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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…


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

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!


Good morning.

18 Nov


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.

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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.


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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.

What Are You Making? What Are You Sharing?

11 Oct

What Are You MakingOne important question to reflect on as you spend time working and/or reading on the computer is:

Are you sharing things that are made or making things that are shared?

You could also ask:

Are you sharing what other people write or writing what other people share?

It is so easy to believe that “curating content” is a noble pursuit, as we spend time sharing other people’s work on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.

Would your time be better spent if you shared your own work and thoughts instead of sharing other people’s work?

How Do You Make the Hard Choice the Default Choice?

18 Sep

Do you know your brain typically functions in two very distinct ways?  Daniel Kahneman outlines these two systems in his book, Thinking, Fast and Slow.Book Cover He tells us of System 1 and System 2. For a simple explanation, System 1 is the immediate response we have to a situation. System 2 is our thought-out response that comes after thinking through the situation or problem.

One of the basic premises of the book is that engaging System 2 requires effort and we tend towards the least effort in our decision making. Many fascinating implications follow from this observation. In this brief post I will focus on just one question below.

How Do You Make the Hard Choice the Default Choice?

  • make it easy
  • make it unavoidable
  • make it apparent
  • make it cool
  • make it worthwhile
  • make the immediate effects known
  • make it short
  • get it started before you actually want to do it
  • make preparations before you begin
  • make it a commitment
  • make it visible
  • make it part of a larger pattern or routine
  • make it easy to forgive mishaps or forgotten commitments

How do you make your hard choices easier?

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