"This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursday."
- Douglas Adams (via Arthur Dent)
Welcome back to Thoroughly Thursday, the Rosh Hashanah edition. I'm not Jewish, but you may be. Frankly, I'm not entirely up on my Jewish holidays. I believe that Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year, Yom Kippur is about atonement, Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights (thank you, Adam Sandler) and Passover is about Moses in Egypt. However, I really don't know what Sukkot, Tzom Gedalia or Shemini Atzeret celebrate. Sorry, my Catholic CCD classes didn't teach us that or if they did, I wasn't paying attention. That being said, if you are celebrating Rosh Hashanah this week, I wish you Shanah tova u’metuka!
What I'm Reading (article) -
The Neuroscience of Trust by Paul J. Zak (he is a neuroeconomist, which is apparently a real thing). This was recommended by TT-friend Kavita and it's a great read. By doing a series of scientific tests, Dr. Zak was able to determine that individuals with elevated oxytocin levels displayed a higher sense of trust. In the workplace, he determined that managers if increase "trust levels" with workers, job satisfaction improves. It's an article in HBR, so it is a worthwhile but in-depth read (about 15min ). If you want to skip that, you can download the summary I created for you called 8 Ways Managers Can in Increase Trust which takes about 1min to read.
What I'm Listening to -
Rebel, Rebel by Trippsono and Lean (a cover of the original David Bowie song). I was a moderate fan of Bowie when I was younger, but I've really grown to appreciate him in that his craft, creative depth, and reputation kept growing as he aged, and the turned his death into a creative masterpiece. While the original Rebel Rebel is a great 70's rocker (and we can never forget that Bowie had a huge effect on rock & roll) this is a more atmospheric rendition that makes you want to hum along while drinking a martini.
What I'm asking -
What is "basic economy"? - Apparently, United Airlines has created a 3rd Class rail ticket for the sky. With "basic economy", there are no seat assignment choices, no carry-on luggage (aside from a "personal item"), and you board last, among other things. Yay middle seats!
What I'm Doing (for work) -
Creating a workshop for a conference. I'm going to be presenting at the International Security Conference in New York on Nov 15th. The workshop is called "You Told Them We Could Do What?" and is about getting sales agents and installation teams to build better communication strategies. Some of the ideas we'll discuss can be found in my summary Five Suggestions to Limit Bottlenecks at Work. Now, I just need to figure out how to make a 90-min workshop interesting. I'm sure I'll have plenty of time to consider it in my "basic economy" seat while flying to NYC.
All the best, and remember, tomorrow is Friday. :)
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