowd so that many people were crying, laughing, were sad and had hysterics.

Wikipedia and other sources tell us that they are duet, but this night Massive Attack performed with 5 (five!) singers, if not more.

Outstanding band. Outstanding localized texts that were running in background as well. I’m still curious who helped them working with these texts, because they touched generally Polish politics, international relations, they mentioned Ukraine, though not it a good aspect.

Highly recommended wherever you are and whatever you do, go Massive Attack performances.

Roisin Murphy

She’s unbelievable! Irish Roisin Murphy is unbelievable! Her one-hour dress changes and playing with clothes captured more than her music, which was not as simple as in Moloko era (that was serendipity for me too), that’s why all this theatrical accessories and her content behaviour on the stage must be seen unanimously.

Roisin Murphy in Moloko

Roisin Murphy in Krakow Live Festival 2016

Unanimously her performances must be visited and her music must be listened to for uncommon ear.

Cage The Elephant

A good US rock band who knows how to fire and make the crowd move it. But it will be eternal finalist of school balls and happy ends about high school. They are not something extraordinary, but jumping and fooling around is the main taste of this band.

Taking into account that Chemical Brothers were following, Cage The Elephant heated the public quite powerfully.

If you want to jump or need such music to your party, then Cage The Elephant is exactly what you need!

Chemical Brothers

It was the first time I faced these dudes. They are powerful. They are hiding themselves in the shadows of projections to screen, but their videostreams are marvellous!

It was almost hour and a half of drive, videostreams and supermusic.

The Muse

I don’t know. The band is good. Even texts are good. But for me they look very much like ZZ Top: excellent music and not a single word clear from that, except words “…control us… victorious… they…” Perhaps, this is what I like least in music is murmuring the lyrics. But, if Beatles in Yellow Submarine murmured something that can’t be understood, then why should Muse going live be different?

In general, the special concert of special guest – Muse – was wonderful. And pop….

And finalizing…

Krakow Live Festival became became beautiful event thanks to organizers. You had booth inside territory (beer and jagermeister), and hanging out, and separate MasterCard Lounge available, and some snack food, and it was clean (because neither drinks, nor food was not allowed out of food court, but…. out of food court there was RedBull and Tymbark, where you had drinks sold and distributed. For faraway guests you had opportunity to live in tents.

And here is the album with 21 video and some photos from festival:


Ascend to Rysy (2503 m)

This is the time to plan trip and roaming.

This time September 2-4, 2016, I’m planning to ascend Rysy mountain ( with 2503 m high, located on the border between Poland and Slovakia and being the highest point of Poland.

Ascend plan:

September 2, 2016 – late night transfer from Krakow to Zakopane or around to stay overnight.

September 3, 2016 – starting with sunrise towards Palenica Białczańska parking (

Returning to the same Palenica Białczańska parking, but after sunset.

September 4, 2016 – hot springs in Zakopane area and returning to Krakow afternoon.

The route

Palenica Białczańska parking – Dolina Pięciu Stawów Polskich (Wielki Staw) – Morskie Oko – Czarny Staw pod Rysami – Rysy (North peak) – Morskie Oko – Wodogrzmoty Mickiewicza – Palenica Białczańska parking

Wait for next tales about each place separately.

Total distance ~35 km

Total estimated time ~9-10 hours

Crazy people and nature lovers, join me!

A bit of beauty:

Rysy peak


Why Finding Your Best Mentor Has Nothing to Do With the C-Suite

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Mentors come in all shapes and sizes.

Photograph by Mark Airs via Getty Images

The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question: How do you find a mentor? is written by Dennis Yang, CEO of Udemy.

I was lucky with my first mentor. He was my manager at my second job out of college. He took a special interest in my career goals, the things I liked to do outside of work, and how he might be able to help me develop into the professional I wanted to be. He didn’t limit his attentions to my job performance in that specific role or where I might go within the company. Indeed, when I realized I didn’t even want to stay in that field, he supported me and guided my decision to go back to grad school. As a manager, he could’ve tried to keep me in that job, but as my mentor, he was more concerned with my long-term success and personal development.

Clicking with a mentor is a little like cultivating a new friendship; it’s most likely to gel if you’re not consciously working at it. The best mentoring relationships develop organically, not by force of will. While most people hope to have an invested mentor in their lives, it’s not the kind of thing you can put on your to-do list and set a deadline for.

