Guernica – Picasso – 1937

Did John Lyndon Hate The Floyd?

Is Pink Floyd a punk band?

Are people really surprised when Roger Waters delivers protest?

Why is the film not Called ‘Us and Them’?

All this and more in this week’s newsletter.

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‘Real Stories | Real People’ is a new occasional series that will start to appear on this blog in the not too distant future. But that’s not the point of the newsletter. The point was first to share the story of Richard Montañez.

The second was to ask you to think about success. What is it. And more importantly – is it uner your control. It isn’t as clear cut as you might think.

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Sometimes the task in front of me seems to be so large and neverending that I get despondent. And then I read something like this and I just tell myself to shut up and get on with it.

John Steinbeck

I wouldn’t normally link to something like this – at least not on this blog – but this morning I also happened to catch Rob Long’s Martini Shot Podcast … a ‘shot’ in the arm over a few minutes. It’s the one dated August 21st that I want you to listen to. Sage advice and not far off from what I was writing about in this week’s newsletter and then seeing this … well ‘put up or shut up’ as they say.

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At Booming Toptal, No Stock for Employees or Investors

I mean none – 100% owned by Taso Du Val and I assume none by all the rest on this page.

As Toptal’s Chief Executive Officer, Taso manages Toptal’s core team of hundreds of team members distributed throughout the world, with a focus on innovation. Since Toptal was founded in 2010, Taso has led it to become the largest high-skilled, on-demand talent network in the world. Taso serves on the board of multiple organizations, advising on talent strategy and innovation for Fortune 100s and nonprofits. Taso has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, Wharton, and Oxford on talent management and entrepreneurship.

Toptal’s Web Site

Anyway, what he does and how he runs his business is – well – his business. But it got me to wondering … what he is advising those other companies to do when it comes to employee engagement? Employee motivation?

From where I sit, these words resonate;

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Leading US bosses drop shareholder-first principle.

As the article opens …

“The real test will be in deeds not words.”

Have to say until action – and I mean real action – this jury is out!

Read the opinion by Larry Elliott in The Guardian

Watching. I don’t think People First has won just yet!


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