It's time for another version of The Weekender. Enjoy!
Let's start off this three-day weekend with some 2000-year-old wisdom from Seneca:
It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested... So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it.
To be successful, you've got to do the hard things.
Some solid advice on tackling your passion with the 90-90-1 Rule:
For the next 90 days, devote the first 90 minutes of your work day to the one best opportunity in your life. Nothing else. Zero distractions. Just get that project done. Period.
Play is a crucial part of the best conferences and meetings. Here's why:
Speaking of conferences, Jeff De Cagna believes many professional associations may need to rethink their value:
In addition to delivering greater value to the communities they’ve already identified, associations can gain from a more connected, relevant approach by drawing in audiences and partners who would otherwise have stayed outside the membership wall. De Cagna said one of the greatest vulnerabilities of traditional associations is their failure to “consider the stakeholders who aren’t here,” whose challenges and expectations are fundamentally different from the groups that have already affiliated.
Everybody loves LEGO! Here's a great story about their massive corporate turnaround that starts with design.
And nearly everybody who loves LEGO has also got to love 70's Science Fiction illustrations, right?
Afraid of the water? Check out these Art of Swimming wood cuts from an English manual on swimming from 1587. Pretty cool how the swimmer and the background were printed with separate blocks so they could reuse the backgrounds.
Does your business card need a built in USB? Of course it does: Swivel Card is a Kickstarter for paper USB business cards. when inserted they point to a website or shared folder.
Missed comics genius Jack Kirby's birthday? Grab this beer dedicated to him and raise a glass in a belated celebration.
Want more beer? Think outside of the case and grab a 99-Pack.
The folks at Dress Code are doing some insanely cool work.
We absolutely love these huge Engineer Prints.
Finally, as the holiday weekend is coming to a close, perhaps it is time to improve organizational productivity. Start by decluttering.
The best way to institutionalise decluttering is to force managers to justify any bureaucracy they introduce. Seagate Technology, a data-storage company, and Boeing, an aircraft-maker, both hold their executives accountable for the “organisational load” that they impose on their subordinates in terms of meetings, memos and initiatives, and measure them against their peers. As Bain points out, the most valuable resource that many companies have is the time of their employees. And yet they are typically far less professional about managing that time than they are at managing their financial assets.