Summary of “Introverts tend to be better CEOs — and other surprising traits of top-performing executives”

The researchers behind the study, called the CEO Genome Project, used a database of assessments – comprehensive performance appraisals and extensive biographical information – of 17,000 C-suite executives, including 2,000 CEOs.
Their analysis, which included help from statisticians, data scientists and financial analysts, examined a sample of 930 of those CEOs to come up with the traits and patterns that most predicted which ones became a CEO. They also gathered information on the performance of 212 of them to compare how top-performers’ behaviors lined up with the traits that tend to get CEOs hired.
A little more than half of the CEOs who did better than expected in the minds of investors and directors were actually introverts, not the usual gregarious CEO known for glad-handing customers.
“The biggest aha, overall, is that some of the things that make CEOs attractive to the board have no bearing on their performance,” said Elena Lytkina Botelho, a partner at ghSmart and a co-founder of the project.
Candidates who displayed a lot of confidence had more than double the chance of being chosen as CEO, the study found, even though particularly confident CEOs were no more likely to show better performance once they got the job.
Nearly all of the executives in their sample who were candidates for a CEO job had some kind of major mistake, the project found, such as overpaying for an acquisition or making a wrong hire, in their assessment.
Nearly half of them also had what the researchers called a career “Blowup” that pushed them out of a job or cost the business a large amount of money – and three-quarters of that group went on to actually become a CEO. So what did make CEOs successful? After analyzing all of their data, the researchers found that roughly half of the candidates earning an overall ‘A’ rating in their database, when evaluated for a CEO job, had distinguished themselves in more than one of four management traits.
“We frankly expected to find that strong CEOs stood out for the quality of their decisions – that they turn out to be right more frequently,” she said.

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Summary of “The Insanely Simple Way to Prioritize Your Life and Work”

We all want to know how to better define their values, and live and work according to them.
When you told your spouse, you’d be home before dinner and then you do something like that, what your schedule is telling you - or rather, what you are telling your schedule - is that you value work more than family, and if you’re not okay with that, it’s time to make a change.
“Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.”The next time you rush off to another meeting or run in apologizing for arriving late at another parent-teacher conference, ask yourself, “Is this who I really am? Is this who I want to be?”.
“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.”To start reshaping your schedule, don’t shoot for minuscule changes-map out an ideal week, even if it seems farfetched at first.
If you’re going weeks and months doing things out of sheer obligation, then it may be time to consider a change.
Often, we just need to figure out a way to pivot in the direction of more purposeful work.
Just because the values you’re practicing now aren’t the ones you’d like to prioritize doesn’t mean they can’t change.
Being honest about them is the only way they can change.

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Summary of “What I Learned From Going On 50+ Interviews”

First, I’ll walk you through the exact process you can use to get a job interview at your dream company even if you don’t know a single person there – you won’t even need to apply online.
I personally used these exact strategies to get interviews and offers at companies like Google, Microsoft, Uber and Twitter.
A note to developers: The advice below does not cover technical interviews, which are typically required for developer/software roles.
The advice below will help create more time to prepare for technical interviews by minimizing the amount of preparation needed for other parts of the interview process.
Interviews can be daunting, especially at companies like Google, Amazon, or Uber.
These companies have since reverted back to the standard style of interviews, which is great for us because it makes it much easier to identify patterns.
99% of the interviews you go on will follow the exact same template.
If you can answer these 6 questions, you can handle 9 out of 10 interviews with no other preparation and be totally fine.

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Summary of “6 Facts That Will Clear Up Your Confusing Life”

I got a degree in broadcast journalism, failed in that field after less than two years, took a series of minimum-wage office jobs, attempted to go back to college, washed out, put myself deep in debt to earn several PC repair certifications, failed to get a job doing that, all the while spending 30-40 hours of my spare time writing comedy on the internet for no pay.
In the few years before Cracked hired me as an editor, I had gotten turned down for jobs working in a Social Security office and a UPS warehouse, and considered myself lucky to have worked my way up to being the lowest-level supervisor in an insurance company’s data entry center.
You know what? In this ridiculous job, I’ve wound up using every bit of that shit.
The ability to research and fact-check, write on a deadline, create and manage spreadsheets, give clear quality control feedback, and to adapt to an industry that abruptly changes every six months.
Hkuchera/iStockAnd there’s nothing like learning to fight off genital-eating wolves to prep you for online feedback.
As far as I can tell, that’s all you can do – keep trying, keep learning from your mistakes, keep listening to other people in order to learn from theirs.
Most importantly of all, realize that you’re not lost in the woods waiting for your life to start.
This is your life, and some of the shit you hate now is the same shit you’ll miss later.

