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Is it possible that almost everything about classic management advice is wrong?

Is it possible that almost everything about classic management advice is wrong?

Holacracy

We’ve talked about halocracy before, but it’s gaining a little bit of steam — specifically in areas like Silicon Valley and Seattle that are potentially a bit more forward-thinking as far as corporate structure goes. There’s a long, really good article in First Round about how Medium’s culture is embracing halocracy,and while there…

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Annapolis, Maryland has seen a 925 percent increase in ‘nuisance flood days’ since the 1960s

Annapolis, Maryland has seen a 925 percent increase in ‘nuisance flood days’ since the 1960s

Nuisance Flooding on I95

There’s a lot of stories recently about what climate change will ultimately do to coastal cities — in The New Yorker recently, there was kind of a humor piece about how sharks might be swimming up to the second floor of Miami apartments by 2100 or so. I doubt that’s specifically true, but this whole arc is a bit closer than we think

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Jennifer Huston disappearance probably isn’t about Kallen Houston, but what of these headaches?

Jennifer Huston Oregon Missing

Here are the basics of this case, which is unfolding in Oregon (about 25 miles south of Portland). A mother goes out to run errands around 5:45pm. She withdraws a small amount of money at 6pm, then gases up her car at 6:10pm. She pulls out of the gas station — police believe alone — and at 6:25pm, her cell phone stops working. This…

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It’s currently end of days in Siberia and the Zhejiang province of China, apparently

It’s currently end of days in Siberia and the Zhejiang province of China, apparently

Siberian Crater

Overnight, a waterway in China turned a blood red color — shades of a little Ghostbusters II action, perhaps — and we’re up to two (as opposed to one) deep craters in Siberia, in a place locals had already called “the end of the world.”

Let’s start with China; the explanation here may be a bit easier. If you scroll down on that…

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Brief thought exercise: what songs MUST you play at a wedding reception?

Brief thought exercise: what songs MUST you play at a wedding reception?

Best Wedding Reception Songs

Went to my cousin’s weddingthis past weekend, so had been thinking about this. Obviously this question is a bit nuanced and contextual, even though it probably seems dumb on face: one of the great things about a wedding is that it typically houses 3-4 generations of two families, so musical tastes are going to differ and you need to get a few different looks going to appease the grandparent-level…

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William C. Whitney could have changed the future of the entire world via the electric car

William C. Whitney could have changed the future of the entire world via the electric car

Early 1900s Electric Cars

I went to my cousin’s wedding this weekend; the reception was at Larz Anderson Auto Museum (and park) up in Boston. During the early stages of the reception, you could actually meander throughout the museum. My dad saw this car and brought it up the next morning to us — essentially, with all the discussions these days about the…

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The key to the April Millsap case is her dog, Penny

The key to the April Millsap case is her dog, Penny

April Millsap Case

Sad story: 14 year-old girl murdered about 45 minutes north of Detroit. A composite sketch has been released, though (of course, the sketch looks terrifying; you can view it on that link in the first sentence). Let’s start with the car clues:

Police said last week that they were also searching for a long, gray “painter’s-type” box…

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Here are some of the best lines from the Joe Biden New Yorker profile

Here are some of the best lines from the Joe Biden New Yorker profile

Joe Biden Gaffe

I just read this on a plane from BOS to DFW. I laughed out loud about six times; when the plane landed, the guy across the aisle from me was like, “Hey, I have to ask … what could possibly make a person laugh that hard from The New Yorker?” Here’s an attempt to answer that.

Here’s the main article; there are no video clips as The New Yorker is, well, a magazine — but I embedded a few at the…

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People need to always remember The Stranger’s Dilemma

People need to always remember The Stranger’s Dilemma

Strangers Dilemma

What if someone wrote a book about sales and selling called Never Be Closing, as opposed to the oft-cited Always Be Closing? Well, someone has — and they just did an interview with Hubspot’s blog too. Here’s a golden nugget:

A lot of the negative attitude has to do with what we call the Stranger’s Dilemma. We’re all strangers at first, and for good or ill, people don’t necessarily trust…

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Courtney Lapresi and Cutter Brewer are just awful to watch on MasterChef Season 5

Courtney Lapresi and Cutter Brewer are just awful to watch on MasterChef Season 5

Courtney Master Chef

I’ve been watching a lot of Master Chef recently. I have no idea why. This morning, I woke up at 4:21am having to pee. I did that and couldn’t successfully go back to sleep, so I went and watched the most recent episode, which I hadn’t seen yet.

I’ve never watched a full season of Master Chef before — or any cooking show, for that…

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