Weekend Reading

by Jeremy Powers on January 14, 2011

Here are some articles to read and think about during your weekend.

That is one cold Winding Staircase!As the Web Turns

Hey, fellas, want to spice things up with your lady? Procter & Gamble, the consumer products giant, has some ideas.

A Web site created by the company for husbands and fathers offers articles with titles like “Conquering Sex Problems.” Among other things, the article advises men to take their time in bed.

How Do Excellent Performers Differ from the Average?

The best performers observe themselves closely. They are in effect able to step outside themselves, monitor what is happening in their own minds, and ask how it’s going. Researchers call this metacognition – knowledge about your own knowledge, thinking about your own thinking. Top performers do this much more systematically than others do; it’s an established part of their routine.

Metacognition is important because situations change as they play out. Apart from its role in finding opportunities for practice, it plays a valuable part in helping top performers adapt to changing conditions…

Why Restaurants Want Fewer Customers

Sixty. That’s the number of diners a night that chef André Chiang sets as the maximum for a good restaurant. Any more and quality starts to slip, he says.

His Singapore restaurant serves even fewer people than that. André, which opened in October 2010, accommodates just 30 diners each a night.

Eliminate Twitter Auto DMs in 4 Easy Steps

I hate Twitter auto DM messages. I realize hate may be a bit of a strong word. But I genuinely hate them. I hate them so much that I kicked off this blog nearly two months ago with a post all about how much I hate auto DMs.

By the way, I’m not the only one that hates them. Turns out you probably hate them too! You see, as I was drafting that post, I saw a blog post from Augie Ray, twitter pal extraordinaire and Social Media Analyst at Forrester. Turns out Augie conducted a survey, and most people hate Twitter auto DMs (by a 40 to 1 margin).

Stay warm this weekend!

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