Week 30

Here are some highlights for leading into Week 30 🙂

  • “42 Things Non-Front-Liners Misunderstand” by John Cutler

    Non-Front-Liners routinely…

    – Underestimate the value of iterating immediately (not months later) based on actual customer usage and feedback

    – Overestimate the value of “divide and conquer” models whereby individual teams have limited contact with other teams that are contributing to the same initiative

    – Overestimate the value of using artificial deadlines to motivate employees

    – Overestimate the value of extensive pre-planning without individual contributors (the people who will do the work) present

    – Underestimate the cost of celebrating silver bullets when the work required corner cutting and is obviously “for show”. Overestimate the value of success theater

    – Overestimate the value of addressing team conflict via 1:1s (vs. coaching the team to resolve its issues publicly)

  • “Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah all use the 5-hour rule — here’s how it works” by Michael Simmons

    Many of these leaders, despite being extremely busy, set aside at least an hour a day (or five hours a week) over their entire career for activities that could be classified as deliberate practice or learning.

    For the leaders I tracked, the five-hour rule often fell into three buckets: reading, reflection, and experimentation.

  • The Future of Happiness by Amy Blankson

    Another study found that the mere presence of a cellphone during a face-to-face conversation reduces feelings of closeness, trust, and relationship quality, even if the phone is not being used.

  • The Future of Happiness by Amy Blankson

    Individuals make a company culture. Whether you are a manager or a front-line employee, each of us has a choice to shape the environment in which we work through our mindset and our actions.

  • “How to Take Notes Like an Alpha-Geek (Plus: My $2,600 Date + Challenge)” by Tim Ferriss

    Whenever you complete a page, put the page number in an index on the inside cover (front or back) and a few words to describe the content.

    If it’s on the left-hand page, just take the prior page and add “.5” to it. Thus, if you flip over page 10, for example, and write on the back, that second page is “10.5” in the index.

  • “I just read a great book on accomplishing more by doing less — here are my 5 best takeaways” by Vanessa Van Edwards

    Keller argues that the best goals are big and specific. Big specific goals are:
    – Big enough that you currently don’t have the skills to achieve them and will force you out of your comfort zone.
    – Specific enough that you can identify clear actions steps.
    Once you know your goals, write them down

  • “The Note-Taking Habits of Highly Successful People” by Anderw Merle

    Behavioral science expert Caroline Webb, author of the excellent book How to Have a Good Day, implores us to “Write it down as soon as it comes to mind. Use your intelligence for getting things done, rather than trying to remember what you need to do.”

  • “The Note-Taking Habits of Highly Successful People” by Anderw Merle

    Going a step further, Branson says that the most important part of note-taking is having the discipline to “go through your ideas and turn them into actionable and measurable goals.”

  • “Things You Should Never Do, Part I” by Joel Spolsky

    It’s important to remember that when you start from scratch there is absolutely no reason to believe that you are going to do a better job than you did the first time. … You’re just going to make most of the old mistakes again, and introduce some new problems that weren’t in the original version.

  • “Working From Home Makes You Happier and ‘Massively’ More Productive, According to Science” by Geoffrey James

    These results echo a recent Gallup studyshowing that employees who work from home three to four days a week are far more likely (41 percent versus 30 percent) to “feel engaged” and far less likely (48 percent versus 55 percent) to feel “not engaged” than people who report to the office each day.

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