Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?
My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see”.
Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another:
- Honest Theatre Awards – Allison Page – Medium. “I love me a good list. And I’m pretty sure this would be a much better awards ceremony than most of what’s on TV today.” (Alistair for Hugh).
- The Repressive, Authoritarian Soul of Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends – The New Yorker. “Take a trip down a rabbit-hole where this beloved children’s classic is a totalitarian regime. It’s actually pretty convincing. ‘Sir Topham Hatt … looks like Monopoly’s Rich Uncle Pennybags but with eyes that have almost surely witnessed murder.’ Ouch.” (Alistair for Mitch).
- The Isolated Vocal Track Of The Beach Boys Singing ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ Is A Master Class In Harmony – Trendingly. “The title says it all.” (Hugh for Alistair).
- What is Anchoring in Negotiation? – Harvard Law School. “This is more for me than for Mitch (I’ve got some negotiating to do over the next year), but I hear there’s a certain unmentionable-in-our-shared-links famous political figure in the USA who’s a big user of this technique, so it’s fascinating how it all works.” (Hugh for Mitch).
- Break-Up – Act One: Dr. Phil – This American Life. “Earlier this week on Facebook, I asked people for an admission. My post was: ‘What’s the cheesiest song that you simply love and can never get enough of? Mine’s: Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) by Christopher Cross. Your turn…’ I got a lot of great answers. It’s funny how music affects us in so many different ways. Someone posted that Phil Collins‘ Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) was their top indulgence. It reminded me of this incredible segment on This American Life about breaking up, songs about breaking up and more. In short, the journalist decides to write their own ballad to get over a break-up, and reaches out to Phil Collins for advice. Candidly, I think Hugh may have put this on my radar back in the day. It made me take a re-listen and want to share it here. Take a listen (start at Act One – Dr. Phil). This is brilliant!…” (Mitch for Alistair).
- A French chef’s plea to relinquish his Michelin stars is proof success can be truly soul-crushing – Quartz. “There is a lot to unpack in this article. From how we define success to how to move on to other levels of success to excess and attention. There’s also a powerful statement about perceptions. It’s not often that we have a leading chef with ‘success’ who is so candid and emotional in a profile. That’s my favourite part, candidly. Words like ‘serenity’ are not the kind of words we typically see in profiles like this. It’s refreshing. And, hopefully, will open up a much broader dialogue around how we all feel – as people – about what happens when success does its thing. Just love this.” (Mitch for Hugh).