Wonderful people are made, not born. (NYT)

Beckie ManleyFrom the CEO, People + things that inspire us

*Image from http://www.arkprojectnow.com/ from TODAY I just loved the article by David Brooks in the New York Times this morning called “The Moral Bucket List.” It instantly grabbed my attention and my heart because as one human being to another, I watch for the very same things in people that the author was intrigued by, and I ask myself the same curious questions. What makes people good? What makes people kind? And how can we all be more like them? At Fierce, we have taken this exploration to heart and have established kindness as a core value for our company and we hold each other to this standard daily—with ourselves, each other, … Read More

Build pockets of stillness into your life. (brainpickings.org)

Beckie ManleyFierce Strategy + Creative, From the CEO, People + things that inspire us

*Image is one of Maurice Sendak’s vintage posters celebrating the job of reading, featured in Maria Popova’s post. Now Reading | BrainPickings.org One of my favorite sources of inspiration comes from Maria Popova who writes brainpickings.org. She started her blog seven years ago and today it has millions of readers and has been included in the Library of Congress digital archive of “materials of historical importance.” Pretty amazing. In her latest post, she takes a moment to reflect on the past seven years and all the things she has learned from her research, writing, reading—and living. Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind. Cultivate that capacity for “negative capability.” We live … Read More

Findings from one of the longest running studies on happiness.

Beckie ManleyFierce Strategy + Creative, From the CEO, People + things that inspire us

*Image from Pintrest Today I took some time to listen to the TED talk by Robert Waldinger on what makes a good life. He pulls his three main lessons from one of the longest running studies on happiness that was started back at Harvard over 75 years ago. The Harvard Study of Adult Development has tracked the lives of 268 men, year after year, asking about their work, their home lives, their health, and of course asking all along the way without knowing how their life stories were going to turn out. Robert is the fourth director of this research study. Ultimately what they have learned to date is that the good … Read More

Fierce Excerpts: Lusting while loathing

Beckie ManleyFierce Excerpts, Fierce Strategy + Creative, People + things that inspire us

*Image from Kraft. Now Reading | The Science of Craving by Amy Fleming Amy Fleming attended the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting where Dr. Kent Berridge, of the University of Michigan, presented his pioneering research into pleasure and desire. Her article is very long and detailed but I found the topic incredibly interesting. I have pulled out 6 main excerpts below: She writes:  For almost three decades, Dr. Berridge has swum against the tide of established thinking, to map the brain mechanics of the reward system – the part of the brain that lights up on scans when people enjoy something, whether it’s cake, snogging, heroin or Facebook. It has been a … Read More

Fierce Excerpts: The Structure of Belonging.

Beckie ManleyCommunication, Company Culture, Fierce Excerpts, People + things that inspire us

Now Reading | Community: The Structure of Belonging. One of our Fierce friends, Jack Burgess, posted this yesterday from the book titled Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block. I loved the sentiment about leadership and wanted to share it here: The shift is to believe that the task of leadership is to provide context and produce engagement, to tend to our social fabric. It is to see the leader as one whose function is to engage groups of people in a way that creates accountability and commitment. In this way of thinking we hold leadership to three tasks: Create a context that nurtures an alternate future, one … Read More

Interview someone today with the StoryCorps app and share the power of a story.

Beckie ManleyFierce Strategy + Creative, People + things that inspire us, Science, Research + Technology, Storytelling

*Image by Dalton Rooney. Have you ever heard of Story Corps.? It’s pretty darn cool. I just discovered it today thanks to TED Radio Hour, a new infatuation. StoryCorps’ mission is to provide people of all background and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. “We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.” Here’s a … Read More

On “the slipperiness of the soul.”

Beckie ManleyPeople + things that inspire us

A little tidbit from Brainpickings.org today, one of my favorite haunts. Virginia Woolf on the Paradox of the Soul and the Consolations of Aging. Woolf marvels at “the slipperiness of the soul”; “oh the delicacy and complexity of the soul,” she exclaims in another; she fantasizes about writing “a dialogue of the soul with the soul” in another still. In an entry from February of 1926, midway through writing To the Lighthouse, she resolves to begin each day on a new page — her self-professed “habit in writing serious literature” — and considers the craftsmanship of the soul: As for the soul… the truth is, one can’t write … Read More

Fierce Excerpts: “Knowledge is only a rumor until it lives in the muscle.”

Beckie ManleyFierce Excerpts, People + things that inspire us

*image from brainpickings.com, art by Lisbeth Zwerger done for a rare edition of the Wizard of Oz. Now Reading | Brené Brown on the Physics of Vulnerability and What Resilient People Have in Common Brainpickings.org is a favorite spot of mine. And I can’t get enough of todays post on Brené Brown. Not only the words, but the imagery as well. It’s beautiful. I will just share a few excerpts and you can read the entire article here: http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/09/02/rising-strong-brene-brown/ While vulnerability is the birthplace of many of the fulfilling experiences we long for — love, belonging, joy, creativity, and trust, to name a few — the process of … Read More

Crucial tips for interviewing and resume writing

Beckie ManleyPeople + things that inspire us

Loved this great little article from Buzzfeed today about adulting—all the things no one ever tells you when you become an adult. Read the entire article here for great tips from how to store your groceries to how to pick out your first apartment: http://www.buzzfeed.com/annaborges/what-is-adulting?bffb&utm_term=4ldqpgp#.cl3L0zyXO I included two of their infographics here—how to write a resume and 34 crucial tips for your next job interview. Thanks, Buzzfeed.  

“You push me to be the best I can be.”

Beckie ManleyFrom the CEO, People + things that inspire us

The STAR Foundation has had a piece of my heart ever since I was first introduced to Katie Orrel and Ellen Murphy close to 5 years ago. I knew I had to help support the magic they were creating for the young women and young men in Brunswick, Georgia. STAR’s vision is educating brighter futures and their mission is to help end generational poverty in our community by teaching skills needed to enter the workforce and succeed. Katie and Ellen surround their students with love and support and teach them how to get a job, balance a checkbook, use a computer, and ultimately change the direction of … Read More