Weekly Download 15.3

download-150965_640Here’s a recap of news and notes from around the Web that caught my attention over the past week or so.

Explaining Net Neutrality to My Dad. Revisiting this important concept to remember why it matters.

Seven Habits of Optimistic People. Optimism can be mastered like any other habit, yielding significant improvements in quality of life.

Some Thoughts on Hope, Cynicism, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves. This story resonated from the beginning.  It went down a slightly different path than expected but then came back together. I feel that I’ve been overly cynical lately and focusing too much on dysfunction. Having read this article, I will take the suggestion to better balance critical thinking with hope. In a nutshell:

“Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. Hope without critical thinking is naïveté.”

I have heard stories of the reinvention of India’s HCL Technologies.  Here is the CEO telling the story.  Consider the Value Zone, where “Value is created at the interface of our employees and our clients.” If this is true, what is the business of management?

Morning Star throws out the traditional org chart with its structure that has replaced manager-management with peer- and self-management. See The End of Bureaucracy: When Nobody (and Everybody) is the Boss.