1. Happy Friday 5. How was your week? It’s been while since we’ve posted one (a F5) so I’ll take a moment to remind our readers what they are all about. Friday Five is a theme we play with to share musings and muses on our Friday afternoons, typically when it’s crunch time to get everything wrapped up before weekend. Taking a Friday Five may seem counterproductive but if you understand that fulfilling work demands creative capacity and that creative capacity requires intention, practice and hours (just like strength and endurance training) then you can -and should- rationalize that taking 20 minutes to write abstract thoughts about espresso or share what you learned from an article about how female tree frogs get tricked into being with a less attractive mate is critical; that is, the opportunity to add an unexpected element of diversity in your approach to whatever you’re currently working on. I have always enjoyed it. The F5 blogging!! … Not being tricked. No way. That’s the worst. 😉
I was reminded of the novelty of the Friday Five reading an excerpt last evening about one of the heads of Starbucks. He would keep his meetings short and then insist that members of the team excused themselves on Friday meetings to go call someone they missed and hadn’t spoken to in a long time. That adds intangible value, I am sure… it’s that time where (even if infrequent) your personal and business interests can briefly collide and that homeostasis infuses freshness back into your work. On the subject of espresso, it totally made me think of our Open Lab, where John and Joe share what’s being batched each day on a batch board with a song lyric, quote or something clever to make you halt in your tracks and think about the personality and love they’re putting in the products. I appreciate that more having made the time to read and write about espresso. So that’s the main thing I wanted to share and encourage this Friday… the beauty of the Friday 5. Try it at home or in your office! Then I’ll share 4 other things that made me think differently today that (perhaps) could be worthy of doing the same for you. Normally, I tend to seek out beautiful, feminine, whimsical inspiration but today all these unrelated things just sort of found me.
2. Google’s Fortunetelling App. Sorry to ruin the surprise but google’s idea to create awareness of the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe is really smart. What’s great about the uncrowded design is that it directs you to the UN Refugee Agency where it is very quick and easy to make a donation to provide some aid, even if the greater solution is not.
3. Looking for more welcome distractions? In addition to the extreeeeemely educational article on the lady frogs getting hoodwinked, National Geographic also updates their website with a photo of the day. You can check it out here. Dear @Natgeo, if you had an email sign up for this one piece of content in particular, you could collect thousands of names. Would love to get this in my inbox.
4. This article from INC: Why the Next Steve Jobs Will be a Woman. This is sort of funny… the article (which is a great read) is titled WHY but the URL reads WILL. I wonder if a woman was updating the front end of their website?
5. Music from Majestic Casual on Youtube. Wait! First check out the best youtube channel ever… then check our Majestic Casual. Great mixes all the time and It’s Strange is one of the most recent adds. It’s awesome.
Yours on Friday,