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Who I want to work for – keavy – Medium
As an experienced engineer and technical leader in API and ecosystem work, who I do I want to work for, in terms of the characteristics of my ideal leader.
culture  leadership  management 
2 hours ago by mrseth01
Muller, J.Z.: The Tyranny of Metrics | Princeton University Press
"How the obsession with quantifying human performance threatens our schools, medical care, businesses, and government
"Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. But in our zeal to instill the evaluation process with scientific rigor, we've gone from measuring performance to fixating on measuring itself. The result is a tyranny of metrics that threatens the quality of our lives and most important institutions. In this timely and powerful book, Jerry Muller uncovers the damage our obsession with metrics is causing--and shows how we can begin to fix the problem.
"Filled with examples from education, medicine, business and finance, government, the police and military, and philanthropy and foreign aid, this brief and accessible book explains why the seemingly irresistible pressure to quantify performance distorts and distracts, whether by encouraging "gaming the stats" or "teaching to the test." That's because what can and does get measured is not always worth measuring, may not be what we really want to know, and may draw effort away from the things we care about. Along the way, we learn why paying for measured performance doesn't work, why surgical scorecards may increase deaths, and much more. But metrics can be good when used as a complement to—rather than a replacement for—judgment based on personal experience, and Muller also gives examples of when metrics have been beneficial."

--- Muller is a conservative, and apparently here engaged in their centuries-old struggle against "sophists, economists and calculators". But he's a smart, sane conservative...
in_NB  social_measurement  books:noted  muller.j.z.  management  statistics  data_analysis 
2 hours ago by cshalizi
Moment – Automatically track your and your family's daily iPhone and iPad use
Moment is an iOS app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you’re over your limit.
ios  app  time  management  tracker 
5 hours ago by segfault
Could the tech companies run *everything* better?
A very important question is at what rate the existence of the tech companies boosts the incentive for individuals to become one of these very talented cogs in the machine of grand productivity. Training and talent-spotting matters! And just as tennis players keep on getting better, so can we expect the same from talented, high-cooperation workers, at least as long as the rewards are rising.
tech  management  bestof2018 
12 hours ago by elrob

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