Weekly Highlights #11: Wildlife, Plan.txt, Ignaz Semmelweis

Grateful for…  thriving in the midst of wildlife. This week, early in the morning, a gigantic raccoon climbed over our fence when our dogs were outside.  This resulted in about 15 minutes of barking, numerous awake neighbors, a substantial set of scrapes, but no fatalities (raccoons are tough!).  Our dogs are Rhodesian Ridgeback mixes, 95 and 85 pounds respectively–so they live to hunt.  After the initial excitement and a round of hydrogen peroxide, we put our dogs in their kennels for a timeout.  I really enjoyed seeing our male dog–Makai–with a distant, happy look in his eyes as he sat in his kennel, clearly smiling about the adventure, despite his wounded nose.

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Miniature version of the animal that was in our yard.  Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

And, a tip: if you need to break up animals, spraying them with water works well.

Thinking about… “us” and “them”.  I joined an internal consulting team in my company for a workshop on change last week.  I was new to the group, and it was striking how often our group used words which will build a wall between us and our teammates:  words like “client”, “project”, “expert” or “assessment.”  Those word choices matter.  But, more fascinating, was that we didn’t notice those word distinctions as we were using them.  The line between “us” and “them” was completely subconscious–an interesting lesson on awareness in teams.

Experimenting with…  a “Plan.txt” file on my computer.  The idea is this: a simple text file, saved on my desktop, that has my plan for the next two weeks.  Basically, it’s a to do list on a scrap of paper…  except it’s the digital version.  The benefit is 1) it’s tough to ignore, since it’s always in view whenever I’m on my work computer, and 2) it’s flexible–allowing me to easily adjust as necessary.  Enjoying it so far.

Interesting reading… I recently read a pair of interesting articles of quantitative analysis, shared by Seth Godin, the first on healthcare and the second on shoes.  I particularly enjoyed this one, which is a translation of the work of a doctor–Ignaz Semmelweiss–in the Vienna Obstetrics Hospital in the mid-1800s.  Fascinating to read about the human cost paid in making a life-saving discovery.

Enjoying… some fun parody Twitter accounts: Thoughts of Dog and Bored Elon Musk.

Have a great week!



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