Issue #337, 10th May 2019

This Week's Favorite


Negative Splits
2 minutes read.

Adii Pienaar with a post that resonates well with me, as I'm looking for habits that are sustainable for life: "This is such a good reminder for both life and business. There's always other people or businesses that are at a different stage in their journeys than where we are. Some are out of the starting blocks quickly and off to a flying start. Others develop much later before finding their groove."

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Culture


“It’s Open Source, I’ll Just Take a Peek at the Code...”
1 minutes read.

My humble effort to help you start the weekend with a smile on your face.

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Carta 101: How We Work
7 minutes read.

"All Carta employees (new and old) take a full-day course called Carta 101. It is an introduction to our company, our values, and our execution strategy. The class size is kept small (8–10 people) so everyone can participate in the group discussions. I give this class on Fridays once a month." -- Beautifully written core values and strategies by the team at Carta. My favorite was the section on "Learn vs Execute."

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Resolving a Protracted Conflict
6 minutes read.

Leaders in our organizations should look for and promote behaviors that create strong trust between individuals. Ed Batista shares the fundamentals people should read. Share it internally and see how you can help teach those skills or at least increase awareness.

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Creating an Inventory of Strategies and Frameworks for 1) Value Creation and 2) Competitive Advantage (Thread)
4 minutes read.

Patrick OShaughnessy (if you're listening to podcasts, I highly recommend Patrick's "Invest like the Best") with a thread that will let you discover fascinating concepts, books, posts, talks and other resources that I found myself reading for a couple of hours this week. A buffet for your brain.

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Peopleware


The CTO Role
5 minutes read.

Jess Szmajda with her take on the CTO role. It's useful for me to read how people look at their role, and explain their responsibilities in it, as it allows to understand which type of puzzle they need around them. I share it here as I think it's important that you'll do what feels right to your company and team. There is no one definition for a successful CTO.

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Are You Mentorable?
5 minutes read.

"The more specifically you can articulate your expectations and objectives, the more likely you are to receive the guidance you’d like." -- Lenora Houseworth-Weston with tips I think we can apply in a relationship with anyone we want to actively learn from, even if it's not under an official mentee<>mentor relationship. Map out which areas others are doing exceptionally well at, and try to learn from as many people as possible using Lenora's advice.

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Getting Paid to Speak (The Gory Details)
13 minutes read.

Cyd Harrell with a blog post I have now as a bookmark, a post that I highly recommend reading before applying to talk in a conference. Getting paid can be at least covering your (or your company's) expenses to start with, and this is something I seek for when talking outside of Israel as it can get pretty expensive.

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Inspiring Tweets


@stevecheney: The Only Three Real “productivity Multipliers” Are Diet, Exercise and Sleep.

@lynnetye: If You're Feeling Burnout or Are in a Transition of Some Kind, I Highly Recommend You to Do This Exercise: Make a Long List of Everything That Energizes You and Another Long List of Everything That Drains You. People, Places, Memories, Situations, Whatever.

- Oren

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