Agenda to start lasting conversations:
Individual performance problems are far easier to address if you’ve established a norm of excellence by:
- Connecting your team with the impact of what they are creating and why it matters
- Eat your own dog food, too
- Specifying measurable goal and performance indicators (numbers) instead of vague concepts
- Building a culture of peer accountability — hold them accountable for not holding others accountable
- Reminding your team again and again of your commitment to high performance
- Lead by example and master crucial situations
The original article by Joseph Grenny.
Reasons not to quit and create a startup:
- You earn enough money
- You have specialized skills and want to use them
- You love your job
- You don’t have the resources/skill to create a startup that provides 1-3
- Take charge
- Buy assets that tend to appreciate in value
- Decouple time and income (work now and benefit later + for a long time)
- Have multiple income stream (less risky than having only one as an employee)
What to do instead of quitting:
- Value yourself
- Reduce your spending (and risk)
- Invest 10-15% of your income in stocks / real estate / your own business
- Start your own business as a side project, if you like
- Keep learning
The original article by Brad Lohnes.
- Don’t be a know-it-all.
- Be a learn-it-all.
- Re-frame ideas as hypotheses and test them.
- If valid: improve.
- If invalid: come up with a new one.
The original article by Justin Bariso.
When it comes to teaching programming:
- Python (69% in 2014) is the new Java (60% in 2005)
The original article by Matthew Huges.
- Google: 88% market share in search advertising
- Facebook (+ Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger): 77% of mobile social traffic
- Amazon: 74% e-book market
- Revenues of other media businesses (newspapers, music) are down by 70% since 2001
- it has become increasingly advantageous to be an incumbent, and less advantageous to be a new entrant
- AT&T (= Bell System) had its rates regulated, and was required to spend a fixed percentage of its profits on research and development
- AT&T set up Bell Labs which developed all the basics of the digital age: transistor, microchip, solar cell, microwave, laser, cellular telephony (+ along with eight Nobel Prizes)
Possible next steps:
- Monopolies should not be allowed to acquire other major firms
- Regulate monopolies as public utility = requiring it to license out patents for its key innovations
- Remove the “safe harbor” clause in the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act = have them pay for content and hold them accountable for it
The original article by Jonathan Taplin.
- Studies of academic performance yield frustrating, inconsistent results.
- Stanford University studied how did being among the oldest kids or the youngest kids in the class affect things like mental health, discipline, and self-control in Denmark — for some reason.
- Dramatically higher levels of self-control: “We found that delaying kindergarten for one year reduced inattention and hyperactivity by 73 percent for an average child at age 11,” Thomas Dee, one of the co-authors, said. “And it virtually eliminated the probability that an average child at that age would have an ‘abnormal,’ or higher-than-normal rating for the inattentive-hyperactive behavioral measure.”
- Similar to the findings in Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers.
- Send your kid to a decent pre-kindergarten instead.
The original article by Bill Murphy Jr.
- Happiness: Stay away from people who erode your quality of life.
- Productivity: No more phone, tablet, or computer in bed.
- Gratitude: Appreciate the here and now.
- Optimism: Realize that things aren’t always as you perceive them to be.(Nobody is perfect, others included!)
- Improve: Get started, even though you might fail. (Get into the habit of doing.)
- Time: Get organized.
- Motivation: Start a collection of the things that truly resonate with you.
- Purpose: Do something that reminds you who you are.
- Choice: Say no.
- Gratification: Stick to realistic goals.
The original article by Travis Bradberry.
Talk about your side projects whenever you get a chance.
Side projects can be immensely rewarding to talk about. They demonstrate a lot about how you work.
- Start with the problem
- How did you approach it?
- Share the challenges you faced
- Express the results of your efforts
- What would you do differently if you had to do it all over again?
The original article by Tanner Christensen.
- Evidence is anecdotal, not scientific.
- Research doesn’t always transfer to different contexts.
- Survivorship bias: How many tried and failed?
- Success is personal.
The original article by Emre Soyer and Robin M. Hogarth.