Fuss Fridays: a fortnightly list of essentials
Say hello to Fuss Fridays! Inspired by Tim Ferriss, I'm sharing with you five essentials that I’ve been obsessing over.
WorkLife with Adam Grant—a podcast by TED. Organizational psychologist and Wharton professor Adam Grant is the New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take, and Originals. In this podcast he takes us inside some of the world’s most unusual workplaces to discover the keys (yes, there are multiple) to better work—hopefully this involves dealing with brownie thieves at work!
“We spend a quarter of our lives in our jobs. This show is about making all that time worth your time,” says Adam. “In WorkLife, we’ll take listeners inside the minds of some fascinating people in some truly unusual places, and mix in fresh social science to reveal how we can lead more creative, meaningful and generous lives at work.”
Brooklyn, 2015—directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, based on Colm Tóibín's novel Brooklyn. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters. Set in the 1950s, Brooklyn tells the story of a young Irish woman's immigration to New York—leaving the comfort of her mother's home, and the support of her older sister. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between her two homes (Ireland & Brooklyn)—and the lives that exist within.
Howard Schultz—founder, former CEO, and now chairman of Starbucks. I was first introduced to Howard on the podcast How I Built This with Guy Raz, where I was instantly in awe of his ability to turn Starbucks into what it is today—an international coffee house, meeting point, and bathroom pit-stop for 100 million weekly customers—that’s in the U.S. alone! It's only recently though, that I heard about Starbucks’ expansion into China—a predominantly tea-drinking society. China’s lack of coffee loving addicts caused Starbucks to struggle for nearly 10 years with poor sales and high staff turnover. For a company that prides themselves on being employee focused, this was difficult for them, but all was restored when they recognized the dominant role Chinese parents play in their children’s career choices. Once Starbucks extended health insurance to every Chinese employee and their parents, as well as invite the parents to the annual company meeting, staff retention rocketed which in turn had the same effect on customer retention.
Starbucks now has 3,200 stores in China (as of 2018) and a new store opens every 15 hours. If you're interested in learning more about Howard's journey his book Pour Your Heart Into It is a must read.
LinkedIn Daily Rundown—this is the only ‘news’ I read these days… providing me with breaking topics, business trends, and professional insights. I highly suggest you give it a follow.