Layman, Rhone and Confucius

Steve Layman quotes Patrick Rhone from his new book, Enough: “ “If one treats the space where they work as sacred then, in kind, all of the items in that space should be there to support the purpose at hand… …Determine those times and spaces that are sacred to you.  Only allow items and tasks within to […]

The Gig Economy in retreat?

With recent rulings against Uber and Pimlico Plumbers, it would be tempting to conclude that the Gig Economy is in retreat. There are other cases in the pipeline, including Deliveroo and CitySprint. In reality, these should just be teething troubles. Back in 1937, Ronald Coase (in The Nature of the Firm) showed why firms exist in the first […]

Echoes through time: Rising for the work of man

“At day’s first light have in readiness, against disinclination to leave your bed, the thought that “I am rising for the work of man”. Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180), Meditations (Book 5)

If your mood is low – Nicholas Bate

He has something for every occasion. Here, Nicholas Bate has the cure for those occasional, but inevitable, low moments: 2. A walk would be good. Long. Rain or shine. And your dog would love it to. 4. Escape into a novel. Read the rest, here.

A contract with Me Inc. #writing

Two posts this week that reflect the need for a professional approach to your writing, or to any other independent business. The ever-inspirational Steven Pressfield posted the third in his series on the Professional Mindset: “Every Monday morning I have a meeting with myself. I go over everything I’ve got to do in the coming week. […]

Make great coffee, and 21 other ways to build your personal brand – Nicholas Bate

22 simple but powerful tips from Nicholas Bate. I would argue they work equally well for a sovereign professional as for someone in a large organisation. Including: 13. Remember names, birthdays and catch people doing things right. 14. Find out what humility is and develop it. 15. Never ever, ever, ever be sarcastic. 16. Own your career path. […]

The neuroscience of trust – @HBR

Paul J. Zak has an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review (here) on the impact of trust on performance: 50% higher productivity, 74% lower stress, 29% more satisfaction and 40% lower burnout (reported experience, top quartile vs. bottom quartile). The article also gives eight actions to foster higher trust within the organisation, including: recognise excellence […]

The artist as entrepreneur #writing

Just an important reminder from Steven Pressfield: “Step One, it seems to me, is to recognize that all of us–writers, artists, filmmakers, actors, musicians–are entrepreneurs. We don’t work for the Man. We work for ourselves. These are two completely different modes of operating in the world and of thinking about ourselves. … No one guarantees […]

We are not numerate …

Steve Layman reminds us that, in general, we are not numerate: “ most people just don’t understand how [compounding] works. For instance, 10% growth for 25 years is not 250%, it’s 985%!” Douglas Adams understood, of course, and illustrated its power – especially if combined with time travel – in paying your bill at Milliways, the Restaurant […]

Fairness, populism, reciprocity and the left – @DannytheFink

Daniel Finkelstein writes a fascinating column in yesterday’s Times: Why the left will never understand populism (free registration required). “Fairness” is a slippery subject, but Finkelstein makes a strong argument for a fundamental difference in how people understand the concept. Too often, fairness is conflated with equality and descends into an “all shall have prizes” attitude. […]

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