Splendid Sundays Volume 20

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A handful of splendid finds and interesting tidbits from around the worldwide web:

*Faux friendship. You can take or leave the historic references in this article, but the rest about modern friendships and social media is good food for thought. One of my favorite bits in the piece: "We have ceased to believe that a friend's highest purpose is to summon us to the good by offering moral advice and correction . . . We're busy people; we want our friendships fun and friction-free."

*In a similar vein, Sean Low has a great post this week about the importance of having mentors in business.

*Maybe they're right. 

*"Being addicted to your work might be slightly better than a coke habit, but it follows the same pattern of abuse and escapism. And most importantly, it is not a requirement for success." Step one is admitting you have a problem.

*Book of the week: Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun (author of another must-read book on project management, Making Things Happen). From Amazon: In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. For managers and teachers - and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen - Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider's perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone.

Do you have any splendid finds to share?

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