“Though she be but little she is fierce.”
Yes, that’s a quote from Shakespeare. It’s also a good description for this week’s newsletter (and me!)
Since I spent the first part of this week recording the audio version of my book (woohoo!), I decided I’d keep the things pretty light. Good news though, even though there weren’t many swipefiles last week, it was a particularly good batch. Don’t miss:
“Blood is thicker than water”… or is it?
First spotted on Twitter thanks to my friend Melissa Case, this is a quick peek into what seems like a revelation: the fact that a very common saying—”Blood is thicker than water” not only has more parts to it, it means exactly the opposite of what you think it means. Digging a little further, though (I mean, not that far—I just looked it up on Wikipedia), the folks who say that don’t have much to back them up. So this is REALLY an example of why you should always check your sources, particularly on quick takes you see on social media.
Attributes—not skills—determine whether you “cut it” or not
Back when I managed teams of people, I always tried to hire on what I called “temperament” more than skills. My thinking was that skills could be taught and that certain personality traits or quirks would suit a position better than others—and those couldn’t be taught. I love that the authors here have added more depth to that understanding by introducing the idea of “attributes” — those traits that show up when someone is under stress — as a key indicator of someone’s success.
Which comes first: happiness or success?
Speaking of success, “which comes first, happiness or success?” seems to be a modern-day chicken-or-egg question. This article is the result of the authors performing a “study of studies,” where they line up all the other studies done on happiness and success and see where the majority of results land. (Happiness won.)
If you’re feeling extra curious this week, I’d also suggest the article on negotiations in the list of swipefiles! It’s a beautifully simple solution to a seemingly age-old problem. (Not receiving my newsletter, with its curation of my swipefiles? Sign up!)I love that the authors here have added more depth to that understanding by introducing the idea of 'attributes' — those traits that show up when someone is under stress — as a key indicator of someone's success. Click To Tweet
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