Meaningful Work And Emotional Investment

Meaningful work is connected to emotional investment. There are at least three types of emotional investments we make all of the time: investments in work, investments in oversight, and investments in ownership. They’re extra powerful when we take the time to connect them for ourselves (if we’re sole practitioners), for our teams/companies, and most importantly, … Continue reading Meaningful Work And Emotional Investment

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Talking to Strangers: Lessons From Gladwell

The faces we’ve seen but never met. The business prospects we’ve just been introduced to. The people at work that we’ve never talked to. We are surrounded by strangers. However good or bad we think we are at talking to “them” the truth is that most of us could be better. The stakes aren’t low … Continue reading Talking to Strangers: Lessons From Gladwell

Sunday Music: Your Cat Believes In You (Even When You Don’t)

If your cat was a therapist or even just a good friend, it would give you this advice: And listen, about those bitter songs you sing They're not helping anything They won't make you strong Your cat would then go on to pitch throwing a small get-together with friends and family, offering... And I'll cater … Continue reading Sunday Music: Your Cat Believes In You (Even When You Don’t)

Podcast of the Week: The Opposite of Distraction isn’t Focus, it’s Traction

Nir Eyal is making the rounds promoting his new book, Indistractable. His behavioral design work is fascinating (see also Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products), and lends a lot of credibility to why we should pay attention to this new book. Eyal applies the same methods that get us hooked to our smartphone vibrations and … Continue reading Podcast of the Week: The Opposite of Distraction isn’t Focus, it’s Traction

A Stoic Friday The Thirteenth (It’s Just A Number)

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13. Friday the 13th movies are scary. Buildings often omit to name the 13th floor and instead skip straight to 14 from 12. The end of the Mayan calendar’s 13th Baktun was feared to be the end of the world (in 2012... spoiler alert: it wasn’t). 13 can … Continue reading A Stoic Friday The Thirteenth (It’s Just A Number)

September 11th, Wine, And The Importance Of Moving Forward

I think of this story every September 11th: “Cocktails Before the Collapse,” by Cal Fussman. Cal was writing for Esquire at the time and doing a deep dive into wine. His job was to train to be a sommelier and then work at Windows on the World, the famous restaurant at the top of the … Continue reading September 11th, Wine, And The Importance Of Moving Forward

Have A Take, Try Not To Suck

David Simon, journalist turned showrunner (The Wire, Treme, etc.) remarked that any hack could report who, what, where, and when, it was reporting why that was epic. Whether we’re profiling prospective clients or gathering market research to help explain what’s going on - the basic w’s are table stakes, it’s how we explain why that … Continue reading Have A Take, Try Not To Suck

A Siege, A Symphony, And The Necessity Of Content, Context, And Connection

Dmitri Shostakovich was already a famous composer by the time the Germans were invading Russia in World War II. With little news of the progressing front, he and his family became trapped in their home city of Leningrad (modern Saint Petersburg). While they would eventually be evacuated to Moscow, many of the citizens did not … Continue reading A Siege, A Symphony, And The Necessity Of Content, Context, And Connection