But when a strong mentor candidate materializes, you have to be prepared to listen and take it seriously when he or she sizes you up and weighs in on where you need to improve. You have to be ready to speak openly and honestly about your dreams, fears, and limitations, and you have to be willing to try new things, learn, and grow.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about finding a mentor and building a relationship that’s rewarding to you both:

Don’t label it

At the time, I didn’t see my second manager as my mentor. I knew he was a caring person who always had worthwhile advice and that I could speak my mind to him in a way I couldn’t with other senior execs. Later, after I moved out of town, started grad school, and transitioned to a different industry, I realized calling him “my former manager” didn’t do him justice. Your perfect mentor might be right under your nose, and you haven’t even realized it yet.

Don’t limit it

Your mentor doesn’t have to be a CEO or big shot. Your mentor doesn’t need to work in your industry or even be well-connected within it, though that could certainly be helpful. Having a mentor is about so much more than career advancement. A great mentor will also help you develop into a better thinker, problem-solver, and teammate. Mentorships are unmatched for helping you develop soft skills that will serve you well throughout your life in all of your relationships. Mentors come in all shapes and sizes, and yours could come from anywhere — a teacher, a coach, a retiree, a parent — the list goes on.

Don’t force it

People can sense when you’re trying too hard to woo a potential mentor. You’re better off going about your regular business and letting connections develop without pressure. But you do have to put yourself out there. While networking events are good for connecting with new peers, they don’t necessarily lend themselves to regular, ongoing contact with someone inspiring. Find a balance so you get what you need from your mentor without demanding unreasonable time and attention.

Don’t neglect it

Relationships take work, and mentorships are no different. Your mentor may not be your manager, but he isn’t your buddy either. Don’t blow off lunch dates or fail to follow through on things you say you’ll do. Show gratitude and respect for your mentor’s experience, wisdom, and support. It might feel like you’re doing more taking than giving in the relationship, but the best mentors realize they can learn from the experience, too, so be an active participant — not just an empty vessel waiting to get filled with knowledge.

A great mentor isn’t going to be your unconditional defender or career savior. A great mentor will push you, guide you, and support you in reaching your fullest potential, but he can’t do the work for you. He may, however, be cheering the loudest when you achieve.

Dennis Yang


Krakow… Raining… Teeling Whiskey…

Today there’s heavy rain disruption warning in Krakow – up to 50 mm precipitation in 12 hours. Such day makes you just search for something tasty that fits the book you’re reading. I’m now in the middle of “Season of Storms” by Andrzej Sapkowski from “The Witcher” series, reading in original Polish (“Sezon Burz” Andrzeja Sapkowskiego z “Wiedzmina”). That’s why I need something stronger.

Teeling Small Batch Rum Cask Finish
Teeling Small Batch Rum Cask Finish

Accidentally I’ve found that. Irish whiskey Teeling, made in Dublin. I was surprised that I’d never seen it before. And suddenly there’s whiskey with label as in limited edition.

That’s true. It’s not Limited Edition in full sense, but only Small Batch with all attributes except bottle number.

It was surprising while navigating their web-site ( to find out its 230 year story, a bit neglected in the second half of 20 century, now it’s being restored.

The whiskey itself has very interesting taste. Despite 46 proof, the smell after bottle opening is pleasant, with some flavor of strong drink. As well despite it’s blend, Teeling is smooth and tasted light and tasteful.

I love more sweet or oak-tasted whiskey, that’s why I can suggest this whiskey to attention of vanilla lovers, rum aftertaste that appears because of Rum casks used for finishing, and quite low price of 116 Polish Zloty per 0.7 l (»30USD).

The softness of the drink itself, how it warms up, the first note, taste and aftertaste unambiguously made my evening lighter and funnier, as golden color of Teeling Small Batch Rum Cask Finish whiskey.


Social negation

Sometimes I’m accused that I’m too addicted to smartphone and can’t live without it, as well as I can’t live without social networks (where I include Skype, Viber, Whatsapp, etc.)

Now it’s time for fast, where fast is a conscious refrain from something, not the Great Fast or Fast posting.

I started that on July 21, 2016, and since July 25 I got my fighting style Samsung Duos GT-C3212 Issue 2007-2009 (I don’t remember when I bought it).

Now I will be in social networks only sometimes, using wifi. From laptop.

I don’t have your numbers, that’s why I don’t know how to call you. I don’t know who calls me.

I don’t know what’s happening in networks. Unless I got that somehow to my eyes.

I will reply possibly 1-2 times per day.

And it’ll go like this until mid-August, or even possibly longer.

Send me sms. Call me, but identify yourself.