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10 Dec

This rings true:

If you want freedom, then you need to have discipline…”

Cal Newport has great thoughts on productivity and I’ve read his Deep Work book.

This book by Jocko Willink is going to go on my want to read list.

Read the full post here: http://calnewport.com/blog/2017/12/11/jocko-willink-on-the-power-of-discipline/

It reminds me of how I try to frame decisions sometimes: which of the options I have will better get me where I want to be a year or two from now?

It take discipline to use that mindset and it is much easier to choose what seems better in the moment or for the immediate future. But that immediate future isn’t what you want long term.

This kind of thinking works as a parent, too. It takes discipline to set limits for your kids, especially in the moment when it is easier to give in. But you’ll have long-term better results when you are consistent in the limits you set.

Ownership vs. Responsibility

27 Oct

It is easy to own something. You go out and buy it.
It is even easier to assume that certain rights come with owning whatever the thing is.
We assume that we have a right to “do what we want” with that thing.
We assume someone else can only use that thing with our permission.
And for some reason, we seem to have a drive to own more and more because of these rights that come along with owning something.
I suspect owning many things gives us a sense of security.

Because we focus so much on owning things, we tend to neglect the responsibilities that come with owning things.

More importantly, we tent to neglect the responsibilities we have for things we don’t own.

Reading List 2016

9 Jan


Loved this book. I great look at what it takes to really do good in the world.
Access to technology is never the starting point.
Start with an “aspirations assessment”.

  • January 9, 2016

Emmy Noether Honored by Google Doodle Today

23 Mar

Albert Einstein once called her “the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced.”

Read the story on Vox now

New Google Doodle Honors Anna Atkins, Photography Pioneer

16 Mar

Cool honoring of Anna Atkins…

TIME

To celebrate what would have been the 216th birthday of Anna Atkins, a new Google Doodle features images of leaves reminiscent of the botanist’s groundbreaking contribution to photography.

Atkins used a version of “sun-printing” to create a book of photographed botanical specimens. Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions was self-published in 1843 and is considered to be the first book illustrated with photographs.

The method Atkins used for developing photos is called the Cyanotype technique. It is an iron-based chemical method that creates a white image appearing on a blue background. Exposure to sunlight is required for the process to work correctly, hence “sun-printing.”

Through her career, Atkins collected hundreds of specimens and in 1865 she donated her entire collection to the British Museum.

Born in Kent, southern England, on March 16, 1799, Atkins was raised by her father, a respected scientist, after her mother died during her daughter’s…

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What You Eat Affects Your Productivity

17 Oct

Awesome!
We intuitively think this is true and that our food choices affect our productivity, but here is some data.
The suggestion to preplan food decisions is a great one. Makes me feel energized to eat this week!

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18 Nov

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On Leadership, Sherlock Holmes and The Analytical Leader

20 Jul

If you tend to analyze deeply before you make decisions, this article is a great reminder about how that might affect those you lead.

Linked 2 Leadership

Sherlock Holmes

Being Holmes

Known particularly for his shrewd logical reasoning, Detective Sherlock Holmes most certainly possesses a strength both envied and despised. Despite the efforts of those he seeks to thwart, Holmes’s uncanny ability to weed through the details of a case, find the facts, and solve the puzzle has proven he is the best at what he does.

Some might call his methods perceptive, systematic, logical, or even rigorous.

In the Strengths world, however, it is known as Analytical.

Being Watson

One must wonder, what’s it like to work for someone who is Analytical? No one knows the answer to this better than John H. Watson, Holmes’s very own assistant.

As an Analytical leader, Holmes constantly challenges others, following the motto “Prove it”.

When developing a theory of his own, Watson can count on Holmes to ensure his thinking is sound and essentially bullet proof. In Holmes’s more unsophisticated moments…

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How Silicon Valley Is Hollowing Out the Economy (and Stealing From You to Boot)

9 May

I often think about where money is flowing in our economy. This article does a great job of outlining some of the issues surrounding that question.
And as I often conclude, technology allows money to flow to too few people.
Read to the end for a fascinating idea about how to get some of that money back into the hands of more people.

Business & Money

Jaron Lanier’s latest book, Who Owns the Future?, begins by noting an instructive coincidence: the bankruptcy of the photography giant Kodak occurred within months of Facebook’s billion-dollar acquisition of the photo-sharing site Instagram. This would be just one example of the destructive dynamism of American capitalism, a process through which old companies are overtaken by new technology and new firms more in tune with the needs of customers — and that perhaps benefits us all.

Except for one thing, that is: whereas Kodak employed 140,000 workers during its heyday, Instagram employed just 13 people when it was purchased in April 2012.

“Where did all those jobs disappear to?” Lanier asks. “And what happened to the wealth that those middle-class jobs created?” Lanier’s answer is that the new “information economy,” which is now superseding the manufacturing economy, is developing in such a way that the rewards are filtering to an elite few at the expense of everybody else.

Lanier…

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Three Leadership Essentials I’ve Learned

15 Oct

Three Leadership Essentials I’ve Learned

Great leaders:

  1. Remove barriers
  • Leaders can quickly enable improved human performance by removing barriers.
  1. Build Trust
  • Leaders can dramatically improve human performance by increasing trust.
  1. Lead with values and principles
  • Leaders can extend their influence, reach, and effect by leading with values and principles.
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