A Story in Parts

Ok, so I'm going to make a musical recommendation to you right now, and I want you to take it very seriously. Sam Pinkerton's A Story in Parts is an absolutely brilliant piece of work. So what you need to do is sit down (or stand, I don't really care) and block off 30 minutes to relax and listen. You won't regret it.

This girl is going places, I have no doubt.

Yelle

I've become obsessed with the French artist/band Yelle over the past couple of weeks and can't help but share her music. Take a listen if you're looking to try something new:

If you're digging it, here's another & the full length album.

Sunday Reads: The Idea Person & Data

The Idea Person

Many people in a creative field, myself included, have succumbed to the fantasy of the Idea Person.

Ideas are like candy—colorful, fun, easy to indulge in.

The hard part—the part that really matters—is the follow-through.

Why don’t we glorify that instead?


Notes on Company Culture

What are the things that characterise a positive company culture?

Openness. Trust. Respect. Collaboration. Empowerment. Responsibility. Communication. Diversity. Empathy. Spirit. Emotional Investment. Pride in work. Commitment to each other. Openness to criticism. And a lot more besides…

These are the kind of things that embody a positive company culture. One where people feel happy and productive in their work. Where the customer is both the end user of the product and the net beneficiary of the positive culture.


The joyless world of data-driven startups

Everyone tells early stage startups to use data for big strategic decisions. But does that really work, and whatever happened to vision?

The song will never work. It’s too long, too complex, too confusing and doesn’t fit into any musical genre.
— Radio stations feedback to Queen about Bohemian Rhapsody

If you don’t measure it, you can’t improve it.

That’s the tired cliché repeatedly told by the kinds of people who have to put a number on everything. These are the people who are responsible for the existence of Klout, and buy the self-help books in their millions because they believe that there must be repeatable secret rules and quantifiable steps that determine success and failure. Either millions of people didn’t read those books that they bought, or it turns out that the steps weren’t as easily reproducible as the book cover suggested.


Quote of the Week

Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.
— Osho

Sunday Reads: Feedback & No

The Stockdale Paradox from Good to Great

Retain the faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties.

AND at the same time

Confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.


How to give feedback that doesn’t suck by Ben Lehnert

Ben, lead designer for Wunderlist, gives six bite-sized pieces of advice for how to give feedback that doesn’t suck. It’s a short read, but contains super important reminders (that we can all sometimes forget). 


The Habit of No by Startups & Burritos

The habit of no is one of the healthiest habits your startup can develop.

At its most basic level, the habit of no is about accepting the reality that all ideas are not equal. The habit of no means ruthlessly prioritizing ideas, setting goals and then sticking to them. No is having the conviction to eliminate the good in order to get to the great.


Quote of the Week

The hunter who chases two rabbits catches neither