Links: 4-27-2018

  • EX-99.1
    LOVE so much about this: 1) "Unrealistic beliefs on scope – often hidden and undiscussed – kill high standards. To achieve high standards yourself or as part of a team, you need to form and proactively communicate realistic beliefs about how hard something is going to be – something this coach understood well." 2) "Even in the example of writing a six-page memo, that’s teamwork. Someone on the team needs to have the skill, but it doesn’t have to be you. (As a side note, by tradition at Amazon, authors’ names never appear on the memos – the memo is from the whole team.)"
    (categories: amazon leadership management culture team team-first )

  • Can You Pass a C.E.O. Test? – The New York Times
    Quote: "The most important thing is that you treat everybody incredibly well and lead with a bit of humility. I’ve found that when I go into a company to lead it’s important to have a plan and to make that plan a simple one that everybody can understand. So even before I go into a company, or even if we’re looking at a business here at CCMP, I’m constantly asking the question, “What are the two or three levers that, if done right, if pulled correctly, will really turn this business?” Then what I…
    (categories: leadership management priorities )

  • Spurs’ Title Is a Testament to Persistence – The New York Times
    Quote: "“When nothing seems to help,” it reads, “I go back and look at the stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it — but all that had gone before.”
    (categories: persistence long-view time )

  • Migrations: the sole scalable fix to tech debt.
    Quote: "Lore tells us that Googlers have a phrase, "Running to stand still", to describe a team whose entire capacity is consumed in upgrading dependencies and patterns, such that it can’t make forward progress on the product/system they own."
    (categories: engineering programming development devops software )

  • My Berkshire Hathaway Reflections
    Quote: "The world we live in is full of 24/7 noise — full of people who are trying to tell us to learn about the new and novel, people telling us we can get something for nothing, people trying to tell us the unknowable, people who won’t do the work. When you’re living in the moment, it’s hard to see that you’re in this system. It’s only when you step back that you realize that your mind has become cluttered and you’ve lost a sense of what’s important and what’s meaningful."
    (categories: business life culture long-view thinking time-horizon )

2 thoughts on “Links: 4-27-2018”

  1. “More subtle: a culture of high standards is protective of all the “invisible” but crucial work that goes on in every company. I’m talking about the work that no one sees. The work that gets done when no one is watching. In a high standards culture, doing that work well is its own reward – it’s part of what it means to be a professional. And finally, high standards are fun! Once you’ve tasted high standards, there’s no going back.”

    And “High standards are contagious. ”

    And, pretty much the rest of it. Fired up.

  2. I related to and learned much from “Migrations: the sole scalable fix to tech debt“.
    My private metaphor for “Running to stand still”, has always been “riding a bike after the chain comes off.”

    Wonderful collection of thoughts – thank you for having the vision and foresight to capture them — now I just need to allocate some of my 64 blocks to reading the rest of these gems.

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