Sometimes All We Need are a Few Good Reminders.
In 1935, in the time leading up to the Second World War, Boeing developed a next-generation long-range bomber that could fly faster, almost twice as far, and carry five times the payload of previous planes. It was an engineering marvel in its time with the chance to give the United States a clear advantage in future conflicts.
The only problem was that it crashed.
The plane was much more complex than previous aircraft, requiring pilots to balance multiple controls and adjustments to keep the plane steady. On a test flight to…
Texas Had a Decade of Warning. They Just Chose to Ignore It.
In the aftermath of the crisis, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), summarized the cause of the widespread blackouts that plagued the state. They wrote that Texas had a weather event “unusually severe in terms of temperature, wind, and duration,” forcing the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (yes, Reliability’s actually in the name), or ERCOT, to resort to “system-wide rolling blackouts to prevent more widespread customer outages.”
It went on to say that “generators and natural gas producers suffered severe losses of capacity despite having received accurate forecasts…
Thankfully a Commenter Let Me Know
I won’t pretend that it wasn’t a surprise. I mean, I’ve gone through 38 years of life so far without realizing that I’m a moron. I would of thought that someone would of pointed it out by now. It just goes to show you, you can’t take these kinds of things for granted.
And you can’t argue with the ironclad…
I recently summed up some of my favorite leadership and business books, trying to distill them into a handful of actionable ideas. Whether this helps anyone or not yet, I don’t know. But I did find it helpful to me.
It’s easy to read a book, take away a few key points, and then move on with life. Even with the best implementation strategies, the daily struggles eventually get in the way and we fall back into old habits. Having a few periodic reminders is a good way to reset.
Take what you like. Use what you can. …
Let Your Own Narrative Give You Strength.
“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places,” said Ernest Hemingway. Notice that he didn’t say we’re all strong at the broken places. Whether we find ourselves in this group depends on one thing: resilience.
There’s a lot of talk about resilience lately. Be resilient. Be gritty. Fail fast. Fail forward. Bounce back.
In the face of a pandemic, economic hardships, weather crises, and cut-short Cancun vacations, it’s understandable that resilience is a common topic.
Most of these conversations view resilience as bouncing back or quickly recovering…
“If you worship money and things — if they are where you tap real meaning in life — then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. It’s the truth,” said David Foster Wallace in one of the greatest commencement speeches of all time. But what exactly is enough? And why do so few of us believe we have it?
If you make more than $50k annually, statistically speaking, you’re in the top 1% of the world. Yet people who make $50k rarely feel like one-percenters. Most of them would argue that they don’t have enough.
Don’t Try to Control Complexity. Adapt with It.
Edward Lorenz was trying to take a shortcut.
As a mathematician and meteorologist, he was developing a computer model that could accurately predict the weather. It was somewhat of a sore spot for meteorologists that while physics could precisely show the return of Halley’s Comet and predict eclipses; they still couldn’t accurately forecast the weather.
Lorenz hoped that with his new, state of the art, 1960s computer technology, he’d be able to accurately predict the weather by simulating temperature, pressure, and wind speed.
But these computers took a long time to run…
The mark of a great book, at least to me, is whether it changes how we see the world and how we act within it. And while there’s no shortage of great books out there, when I think about those that helped define my own leadership practices, the following seven stand out.
I highly encourage you to read them yourself, because the below points don’t do them justice. But if you’re pressed for time, or want a quick teaser as to the material, I hope that the below points can help you as much as they’ve helped me.
In Times of Uncertainty, Control is Self-Defeating.
“Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could,” said Steve Jobs, describing the core difference between managers and leaders. Managers thrive on executing to established processes. When problems come up, their first instinct is to find what worked last time and follow that same path.
Yet in today’s world, most of our challenges are new. There is no established process. There is no go-by. …
Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff should be an inspiration to us all.
A year ago, Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs. This year, he’ll watch the game from his couch. Despite that, he’s a bigger hero now than he ever could have been on the field.
As a starting guard, blocking for the best offense in football, and a key part of Kansas City’s burgeoning dynasty, Laurent is an elite football player. Yet he’s also a doctor. …
Enemy of the Status Quo.