- Stevey’s Google Platforms Rant I was at Amazon for about six and a half years,…
Somehow remembered Yegge’s posts from back in the day this week. Wish he was still writing.
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- How To Have An Opinion Worth Hearing
Understand causality, set aside political / religious beliefs, don’t be afraid to be wrong.
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- Seth’s Blog: The dominant narrative
Great descriptive phrase and something to watch out for, both in case you or your team get labeled with some kind of dominant narrative or as something that you hear other teams or people get labeled.
(categories: leadership management change language writing )
- Product management at Amazon – What is it like? | As I learn …
Tons of good product management links.
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- Ian McAllister’s Product Management Blog: 16 Tips for Writing Upwards
As the title says.
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- What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team – The New York Times
Quote: "As the researchers studied the groups, however, they noticed two behaviors that all the good teams generally shared. First, on the good teams, members spoke in roughly the same proportion, a phenomenon the researchers referred to as ‘‘equality in distribution of conversational turn-taking.’’ On some teams, everyone spoke during each task; on others, leadership shifted among teammates from assignment to assignment. But in each case, by the end of the day, everyone had spoken roughly the s…
(categories: google teams management listening psychology team work collaboration leadership )
- How to Provide Great Feedback When You’re Not In Charge
Quote: "There are at least three different kinds of feedback that may be appropriate in a given situation: APPRECIATION is expression of gratitude or approval of another’s effort. It is an expression of emotion, designed to meet an emotional need. ADVICE (or COACHING) consists of suggestions about particular behavior that should be repeated or changed. It focuses on the performance, rather than judging the person. EVALUATION is ranking the subject’s performance in relation to that of others or…
(categories: feedback leadership management candor work )
- Volcano! The incredible rise of Iceland’s national football team | Football | The Guardian
Quote: “You know how in the United States, you say ‘good job’ or ‘good boy’?’” Rafnsson says. “In Iceland, we say, ‘Hard work! That was some hard work you did there.’” Need more duglegur in the United States.
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- Fan-In | codahale.com
So many good observations in here, one in particular that stood out is the fact that email gives you the ability to filter and pay attention to what you want to pay attention to while Twitter / Facebook / etc. give no such filtering ability and require you to consume every notification.
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- The American Scholar: Solitude and Leadership – William Deresiewicz
Amazing, quote: "Your own reality—for yourself, not for others.” Thinking for yourself means finding yourself, finding your own reality. Here’s the other problem with Facebook and Twitter and even The New York Times. When you expose yourself to those things, especially in the constant way that people do now—older people as well as younger people—you are continuously bombarding yourself with a stream of other people’s thoughts. You are marinating yourself in the conventional wisdom. In other peop…
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Behind my goals of 3 books per month already… here’s what I read in January:
- The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen NOTES: visited his statue in Oslo a year or so ago and somehow this ended up on my list of books to read. Fun read if you’re into exploration, adventure, planning, leadership and history.
- Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety NOTES: Great story telling, lots to think about wrt systems, safety, human error and design.
All books are on the reading page.