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“At my last company…”

Ever been annoyed by someone who kept saying how things were done at their last job? It’s the worst, right?

The drift to low performance

Our goals erode over time because they’re set relative to our worst performance rather than our best.

Face the webcam for video calls

If you’re on a video call but you’re looking at a different monitor, it’s easy for people to assume you aren’t engaged.

Wait a bit, then answer with a link

I thought these two tips from the post “Unusual tips to keep Slack from becoming a nightmare” were pretty great.

6 months of podcasting

You could take a respectable cross-country road trip and only listen to our stupid voices spouting nonsense at you.

Mindfulness is the opposite of mindlessness!

In this week’s episode of “are you actually serious right now Critter?” I need to come clean about the fact that I’ve never understood what it means to be mindful.

Living past the peak

I wonder what life is like after a person achieves their life goal.

So what?

“Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say ‘so what.’ That’s one of my favorite things to say. So what.”

– Andy Warhol

Always do your best…?

It feels like the universe is telling me to stop 80/20’ing my life away.

“Shields down” is BS

I’ve learned a lot from the writing of Rands. But I couldn’t disagree more with his Shields Down post.

Planned ignoring

Apparently this is a parenting term, which is funny since I’m a parent of four kids who first heard it on a management podcast.

Give up earlier

Talents can’t be taught. Stop trying to teach them.

Negativity is preening

There’s a fine line between pointing out risks vs. being a naysayer. One is helping people move forward, the other is holding people back.

200 daily blog posts

Nowadays it’s like brushing my teeth or putting shoes on.

Good manager, bad leader

Is passion for the problem space a requirement for good leadership? Or maybe the thing that makes a leader good is the ability to tap into passion on demand?

What are you good at?

“People don’t change that much. Don’t waste time trying to put in what was left out. Try to draw out what was left in. That is hard enough.”

Death to the word “expert”

It’s a garbage word because it’s too vague to be meaningful. People use it to mean anything from “not a newbie” to “the best in the world.”

A template for writing a team plan

Try filling this out for your team, and if there are any that don’t have clear answers, then work on that!

Never create a policy because of one person

Whenever the actions of one person prompt a team-wide (or, worse, org-wide) policy, it’s usually because someone’s avoiding giving uncomfortable feedback.

The perks of social anxiety

Most positives have their negatives, and most negatives have their positives.

Color-coded calendars

Now I can see at a glance where my days are going! And I can group related meetings together easier! And it’s colorful!

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