Unsolicited advice for my son

I’m a big fan of Fatherly and really enjoyed their recent piece, Always Ask For A Small Coffee In A Medium Cup And 21 Other Pieces Of Advice For My Sons. Here are a few of my own.

  • Never trust a man with more than zero necklaces
  • You control your destiny
  • However great the design, please don’t get a tattoo on the small of your back
  • To get cookies super soft, throw a piece of (white) bread in the container with them
  • If/when you get engaged, think it through. Everyone will ask “how’d he do it?” You want your partner to have a great story to tell.
  • Avoid head trash. Don’t read/watch garbage that doesn’t feed your intellect, stimulate your imagination or make you more compassionate.
  • Putts break towards natural water.

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The only quote you need to read:

…brands continue to develop video content that is essentially the exact same model as traditional televisions ads, except they place them on the web. This style of content is dated and for the most part valueless. It doesn’t fit the context of the new platform they are placing it on — the web and social media platforms. Brands are still following a very limited set of television rules that no longer apply.

 
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Head, heart, hands and hustle

The Rural Educator, O.H. Benson of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, outlined what he thought made a good rural leader:

…the leader must be a four-square individual, trained in head, heart, hands, and hustle, the four H’s rather than the three R’s. A leader must have a head trained to think, plan, and reason, both with the child and his environments, and not be a slave to the mere textbook. He must have a heart trained to be true, kind, and sympathetic, with hands trained to be useful, helpful, and skillful, and with the hustle trained to render ready service, to develop health and vitality, and to furnish a suitable background for a noble purpose.

All you need is four: head, heart, hands, and hustle.

Austin Kleon

Humana’s digital transformation

Two keys here:

  1.   A bold vision with measurable goals helps to align the organization and attract great talent.

  2. Change will only stick when all team members help to define the new organization.

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