Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 23, 2023

Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 23, 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 - Ten Habits to Boost Your Happiness
#2 - Successfully Transitioning to New Leadership Roles
#3 - What Children Lose When Their Brains Develop Too Fast
#4 - What Is Rapid Application Development (RAD)
#5 - Book Notes: Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari

Ten Habits to Boost Your Happiness

Source: Scott Young Blog
Author: Scott Young
Year: 2017

Summary: Good habits can make you more effective. Great habits will make you happier. Scott recently has been trying to collect habits that make him appreciate life more. Finding the habits that make you more productive isn’t that hard, but placing the right rituals that impact your happiness is more difficult.

3 Highlights:

"... The overall story is about preparation the night before because of the expectation of morning immobility, then the release of power and the start of the day, then the fact that this goes on every morning..."

"... Cut out the noise for a period of time. This may seem contradictory to “filling your day with activity” but it’s not. The absence of activity usually results in noise: television, web surfing, and other distractions. Silence requires you will forgo the noise and simply think. Not easy to do in a busy world, but it can keep you sane..."

"... Cut out activities that aren’t valuable or entertaining, but don’t scrap every source of high entertainment. Separate the activities you really enjoy from those that are only mediocre. That way you can fully enjoy them without feeling guilty about an imposing to-do list..."

Successfully Transitioning to New Leadership Roles

Source: McKinsey
Author: Scott Keller
Year: 2018

Summary: Leadership transition is more common and important than ever. Every leadership transition creates uncertainty. Will the new leader uncover and seize opportunities and assemble the right team? Will the changes be sustainable? Will a worthy successor be developed? These questions boil down to one: Will the leader be successful?

3 Highlights:

"... Newly appointed leaders should take stock of their situation in five areas and then take action to deal with them. They should also clearly state not only what they will do but what they won’t, as well as forget the idea that they have only 100 days to make an impact..."

"...  As leaders take action, they should not only be clear about what will stop and start but also adopt a philosophy from the world of good housekeeping: one thing in, one thing out. When people propose new initiatives, leaders should ask what the company will stop doing to free up the time, money, resources, and focus needed to implement them well..."

"... A year into her role, not everything had gone according to plan: unforeseen economic changes dictated a strategic decision to focus more on the consumer business..."

What Children Lose When Their Brains Develop Too Fast

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Author: Alison Gopnik
Year: 2021

Summary: Adverse early experiences can make young minds inflexible, while a carefree childhood has clear cognitive benefits. Brains start out being more plastic, more open to experience, and better at learning. But how would witnessing a traumatic event when you’re 5 years old put you at risk for cancer when you’re 50? Just how do early experiences shape development?

3 Highlights:

"... Children with more adverse childhood experiences are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression or addiction as adults, and they have a higher risk of cancer and heart disease..."

"... The brain gets thicker in infancy, for instance, and then thins out in adolescence..."

"... The most important part of caring for young children is in some ways the easiest. Loving your children and giving them space to learn and explore is more important than crafting a particular curriculum..."

Rapid Application Development (RAD)

Source: Article of the Week

I need to be honest, this is not a method that I've used, never before. But I think it is really interesting to learn more about it.

Rapid Application Development (RAD) was pioneered by James Martin in the late 1980s. Martin, a British computer scientist, and author, recognized the need for a more efficient and flexible software development approach. 

He introduced the concept of RAD as a response to the traditional waterfall model, which was characterized by lengthy planning and sequential development phases.

Martin's vision was to accelerate the software development process by emphasizing collaboration, iterative prototyping, and close involvement of end-users.

Book Notes: Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari

Source: Book Notes of the Week

Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams, and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century and beyond - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

It asks the fundamental question: how can we protect this fragile world from our own destructive power? And what does our future hold?

The book is a thought-provoking exploration of the future of humanity. It delves into the potential consequences of advancements in technology, data, and artificial intelligence, and discusses how these developments might reshape society and human existence.

Harari examines key concepts such as humans looking for immortality, happiness, and power, and offers insightful perspectives on the direction humanity may take in the coming years.

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