5 Share Friday 19 April 2019

Quote I’m pondering – “Your praise is contagious – So is your complaint. What are you carrying today?” – Steve Furtick

Spotting fake news – Kids are learning how and so should we. This article explains how the News Literacy project is teaching kids how to spot real news and fake news. With large numbers of people getting their news from social media, we are now entering a real crisis, one where people are making decisions and judgements based on trusting without verifying.

New favourite iOS appSnapseed is the most fantastic free photo editor I’ve ever used on my iPhone. If you take photo’s with your phone then this app is a must have.

Free stories – I’ve joined Storybird where I can get free stories (including kids ones). The main reason I’ve joined is to start publishing my own stories to see how they do and get help and advice from others. I’m only writing short children’s stories at the moment, if anyone is interested just reach out to me and I’ll send a link when I post a story up.

LinkedIn Algorithm explained – This article explains how LinkedIn gets posts in users feeds really well. It’s insightful and I’m adding this to my notes on effective usage of the LinkedIn platform. Here’s a handy graphic from the site.

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5 Share Friday 12 April 2019

Quote I’m pondering –  Action expresses priorities” Mahatma Gandhi

I now see things differently – According to Gary Vaynerchuk LinkedIn is the next big social network to explode. I’ve had my doubts about LinkedIn, so it’s good to see people like Tim Ferriss and Gary V embrace it more, giving me confidence to invest the time. I’ve since been researching how to effectively engage on the platform. I discovered this infographic which is fantastic, 5 or 10 minutes each day and you’ll be well on your way to more effective LinkedIn engagement!

Favourite purchase this week – I finally subscribed to Blinkist. It’s amazing. If you haven’t seen Blinkist then take a look. Now I can get recommendations on books via summaries on my phone. It’s helping me decide whether to read a specific book or investigate more. If you like reading and gaining knowledge on any type of subject, Blinkist is certainly a great way to do it.

Will Smith shared something today about Effortless Manifestation. You can find it here on Instagram and on YouTube below. Will puts it well when he says opportunity is in abundance, you just gotta see it.

Long form read of the week. One of the smartest people I’ve ever worked with shared this article a week ago. I’ve not been able stop reading it since. It’s a fascinating view of Rupert Murdoch, both informative and worrying at the same time. If you consume any type of media, you might want to spend time reading this (at least a 20 minute read).

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5 Share Friday 5 April 2019

Quote I’m pondering – ” It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.” – Hugh Laurie

Article that’s changed my behaviourAdam Grant’s NYTimes article on productivity is a worthy read. He shows how attention management not time management is the solution for increased productivity. I particularly liked the mention of Paul Graham’s blog where he describes dividing the week into “maker days” and “manager days”, I’m trying it!

Favourite purchaseCube Cross Pro bicycle. Being carless isn’t as easy as I thought in Denmark. When you bike everywhere, you need a really good bike. So I ditched all the prior advice on city bikes and bicycle living, focusing on my own needs. I found the Cube Cross Pro light enough and high spec enough for almost all cycling (with and without kids). I no longer get tired from trying to keep up with my wife on our family bike (she has battery power!).  If you’re looking for a bicycle to get you around town, take you into the country, carry or tow your kids, you won’t get better than this one for the price.

On employee experience – I saw another fantastic article this week. Part of it details how most of us are now in a stage where we have too much technology, and not enough time at work. The author goes on to describe how a major part of building an employee experience is simplifying the technology experience, and designing programs that happen “in the flow of work.”

Even in a relatively new company I’m finding systems I’m required to use (benefits, expense, IT infrastructure inc email servers and permissions to online systems etc.) appear to have been created in silo’s. They stop my flow at times, blocking my most important work. Imagine working for a company where systems thinking, resulting in departments collaborating on a ‘whole’ employee experience make everything flow, I want that.

Book I’m reading – I found my old John Titor book the other day. John Titor sparked great debate amongst friends and work colleagues years ago. This book is  a fascinating look at one of histories recorded time travellers, reprinting all of his posts online. I’m not saying I believe he was a time traveler, though I like to think he might have been. It’s an amazing read (Here’s a good online summary for those not aware of John).

Thankfully many of his predictions did not come true, though could it simply be that in our timeline they’re still in our future? 🙂

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5 Share Friday 29 March 2019

Quote I’m pondering “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.”- Oprah Winfrey

How to pick a career – After listening to Adam Grant’s latest WorkLife podcast, I went back to Tim Urban’s blog Waitbutwhy. The thinking and advice on picking a career is gold. Even if you have the career you think you want, you need to read this (it’s a long thought provoking read).

#Thefutureofwork – In the US there are fewer unemployed than there are jobs available.. “The skills gap is like climate change. Most people know there’s a problem, but few are doing anything meaningful about it.” This great piece in Forbes dives into the future of work and how important it is for all organisations to foster learning as part of the job.

TV show I’ve been watching – We’ve recently finished watching Ricky Gervais‘ new Netflix series After Life. The first 4 episodes are funny yet dark, then in episode 5 it all comes together. It’s worth watching (unless you’re easily offended by swearing). Amazing moment – the below from a conversation the main character has with a person he meets by his wife’s gravestone:

“Happiness is amazing,”

“It’s so amazing it doesn’t matter if it’s yours or not.

“Good people do things for other people. That’s it – the end.”

Disaster Capitalism? – March 29th was originally Brexit day for the UK. If you’ve read The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Kline or seen the documentary, you might be wondering if post Brexit is the time when the UK government will pass it’s most controversial policies (you’re probably right). Disaster Capitalism is alive more than ever. The more aware we are of this, perhaps the less chance it will succeed in the end?

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