False scarcity and poor choices
Effective teaching and learning
Thinking about Twitter and Star Trek into Darkness
What is work?
Thoughts on effective Team Meetings
By a rough approximation I think this is how we got here. For millions of years humans lived in small groups. Then agriculture came along and larger groups of humans lived together. There were cities and nations. At some point groups organized militaries to defend their new cities and nations.
You may have seen this quotation from Steve Jobs shared on LinkedIn: “It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” Joel Spolsky agrees. His management trilogy (mentioned in What Does a Manager
The answer to this, and many questions ahead of us, is “it depends”. A manager’s job is to improve outcomes. On the way to improving outcomes a manager may hire and fire, teach and train, delegate, or do it themselves. As a manager you’ll have to manage up,
In a word: expectations. But let’s start at the beginning. A leader can’t be everywhere. They can’t do everything. An effective leader imbues their colleagues with the right information, right motivation, and correct thinking to execute without oversight. Bill Walsh, linked below, believes leader is synonymous with
A cursory Google search for how do one on one will provide a surplus of advice. There’s no shortage of templates, systems, strategies, and hacks for holding a one on one. Tools and techniques can be helpful, but we must start with the purpose of a 1on1. 1on1s are