An exercise to clarify your job, why it matters, and how it fits into the big picture of the company and the customer’s life.Read More
It’s obvious that as a manager I can treat my team with respect and work hard to be a better, more moral manager so that I roll less toxicity down hill.
What was an epiphany for me is that I also have at least a little ability to do that as a customer and investor. But that requires a sacrifice from me - I have to let some things slide.Read More
The best I’ve come up with so far are truth, sacrifice, and unconditional love.Read More
I had a fun work meeting yesterday where we were outlining a strategy for a new initiative. Being the management nerd that I am, wanted to use a framework to help guide our discussion.
I took the competing values framework (which was developed at Ross, go Blue), specifically Bob Quinn’s four questions from his book Lift, and put it into a baseball metaphor. The idea is to think through the problem you are solving by “running the bases” - starting from home plate - before jumping to a solution and writing a “pitch”.
Sharing it here for three reasons:
- It was fun, and I wanted to share in case it’s helpful.
- If you have feedback, I’d love to improve it.
- if you’re willing to share, what exercises do you use to develop a strategy with a team?
Link to a PDF
As I reflect on it, treasured moments are not so rare, perhaps. The challenge for me, as for all yogis and peace seekers, is to look for and find that treasure in the moment we are in now.Read More
Paradoxically, if we believed life were meaningless, maybe that opens a door for a purer, nobler, more virtuous way to live.Read More
Is love really love unless it’s unconditional?Read More
Leadership is akin to chemotherapy to me. It attacks the cancer of organizational alignment, but is toxic because it breeds the conditions for corruption to occur.Read More
One of my favorite recent thought experiments is imagining what an organization would have to do to get increasing returns to productivity as company size increases instead.Read More
Nobody ever comments about what our generation, millennials, are capable of. And I don’t think we were destined to save the world, but I think we are capable of something equally important.Read More
I’ve already spent too much of my life angry, anxious, or ashamed about work. It’s time to move on. The best way I know to move on is to forgive.Read More
If I say “it’s none of my business”, I’m telling you that I'm not going to judge you. But if I say “it’s none of my business” I’m also saying that I’m not your brother nor your keeper.Read More
I don’t understand why anyone would want to keep up with the Jones’s or be really career focused. It could be just me, but that’s precisely not the type of family I’d want to be born into.Read More
On the question of why some kids lose courage as they age, what do you think?Read More
But you just did it Pops. How?Read More
Maybe what’s dangerous is not dependence on who fills our heart, but who opens it.Read More
To see ourselves clearly and fully, we need mirrors or the help of others.Read More
But just like when lifting something heavy, I think character doesn’t involve a single muscle. Rather I see character as having a few “major muscle” groups that need to be developed to be able to make the heavy lift of right action.Read More
And they may be right, but I hope they’re wrong. Right now, being away for even one day is too long, and I hope it stays that way.Read More