My kids must be getting older and more self-sufficient ... or maybe it is the bite-sized morsels found with social media communication that can squeeze themselves in the middle of every aspect of every day, but I seem to be reading more lately.
What has stood out in the last week or so?
Articles that focus on speeding information into brains, on connecting, on unleashing human power.
PEOPLE CONNECTION for BUSINESS: New Research on Happiness and Social Networks, as found on WIRED in this featured article, "The Buddy System: How Medical Data Revealed Secret to Health & Happiness."
Sidebar: It was fun reading that this discovery was based on data gathered from people in a town just down the road from my house. I read this feature while sitting in my new gazebo (aka my second house) on a Sunday afternoon, amidst the sounds of nature.
[Illustration: Crop of WIRED's feature article on Happiness and Social Networks]
PEOPLE CONNECTING FOR BUSINESS: The modern thoughts on management models for business success by Gary Hamel as found in the Tweetstream coming out of the World Business Forum today. Here's an example of some of his thoughts (which I share), found in this FastCompany post, "HAMEL: Time for Management 2.0."
Sidebar: I found this as I wanted to stay up on a big day for two EMCers who were invited to be official bloggers at the World Business Forum, @SteveTodd and @Stu.
PEOPLE CONNECTION FOR BUSINESS: A book on science, leadership, the practice of management, and building a connection culture to elevate business performance. "Fired Up or Burned Out" by Michael Stallard.
Sidebar: I read this on a train to NYC this week. (I had my blackberry going and this book open, reading both at the same time. Every time there was a delay retrieving a web page on my mobile, I'd get in another few pages in on this great book. Made for smooth, latency-free brain food!) Michael kindly gave me this book months ago. I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner!!
CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE FOR BUSINESS: New Research is out on how the brain works and how to have better Powerpoint connections to connect with audiences. The info is covered in this terrific post, "New evidence bullet-points don't work" on the blog, "Speaking about Presenting."
Sidebar: I read this while looking at what has become my micro-RSS feed -- a Twitter column of my favorite thinkers. This article was shared by an EMCer who lives in the field of technical education, and studies human behavior (that's you @GMinks).
CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE FOR BUSINESS: Odd coincidence, I found this CIO Magazine article, "Q&A feature with the author of 'Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs,'" on Steve's art in connecting with audiences today as well.
Sidebar: Found this one when viewing the thought leadership quotes coming out of the World Business Forum. One of the people covering the event, had sent this article as well.
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What have you found interesting of late?
Adding more to my theme, today I interviewed Pat Gelsinger, EMC's new President, and asked him what he has read recently which stood out for him. He replied with the now famed book on connecting with people in how we communicate, "Made to Stick."