there’s a lot of future perfect people. People who have the potential to become the perfect person in the perfect role if just given the right opportunity.
I realized if I made good, informed decisions I could solve problems in both normal and edge cases. Instead of a one-time answer, I could build a framework to answer any question. A mentality. The outcome of finding the answer, solving the problem, sharing the solution—rewards this mindset. A loop. Doing it over and over.
There’s an old rule of thumb that if you have something really important you need done, ask for help from the busiest person you know. Here’s an analogous rule: if you want to identify the most senior, knowledgeable people in an audience, look for the people who are taking notes and asking questions.
The Jellyfish Model. Smart post about distributed work teams from a year ago. The best team is transparent, distributed, decentralized, collaborative, adaptive, and egoless.
What impact can ignoring your Anti-Hires have? Well, if you are only aware of your false positives, you’ll tighten your screening criteria until you’re convinced that there are “just no good candidates out there”. Sound familiar? But is it really true? Not likely. It’s a big world out there. It’s only by knowing who you shouldn’t have missed, overlooked, or rejected that you can fully understand what constitutes a good candidate, how to identify them, and where to find them.
How to hire. Really smart post about hiring and how to approach it.
Instead, I think the most important value of a manager is to serve their reports: to unblock them, mentor them, and keep them pointed in a direction that best serves their needs and the priorities of the organization.
If you’re an entrepreneur looking for ideas, consider looking beyond the city-centric, navel-gazing, youth-obsessed mainstream. That doesn’t mean you need to fly to the end of the world. Chances are there are more people addressing the Big Problems of slum dwellers in Calcutta, Kibera or Rio, than are tackling the big problems of hardpressed folks in say, West Virginia, Mississippi or Louisiana.
This definition means that Jank ‘n’ Drank projects are, by nature, forgettable tasks. When jank is pure, it improves the Medium experience in subtle but not insignificant ways.
Love this idea from Medium.
The step back: We hold a problem in our minds and it frequently exists nowhere else in as descriptive a form. That can be really difficult, because things we hold in our mind and nowhere else have the tendency to change subtly every time we examine them, like reading a…