Stuff #113 - everyone is still winging it...

Completer Finisher skills are essential to any team, and you can develop your muscle. It's time to forget the goals and focus on the system. We talk about Dabbawalas, State Parks and play 500 letters.
Matt 3 min read
Stuff #113 - everyone is still winging it...
Am I the only one who salutes the first magpie of the day? 

Hey from Dublin,

The most popular link last week was the Weekend Bridge concept, and I wonder how many of you have a note on your desk(top) waiting for you this morning.  I know that I do!

Big thanks to everyone who found their way to the new feedback link that I've added at the bottom of my weekly mail, a simple one-click lets me know whether Stuff is working for you, or not.

If you're enjoying Stuff, I'd ♥️ if you would hit 'forward' and share this with a friend, if not hit 'reply' and tell me how I can make Stuff better for you.  

As always - thanks for being here - it's great to have you join me each week! If you received this from an amazing friend, get your own copy here.

The Stuff Ten

  1. Monday Motivation:  Let this week be the one where you complete AND finish.  It's an essential skill in any team,  and it's also a muscle that you can develop, with practical tips to develop yourself.   This is a blind spot for me, so I'm focusing hard on turning ideas into finished action.
  2. Your new superpower:  It's goal setting time for many of us, but this year - maybe forget about the goals and focus on the system instead.  Every successful life is full of systems for making progress.
  3. Essential Reading: I've been thinking a lot over the last few (difficult) weeks about the difference between sympathy, empathy and compassion.  This guide for 10 ways to develop your compassion is a useful set of exercises.
  4. I've known this for years:  research is showing that music can help your mental health.  I'm 100% behind this. Each Stuff Mixtape, or audio recommendation has been helped me along the way.
  5. TWIL: There is still a Blockbuster store that is open, and it's an absolute 90's dreamworld where you can recreate the Saturday nights of your youth, picking out a video and grabbing snacks.  This place is now on my personal bucket list.
  6. Take care: OK - I confess, I never thought about this before - but I'll never do it again.  Please don't put your suitcase on the bed.
  7. Need some help?  You can call on AI to help you with your resume, a presentation or any document you need.  This directory has the most comprehensive list of AI tools around at the moment. Now, where can I find the newsletter generator?
  8. All-Inclusive:  State parks right across the US are now offering all-terrain wheelchairs to enable more people to spend time in National Parks.  I love this idea, so simple and inclusive.
  9. Forget Deliveroo:  These guys have food delivery on point, meet the incredible dabbawalas who keep Mumbai functioning.
  10. Finally:   500 letters is both taxing and adrenalin inducing.  My high score is 253 - can you beat me?

Stuff to make you smarter

📺 It has taken us a few weeks, but we finally finished 'Bad Sisters' on Apple TV this weekend.  It's a black comedy based on a Belgian story called 'Clan', and brings us five sisters who are trying to kill the husband of one of the women.

The whole thing is full of burst out laughing moments, alongside some terrific acting as we watch the brother (in-law) John Paul gaslighting his wife and her sisters.

Bad Sisters was developed by Sharon Horgan, and set around Dublin, so it was great to see some local landmarks and countryside as we watched the 10 parts unfold.

I'd highly recommend Bad Sisters, very bingeable and well made.  If you click through to Apple TV, there is a free episode to check out if I'm right or not!

🎧 Aural Stuff

What's on the Stuff speakers this week? 

This week saw the arrival of the third part of an excellent music and multimedia project from Norwegian band Röyksopp.  Profound Mysteries III is the closing act in a journey that has taken the best part of 2022, starting with a mystery Instagram account, and moving through multimedia events online and finally a physical boxset of three albums.

The final part has been on heavy rotation this weekend, containing collaborations with Alison Goldfrapp, Jamie Irrepressible and the incredible Susanne Sundfør. The music ranges between ambient & ethereal, as well as dancefloor friendly, house-influenced electronica.

The whole project has been a pleasure to watch unfold.  I really recommend check these out, but especially Profound Mysteries III.

Stuff someone said

"Everyone is still winging it" - Oliver Burkemann

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