Random stuff I learnt

  • How do crypto-currencies work?

    A very simple introduction to how Bitcoin works … using a stuffed penguin! Links Bitcoin explained: How do crypto-currencies work?

  • Don't Let Status Change The Conversation

    I am probably like most people in that when I meet someone who I deem to be important the way I deal with them changes. It introduces a more reserved interaction with more careful responses. It is something I am improving. I am now dealing with ‘C’ level executives which in the past would have put me much more on the back foot. Derek Sivers has written about a chat he had where he really clicked with someone and only later found out how important he could be to his life - which if he had known previously would have completely changed the way they interacted.

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  • Unorthodox Leadership

    Steve Kerr, the coach of the Golden State Warriors basketball team, took an usual step recently by allowing his players to coach instead of him. He felt that things had become a little staid and wanted to shake things up … it worked - they won by their highest margin of the season. Sometimes leadership is knowing when to step back. Links By Doing Something No One Expected, Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Taught a Brilliant Leadership Lesson

  • Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

    I really liked Simon Sinek’s other books but didn’t get into this one as much - don’t get me wrong, it is still an excellent read and you can learn a lot. The name comes from how officers in the US Marine Corp will eat last as opposed to most organisations where the leaders eat first. It covers why the best leaders think of others first and will put themselves at risk for others having created environments where they know others would do the same for them.

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  • Making Technology Less Manipulative

    This was an excellent podcast on the ethics behind some of the decisions being made about technology today. The whole talk is excellent and thought provoking however for me one part (about 27 minutes in) stood out: “When we think about AI we have to remember you know when you point the AI system at chess, right, first it kind of wiggles around and it makes some kind of funny looking moves and then it starts making some smart moves as it gets better and then it makes some surprisingly smart moves and then it beats Garry Kasparov.

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  • Learning from terminally ill children

    I am going to try and enjoy the small things in life and focus more on those close to me; something that is not always easy when caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. Links What terminally ill children taught this doctor about how to live

  • Marble roll

    Some people have way too much time on their hands. Links “Watch this marble roll adventurously through a DIY table maze”

  • Stunning nature photographs

    These nature photos are absolutely stunning. Some people have a gift for photography … and I am not one of them. Links Winning photos from the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2018

  • Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

    I was really looking forward to this book as I had listened to a podcast where they explained the ideas behind it. The two authors run a design course in Stanford that gets massively oversubscribed and has a huge impact on those who take it by looking at life as a design problem. The aim is to come up with lots of possible routes for your life that could be awesome and then design a path to achieve one of them.

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  • Free Water Refills

    This is such a simple idea and could potentially have a huge impact if it takes off - cafes and pubs filling up water bottles for free. Links Free Water Refill Stations: An Idea To End The Plastic Bottle Scourge