#Links 2017-03-05

“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” – Prof Albert Bartlett (1923-2013). Watch him explain, in a lecture on arithmetic, energy & population. There’s a wealth of information at this website maintained in his honor.
Seth Godin on #Urgent vs #important: The reason we go for urgent is that it makes us feel competent. We’re good at it. We didn’t used to be, but we are now. Important, on the other hand, is fraught with fear, with uncertainty and with the risk of failure.
Self-talk language shapes self-perception. Fascinating examples of the frame of reference that LeBron James & Malala Yousafzai use to describe themselves. A few other good stories in this series called “The Changing Lives of #WomenWomen of nbn might be interested in this series.
Bruce Lee’s #correspondence & diaries shed light into the #philosophy that ruled his life. From images of his self-affirmation in his neat #handwriting, to a letter written when he was 21, this link was a treasure find.
Maria Helena Braga, & her 94-year old co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery John Goodenough, have #invented a new solid-state battery technology that seems to last 5 times longer, & has faster charge & discharge cycles. Huge implications if this does take off.
What word describes the last remaining of a species? (There’s a neat connection to Sydney too!) #language
Why #typography matters – lessons from the mix-up at some recent movie awards apparently! #visualisation
Who cares about #AnnualReports, really? Well, try this for a change. Warren Buffet writes an annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. The letter is unlike every other annual report – simple #language, clear ideas, & full of wisdom (& humor!). Letters going back to 1977 can be be found here.
While not quite in the same league, a few companies are starting to take heed of Buffet’s way of #communicating. Here’s Kickstarter’s Benefit Statement for 2016. I shared Bill & Melinda Gates’s letter to their biggest donor, Warren Buffet last week
Verbal #communication is the most important candidate skill, even if you’re just starting off in your career. nbnToastmasters can help!
Jumping to a Pivot Table’s Data Source, the #VBA way. Handy macro to save in your #Excel toolkit

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