Weekend Reads – June 11, 2011

Here are four articles/posts from this week that you should read.  These are the best of the best of what I’ve read in the areas of politics, economics, Christianity, and leadership:

Reading Newspaper

Politics – “The 10-Word Question That Could Cost Obama the Election” – from Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight (part of the New York Times).  Silver sees a comparison with the 2012 election and the 1980 election.  The economy will be the central issue, and Ronald Reagan asked one penetrating that got people to vote for him.  This same question may cost President Obama the 2012 election.

Economics – “A theory of everything” – by Sam Bowman at The Adam Smith Institute.  In this video, ad man Rory Sutherland explains how perception and context affect people’s valuation.  And it’s funny, too!  So funny, in fact, that I listened to it twice.

Christianity – “12 Ways to Glorify God at Work” – by Josh Etter at Desiring God Blog.  Etter gives 12 ways that you can change your behavior (or attitude) at work to be glorifying to God.  These are actionable.

Leadership – “Ys Just Wanna Have Fun (and Flexibility)” – by Sylvia Ann Hewlett at HBR.org.  Hewlett takes a look at Generation Y, and how they will fit into the business culture of today.  She posits that business will have to change the way they look at their employees as they look at Generation Y, because Gen Y has different wants.

Bonus Link – “Our stagnating economy vs. our stagnating education system” – by Adam Ozimek at Modeled Behavior.  Ozimek argues that part of our economic problem is an education problem.  He says that, as educational productivity has declined, our overall economy has drifted into malaise.

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