Friday Kin: 2012-08-31

Summer lethargy is a common complaint in Japan from July to September.


However, although daytime temperatures regularly reach the mid-30s (95 F) in humid Tokyo, cooler autumnal winds usually arrive in the next two or three weeks, punctuated by a number of typhoons.

And so, with cerebral refreshment in mind, this edition of the Friday Kin series presents three posts to get you up and thinking as 2012 enters the last quarter.


The Other Motivator

After a quirky start, England’s inbred elites had me raising a precautionary eyebrow), the writer weaves a fine opinion piece on what really drives people to succeed at life, sports, career and even at playing ping-pong. (Paddle jockey: I raised the other eyebrow but read on, there are some pearls waiting to be served.)

Does talent win out over practice in the making of a sporting champion?

This question has been covered by a number of bestselling books and two of these are referenced here. I have my own views on a sporting champion’s ability mix which can be summed up as:

You can’t put in what nature left out.

And by put in, I’m not referring to banned substances!

Well, what about achieving career and business success? How is that to be encouraged?

If interest was flagging by this point, then for readers of an IT newsletter, here was the main course.

The usual motivational suspects were trotted out but then the author comes to a surprising conclusion, one that I noticed in how the Olympic medal-winning Japanese gymnastics, table-tennis and women’s football teams behaved during the ceremonies and in television interviews.

This is also on display here at school sports festivals, in the office when celebrating a new customer win; in fact anywhere members of groups with shared interests are gathered together.

Can you connect the dots?


How 60 Minutes a Week Can Electrify Your Job

Daniel Pink offers a tasty morsel on how the people of a business can come together and make things happen. Notice that I said people, not just employees or managers.

I’ve met a few managers like Ms. Shefner in my career but alas, they’ve definitely been in the minority.


21 Ways To Crush Your Procrastination

Craig Jarrow’s put together a decent list-style post on zapping the procrastination pig.
Any of these could be turned into habitual behavior, although I’d probably give #16 a miss!

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