Good morning. 5th October 2021

Day 25019 of life – (fact checked on Biorhythm  calculator) 🙂

Did you know…

… that today is International Toot Your Flute Day? Take time to do some shameless self-promotion. Toot your own flute! Don’t be modest. Let everyone know how great you are! 🙂


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“There’s always going to be bad stuff out there. But here’s the amazing thing — light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light.”

— Jodi Picoult

Whoever said nothing is impossible is a liar.

I’ve been doing nothing for 10 years!



You can’t knock on opportunity’s door and not be ready.

Bruno Mars – Singer-Songwriter-Record Producer-Musician-Dancer


 Tasks or initiatives? [ ]

For the longest time, just about all jobs were task jobs.

Factory work.

Inbox then outbox.

The assembly line, the ticket taker, the cook…

We learned how to hire for these jobs, measure them, manage the work to be done. Over time, we’ve figured out how to outsource them, mechanize them and pay as little as possible for them.

But in many pockets of our economy, the new jobs and the best jobs aren’t task jobs. They are jobs of initiative. Work that’s taken, not simply assigned. Work that can’t be easily forecast, and work that thrives with a different sort of teamwork.

These jobs often have a lot of task work mixed in, which is really confusing for everyone involved. Because reverting to task work feels safe and hiring for task work is easier. Apparently, people are supposed to learn how to do initiative work on their own and do it in their spare time.

Most organizations do an astonishingly bad job at creating, initiating and dancing with the next thing. And so they struggle and eventually become Yahoo.

First step: announce what the jobs around here are like. Hire for them and measure and reward appropriately.


“Home is the nicest word there is.” — Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.” — Jane Austen

On my Reading RADAR.

10 Weird Things Found at the Bottom of the Great Lakes

Top 10 Movie Villains Who Should Have Won



  • Squeezing the middle. The largest closely held busi­nesses would face a se­ries of over­lap­ping tax in­creases un­der De­mo­c­ra­tic pro­pos­als, lead­ing to heav­ier bur­dens on high-in­come own­ers of part­ner­ships and S cor­po­ra­tions. (WSJ)

  • John Mackey’s departure. In a letter to employees, Whole Foods’ CEO announced he would step down in 2022, after more than four decades at the helm. “That time has nearly come for me and for Whole Foods.” (WSJ)

  • Unexpected vaccine perk. United CEO Scott Kirby said that his company’s vaccine mandate has turned out to be a competitive advantage. “We’ve had people showing up to our job fairs saying they came to United Airlines because they want to work for a company that puts employee safety first,” he said, adding that though not the reason they imposed the mandate, “it’s a nice icing on the cake.” (CNN)

  • Don’t overlook loyalty. Fallout from the Great Resignation may be stealing your attention away from the employees who actually stay. Don’t let it.  (HBR)

    5 Things To Do Before You Start A New Role