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Summary of “HOW YOU CAN GAIN FINANCIAL FREEDOM”

So out of college at age 21, I had “Enough” money.
Cindy taught me how to save money and life below my means.
Does the alternator in the car go out, and it costs $300 to fix? We gotta take out a credit card debt, beg family or friends for money.
She put a very little amount of money in there- maybe $200 or $500. She told me when I was a kid, “Eric, I started you a college fund. Let’s learn how to save money, and one day you can go to college.” One day my mom finds out that money is missing.
In theory, we can now never run out of money, assuming we don’t do any stupid shit like buying a Hermes bag, a Hublot watch, and a Maserati.
Funny thing is that it doesn’t matter how much money you have.
When you have financial independence, you essentially have “Fuck you money”.
Help me make more money to help more people.

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Summary of “HOW YOU CAN GAIN FINANCIAL FREEDOM”

So out of college at age 21, I had “Enough” money.
Cindy taught me how to save money and life below my means.
Does the alternator in the car go out, and it costs $300 to fix? We gotta take out a credit card debt, beg family or friends for money.
She put a very little amount of money in there- maybe $200 or $500. She told me when I was a kid, “Eric, I started you a college fund. Let’s learn how to save money, and one day you can go to college.” One day my mom finds out that money is missing.
In theory, we can now never run out of money, assuming we don’t do any stupid shit like buying a Hermes bag, a Hublot watch, and a Maserati.
Funny thing is that it doesn’t matter how much money you have.
When you have financial independence, you essentially have “Fuck you money”.
Help me make more money to help more people.

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Summary of “10 Free Tools to Improve Your Life in Less Than a Day”

After what felt like endless years of school, I can imagine it’s tough to force yourself to sit down and learn more things.
These 10 free online classes are not only fun, but they’ll take you less than a week-if not less than an hour-to start and finish, meaning you can improve your life that much faster.
If you’re striving to find more excitement in your career and life, this short course is the perfect way to get yourself in the mindset for success.
Learning about time management stresses us out when we think we’re losing, well, time.
Interested in taking up writing as a side hobby? Learn how to pick out stories from your life and put them down on paper in an effective way, and you’re halfway there to writing a book.
Shooting awesome video doesn’t require you to run out and buy a thousand-dollar camera-and this class is proof.
Bring your story to life, impress your colleagues, or just pick up some cool video techniques in under an hour.
Because why not boost your career in the process of become more skilled?

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Summary of “One family. Four generations of disability benefits. Will it continue?The number of homes with multiple recipients has risen, especially among the poor.”

Then came the rest: the decision to abandon her dream of going to college, the realization that she would never have a job, and the relationship with a man on disability, with whom she had twins she could already tell were beginning to traverse the same path she had. She looked at her phone again, pulling up a Facebook picture of another man she dated briefly.
“Got him a pretty woman,” Franny said, flipping back to videos of herself singing.
Kathy, looking pained about the singing, asked, “What time is it, Franny?”.
Franny picked up two bottles of soda for the church, walked out to the car, got in the back seat and, feeling the crunch of the car rolling across a gravel road, looked out the window.
“No, I keep forgetting to read it,” Franny said and went back to looking out the window.
“Like my age is going backward,” Franny had said the day before as she struggled to recall that time in her life a decade ago, a time that seemed further and further away.
The church was down another gravel road, and after Franny got the kids out, she followed Kathy in, where people were already singing.
Franny took a seat at the front and listened as the preacher began his sermon: “We once had 60 people in this church, and I’ve seen it come down to 13 or 14.” She stood and, as the preacher’s face reddened, she held her arms out as wide as they would go, closed her eyes, tilted her head back, and said, “Thank you, Jesus, thank you, Jesus, thank you, Jesus, thank you, Jesus.”
Most of the congregants then approached the stage, and so did Franny.
“Here’s the other page,” said Franny, looking at a score of 75 on a spelling quiz, and Kathy glanced at the boys standing beneath photos of them playing Little League Baseball.

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Summary of “Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Competition”

Courtesy of the documentary skipping stones for fudge.
Two-foot waves were rolling across the lake, a taste of what lay ahead: We were going to the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping Competition-the oldest, most prestigious rock-skipping tournament in the United States, if not the world.
I looked down, saw a decent skipping stone, and picked it up.
I’d been skipping stones my whole life, ever since I was around my daughters’ ages, always getting better and better.
These were my people-the ones who could spend hours on a beach looking for just the right stone, who would fill bags and boxes with skippers from secret locations, who would throw until their arm gave way, lost in the simple sorcery of stone skipping.
Kurt “Mountain Man” Steiner practices skipping stones.
Kurt “Mountain Man” Steiner sorting his skipping stones.
As the stone spins, these points will push the stone up off the water, keeping it airborne and preventing it from sticking.
“If you spin it fast enough, the stone will essentially walk on those spokes,” Steiner told me, when I had called him for skipping advice.
Windermere Pointe Beach at the Iroquois Hotel, site of the Mackinac island stone skipping competition.

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