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Try the wacky experiment first

Starting with wacky on a team say that on this team, we try stuff that may not work.

Leaders: speak last

The leader hat, like the manager hat, never comes off.

Weekly journal: 2023-01-22

As part of my year of connection, I’m going to experiment with a weekly journal here to connect with myself. You’ll probably be bored if you read this.

Weekly journal: 2023-01-15

As part of my year of connection, I’m going to experiment with a weekly journal here to connect with myself. You’ll probably be bored if you read this.

If you can’t stop it, change it

My nine year old won’t brush his teeth at night unless an adult stands there and watches him put the toothbrush in his mouth and turn it on.

DACI over RACI

Driver, Approver, Contributor, Informed

Who’s reading those meeting notes?

Every single “how to run effective meetings” thing ever says there should always be a dedicated note taker. But how often do those notes get read? Who is reading them? Anyone?

Weekly journal: 2023-01-08

As part of my year of connection, I’m going to experiment with a weekly journal here to connect with myself. You’ll probably be bored if you read this.

Let me write, I mean, think about it

Writing as a form of thinking is maybe the single most valuable personal habit I’ve built in the past few years.tuns

What are you subtracting in 2023?

Most New Year’s resolutions are additive. More exercise. More water. More books. More learning. More money. More passion. More more more.

Apple Reminders sucks at subtasks

I tried to switch to Apple Reminders for all my todos, but the garbage (and downright weird) subtask support killed it.

Weekly journal: 2023-01-01

As part of my year of connection, I’m going to experiment with a weekly journal here to connect with myself. You’ll probably be bored if you read this.

2023: The Year of Connection

I want deeper connections to everything. To my family, to myself, to the world, to my work.

2022 in review

Trying a new format this year.

I look good in green

In which I wear a shirt that isn’t navy or gray.

2022 annual review, kids edition

I ran my kids through a Tim Ferriss style annual review. Here are the raw notes, just because.

Toxic transparency

An excerpt from Engineering Management for the Rest of Us

On maximizing leverage

Here are a list of ways to answer a question, in order of low to high leverage…

ChatGPT uses for lazy managers

“Here are the OKRs for my team. Please generate a slide presentation about them.” (Or, please rewrite them in the form of a rap song. Or, write a short story about them. And so on.)

“Why We Sleep” considered harmful?

Ever since reading about the replication crisis, I’ve enjoyed watching so many “must-read” self-help books get debunked.

Nice things should be repeated

The great tragedy of compliments is that the receivers may think the givers don’t feel that way anymore if they stop saying so, but the givers assume the receivers know it’s still true unless they hear otherwise.

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