In an episode of his HBO show, The Shop, Lebron James shared that he often wakes up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, tormented by the question “How did I end up here?” He wonders why he and three of his childhood friends were successful while four of their other friends are now all dead. The head nods of his guests all signaled that this question—why some of us make it while others do not—was one they had asked themselves, too. advertisement advertisement A few years earlier, another NBA superstar offered his own answer. In his 2014 MVP acceptance speech, Kevin Durant spent almost 30 minutes recounting, person by person, those who had helped him along the way and more specifically, how they had helped. From the small gesture of a teammate who left an encouraging note in his locker to the protection and inspiration provided by his single mom, who he famously designated “the Real MVP.” The question of what we attribute our … [Read more...] about 10 minutes reflecting on who helped you succeed can transform your idea of the meritocracy
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“I bet no CEO of a company has said this to his team,” Shake Shack leader Randy Garutti tells a roomful of employees. “I want to challenge you to put us out of business.” advertisement advertisement It’s less than 30 minutes before the 11 a.m. grand opening of what will be the 66th Shake Shack–a gleaming, multimillion-dollar outpost located in a Victorian brownstone on Newbury Street, in Boston’s gold coast shopping district. The assembled workers sit riveted, but this last-minute dare is probably not what they were expecting. Garutti, the company’s CEO, has been up since 3 a.m. He came to Boston on a late-arriving early-morning Amtrak train, and he plans to hit three other Boston-area Shacks before heading home to New York. It has already been a long day. Is he having some kind of stress-induced, Howard Beale–style meltdown? Well, no. He’s just passing along a bit of the wisdom that has made his company one of … [Read more...] about How Shake Shack Leads The Better Burger Revolution
In 2015, McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook made it his mission to whip the beleaguered burger company into shape. In addition to focusing on improving food and service, forging a “contemporary restaurant experience” was front and center. New packaging was a no brainer in the plan to refresh the brand. Beginning this month, McDonald’s is phasing in new bags, cups, and boxes that embody a less-is-more mantra. The company’s packaging may be going on a diet, but is that enough to convince customers that positive change is afoot? advertisement advertisement The last time McDonald’s redesigned its global packaging was in 2013. It featured a frenetic collage of QR codes, slogans, illustrations, and symbols. Back then, the emphasis then was on storytelling using graphics. Now, it’s about using simplicity to convey the company’s new agenda of being modern and progressive. The Spartan concept riffs on what … [Read more...] about Can Packaging Design Make You Feel Better About Eating Fast Food? McDonald’s Hopes So.
In many respects, 2017 was an incredible year for design. Brands such as Nike took a powerful stance on inclusion. Virtual reality enabled exciting new experiences. Inventors solved some of the longstanding problems mainstream design has ignored, like better breast pumps for nursing mothers. However, there were plenty of blunders, frustrations, and annoyances, too. Simply put, these 10 design trends need to die. advertisement advertisement Opaque Algorithms Has the moment of reckoning finally come for opaque algorithms? Algorithms are the silent puppeteers of our lives, deciding how we vote, what we read, how we dress, what we watch, how we’re policed, and more. We don’t know how these algorithms work. What’s even more troublesome is that the companies that are designing and using these algorithms often don’t either. One of Facebook’s algorithms, for example, created anti-Semitic categories for users, which violated the site’s … [Read more...] about The 10 Design Trends Of 2017 That Need To Die
Think of the famous architects who are household names–the ones who get Simpsons cameos and blockbuster exhibitions at major museums. Notice anything? They’re probably all white men. While the architecture industry is mostly male, women have made remarkable contributions while facing structural hurdles that have held them back, one of which is how architectural history is recorded and passed down. (For example, Denise Scott Brown has not received a Pritzker Prize, but her husband, Robert Venturi, did, even though they worked side by side.) Pioneering Women of American Architecture, a new website, is taking a big step toward reversing the omissions that plague our history books. advertisement advertisement Developed by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF), a foundation named for architect and women’s rights activist Beverly Willis, and directed by Columbia professors Mary McLeod and Victoria Rosner, Pioneering Women of Architecture will feature … [Read more...] about Architecture Has A Woman Problem