Business and work Mindsets

Taking time for the meta stuff

I really like Caterina Fake‘s one tweet today:

It is so easy to get caught up in work, work and work and to forget to take some time for a mental breather, the meta stuff and to let your mind snap back to some semblance of flexibility where it can be creative and regenerate.

I used to take a day off every month or two and do stuff that didn’t involve work. I haven’t done it for a while and its only when I do it that I appreciate the value of that not-work time. My mind needs the space to be a little meta now and then. It gives me much needed perspective after weeks of being in the metaphorical trenches. How would you know if you are even digging in the right direction if you don’t take the time to get a little altitude and survey your landscape?

Business and work Education Mindsets

Always be in beta

I just noticed this IBM SmarterWorkforce tweet and love it:

If you are wondering about the woman in the photo, she is the inspirational Max Kaizen who I always think about when the topic of continuous improvement comes up.

Business and work Web/Tech

Perspective on Silicon Valley

Om Malik has a great post titled “Arista, Uber, Silicon Valley” which presents some much needed perspective on overhyped social companies by contrasting Uber with the less sexy Arista Networks. Worth a read:

Last week, at least, to me was perfect illustration of how and what media perceives as technology. Everywhere you looked, you saw coverage of Uber and its ability to raise money at a jaw-dropping valuation ($1.4 billion at a valuation of $18.4 billion) and on the flipside was the miserly amount of attention accorded to Arista Networks, an old fashion, honest-to-god technology company that took no money* from venture capitalists and was co-founded by one of living legends of Silicon Valley that went public earlier this week.

Mindsets Science and nature

Conscious star stuff

I love this description of us humans from the Cosmos series finale –

star stuff contemplating the evolution of matter …

I love this series and can’t wait to buy the whole thing. It apparently has another 2 hours of footage. Bliss!

(Source: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, episode 13)

Events and Life Mindsets

Perspective has stepped out for the day

Today has been a pretty dynamic (read: crazy) day. It began with news about Facebook’s insane (for so many reasons) $16bn acquisition of WhatsApp which Michael Jordaan put into great perspective with this tweet:

I then had one of those days which took a few interesting turns where opportunities have popped up and took me down a different path to the one I thought I’d be walking today. It isn’t a bad day, just a challenging one and eating late hasn’t done wonders for my blood glucose or mood.

I sat down with a terrific chicken mayo panini from Food Lovers at the Norwood Mall and watched this short documentary titled “Open Door to Solitude” which reintroduced some perspective on the craziness we live with each day. Ed Zevely’s comments on the city and the constant and frenetic activity we have become accustomed to especially stood out for me.

If you are having one of those crazy days, take 6 minutes and watch this.

Open Door to Solitude from Filson on Vimeo.


Howling sexism and feminist exaggeration

If you haven’t read “Ramphele et al: The world according to angry feminists” in Daily Maverick, do yourself a favour and read it.

Crying wolf would not matter if the wolf did not actually exist. The problem is that it does. That is why, when feminist activists pounce on the most flimsy evidence and strained comparisons to support the claim that criticism of female politicians is driven by sexism, the cause of gender equality is undermined. By exaggerating about Ramphele, they devalue and trivialise allegations of sexism.

Discrimination on various grounds persists and should be challenged. That said, I have this nagging thought that constantly pulling the race and gender cards keeps us anchored because these accusations paralyse the groups accused of discriminating or enrage the groups apparently being discriminated against without creating an opportunity for meaningful progress.

Gender activists, just like activists campaigning against various forms of discrimination, are important voices. They seem extreme at times but perhaps we need extremists to counteract apathy. At the same time –

A hair-trigger on the rhetorical weapon of sexism is as destructive as lightly crediting someone’s success to affirmative action. It is as corrosive as blaming failure on racist discrimination.