Four short links: 05 March 2013

An essential reading to inspire your morning
  1. Good Grammar Should Be Everyone’s Business – Today is National Grammar Day, a reminder that good grammar is instrumental in conveying ideas with clarity, professionalism, and precision. Even so, the informality of e-mail, texting, and tweeting has crept deep into company communications. It is not uncommon to hear a coworker make a grammatical faux pas such as “There’s new people you should meet.” Even former Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang was known for ignoring capital letters in his e-mails.
  2. It’s Time to View Leadership as a Profession – The 2011 documentary film Jiro Dreams of Sushi tells the story of an 85-year-old sushi chef and his small restaurant in a Tokyo subway station—the only sushi restaurant in the world to be awarded a three-star Michelin Guide rating. Jiro, the sushi chef, has been making sushi for most of his life, but still, well into old age, he strives for perfection. I recommend you watch this film yourself (it’s now available on DVD). Better yet: watch it with a group of leaders! As you will see in this film, Jiro is a professional in the truest sense. I challenge you, upon watching the film and seeing how passionate Jiro is about sushi, to imagine what it would be like if the leaders in your organization were as passionate about leadership.
  3. Hindenburg Mystery Solved? Hydrogen Airship Destroyed By Static Electricity, Experts Claim – A historical mystery that has beguiled scientists for three-quarters of a century has finally been solved, according to a new documentary airing March 7. In Channel 4’s program titled “What Destroyed The Hindenburg,” a team of experts build models of the infamous air ship and systematically rule out theories of what led to its destruction.
  4. The Google Glass Feature No-One Is Talking About — The most important Google Glass experience is not the user experience – it’s the experience of everyone else. The experience of being a citizen, in public, is about to change.

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