A (almost) weekly digest of a curious mind

Aku, the fictional character based on Micah Johnson’s young nephew, staring up at the stars
Aku, the fictional character based on Micah Johnson’s young nephew, staring up at the stars
Aku by Micah Johnson. Twitter: @AkuDreams @Micah_Johnson3

👩🏿‍🚀 🚀 ❤This week I was delighted to meet Aku: Aku is a fictional character (see image👆🏼) that was created by former MLB-player-turned-artist Micah Johnson. Aku’s character is based on his young nephew who asked if it is possible for astronauts to be black. He was launched as a piece of NFT art and Florence Leung, editor-in-chief of Pendulum Magazine wrote a gorgeous illustrated article about it that is a joy to read and view.

👾 🤓 👾 Now, what the heck is an NFT you might say?: Well, NFT stands for…


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A weekly digest of a curious mind

❤️ I have a new girl crush. Or maybe it is more than a crush. Maybe it’s love. You decide. I simply cannot stop looking at @lizandmollie on Instagram. One of their illustrations 👈🏼 on how we measure success just went viral on LinkedIn. That’s how I discovered them. Their charming illustrations of life in the workplace just have me hooked. Each of their illustrations really says in a few well-chosen brush strokes how we all feel at times about life and work.


Let me ask you something. Would you fly with an untrained pilot? Would you give an untrained person a scalpel to do surgery on you? Of course not. Why then, do we think it is acceptable to put people in charge of teams and departments without having received any training on how to effectively lead, influence, and impact people to accomplish organizational goals?

Maybe, you say, they get trained as soon as they are promoted. No, that’s not the case either: Research by Zenger/Folkman found that employees in leadership roles typically experience a 7 to 10-year training gap between when…

Brenda Van Camp-Elmes

Founder and CEO at Upwardley. Dutch gal who has found her bliss in California. On a mission to create better leaders. Author of The Leadership Workout.

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