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Issue 342 – 08/16/19

Aug 16, 2019 | Fifteen on Friday

This week’s highlights: Email, Corporate Board Members, and Lyme Disease

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Issue 342

by David Wells – Nashville TN

Happy Friday Everyone,


Food for Thought:

Top Read of the Week:  NewYorker – Was E-Mail a Mistake? 

Why It Matters:   Cal Newport is one of the most interesting scholars in academia today.  While he is widely published in his field of computer science, he has also taken the time to write several books on careers and productivity.  Here is an interesting blending of the two worlds, as he applies the math and science of computer networks to the problem of E-Mail.   With the average knowledge worker receiving 120+ messages a day, the stakes are clearly high.

Consider as well:

  1. WashPo – How Mister Rogers became a timeless oracle of parenting wisdom
  2. NYT – The Rise of the Virtual Restaurant  Food delivery apps are reshaping the restaurant industry — and how we eat — by inspiring digital-only establishments that don’t need a dining room or waiters.
  3. VanityFair – The Coast of Utopia  From the looks of Instagram, Courtney Adamo and the surfing mamas of Byron Bay are living the dream. Can it be real?
  4. HBR – Great Mentors Focus on the Whole Person, Not Just Their Career – Credit WES


Top Read of the Week:  Kellogg – What Makes a Corporate Board Member Most Influential?

Why It Matters:  “[The author] had a hunch as to which kind of directors might have the most sway: namely, those who bring to the boardroom a combination of deep and broad expertise, spanning multiple industries, firms, and corporate strategies.”

Consider as well:

  1. Fastco – Atlanta’s black tech founders are changing entrepreneurship in America. Can they avoid Silicon Valley’s mistakes?
  2. TII – Superforecasting A Bear Market.   Reach your own conclusion about what may be going on in the market, but this was a helpful look at the best way to generate forecasts that are of passable value.
  3. Insider – The church of chicken: The inside story of how Chick-fil-A used Christian values and a ‘clone army’ to build a booming business that’s defying the retail apocalypse and taking over America
  4. II – Dysfunction Cost Cornell $700 Million. Can a New Investment Crew Turn It Around?


Top Read of the Week:  TheAtlantic – Lyme Disease Is Baffling, Even to Experts

Why It Matters:  This is a really long read, but an important look at where the science is surrounding Lyme Disease.

Consider as well:

  1. INC – Study: Adding 20 Minutes to Your Commute Makes You as Miserable as Getting a 19 Percent Pay Cut  Researchers have found a link between the time you spend commuting and how satisfied you feel at work.
  2. CNN – This college dropout was bedridden for 11 years. Then he invented a surgery and cured himself
  3. VisualCapitalist – Ranking the Top 100 Websites in the World
  4. WashPo – As overdoses soared, nearly 35 billion opioids — half of distributed pills — handled by 15 percent of pharmacies


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