Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ted Talks - Public Speaking Best Practices

I love public speaking, but I'd be the first to tell you that is terrifies me at times... However, I'm comforted by TEDtalk founder Chris Anderson's four basic principles of public speaking. A great listen / watch about ideas forming in the mind of the speaker and listener!



1. Focus on one major idea. (5:04) 2. Give people a reason to care. (5:33) 3. Build your idea with familiar concepts. (6:09) 4. Make your idea worth sharing. (7:14)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Simon Sinek's - Why Leaders Eat Last

A fascinating story about how great leaders build trust and, most importantly, safe-for-employment work spaces so that our companies thrive! This was a fascinating post as it demonstrates how great companies are similar to powerful communities - they help each other out, so that the whole will thrive. Very Platonic, yes, but such a powerful point. Imagine if you felt secure in your job, and that you knew your leader would bend over backward to protect your job! Imagine if there was no c-suite, but an openness of idea-sharing and engagement... Imagine if we all had security knowing such a work place as possible? How would that change your creativity, and possibilities?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Faster Payment Task Force - A Federal Reserve Study

There are a few payment podcasts that I listen to and Around The Coin is one of them. One of their latest does an amazing job of detailing the Federal Reserve's Task Force on Faster Payment Processing (you can find the link to the task force here and you can find a copy of the paper here). Essentially, the paper describes how the Federal Reserve obtained market and industry feedback about our (the US) payment systems. Starting in 2012, the authors interviewed payment processors, banks, consumer and merchants about what's work and what is not, in the payment ecosystem.

Check out the Around The Coin interview below...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ethereum - Not Blockchain A Global Computer

What is Ethereum? Meet global computer, monetary gas machine and smart contracts...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jocko Willink - Extreme Ownership - TedX Talk

Incredible presentation about the powerful impacts of war... If you haven't seen this, I strongly encourage you to watch this presentation.



What moved me:

  1. How the fog of war caused a critical failure
  2. Honor on the battlefield 
  3. Owning responsibility 
  4. Leadership like you've never seen before
  5. Strength of character
Every leader should be reminded of what our soldiers go through each and every day! 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Meditation: The One Thing I Should Be Doing...

If I had a dollar for every day I told myself, "gee, I think I'll start meditation today..." there would be another $1,600 in my bank account. From what I know, heard, read, figured and understood is meditation is one of the clearest paths to true mental and physical health. Ah, but who has the time, right? I should, my obligations are pretty simple... Alas, I never seem to actually sit down, breath and just relax! So the best way for me to try this out... Well, there's an app for that: HeadSpace...

As of this moment, I'm on day 1 of 10 (after that, I think I have to subscribe). The app experience, again, so far, was really enjoyable. The narrator (voice in the app) was pleasant and calming - job one, score! There is a calendar and alarm to remind me about my meditation commitment. Oh, and like every app, I can keep track of my progress (would be kind of cool if I could add data to the app like: I'm totally fucking killing it with mindfulness). So, we'll see how it goes... Already though, I'm feeling pretty good.