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the death of ownership


there used to be a time when you bought things and you owned them. my first cassette tape (kids, ask your parents) was queen’s greatest hits. my last compact disc was the bouncing souls’ anchors aweigh album. then music turned completely digital and you could own “a thousand songs in your pocket.” you used to buy movies on

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rule breakers


pay attention to the rule breakers. do they know what the rules are? (did you even bother to tell them?) are they intentionally bucking the system? what’s the deeper meaning behind their actions? what are they trying to say? you can learn a lot from the rule breakers. about them, about yourself, about the environment

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fun isn’t a culture


your company culture is not stand-up desks, or a ping-pong table, or free snacks in the break room. those are workplace perks. culture is about how you do the work. it’s about how you approach decision making as an organization. do you do the right thing, or the profitable thing? do you take risks, or

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a weirdo’s guide to being weird


i’m weird. i’m an american living in america who uses the celsius scale to tell temperature. i don’t like the feeling of shirt cuffs being around my wrists, but feel naked without my watch. but there’s one thing i’ve gotten into this year which is weirder than most things given my position as a technologist:

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what you have to offer


What you have to offer is uniquely yours: Your background. Your experiences. Your struggles. Your worldview. Your perspective. Your heart. No one else but you can claim those. What you have to offer is far too valuable to spend time pondering over what others might think of you. Better to be boldly you than to

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predictability


buffalo wild wings just opened a new store around the corner from me this week. the restaurant looks the same as any other BW3 i’ve been to in various locations, cities, and states. the wings taste the same, the food came out in the same amount of time, and i was greeted with the same

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that’s why you gotta do it


i was speaking with one of my direct reports yesterday about a task i had given them to do. my directions were simple and clear, the timeline relevant, and yet it still wasn’t completed. i sent a quick reminder about the task being due, noting that it had yet to be done, and they responded:

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what about after?


big projects are a whirlwind. it usually starts with a grand idea: some way you plan to change the world, or at least your little slice of it. there are whiteboards and idea journals and sticky notes and meetings and energy seeping out of every pore. then you start building. you map out requirements and

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failing intentionally


one of the best books i’ve read on management is actually about a football (soccer) coach. pep guardiola: the evolution, by martí perarnau discusses a lot of the tactical side of the game, but it’s much more than that. this book about how you develop your team’s ideology and strategy (“never do what the other

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‘john was here’


there’s a car in my parking deck which has been sitting around in the same spot for some time now, gathering up dirt and pollen in a rather thick coating over the entire vehicle. i pass by it every day, but today i noticed ‘shake was here’ written in the grime of the windshield. it

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