Monday August 20, 2012

spinoza and individualism – nyt

krugman – ryan isn’t serious – nyt

blank – pulling the plug on a sale – blog

godin – racing to the bottom or to the top – blog

the split deepens after the pussy riot verdict – economist

b&n and microsoft partnering – bi

dr dana ardi and people in organizations – avc

why apple tv won’t be as disruptive as itunes – atlantic

teddy bear wars – nyt

frictionless licensing – avc

catholic schools go upscale – nyt

trying to be like a famous person?  like orwell or hemingway? Beware of yoking your wagon to a fixed thing. Like dragging an anchor

from culture to business? are we forgetting that at the core of every transaction is a story? And the quality of those stories builds the capacity for “value added” activity?

Relax and Enjoy?

You have probably heard by now that the rate of innovation around the globe is accelerating. Good for the world! But not so great for me. Why? Because the more I worry about keeping up, the harder it is to keep up.

That may sound odd. But there is a reason. In order to keep up, I need to see what is happening. And I see things via the right side of my brain (not the left). So far so good. Now here is the problem. The right side of the brain cannot speed up. As John Cleese reminds us, that is what the left side of the brain does. It is always trying to go faster. This means that as I try harder, my thinking gets less creative and more mechanical. I learn less.

So what to do? Well, Jim Altucher may have the right idea. While we may not want to do it, we should slow down. Do less. Fail more. Enjoy things more. And see them for what they are more clearly.

Wahabis and Salafis – nyt

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