Book Recommendations for Team Leaders

Some interesting book recommendations in this thread.

Get Paid for Playing

“The essential principal of business—of occupation in the world—is this: figure out some way in which you get paid for playing.”
Alan Watts

Belief vs Faith

“Belief, as I use the word here, is the insistence that the truth is what one would ‘lief’ or wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith lets go.”
Alan Watts

(Thanks Bailey)

Lip Reading

This video makes me wonder how ‘clearly’ I speak for someone that reads lips.

(via Mental Floss)

Contributing Positively To Society

How To Ask Better Questions

(via Hiut)

Love Your Customers

I was just reminded of this wonderful post by MailChimp co-founder Ben Chestnut from a few years back. I recommend you give it a read if you haven’t seen it yet.

Redefining Giving

“Giving is about more than donating money. It’s about sharing your capabilities, content, and connections—and above all, giving others the chance to be heard, respected, and valued.”
Adam Grant

Respect The User

I wasn’t quite expecting the response the above Tweet got. (Click to read responses) Looks like I am not the only one ready for more respectful social media platform. I have been frustrated with the algorithms that determine what my feed looks like in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a while now, but this thread made my heart sink. I wholeheartedly despise how the algorithms determine what information is being served up. All I want is reverse chronological.

Don’t Take Life too Seriously

Keep coming back to this one.

Fake a Fun Mind-Set

“If you’re trying to get into a new community, just fake it till you make it. Don’t have a mind-set of, Oh, I’m the new guy. No one’s going to want to be my friend. Fake a fun mind-set until you can be that fun, cool person without a second thought.”

Life Advice from Teen Experts

Questions for Leaders

Does what I do count?

Does what I do make a difference to anybody?

Why should I come here?

Can I be somebody here?

Is there for me any rhyme or reason here?

Can I “own” this place?

Do I have any rights?

Does coming here add any richness to my life?

IS this a place where I can learn something?

Would I show this place to my family – or am I embarrassed to show it to them – or does it just not matter?

Is there anybody here I can trust?

Is this place open to my influence?

Max De Pree

The Bunt Machine

When you don’t micromanage a creative genius like Mac Premo and give the artist complete creative freedom to tell a short story about your service/product, this kind of beautiful result happens. Respect for the trust, WeTransfer. Hat tip, Mac Premo!

Universal Basic Income explained

(via Kottke)

The Silence Breakers

Time Magazine, consider me impressed!

Doubt. Clarity. Growth.

“Doubt increases with inaction.
Clarity reveals itself in momentum.
Growth comes from progress.
For all these reasons, BEGIN.”
Brandon Burchard

Empty, Happy Brain

“When I walk, I have an empty, happy brain and I see things.”
Maira Kalman

Patagonia!

Patagonia! I can’t think of another company that impresses me as much with their bold, courageous actions than Patagonia does. I feel inspired by this most recent move, yet still hesitant to be as bold myself with my companies…

Patagonia, take action!

An Essay About a Teenager, Annotated by The Teenager

An essay about raising a teen that was then also annotated by the teen who the essay is about: Raising a Teenage Daughter.

I love the idea of this format and would love to see more of this, about other topics.

The Importance of Having a Breakdown

“A crisis represents an appetite for growth that hasn’t found another way of expressing itself. Many people, after a horrific few months or years of breakdown, will say: ‘I don’t know how I’d ever have gotten well if I hadn’t fallen ill’.”

The Importance of Having a Breakdown

The Tianjin Binhai Library

The Tianjin Binhai Library, a 33,700m2 cultural centre, features a luminous spherical auditorium around which floor-to-ceiling bookcases cascade. The undulating bookshelf is the building’s main spatial device and is used both to frame the space and to create stairs, seating, the layered ceiling and even louvres on the façade. A stunning project by MVRDV. Mind blown! I want to see this IRL! I love architecture!

We’re All Pros Already

We’re all pros already.
1) We show up every day
2) We show up no matter what
3) We stay on the job all day
4) We are committed over the long haul
5) The stakes for us are high and real
6) We accept remuneration for our labor
7) We do not overidentify with our jobs
8) We master the technique of our jobs
9) We have a sense of humor about our jobs
10) We receive praise or blame in the real world
― Steven Pressfield

From the book: The War of Art

The Internet is Under Attack

(via Hiut Denim)

Scott Belsky on Decision Making

“When we make a decision, whether it’s good or bad, at least it’s motion. That motion is what moves us forward. Ironically, whether that motion is in the right or wrong direction, at least it’s giving us some better visibility of the terrain around us and helping us learn.”
– Scott Belsky

Taken from the fantsastic Hurry Slowly Podcast Episode with Scott Belsky.