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Weekly Inspirations: December 2nd, 2016

Sorry for missing last week but I was gone for the Thanksgiving holiday and so this week we roll on! Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

Building Team Culture, One Artifact at a Time

Edgar Schein’s organizational culture model has always resonated with me as a way to think about the types of things, both tangible and intangible, that contribute to an organization’s culture. Artifacts, as described in Schein’s model, are the readily apparent signs of a culture — things that can be recognized and understood even by outsiders. They include “any tangible, overt or verbally identifiable elements in an organization. Architecture, furniture, dress code, office jokes, all exemplify organizational artifacts.”
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The restaurant OS

So you’re a techie and a foodie. You’re having dinner and your phone buzzes to let you know you can pay for the meal you’re enjoying right from an app. It’s then you realize there’s something going on in restaurant tech. If you want to know more, or get involved, this is your primer — because there is a lot of new action in the restaurant industry and we’re going to break some of it down. Restaurateurs: Even though you have a wealth of resources dedicated to you, we hope this brief outline gives you a few ideas to consider if you’re looking to upgrade or switch your tech package.
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Why Pride is Good

It’s true that “hubristic pride” – when you feel pleased in your own abilities – can be harmful and indicative of an inflated ego. But “authentic pride,” which is the satisfaction and pleasure we take from the positive outcomes of our hard work and dedication, is an important, rewarding emotion that encourages persistence. And for creatives going through a tough patch, feeling a lack of pride can be a useful indicator that you’re taking the wrong approach. In extreme cases, it might mean it’s time for you to change strategies, or even to take a new direction entirely.
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Home farming robot

Many people of today’s generation don’t know where their food comes from, nor how it’s produced. This presents many health problems in today’s society. Farmbot Genesis is a project to alleviate such concerns. It is an open source robot which enables users to grow food for themselves — minus the labor.
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Rolls-Royce And Hennessy Offer Their Perspectives On The Future Of Luxury

The Baccarat Hotel in New York City was the scene of a gathering of two iconic luxury brands. Rolls-Royce and Hennessy paired up for an evening to share perspectives on the Future of Luxury. The connection between manufacturing automobiles and crafting cognac might not be immediately apparent, however, each shares a long history and a persistent dedication to craft.
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