In January of 2016, I wrote about my system for organizing a week pulled from Deep Work. Here’s a refresh of my GTD system including Simplenote and Todoist.
I really enjoyed this article from Eugene Wei about the power of rhetoric. He cites the perennial question: Walk up to anyone in the company in the hallway and ask them if they know what their current top priority or mission is. Can they recite it from memory? He provides examples of how Jeff Bezos […]
Ask: Who is setting your standards—your industry, your ego, or your clients? – Selling the Invisible You launch a new feature for your product. It uses a new technology stack that’s cutting edge. You spend hours working on the last few tweaks making sure the logo and the animations are perfect. Your colleagues applaud your work and compliment […]
I stumbled across this quote from Cus D’Amato on the difference between a hero and a coward in The Hard Thing About Hard Things.
Automattic and a few of my colleagues were recently featured in an article on the Wall Street Journal titled “Why Remote Work Can’t Be Stopped”: “…data indicates that the remote-work trend in the U.S. labor force is inexorable, aided by ever-better tools for getting work done anywhere.” I’m a huge proponent of remote work, and I do […]
Good leaders paint a vision of the future that their team can attach to. As Adam Grant puts it in Originals, they create a gap between how things exist now and what they could look like: The greatest communicators of all time…start by establishing “What is…here’s the status quo.” Then, they compare that to what could be […]
In his book Payoff, Dan Arielly describes an experiment that highlights the importance of saying “Thank you” for employee motivation.
I recently finished listening to Seth Godin’s Startup School podcast. The episodes are short and well worth your time. One clear message: Seth encourages the entrepreneurs to focus on the hard part of their business, which isn’t the same as the fun part. The easy part is setting up your website, buying your domain name, and […]
In Primed to Perform, the authors discuss the importance of building a few different career ladders within your organization. The typical career ladder (become good at something then move to managing people) isn’t for everyone and susceptible to the Peter Principle. What kind of other career ladders could you build within your organization? The authors lay […]
This video from Simon Sinek on “Millennials in the Workplace” is making a ruckus on the internet. Sinek hits on including four factors preventing millennials from being successful in their careers. One reason is patience, a key characteristic of success. In the workplace, patience is the ability to work hard at something for a long […]