Fun Friday Links: 16 New Biz Rules, How to Learn, and Arguing with Jeff Bezos
Welcome to Conspire’s Fun Friday Links, a weekly collection of interesting discoveries from around the Web. Most of the time, the goal is to get you thinking differently about innovation, collaboration, business culture, and life in general. Other times, we may toss an infographic or fun video your way. Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
16 New Rules for Business
Entrepreneurs don’t earn the title by following in the footsteps of others. As trailblazers and risk-takers, they bend, break, and twist the rules to best fit their company culture and attract the kind of people they really want to work with. In this piece from Mashable, 16 different entrepreneurs share their off-the-wall approaches, from workdays that start at 10:30AM to forgoing an established HQ entirely. And of course, everyone’s dream come true, cutting out unnecessary meetings:
“We don’t like meetings. We have weekly staff meetings that last 30 minutes or less, but otherwise we do not schedule and plan lengthy or otherwise repetitive meeting dates. Meetings don’t accomplish what we want and often waste the time of the parties involved. [Similarly,] we don’t feel the need to involve every single person in all our tasks; we prefer getting things done versus just talking about getting things done.” — Luke Knowles, CEO, Kinoli Inc.
How to Learn: Lewis Carroll on Digesting Information
Famous for his creation of the weird and wonderful world of Alice, the Cheshire Cat, and the Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll’s lesser-known, but much more realistic existence as a mathematician called Charles Lutwidge Dodgson might come as a complete surprise to most. But facts are facts, and outside of his life as a pseudonym’d author, Dodgson had “strong convictions about what it takes to cultivate a healthy mind,” particularly when it came to reading. From Brainpickings:
“Don’t begin any fresh Chapter, or Section, until you are certain that you thoroughly understand the whole book up to that point, and that you have worked, correctly, most if not all of the examples which have been set. So long as you are conscious that all the land you have passed through is absolutely conquered, and that you are leaving no unsolved difficulties behind you, which will be sure to turn up again later on, your triumphal progress will be easy and delightful. Otherwise, you will find your state of puzzlement get worse and worse as you proceed, till you give up the whole thing in utter disgust.
When you come to any passage you don’t understand, read it again: if you still don’t understand it, read it again: if you fail, even after three readings, very likely your brain is getting a little tired. In that case, put the book away, and take to other occupations, and next day, when you come to it fresh, you will very likely find that it is quite easy.”
6 Things You Learn From Arguing With Jeff Bezos
Amazon is no doubt a billion-dollar behemoth, and Jeff Bezos is a pretty significant reason why. In this piece from Inc, former employees dish on internal power plays, processes, and takeaways. For example:
“When something goes wrong at Amazon, the team asks why that happened five times, showing the causal chain between a mechanical error and the human decisions behind it.
The technique comes from Taiichi Ohno, the man behind the Toyota Production System, which has been rebranded as “Lean” in Western business parlance. For an example of the five whys in practice, see how Amazon used the technique to figure out why a worker was injured on a production line.”