Issue #343, 21st June 2019

This Week's Favorite


There’s No Speed Limit
3 minutes read.

I've listened to this story by Derek Sivers in his interview with Tim Ferriss and it made think a lot about my journey. Derek was lucky to have someone like Kimo to guide him. How often are you willing to set your own pace and invest your heart into it? Can you boost your learning by following your rhythm? Maybe you can find your own "Kimo Williams" to work for, may it be in your current company or your next journey.

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Culture


When You’re on Vacation but Can’t Switch Off Work Mode.
1 minutes read.

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

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Investing in Slack
3 minutes read.

"Systems with slack are more resilient. The few extra minutes of time aren’t wasted, the same way that a bike helmet isn’t wasted if you don’t have a crash today. That buffer will save the day, sooner or later." -- Seth Godin reminds us that creativity can happen in the space between. Set a system where slack can happen without leading to disappointment of not achieving enough progress.

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What to Do When a Co-Founder Can’t Scale
5 minutes read.

David Frankel with a helpful framework (and practical advice) to figure out how to optimize for strength rather than accepting mediocracy. Build the company your customers and employees deserve to have.

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Rethinking the Triple Constraint: Five Project Dimensions
10 minutes read.

Read the section about "Flexibility Table" by Karl Wiegers and use it for your next large project you need to set constraints for - it will help to align expectations with all stakeholders involved. Have it written, so you could review it and iterate on it as needed.

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Peopleware


Why Is My Team Not Doing What I Expect From Them?
5 minutes read.

Mathias Meyer with an excellent framework to help you feel the team is more proactive and autonomous by focusing on setting clear expectations. It's also worthwhile to take a project or two and set an example for the things you ask. Show them how you'd approach it by always explaining your decision process and why you do things in a certain way or a certain order.

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You Accomplished Something Great. So Now What?
5 minutes read.

"Arrival fallacy is this illusion that once we make it, once we attain our goal or reach our destination, we will reach lasting happiness. [...] The No. 1 predictor of happiness, is the quality time we spend with people we care about and who care about us. In other words, relationships." -- Build relationships with your team, and help them to build strong relationships with others in the company. Define some goals you'd like to achieve together, so not only you'll have them as success stories, but you could also talk about it later and cherish the progress you've made.

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Working the Weekly 1:1
5 minutes read.

Christina Wodtke will prepare you to make the most out of your 1:1s: it includes the preparation you need to take, the questions you can use and the pitfalls you should avoid.

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Inspiring Tweets


@fortelabs: You Spend 11 Hours Per Day Consuming Information of Some Kind; If You’re Not Capturing and Cultivating It Into a Body of Knowledge That Is Uniquely Your Own, Most of That Value Is Just Going Down the Drain

@MaritvanDijk77: Your Lack of Planning Is Not My Emergency.

- Oren

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