Fifteen on Friday (Fof) is a weekly newsletter that is delivered every Friday afternoon directly to your inbox. The goal is to curate a thoughtful list of the most interesting pieces of the week, across a wide range of subjects from arts, culture, economics, science, technology and occasionally fashion.
This week’s highlights: Success in College, Managing the Helmsley Trust, and The Magic of Bees.
Fifteen on Friday – 08/17/18 – Issue 297
Happy Friday Everyone –
Periodically I post updates of a few interesting books that may be worth your time (in addition to your regular reading from Fifteen on Friday). It had been a few months, so I posted an update yesterday with 3 books I think you will enjoy.
Have a great weekend,
Food for Thought:
- NYT – How to Get the Most Out of College They’re privileged, pivotal years. Navigate them with as much care as you did the path that got you there.
- IndependentUK – London is over. Like thousands of young people, I’m so glad I chose to leave It’s only 50 miles from our previous home, but it feels worlds away – and my mental health improved almost overnight
- BA – Bribes, Backdoor Deals, and Pay to Play: How Bad Rosé Took Over A sommelier opens up about the shady business practices that are behind the rise of watery, terrible rosé.
- NYT – How to Quantify a Nurse’s ‘Gut Feelings’ I had a nagging sense that something was wrong, but I couldn’t articulate it.
- Strategy& – How to Cultivate Leadership That Is Honed to Solve Problems Achieve breakthroughs by bringing together experts who love challenges.
- AWCS – The Half-Life of Investment Strategies
- Guardian – Where even Walmart won’t go: how Dollar General took over rural America
- TheAtlantic – The Strange Infinities of e-Commerce When it costs as much to retail 200,000 things as one thing, the world gets a little odd.
- CAP – Interview with Roz Hewsenian. CIO of the Helmsely Trust, Hewsenian has had a wide ranging career. More interesting is her opportunistic approach to endowment fund management, accompanied by a measure of forced concentration in positions.
- CEO Mag – T-Shaped Stars: The Backbone of IDEO’s Collaborative Culture. IDEO is famous for its method of innovation based on intense cross-disciplinary project work. To pull this off, the company has long practiced the art of collaboration and the development of a certain kind of talent: T-shaped people.
- NYT – The Super Bowl of Beekeeping Almond growing in California is a $7.6 billion industry that wouldn’t be possible without the 30 billion bees (and hundreds of human beekeepers) who keep the trees pollinated — and whose very existence is in peril.
- NewsObserver – ‘Like you just have no brain after the game.’ Inside a UNC lineman’s concussion ordeal.
- NYT – Kenan Thompson, the Reluctant Star of ‘Saturday Night Live’ He has always been most comfortable as a supporting player. The longest tenure on the show and an Emmy nomination have helped change that state of mind.
- Vox – It’s easy to become obese in America. These 7 charts explain why. In America, the unhealthiest foods are the tastiest foods, the cheapest foods, the largest-portion foods.”
- NYT – Give a Cow a Brush, and Watch It Scratch That Itch Some researchers think mechanical brushes aren’t just some spa amenity for dairy cows — they’re important to the animal’s well-being.