January 2, 2020

Welcome to the New Decade!
Several months ago I realized exactly how grateful I am for the people around me and wrote a post about where I was 10 years ago, and where I am today. What a decade it was, and today seems like a really good time to share the post with you.
If you're like me, you start the year with new goals, desired outcomes and strategic projects. All of this adds to everything you're currently doing (and have done). But in a world where one of the biggest challenges is complexity, we're still focusing on more when in fact it's often best to weed the garden, instead of just adding new plants.
In the back of my mind, I knew my gadgets tracked where I'd been. But after reading this stunning article, I immediately changed the privacy settings on my iPhone and stopped using Google Chrome. The data reviewed came from a location data company, one of dozens quietly collecting precise movements using software slipped onto mobile phone apps. You’ve probably never heard of most of the companies — and yet to anyone who has access to this data, your life is an open book.
Video Recommendation:
At a recent coaching workshop I attended, the participants decided the most valuable piece of information from 8 hours of content was this 6-minute TedTalk from 2010. Drew Dudley isn't a particularly good speaker, but his message is a terrific reminder of the impact we have on others, that we often aren't aware of. I'm not alone: the video now has almost 4.5 million views.
Graphic of the Week
States with lower populations than Los Angeles County: