A few very interesting articles from the world of Business in this week’s list:
The future of work after COVID-19 – Many articles have been penned on this topic over the past 10 – 12 months. But this is one of the first, detailed and data-driven articles that I have come across on this topic. It also have some (relatively) good news for India.
A Framework for Innovation in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond – Another buzzword that has been very prominent lately in the context of Covid is Innovation. While my personal opinion is that some of it is just plain opportunistic, this article by a couple of academicians in the USA aim to provide a framework for assessing innovation.
Your Environment Shapes Your Decisions – A wonderful article on why the typical modern office is a terrible place for decision making. Just one of the great lines in this article – ‘If you’re not pushing paper, firing up hundreds of emails, calling and attending meetings, and chasing something down … just what the heck are you doing?‘
How boredom can be a force for good or bad – In the modern work context, ‘being bored’ is not seen as a good thing (read the third article on this list). However, this article makes the point that boredom might not necessarily be a bad thing. What’s important is that we try to understand why we are bored and find an appropriate response. The article explains this with a few examples.
Every Monday, I shortlist a few interesting articles that I have come across recently. Here is this week’s list:
The Algebra of Wealth – Regular readers of my weekly list would know that I do tend to recommend Prof. Scott Galloway’s articles quite regularly. And why not, when he makes such interesting and thought-provoking points. Please take the time to read this through.
We went bird-watching to Kaikondrahalli Lake over the weekend. I usually go bird-watching in the mornings, but for a change, this was an evening outing. And it turned out richly rewarding, with two ‘lifers’ for me. Here is the complete list of bird spotted:
The last day of our Road Trip to Manipal was about the drive back to Bangalore.
After another delicious and filling breakfast at our hotel – The Country Inn & Suites by Radission – we left for Bangalore. The route we took this time around was via Agumbe and Sringeri.
Soon after we left Manipal, we were at the foothills of the Western Ghats and after a few minutes of ascending via steep road with multiple hair-pin bends, we were at Agumbe. Agumbe is renowned as a place that received extremely high rainfall during the monsoon season and for its views over the coastal plain and down to the Arabian Sea. But this is best viewed during sunset as the coast is to the east and the morning sun makes it difficult to see in that direction. I also saw the sad sight of a Lion-tailed Macaque, a monkey species endemic to this region of the Western Ghats, scavenging at the side of the busy road, hoping for food scraps from the cars passing by.
The next place we crossed was Sringeri – home to the Sringeri Mutt. This is one of the four Mutts established by Sri Sankaracharya in the 8th Century – the others being at Dwaraka in the West, Puri in the East and Badrinath in the North. We drove by the temple, but it was very crowded and wary of Covid, we did not halt, but continued driving.
The next part of our route took us past the stunningly beautiful Malnad region, with coffee plantations running up the hills on both sides of the road. After some time, we stopped for lunch at a small cafe by the side of the road. The food was nothing great, but the location, amidst coffee estates was stupendous.
Soon after our lunch break, we exited the mountains and were back on the plains. After a halt for tea and coffee at Hassan, we continued on and reached home at around 10 pm, bringing to an end a wonderful road trip in Southern Karnataka.
Amazon, Twitter, Design and Personal Renewal are some of the topics in this week’s set:
Life after Jeff – The news that Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO of Amazon was one of the biggest in the business world in the past few days. This article takes a look at the challenges that the next CEO, Andy Jassy, will likely face as he steps into this role.
Overhauling Twitter – Twitter is, without doubt, a useful platform. However, it has faced challenges with generating revenue corresponding to its popularity and usage, as well as with moderating the content posted by users on it’s platform. Professor Scott Galloway has written about this before, but I believe this to be the most detailed one yet.
Personal Renewal – A wonderful, if slightly long, article on the topic of ‘Self-Renewal’, by the American author, John Gardner. It’s full of beautiful one-liners, such as, ‘By midlife, most of us are accomplished fugitives from ourselves.’, ‘Life is an endless unfolding, and if we wish it to be, an endless process of self-discovery, an endless and unpredictable dialogue between our own potentialities and the life situations in which we find ourselves.’, ‘There is no perfection of techniques that will substitute for the lift of spirit and heightened performance that comes from strong motivation’.
Taste for Makers – This is another longish article on an interesting topic – Taste. Specifically, is good design subjective or objective? Read on to find out what Paul Graham thinks of this.
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