Weekly Learnings Roundup (November 27, 2016)

The Weekly Learnings Roundup is back!

Thanks for your patience over the last couple of months as I’ve spent a bit of time recalibrating my purposes around this blog. I’m excited to continue to share with you my favourite learnings through these posts. Taking a bit of a break has actually helped me uncover some new tools and resources that I think you’ll find helpful.

As you know, these bite-sized, weekly posts are designed to give you a quick hit of interesting learnings and articles I came across this week. That format will stay the same for the foreseeable future. I’ll continue to share with you a motley assortment of tips, resources, and links that will hopefully give you a bit of inspiration for the upcoming week.

Let’s get into this week’s roundup!

What I’m reading —

Don’t Fear the Fat: 7 Ways Fat Can Help You Lose Weight by Bulletproof

For decades the food industry has made us want to believe that high-fat diets are linked with heart disease and generally bad for you. But having been on the Bulletproof diet for the last (almost) 2 years, I’ve never felt better having more high-quality fats in my diet. This article breaks down how fats can help you rather than hurt you.

Books, documentaries, or podcast episodes I’m enjoying —

The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker

One of the classics of management books. A rating of 4.11 across 14,635 reviews on Goodreads speaks for itself. I haven’t finished this book yet but, personally, I’ve applied a number of learnings from this book in my own time management and leadership style. Highly recommended for anyone currently leading people or aspiring to be a better leader.

A quote that’s inspiring me —

Progress is not achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily.

— Epictetus

Productivity tip of the week —

Don’t drink cheap wine.

If you’re like me, you enjoy finding items that provide good value. And if you’re also like me, you like wine but don’t know the difference between a $12 bottle and an $18 bottle. There is a big difference. Low quality wine typically means low quality processes that went into making it often resulting in mould toxins getting into the wine. While no wine is risk free, you can do yourself a favour and avoid the cheap $8-$12 bottles. You just can’t make wine that cheap without cutting corners. So at a minimum, go for ones that are a level higher – in the $17 to $20 range. Your brain and energy the next day will thank you. Below are a couple of recommendations for good quality wine at a good price.

Product or service I’m loving —

Both of these wines here are my recent favourites. Both of them are Slow-Carb friendly (meaning they have low sugar levels) and both are under $20.

Eradus – Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (New Zealand)

Full-bodied white. Great for anyone who likes their white to be more vibrant.

Luigi Bosca – Malbec (Argentina)

I really like this Malbec. It’s a lighter red. Perfect for a glass as you’re winding down from the day.

As always, thanks for checking out this Weekly Learnings Roundup. Follow me on Twitter @peternakamura to see the full list of articles that I share on a daily basis.

Weekly Learnings Roundup (Feb 28, 2016)

Hey there! Thanks for checking out the Weekly Learning Roundup. These bite-sized, weekly posts are designed to give you a “hit” of interesting learnings I had over the previous week. It’s a motley assortment of tips, resources, and links that will hopefully give you a bit of inspiration for the upcoming week. Enjoy!

Productivity tip of the week:

Smiling for 10 seconds at the start of your day

This week, I decided to add a wrinkle to my meditation practice. After I finished my meditation, I took 10 seconds to smile. Most of the time I needed to fake my smile but just the act of smiling put me immediately into a good mood. In fact, the rest of the day felt lighter and more playful just because I took a moment to smile. Try it out yourself sometime this week. You might be surprised!

A quote that’s inspiring me:

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” —Lao Tzu

Product/service I’m loving:

Bulletproof Coffee

I’ve been drinking Bulletproof Coffee for the better part of the year now and it’s been such a revelation for me that I can’t go without it every morning. Bulletproof Coffee is a mixture of high-quality coffee, grass-fed butter, and concentrated coconut/palm oil. It’s a powerful alternative to regular coffee as it puts my body into a state of ketosis and a feeling of consistent energy all morning.

Documentaries/books I’m enjoying:

Amy – A look into the tragic life of Amy Winehouse. Whether you lover her music or not, it’s a deeply moving documentary. Nominated for an Oscar this season as well.

In The Heart of The Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick – The incredible story of the whaleship Essex and the incredible challenges the crew faced after being shipwrecked in the middle of the Pacific. So many lessons on leadership and human resilience. Definitely worth a read.

Top links shared on Twitter:

On Employee Engagement: Life’s a Bucket (Inquirer.net)

Canadian Millennials Sick Of Their Jobs: 55 Per Cent Want Career Change This Year (Huffington Post)

McDonald’s secret sauce for employee engagement (The Globe and Mail)

Use Digital Technology to Improve Employee Engagement (Business 2 Community)

Effective Strategies to Measure Employee Engagement (Huffington Post)

As always, thank you to those that liked, re-tweeted, or commented on my Tweets. See you on next week’s round up!

Peter’s Links of the Week (Jan. 17-23)

[Assorted] Links of the week:

Homes built for Millennials – VIDEO (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

The Benefits of Wild Salmon (Bulletproof)

Employee Engagement Low at Eastern Health (VOCM)

Help Your Team Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout (Harvard Business Review)

Productivity tip of the week:

If you duplicate tabs on Google Chrome often, you know that there’s no standard keyboard shortcut that allows you to do it quickly. The Duplicate Tab Shortcut Key is a free extension to set a shortcut (I use alt+shift+k) to create duplicate tabs. Shave off a couple of seconds everytime you have to click and select duplicates!

Quote of the week:

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

– Albert Einstein

Product/service I’m loving:

Ever had ideas in the shower that went “down the drain” (hohoho) as soon as you stepped out? No longer will that be an issue for you. Aqua Notes is a waterproof notepad that sticks to your shower walls so you can note down any idea that pops up during a shower. There is also science behind why showers or baths are the perfect storm for great ideas.

As always, thank you to those that liked, re-tweeted, or commented on my Tweets. See you on next week’s round up!