Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 21, 2023

Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 21, 2023
Weekly Pulse is content curation and highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, ramblings, and other interesting things I discovered and digested during the week.

So, let's go with some discoveries from the week!

#1 - What Parents Need to Know About the Coming Metaverse
#2 - The Best Leaders in the World Are “Quiet Managers”
#3 - It’s Okay to Be Good and Not Great
#4 - The Balanced Scorecard (BSC)
#5 - 
Book Notes: The History of the Human Body - Daniel E. Lieberman

What Parents Need to Know About the Coming Metaverse

Source: World Economic Forum
Author: Adario Strange
Year: 2021

Summary: As parents attempt to guide their families into a safety-first version of the metaverse, it might be helpful to understand what games are actually in the immersive component of the metaverse. Any attempt to apply a rigid definition for what is and isn’t “metaverse” is tricky because it’s more of an abstract concept that continues to evolve rather than a finite destination. It's important that parents understand what exactly 'metaverse' means, and any potential risks for children's neurodevelopment.

3 Highlights:

"... It’s already hard to monitor what your kids are doing, but at least you can look over their shoulder at a screen. When they’re in VR, they’re blocked off, you can’t really see what they’re doing. Parents need to understand kids’ games, what they’re playing, why they’re playing them, and who they’re playing them with. You have to be an informed consumer right along with them..."

"... How children react to media is of particular concern because their prefrontal cortex, the area that is associated with emotion and behavior regulation, is not completely developed..."

"... As families transition along with Facebook and other Big Tech companies from traditional online interactions to fully immersive metaverse experiences, having a better handle on the differences can help parents better navigate this often mysterious landscape as it evolves..."

The Best Leaders in the World Are “Quiet Managers”

Source: Medium
Author: Tim Denning
Year: 2022

Summary: Managers are dead. Quiet managers are taking over. It’s a new class of leaders that shakes up everything we’ve always known about leading humans to greatness. They trust you to get the job you’re paid to get done. They measure results and forget timesheets.

3 Highlights:

"... They know if you have to be somewhere for family reasons then you won’t be motivated to work properly. So they’re best off letting you take time off, so you come back to work re-energized..."

"... Quiet managers create the environment for trust to thrive..."

"... Quiet managers are becoming highly valuable resources and getting unfair career advantages as a result. Why? Quiet managers prevent quiet quitting. Work for one. Or become one..."

It’s Okay to Be Good and Not Great

Source: Outside
Author: Brad Stulberg
Year: 2018

Summary: Most people want results now. But generally speaking, results don’t work like that. Our society celebrates “optimization.” So it’s only natural that we would want to optimize ourselves. But our brains don’t work like computers. Perhaps one of the most detrimental consequences of digital technology is the illusion of connection. We think that if we can tweet, post, text, e-mail, or even call someone, we’re good.

3 Highlights:

"... After all, digital relationships save us the time and coordination of meeting in person, which in turn allows us to be überproductive—or so we tell ourselves. But here’s the thing: nothing can replace in-person community, and our failed attempts to do so come at a grave cost..."

"... Moreover, trying to live up to an inflated public persona—be it your online self or your workplace self—creates what psychologists call cognitive dissonance or inconsistency between who you portray yourself to be and who you actually are. This inconsistency is often associated with anxiety..."

"...  If you rush the process or expect results too swiftly, you’ll end up disappointed over and over again. When I was going through an immense challenge in my own life, one of the best pieces of advice I got was from a doctor who told me, be patient, it’s a nine-inning game...."

Unleashing the Power of the Balanced Scorecard (BSC)

Source: Article of the Week

In the rapidly evolving business landscape, success is no longer defined solely by financial performance. 

Organizations must adopt a holistic approach that encompasses multiple dimensions to thrive in an increasingly complex world. 

Enter the Balanced Scorecard (BSC), a revolutionary management framework that empowers companies to align their strategies, measure performance, and drive sustainable growth.

Book Notes: The History of the Human Body - Daniel E. Lieberman

Source: Book Notes of the Week

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years. 

It shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is causing this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

The Story of the Human Body brilliantly illuminates as never before the major transformations that contributed key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the advent of hunting and gathering, leading to our superlative endurance athleticism; the development of a very large brain; and the incipience of cultural proficiencies. 

Lieberman also elucidates how cultural evolution differs from biological evolution, and how our bodies were further transformed during the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions.

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