Cleanliness in Japan

via Steve John Powell & Angeles Marin Cabello/BBC Travel Most first-time visitors to Japan are struck by how clean the country is. Then they notice the absence of litter bins. And street sweepers. So they’re left with the question: how does Japan stay so clean?On why cleaning…

POV of a Photographer at the Pentagon on 9/11

via Frank Lee Ruggles/PetaPixel On entering the Pentagon after it had been hit. An Air Force Full-Bird Colonel stopped us briefly; noticing our camera gear. He said, “Guys, this isn’t a press event” as if he was going to turn us away. I looked at him and said……

Unleashing the power of small, independent teams

via Oliver Bossert, Alena Kretzberg & Jürgen Laartz / McKinsey Quarterly, Jul 2018 How Senior Executives empower independent teams Unleash independent teams in meaningful areas Put strong performers on independent teams, especially at the outset Provide teams with a clear view of their customer Allocate resources up front, then hold teams…

Analysis, Parapraxis, Elvis

via Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell's podcast Listen to it in full. Gladwell's storytelling is masterful. Once, I found myself agreeing out loud with him. Parapraxis? Stephen Wright/Overland Parapraxis, or what is more commonly termed the ‘Freudian slip’, has now become a sort of colloquial shorthand for a slip of…

Mother of Invention

via 1843 Magazine by The Economist (h/t the Other Half) In contrast to today’s tiger mothers and helicopter parents, Maye did not hover over her children, schedule their lives, read to them or check their homework; indeed, they learned to forge her signature to sign off their work.…

Dressing The Women Of Murder On The Orient Express

via Vogue United Kingdom Vogue met Oscar-winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne to learn how she sourced the Thirties garments for the film’s female leads – from the missionary’s prim travelling clothes to the princess’s lavish jewellery. … Byrne’s favourite character to dress? The mysterious widow, Caroline Hubbard (Michelle…

The Gift of Presence, The Perils of Advice

via On Being I asked my caller how that response had made him feel. “I’m sure my friend meant well,” he said, “but his advice left me less at peace.” … The human soul doesn’t want to be advised or fixed or saved. It simply wants to be witnessed…