Friday Hi-5 Features, 16 September 2011

Welcome to today’s Friday Hi-5 Features! Each week we will explore the best picks in the following categories: technology/tool; fiction book; non-fiction book; post of the week; and offline inspiration.

This week, a “hodgepodge” theme was evident in all of the selections.


Stitch Fix – Malls and throngs of people give me hives. Combined with shopping for clothes and fitting rooms, I am a mess. Then my super savvy and stylish friend, Vanessa Rhinesmith, introduced me to a new way to shop. After taking a detailed survey about what I like, those I admire for the way they dress and preferred price range, a box of five items is delivered to my door each month. It is like Christmas morning.

Non-Fiction Book

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom – This book describes the rise of decentralized organizations through the stories of Wikipedia, Alcoholic Anonymous and even, YouTube. The authors not only discuss the principles of a regenerating organization, but the skills needed for the people or catalysts creating these organizations.

Fiction Book

Dom Casmurro by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis – Do you remember the required reading list in your English Literature class (American schools)? You remember…Scarlet Letter, Treasure Island and others. Or did you review the CliffsNotes versions of these classics? Just as these books are required reading, Dom Casmurro, is read by those in Brazilian schools. This tragic love story…or dark comedy…does not have a clean ending. You will have to ponder on the outcome just as other readers have been doing since 1899.

Post of the Week

FIR Interview: Jeremiah Owyang, Altimeter, on Social Business Readiness – Not just a post, but also a podcast! If you have not already checked out the latest Altimeter report on Social Business Readiness, download full report, and listen to Neville and Shel interview Jeremiah about detailed report findings. I found this report to be an extension of Charlene Li’s book, Open Leadership, so while the actionable insights may not be new, the stats supporting these concepts are fascinating and speak volumes about social media maturity.

Offline Inspiration

Fashion Week and Project Runway Episode 7/2011 – There are different elements that make up a brilliant story. Be inspired by the visuals. How would you describe these events to a blind person? What makes these stories resonate?

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