Hello, another fabulously busy week here at OptimalHQ and in the published world of reading on the Internet. I am off on holiday in 2 weeks and plan to read real books – so will take a wee break from publishing this blog in June, might publish fabulous photos of tropical places just to make everyone jealous instead. Back to the topic in hand – mid-week reading. Loads of great stuff on culture and leadership this week, a range of Infographics because I just can’t get enough of those – my brain digests the information presented in pretty stylized layouts quite well it seems. Finally in the OMG section – I love The Civilian, an enterprising local youths total piss take of world events, it’s completely obvious if you actually read these articles they are spoofs but this week it seems X-Factor fans just didn’t get the joke! amazing. Happy reading, Vic

Careers – how many people actually invest in planning and managing their career?

http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2013/05/15/10-tips-for-managing-your-most-valuable-asset-your-career/

Women in Business –  Interesting article on self awareness as an executive and how women have the edge on men with this regard:

http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/05/few_executives_are_self-aware.html

Introverts – a few weeks ago I posted a series of links to articles on introverts, came across this one and felt it rounded the series out well:

http://themojocompany.com/2013/03/8-things-that-arent-true-about-introverts/

Culture and Leadership – this list of articles are courtesy of Shane’s tweets and blog this week – first up a good article on when paying more stops paying off, interesting points and research; short, sharp and totally spot on, when culture turns into policy – a trap for young companies perhaps?; some very strong views in this article about what your culture really says – many I don’t agree with but certainly worth considering; and finally Focus this list of 10 things that leaders should do boils down to the one most important thing:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-leadership/wp/2013/05/15/when-paying-more-stops-paying-off/

http://37signals.com/svn/posts/3450-when-culture-turns-into-policy

http://blog.prettylittlestatemachine.com/blog/2013/02/20/what-your-culture-really-says/

https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130516122636-15077789-the-1-thing-a-business-leader-must-do-to-succeed?

Infographics – love them – ignore the self promotion on market share from IBM and just read the What is Analytics part up front; and oldie but a goodie describing what is an infographic using lego (a commonly used tool here at OptimalHQ, describing IT terms with lego – hilarious too); this is a powerful visual technique depicting of the history of creating value; and finally the best kind of Infographic an interactive one, this snake-oil-supplements infographic has links to the studies it represents visually, quite cool:

http://www-01.ibm.com/software/analytics/what-is-analytics/

http://visual.ly/what-infographic-2

http://fundersandfounders.com/the-history-of-creating-value/

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/play/snake-oil-supplements/

Dashboards – loads of good dashboard ideas on this site, good if you are lacking inspiration building your next one;

http://www.inverra.com/our-demos/#

OMG – here is a link to The Civilian, check out the X-Factor article (and when you have time for a good chuckle just read the other articles) then a link to one mainstream media’s coverage of the fallout from this article, the mind boggles:

http://www.thecivilian.co.nz

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10884927