Super8: Eight intriguing articles from July.

Change is everywhere. Some of us fight for it and some of us fight against it. Some see something good in it; the others as a phenomenon to be resisted. Or maybe it just doesn’t make sense.

Whatever our relationship to change, we must prepare for its inevitable arrival. Acceptance is the key. As Marcus Aurilius wrote, “Loss is nothing but change, and change is nature’s delight.”

So, we’re grouping these eight articles together lightly for you with the thread of change. Whether it’s the role of emotion in an organization facing transformation, or how advances in television technology are changing the way we view movies, or how video conferencing is changing the way we connect with our teammates; Daniel Banik’s picks are designed to help you think about how change seeps into our lives.

1. Organizational transformation is an emotional journey.

Change at the individual level is difficult. Driving change across an entire organization is nearly impossible. In this HBR blog post, the authors explore the role of emotion in organizational change, specifically in gaining commitment from the teams driving the change. It also recognizes an often overlooked element of the transformation process: the people who bear the emotional brunt of failed transformations. This article will be useful reading for any leader looking to take their team into uncharted territory.

2. TVs are too good now. Why is Home Alone better than the latest Marvel fare on the most advanced screens?

There was a time, not too long ago, when televisions were big, brown, and took up the corner of the family room. By comparison, today’s technology is quite amazing in its design and image quality. As someone who doesn’t own a TV, this article was a complete eye-opener for me. It’s a wonderful demonstration of how advances in television technology highlight just how far CGI has to go to capture the intricate detail conveyed in film.

3. Humans have always been wrong about humans.

Full disclosure: I had never heard of a single person mentioned in this article before reading it. In fact, many ideas, concepts and civilizations were completely new to me. But that’s what I love about this article/review/account. It was like walking into a library and ignoring the “do not enter” sign on that room full of books. It opened up an academic world that I now want to explore and understand. I hope this article has the same effect on you.

4. The problem with zoom forever.

The world has changed with the arrival of COVID-19 in a way that will keep scholars writing doctoral dissertations for decades. One of the major changes has been the way we perceive the work environment, especially its location. This was made possible by the readiness and availability of video conferencing technologies such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. In this article, Arthur C Brooks questions what we could have lost by gaining the ability to work wherever we want.

5. The case to worry less about.

Turns out the disposable “don’t sweat the small stuff” line carries some weight. In this Vox article, Allie Volpe explains the importance of centering yourself and setting boundaries to protect – and nurture – your peace of mind, and explains the quality it adds to your daily life. Oh, and reminds us that there’s no need to feel guilty about aiming for good enough rather than perfect.

6. The hidden history of screen readers.

In this article for The Verge, Sheon Han shines a light on life-changing software created by blind programmers. For one thing, you’re sure to gain a new understanding – and appreciation – for those voiceover pop-ups the next time you accidentally hit a certain key combination on your keyboard.

7. Your other life.

Lord Huron’s interactive music video for “Your Other Life” plays with the concept of living a double life. After pressing play, you’ll notice a fade scale that allows you to slide between dimensions, representing two perspectives of the same event depicted in the video. Curious to know how events unfold? Lips are sealed. Be sure to give her a watch to find out.

8. Apple is already dying, and this process has a name.

Apple has benefited greatly from Job’s bespoke and portable corporate structure. However, this is also precisely what led the company to its inevitable demise.

In this Medium article, Alan Trapulionis explores the decline of Apple’s innovation since the death of Jobs. In this unbiased analysis, you’ll learn why we can’t single out their CEO, Tim Cook, either. Fascinating reading that will have you thinking the next time you’re researching new technology.

Amanda J. Marsh