fistful of beans, blog, Toby Elwin

Fistful of beans 12/15/2010

Five things I’ve seen, read, or thought might seed results:

1. Twitter for Talent — Talent Management Magazine

A great take on social media and social networking productivity benefits and insights that can be used to round out formal performance and talent rating and ranking processes.

2. Saul Griffith’s House of Cool Ideas — Inc. Magazine

Saul Griffith is an inventrepreneur who “invents the way most people breathe, as a fundamental aspect of how he functions.” Following Griffith around is akin to constantly stooping to pick up ideas for products and companies that trail behind him like coins that have fallen through a hole in his pocket.

3. Do Something: Six Tips to Reinvent Non-Profits — Fast Company

Not-for-profit work is draining people and driving formerly passionate talent from the sector, Nancy Lublin offers 6 tips on what to do.

4. I hate to tell you — The Boston Globe

Words so clearly dishonest that they’re essentially signals of dishonesty, such as:  “It really doesn’t bother me, but…”; “I hate to be the one to tell you this…”; or ones that announce “I’m lying” such as:  “Confidentially,”; “Frankly,”; “Honestly”. What’s the motivation for hiding behind them and why do people fall back on them from time to time?

5. Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry’s Road from Glory to Disaster — book

This year one of the best books I’ve read. A history of one of the 20th century’s most innovative industry collapse under their own arrogance, in-breeding, and glad-handing. Takes you from Henry Ford through the government rescue plan. Anyone interested in innovation, mergers, motivation, competition, and leadership will find great take-aways. I was fascinated when I read about government negotiation challenges to rescue both Chrysler and GM.

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