2024-01-07 Links

Daily Reads:

Shankar Vedantam at TED: You Don’t Actually Know What Your Future Self Wants

Christensen Institute: Education innovations to watch in 2024

We’ve seen that employer-centric approaches to building and assessing career pathways focus almost exclusively on in-demand skills. In turn, they tend to minimize the role of networks. That’s because networks benefit individuals more than they benefit corporations. Put differently: employers need skilled individuals to fill jobs. But individuals need more than just skills. They also need networks, and myriad at-bats, in order to learn skills, grow confidence, enjoy job options, and build successful careers.

Training programs that I’ve seen in my working life are often designed by those who have nothing to do with the work, and often much to do with compliance – for legal reasons or their bosses own agendas. That quote highlights the challenge that Bob Moesta calls out in his book Demand Side Selling – many products and services are designed without consideration for the customer.

Seth Godin riffs on ‘management’ in the Akimbo podcast episode on Aravind Eye Care . How is it possible for one man’s vision (pun intended) to give eyesight to those who could least afford it?


If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient observation than to any other reason. -Isaac Newton


Mariachi sol de Mexico perform Guadalajara