Week 205 in Detroit. This week had some similarities to last week. In breaking news, I found my bat. My baseball bat.
“Bring the heat.”
That’s on the bat. It’s a custom made wooden bat. Warstic. The bat company co-founded by Detroiter Jack White. The bat is a wine finish with a gray handle. 34” and 32 oz.
Turns out a bat is a great thing to hold and swing while on conference calls or trying to think.
I think better with my bat.
What have you been doing while working from home? Did you already have an office set up?
Do you have a bat?
This week’s Saturday Cup of Joe does not have a theme as much as rhythm. Rat-a-tat-tat. We watched Molly’s Game earlier this week. I’ve been watching a lot of Aaron Sorkin lately and Meredith found the movie he wrote and directed. Jessica Chastain is incredibly compelling as Molly Bloom. The movie is, as my friend Nina described it, snappy.
My hope is that this week is snappy. A quick series of references, photos, links. Hope you find it thought-provoking, entertaining and engaging.
It’s a little different than previous weeks. Like Cal Ripken Jr.’s swing, you have to change it up to keep it dialed in. Throughout the 1990s, Ripken would move his stance, the position of his hands, and his swing path. Higher hands gave way to deeper bend in the knees. Over time that led to lowering his hands, a swing that drove the ball. Ripken’s willingness to change and evolve keep him focused on success. I’m not suggesting this week’s Cup of Joe is a totally new format going forward. Just a change to be a little lighter and more video…next week, we’ll see.
Hope you have a safe, relaxing Easter weekend. Be well.
…he said talking to himself as much as anyone…
“The world is a narrow bridge and the important thing is not to be afraid of it.” — Ryan Holiday writes.
Mad World. A sing-from-home video of father & daughter singing Mad World. #dadgoals
Distribution of Wage Income in the U.S.
Less than $30,000: 46.51%
$30,000 — $49,999: 20.93%
$50,000 — $99,999: 22.27%
$100,000 — $250,000: 8.89%
$250,000 — $1,000,000: 1.39%
More than $1,000,000: 0.09%
Article sure to be made into a screenplay. This South African couple were stranded in the Maldives when they were not allowed to return to South Africa during quarantine. Reading the day-by-day description of their overextended stay stirs equal parts jealousy and knowing awkwardness.
One highlight from the week has been all the creative posts, videos, expressions and inventions post by people from home. More examples of creativity are sure to come. In the meantime, here’s one: a band called Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Music videos in the era of social distancing. Also, bonus points for a phenomenal band name.
An entire website of other websites and things on the Internet. The common theme? Coronavirus known as COVID-19. Yup. You’re welcome.
3 equations to describe happiness. Your thoughts?
1. Subjective well-being = genes+circumstances+habits
2. Habits = faith+family+friends+work
3. Satisfaction = what you have / what you want
One thing that makes me happy. Carbs. Carbs didn’t make it into any of the happiness equations but it does fall into both the categories “what I have” and “what I want.”
We’re baking bread. It’s sourdough. I know, I know. Everyone is baking bread during this crisis. We got a starter, named Perry, from another starter named Jerry. Thank you Mark and Laura for Jerry. Socially distanced starter.
“I’ve never met an effective leader who wasn’t aware of his talents and working to sharpen them.”
– Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark
I’ve wondered aloud, or whatever the written version of aloud is, about what happens next. Not a novel thought or question, of course, but one of the areas most sensitive to change during times of crisis is politics. Already a volatile area of American life, politics may be one of the most likely areas to reflect changes. How dramatic those things will depend on emotional and economic trends that can be difficult to predict.
For example, Bernie dropped out this week. It’s an election year and we’ve got two candidates, at this point. Writing aloud whether a global pandemic, involving a national shelter-in-place policy, changes voter opinions on work, markets and values. Articles like this: “Imagine, for example, something on the scale of Henry Ford’s decision, in 1914, to offer factory labor cranking out the budding-hit Model T a guaranteed $5-a-day wage — double the going rate at the time.” What happens next?
Do companies like Amazon or others follow that lead 106 years later?
“There is no theoretical reason to think that a similarly bold move by an Amazon or an Instacart wouldn’t lead to a happier, more productive workforce,” and attract the best job candidates…”
What happens next?
Do modern companies trust that consumers will respond to Amazon, Instacart, Apple, and others that commit to bold strategies like those modeled by Ford in 1914?
“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions … In nature, there is no effect without a cause … Experience never errs; it is only your judgments that err by promising themselves effects such as are not caused by your experiments.” — Leonardo da Vinci
Continued success and continue to answer well,