8 min read · From 2017 · Imagine that work had taken over the world. It would be the centre around which the rest of life turned. Then all else would come to be subservient to work. Then slowly, almost imperceptibly, anything…
6 min read · Apr 29th · Big thanks to @ChrisSpalton for the review and drawings! Two anglers wade in a river. One-hundred meters from each other. They complete each other's thoughts. I cast here. You cast there. I move here.…
When people come together in teams sometimes everything flows and it’s so easy. Like water in a river rushing along, moving around the rocks it encounters. Other times we bounce off the rocks and we might not even know why.
Decision drift is when you decide something, but then your commitment drifts.
3 min read · From 2017 · I was a strategy consultant at McKinsey for a little over a year and a half, and learned an incredible amount during that time that has helped me as an entrepreneur. McKinsey offered a lot of formal…
have become conditioned to hear concepts in groups of 3
4 min read · Jun 11th · Most people would agree: praise is one of the most effective ways to build children’s self-esteem. We are told to be generous with our praise, and to find as many opportunities as possible to praise…
Adults are inclined to give children with low self-esteem person praise (e.g., “You’re smart!”) and inflated praise
To be effective, praise should be honest, empathetic, and focused on effort rather than abilities
5 min read · Jun 25th · Healthy disagreement is essential for growth.
Nice cultures tend to nurture the false dichotomy that you can either be nice or you can hold people accountable, but not both.
Martin Luther King Jr. said in his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail “…there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.” Don’t cover that up in your efforts to be nice. Channel and manage the tension. That’s real kindness.
20+ min read · Jun 15th · Sharp folks from across the First Round community share the small habits that great managers do, including delivering feedback with care, opening up about failure, and sending praise up the chain.
The signs that you have a great manager are the actions you don't think about until later
Great managers demonstrate self-awareness and empathy by sharing their working style preferences and development areas