Best of 2023: Seating Matters, How To Write A Better Email & 13 Habits That Helped Bill Gates Build His $106 Billion Fortune
31 December 2023 Newsletter
‘If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth.’”
— Anthony de Mello
Hope you’re Thriving!
Welcome to the last day of 2023. I hope it was a productive and fruitful year for you.
Over the holiday season, I’ve collected some of my favourite articles and podcasts from the year to share with you. Kind of like a best-of from 2023.
Couple this with my recommended reading list and hopefully, there is something of real interest and value for you each week.
I’m keeping them short and sharp.
Enjoy your holidays and stay safe.
Ryan Tierney is a director at Seating Matters , an Ireland-based seat manufacturer with an excellent and inspirational story about implementing lean into their business to drive productivity.
In this video, Ryan walks us through his factory and explains the how and why of everything. It’s remarkable!
If you can’t find the right people, can you use lean concepts to improve productivity?
Watch the video about lean at Seating Matters here
How to Write A Better Email
This week I came across an excellent 4-minute video outlining how to write a better email. It talks about three main ways to improve email:
- Write subject lines with keywords
For example, what do you want the recipient to do with the email—Action, Sign, Info, Decision, Request.
If you need your manager to approve a vacation request, put “Vacation – Request” in the email’s subject line. This forces you to articulate what you want.
- Begin the email with Bottom Line Up Front – BLUF
This outlines who, what, when, where, and why. For example, start an email “We will reduce the number of days employees work from home from three days to one beginning on December 1st.” If that’s the beginning of the email rather than the end, then people know what matters. If required, you can then elaborate on it.
- Be economical
Short emails are more effective than long ones. Try to get the whole email onto one pane without scrolling.
Check out the 4-minute video here:
13 Habits That Helped Bill Gates Build His $106 Billion Fortune
It’s the compounding of habits over time that helped Bill Gates become one of the wealthiest people on the planet. This week. I came across an interesting article outlining the 13 habits he used to build wealth over time.
Here’s the list:
- He Has a Thirst for Knowledge
- His Parents Were Supportive
- He Reads a Lot
- He Chose a Great Business Partner
- He Has Remained Passionate About His Work
- He Stayed Confident in His Dream and Vision
- He Had an Emergency Fund for Microsoft
- He Learned From His Mistakes With Microsoft
- He Gets Seven Hours of Sleep
- He Learns From Those Around Him
- He Diversified His Private Portfolio
- He Knew When He Had Outgrown Partnerships
- He Learned To Give Up ControlIt’s a good read, and I feel it’s pretty sensible, with things we can all learn from.
Read the article here: 13 Habits That Helped Bill Gates Build His $106 Billion Fortune
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