Issue #272, 9th February 2018

This Week's Favorite


Progressing From Tech to Leadership
7 minutes read.

I tried to summarize my favorite parts of Michal Zalewski's writing. I couldn't. Everything is so well-written. While written as a security leader, it applies to anyone who's thinking of leading a team or teams in the future. My favorite read for this weekend by far.

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Culture


A Remarkably Scenic Drive. #DontPanic #FalconHeavy
1 minutes read.

My humble effort to help you start the weekend with a smile on your face. What a remarkable feat of engineering by SpaceX!

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Management as a Platform
5 minutes read.

Lenny Markus's suggestion to think of how we can build "Management as a Platform" is an excellent framing to the role of leaders who run multiple teams: "seeing yourself as the architect of an extensible system comprised of humans who need to work together is critical to building a successful organization."

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Directly Responsible Individuals
2 minutes read.

"The notion of the DRI is a fundamental component of the culture of modern product development teams." -- When talking about ownership and being responsible for the outcome, seeking for clear and explicit DRI in every conversation is a must. Check how Matthew Mamet applied the DRI-mindset in TripAdvisor and think about how you can apply it as part of your culture.

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Finding Fulfilling Work
5 minutes read.

I like Sean Rose's usage of local-maxima versus global-maximum when you pick the companies to work for. You should reverse-engineer it and think of how you set up your structure and which values your leaders promote: "look for companies with cultures that place extremely high value on motivators."

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Peopleware


The 5 Ways to Improve Your Self-Awareness as a Leader
5 minutes read.

Claire Lew shares helpful tips to hold yourself accountable as a leader. I've became better at this in the past few years, but I wish I followed this rule when starting to lead a team: "One thing that Ben tries to keep in mind to improve his self-awareness as a leader is to assume good faith. When you feel yourself getting defensive and are not in a good mental state to receive feedback, stop and recognize it."

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Surround Yourself With People Who Believe in You the Way Steve Kerr Believes in Steph Curry
1 minutes read.

I've shared a shorter version of this before, but it's incredible to see many interactions between Coach Kerr and Steph Curry - you can see how much respect they have for each other, and Kerr's leadership style shines through. We need more leaders like Steve Kerr.

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Adult Principles
2 minutes read.

I wish I would be strong enough to follow up on this list. I've added a link to it to my "weekly progress" in my calendar -- becoming a better person requires mindfulness.

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Inspiring Tweets


@kevinbehr: Your Company Will Move at the Speed of Trust.

@sehurlburt: A Reality That’s Hard to Accept When You’re in the Thick of It: Tech Offices Where Coders Are Working a Lot Value Someone Looking Like They’ve Been Busy More Than They Value Work Getting Done.

- Oren

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