Yep… stuff I read this week…
Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss by Kim Scott – The leaders who have helped me in my career cared about me… and kicked my ass when needed.
Minimalism: another boring product wealthy people can buy by Chelsea Fagan – “You cannot choose to “declutter” if you are already living in a sparse home you cannot afford to furnish. You cannot “reduce” the food you consume if you are already only able to put one good meal on the table per day. And when nearly half of Americans would be unable to pay their bills if they missed a single check, this “forced minimalism” is much, much more common than we would like to imagine. We cannot pretend that performative reduction in consumption, or choosing to only consume in certain ways, is not one of the most gratuitous displays of privilege out there, and to frame it as in any way a moral choice is more than a little offensive.”
I Used To Be A Human Being by Andrew Sullivan – “… this new epidemic of distraction is our civilization’s specific weakness. And its threat is not so much to our minds, even as they shape-shift under the pressure. The threat is to our souls. At this rate, if the noise does not relent, we might even forget we have any.” Amen, Andrew… Amen.
Cost reduce or value increase? by Seth Godin – The question I seem to be asking of myself… and of others… on a minute-to-minute basis.
The Slave Who Outwitted George Washington by Erica Armstrong Dunbar – Muster the courage to read this piece and be prepared to be uncomfortable. If you can’t do either of those… move on.
There’s Nothing Funny About the ‘Cash Me Ousside’ Girl by Lasha – Absolutely nothing funny whatsoever. The double standards are appalling. (Tip Of The Hat to my Brother, Frank Johnson, for this one.)