Five For Friday 20140627

Life saving change, denting the bell curve, ten minutes to a better day, & TED’s summer reading/thinking book list.

Some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don’t?

To create new norms, you have to understand people’s existing norms and barriers to change.

What, The Bell Curve Lives? by Dan Carusi

Just when I thought the performance ratings and the dreaded bell curve were dead, the Washington Business Journal announced that a major government contractor in Washington, DC is doubling down on the bell curve. But wait a minute; this is not just your typical bell curve, but a new extreme level for assigning managers’ performance quotas.

How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day
by Ron Friedman

The “Meez,” as professionals call it, translates into “everything in its place.” In practice, it involves studying a recipe, thinking through the tools and equipment you will need, and assembling the ingredients in the right proportion before you begin. It is the planning phase of every meal—the moment when chefs evaluate the totality of what they are trying to achieve and create an action plan for the meal ahead.

For the experienced chef, mise-en-place represents more than a quaint practice or a time-saving technique. It’s a state of mind.

Your summer reading list: Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill and Melinda Gates and many more share their book recommendations

Summer: the season for cracking open a good book under the shade of a tree. Below, we’ve compiled about 70 stellar book recommendations from members of the TED community. Warning: not all of these books can be classified as beach reads. And we think that is a good thing.

These are several titles that are going onto my personal list:
Want Not by Jonathan Miles.
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer.


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