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Reading is fundamental. More importantly, it’s fun.Read More
A little respect is enough.Read More
As much as I’ve had awful moments, I’ve been part of moments with extraordinary humanity at work.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
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
When I worked as a management consultant, one of the recruiting buzzwords was "ambiguity."
The idea was, consulting firms wanted people who were able to manage ambiguity and were comfortable operating in environments where there was a lot of it. Dealing with ambiguity was an indispensable skill.
But now, I think I'd rather hire someone (and more importantly, be someone) who's uncomfortable with ambiguity. Someone who encounters ambiguity, and wants to solve the underlying problem causing it. Someone who takes ambiguity, and strives to make it clearer, simpler, and more actionable.
In retrospect, I think it's probably better to have teams that are so annoyed by ambiguity that they try to do something about it.
To be sure, I'm not naive enough to think ambiguity can be completely eliminated from enterprises. What I'm saying is that it might be better to build a team with people who will do something about ambiguity, rather than build a team who people who will have a high tolerance for it.
I wonder if adversarial tactics make more people hate people like me. I hope not.Read More
I'm not letting the election change my core beliefs about citizenship.Read More
There are four general strategies to make a company more profitable.Read More
If you can convince others to advance a common interest more often than they advance their own interests, you've succeeded as a manager. That's it.Read More
I was twenty-two years old when i was truly "outside" for the first time. Since then, the outdoors have brought me great joy.Read More
The potential gains from choosing an alternative to bureaucracy are enormous. It's my mission to imagine those alternatives and bring them to life.Read More
At work, we've abandoned typewriters and horses & buggies, but we still use management practices that are nearly a century old.Read More
To me it feels wrong to trust ESPN more than I trust the channels which cover hard news. But it's not surprising.Read More
Why aren't there more smart people in the industries that matter the most?Read More
I don't believe a silver bullet which solves all our social problems exists. But finding a way to limit how much time we spending working is as close to a panacea as I've ever imagined.Read More