Over 40 new resources Hub’d since the last missive, so in this edition I’ll pass you some great longreads to enjoy as the nights grow long, the productivity tips you’ll need to actually find the time to read them, and a free set of steak knives. The Christmas season, after all, is almost upon us.
But before anything else, don’t miss this abject lesson on How Not to Respond to Criticism on Social Media, courtesy Politico Europe: This is what happens when you poke the Politico Europe wasp’s nest, by the Universal Jon Worth. Bring popcorn.
First up, above: a wonderful ‘do we really need another meeting?’ flowchart, courtesy I am done with bad meetings by Paul Boag, to which I have to add:
Or perhaps the problem with those meetings is that there’s someone always there talking about “disruptive innovation”?
“too many people who speak of “disruption” have not read a serious book or article on the subject. Too frequently, they use the term loosely to invoke the concept of innovation in support of whatever it is they wish to do…”
Follow up with How Innovative Is Your Company’s Culture?, or be a little more practical and check out reWork with Google, their new site designed to help you improve your company.
More: 132 resources tagged innovation.
If the problem’s closer to home, try out some personal productivity tips like Destroy Your Inner Multitasker or Master the Habit Loop to Break Bad Habits and Build Better Ones.
Or perhaps you’re problem’s deeper, and you need to detox? Read Addicted to Distraction (NYTimes), and consider the argument that as websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction, the net should be regulated like drugs or casinos.
If you’ve resisted internet addiction then use your time well with some longreads.
No, don’t reach for the latest airport bonkbuster - give your mind a good stretch instead with news of its impending demise/augmentation, depending on whether you read The Doomsday Invention, Ray’s Wildest Prediction or Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’.
Or just enjoy the most beautiful theory. It’s general relativity, btw, and you’ll understand why if you give this article the time it deserves.
And this just in: Kristin Beck: A Navy SEAL in Transition, for those still confused.
More: 10 longreads (it’s a new tag)
Instagram’s popped over my horizon a lot recently, with How to Tell Powerful Narratives on Instagram and Why Instagram Captions Are the New Blogging, before Instagram’s Latest Platform Tweak pointed out that it isn’t quite the same.
Authenticity will perhaps always be the Latest Thing’s USP until the marketers jump on board - see How to Thrive in the Live Streaming Revolution.
Which brings me to Doing your thinking in public, where I riff off Jay Rosen on how blogging has evolved - and which explains, inter alia, why I maintain my Hub and this newsletter in the first place:
I feel that it’s somehow more honest to do your learning and thinking in public. By sharing what I’m reading – the ideas and resources that go into this blog and my day job – I’m keeping myself on my toes.
I’ve also recently posted:
And finally, who could resist Communication usually fails, except by accident?
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