Things you should check out – April 2019

Here are some things I’ve read, seen or listened to recently that I would recommend checking out:

The perils of following your career passion – Worklife with Adam Grant

Recommended if you’re interested in…challenging and thought-provoking ideas, career development

Literally just finished listening to this episode as I write now.

It’s a (sort-of) controversial topic as I’m someone who raves a lot about passion and also runs an event focused on passion.

There are plenty of thought-provoking ideas which I also find strangely comforting like…

  • Thinking about your career options as “dating” different careers before “marrying” a job. It’s a simple metaphor – if a little weird – which is a helpful and positive way of thinking about career changes.
  • Career advice from older generations is often outdated, as the world is way more complicated now. We don’t have jobs for life anymore.
  • Following curiosity rather than passion is probably a better piece of careers advice, if still a little limiting.

Why you think you’re right, even when you’re wrong – TED Ideas

Recommended if you’re interested in…the art of persuasion, critical and logical thinking

Discusses two different mindsets for processing and judging information. Helps to explain why someone may reject ideas even if there’s evidence.

Why feedback is never worthwhile – Oliver Burkeman, Guardian

Recommended if you’re interested in…career development, communicating with colleagues

Discusses the limits and challenges when asking for feedback. Basically, we as humans aren’t great at giving feedback. Or at least not as good as we like to think.

The Aldi effect: how one discount supermarket transformed the way Britain shops – The Long Read, Guardian

Recommended if you’re interested in…business and marketing strategy, business storytelling

It’s a long-read but oh my is it worthwhile.

Aldi’s backstory is like a comedy-thriller  – one of the brothers was kidnapped, saved and tried to claim the ransom as a business expense! Also, there are some interesting lessons in business strategy and competition.

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