Issue #45, 27th September 2013

This Week's Favorite


You Succeed Once You Stop Giving a Shit
7 minutes read.

Aaron Stannard with an amazing personal story I really enjoyed reading this week. I found Aaron to always be very inspiring, so it's pretty amazing to see him dealing with failures and sharing his journey at this rough time. His tips on "Step into every punch" and "Find the things you like about yourself, then show them off " are golden. Highly recommended!

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Culture


Leadership Without Management: Scaling Organizations by Scaling Engineers (slides)
10 minutes read.

Bryan Cantrill (VP Eng at Joyent) with great slides on scaling an organization by changing the way you hire, measure and lead engineers. Some of these slides are very abstract, and without concrete context can be easily ignored. Don't do that. Instead, I would suggest keeping an open mind and think of ways to apply some of these tips, without immediately jumping to "it would never work in my company".

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No Managers: Why We Removed Bosses at Treehouse
5 minutes read.

The team at Treehouse are experimenting with changing their current structure into a flat organization. This post is actually the 3rd post in Ryan Carson (Treehouse's CEO) series. Amazing to see the story behind this transition and how they've remained completely transparent during that time. While I'm not sure if this structure fit everyone, or even if I agree with the core assumptions, there is a lot of value to extract from their journey. They put a lot of effort in training their team to sell their ideas internally, communicate progress, how to use budget etc. These lessons, I believe, should be applied everywhere, no matter the organization structure in place.

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What's It Like to Work at GitHub? (resource)
2 minutes read.

Charlie Cheever (ex-Quora and Facebook) shares an amazing bunch of links to the top GitHub's culture-related questions. You simply have to go over the list. I promise you to find at least 3 posts with huge value, around the topics you're curios about most. Share it with your team, it's a gold mine!

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Peopleware


Public Speaking for Introverts
6 minutes read.

I saw this post by Dan Shipper a few days ago, and thought it would be a great fit for everyone who's looking for tips about becoming a better public speaker. It doesn't have to be in-front of a huge audience, these tips can also help with an internal presentation you want to do at the office. As I'm about to lecture to 200 people this week, the introvert in me is looking for ways to calm down. Personally, I try to share as many actionable tips as possible, while framing it in the context I had at the time. They can later on apply it (or not) the way they see fit, but at least I know that I did my best to let them become part of my world.

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How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe)
14 minutes read.

This post by Umair Haque is one of the most inspiring posts I've read in a while. I've got little to add to it except for "don't miss it!". I wish I have read it years ago, and it's definitely a post I'll keep around for as a reference.

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The Habits of Successful People: They Start Before They Feel Ready
5 minutes read.

What I loved most about James Clear's post is the simplicity in his writing, and the impact of his words. Reading about how Sir Richard Branson "bootstrapped" Virgin Airlines was hilarious. I'll take a lot of inspiration from Jame's words, writing my own book for TeamLeadToolbox.com. I never feel ready, but I enjoy the excitement of releasing something new. It's addictive.

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Inspiring Tweets


@seldo: Web Development Is 50% Solving Problems and 50% Solving the Same Problems Again in IE8.

@simonsinek: The Value of Learning Is Greater When We Share What We Learn.

- Oren

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