The Weekly Grab Bag – June 8, 2012

Every Friday, I share the best stuff I’ve read on the Web and share it with you, my dear readers.

After a long hiatus, the Grab Bag is back.

Without further ado, please let me share what I read this week.

Nicklas Lidstrom’s Perfect Career ( – For the past twenty years, Nicklas Lidstrom has been a fixture on the blue line for my beloved Detroit Red Wings. That ended last week when Lidstrom announced his retirement. As he puts it: “Retiring today allows me to walk away from the game with pride, rather than have the game walk away from me.” We should all be so lucky.

If You Want to Succeed in Business, Read More Novels ( – According to this article by Erika Anderson, studies show that reading fiction increases our emotional intelligence: our accurate awareness of ourselves and others. Citing her professional coaching experience, Anderson says she has noticed a difference between the execs who only read non-fiction, and those who dabble in fiction. As if you needed another excuse to finally start reading The Passage, here it is.

32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow (New York Times) – We’re always innovating. When we stop, we die. But the innovations that are a few years away? Mind-blowing. Underwear that analyzes how hard you’re working your quads? Check. Terrifying playgrounds? Double check. The future is coming. And it’s pretty amazing.

7 Ways to Disrupt Your Industry (Fast Company) – Seems like everybody is disrupting these days, so why not you? That’s what this article is asking, but not in so many words. Contained within are seven ways to disrupt your industry. (PR people: Let’s cut our fees by 90 percent and see what happens.)

Polish anti-hooligan squads armed with testicle biting dogs, sonic cannons (New York Daily News) – Euro 2012 starts today. In order to combat hooligans, the Polish police have armed themselves with cannons that induce involuntary urination and shotguns with baton rounds that “probably won’t kill you as long as you’re 30m away.” I don’t think we’re going to see any streakers on the pitch.

What did you read this week that struck your fancy?