Australian photographer Jem Cresswell spent the past four years swimming with humpback whales off the coast of Tonga and has compiled 220 pages of black and white photographs. This article features some of the black-and-white photos that grace Cresswell's book.
Why it matters: Diego Maradona features prominently in any conversation about who is the greatest soccer player of all time. The Argentine definitely lived a life of extreme highs and extreme lows, but soccer fans around the world will miss him dearly. A great documentary about Maradona already exists and I'm sure there will be loads of tributes in the coming days, but this republication of a story by a Reuters journalist who used to play pickup games with Maradona in Cuba is worth a read. The guy just loved to play the game and I'm thankful I got to watch him.
In last Friday's WYWW, I shared the story of a Poison jacket that lived in the lore of my family. Near the conclusion of the story, I noted that the jacket has been given to a friend of my brother who really liked the band.
Welllllllll, I was wrong. My mom reads WYWW and when we spoke last Friday night, she claimed she had shipped the jacket to my brother just a few years ago. I must admit I doubted my mom's account, but it turns out it she was right. My brother even produced this photographic evidence to prove the jacket is indeed still in his "Poisession."
I've never been happier to issue a correction and now you can see the jacket in all its glory. The left side of this image is my brother showing off the back of the jacket. The right side of the photo is my brother's brother-in-law, who recently borrowed the jacket so he could dress as an absolute dead ringer for Poison lead singer Bret Michaels. Check out that artwork on the sleeve! (I promise the hand on his chest is his wife, but I've cropped her out of the photo to protect the innocent).
Giving thanks to a stranger: Somewhere out there is a stranger who worked at The Wherehouse music/video store in Carlsbad, Calif., 30 years ago. I owe this person a huge thank you because when they talked my dad -- who knew NOTHING about Poison -- into entering a drawing for Poison prizes, they had no idea this "major award" would provide three decades of laughs for my 'Flesh and Blood.'
This photo was submitted by Brett Berlin. I waited to share it until today because Brett's description encapsulates the importance of a positive and thankful perspective ... even in trying times:
"This is a photo taken on Sept 3 in Fort Collins, CO at Colorado Youth Outdoors. Earlier on this day my job was eliminated due to the economic effects of COVID-19. I shot this after fishing in these gravel pit ponds with my 11 year old son. The colors are enhanced because of the Cameron Peak fire which had started a couple weeks prior. On Oct. 14, I accepted an offer on a new job and this photo is a reminder that after every sunset there will be a sunrise that we can accept as a new beginning."
Employees and customers expect businesses to treat them with respect, to honor diversity and to champion causes that advance the common good, says S. Chris Edmonds in this video and blog post. "To remain competitive and to attract and retain top talent, companies must invest in their employees while enabling healthy work-life balance," he says.
The pandemic has had a silver lining for many people who have discovered productive home-based work, improved their relationships and connected with people without the rigors of travel, writes Scott Eblin. "What have you done or are about to do that would never have even crossed your mind last Thanksgiving?" he writes.
Decision-making begins with identifying the right problem and the data that will affect the outcome. Only then can teams start brainstorming solutions and sorting out disagreement as they seek a unified commitment, writes David Burkus.
What we say represents our attitudes, beliefs and feelings, such as our power status, fear or gratitude, writes Dan Rockwell. "Grateful people recognize personal need when they appreciate how others make their life richer, fuller, and more successful," he writes.
Start your next presentation with an intriguing opening that prepares the audience for what they're about to experience, writes Gary Genard. "That means letting them know what your main points are -- the specific areas you're going to cover in this otherwise overly broad topic," he writes.
Vertiv Chairman and former Honeywell CEO Dave Cote emphasizes that companies should not choose between near-term and distant goals, as every area of business has examples where both matter. "It's critical to do both because the long term eventually becomes the short term, and if you haven't done the necessary seed planting, you just run out of gas," he says.
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