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Manager Energy Drain | Lara Hogan
Some managers find themselves working long hours to do hands-on “work-work” after full days of one-on-ones. Some managers find that the labor of managing or more strategic thinking drains their energy significantly faster than the work they did as individual contributors. Some find the context-switching between meetings super taxing.
management  calendar  advice 
may 2018 by tysone
A Career Cold Start Algorithm
Several times in my career, I’ve joined a team whose work was already well under way, where I had a massive knowledge deficit, and didn’t have pre-existing relationships. None of those excuses relieved me from the pressure I felt to establish myself and contribute. Over time, I realized that the natural instinct to push for early impact leads many incoming leaders into challenging relationships as they expose their knowledge deficit and waste time. So, I developed an algorithm that has helped me ramp up quickly — and in several cases — have an impact in a relatively short period of time, while minimizing collateral damage.
advice  career  management  projectmanagement 
march 2018 by tysone
Good Design — The Year of the Looking Glass — Medium
You know you have a good design when you show it to people and they say, “oh, yeah, of course,” like the solution was obvious.
design  toteach  advice 
january 2016 by tysone
Open Guide to Equity Compensation
If you’re thinking of working for a company that is offering you equity, it’s critical to understand both the basic ideas and some very technical details of what form of compensation it is, and how it affects your taxes. Equity compensation and taxation might seem like different topics, but they are so intertwined it’s hard to explain one without the other. Moreover, an understanding of the underlying rules is for negotiating fair offers — on both sides.
money  startup  equity  advice 
january 2016 by tysone
The Boring Front-end Developer by Adam Silver
there is another kind of front-end developer, the boring front-end developer. Here is an ode to the boring front-end developer, BFED if you will.
advice  funny  programming  webdev 
july 2015 by tysone
Paperboy (beta)
Welcome to Paperboy; A community of entrepreneurs sharing handy tools for startups.
startup  advice 
june 2015 by tysone
The 5 Most Common Mistakes in Design — The Year of the Looking Glass — Medium
There’s no learning without mistakes. And I’ve done the following (as well as seen the following done) too many times to count. Luckily, there’s this thing called the “Internet” and this medium called an “article” that lets us point at and talk about these mistakes behind their backs, in the hopes that by bullying them into the spotlight, it’ll be harder for them to slink around, wasting our time and steering us towards no-good solutions.
design  advice  toteach 
december 2014 by tysone
Check you're wearing trousers first | Robert Heaton
But there will always be simple things you are doing badly that you should look at first, especially in a startup where you deliberately ignore 90% of things so that you can do the other 10% really, really right.
advice  startup 
april 2013 by tysone
The Hack Day Manifesto
So you’re organising a hack day or hackathon? Here are some basic requirements to make your event a success, and avoid the common pitfalls that could otherwise ruin it. If you cannot provide any of the following, make it clear to guests before registration. Attendees are generally forgiving when clear communication is given.
conference  events  advice 
april 2012 by tysone
ze frank on tumblr - Kickstarter post-mortem
:: This campaign was created to help re-start an online video blog I had done in 2006. It was fairly popular and there was a significant amount of interest in my doing it again. I have a good-sized audience that I have kept up communication with for the past ten years, so in a way this campaign aligned an existing audience with a desired good, and therefore might not extrapolate very well to many other sorts of campaigns.
fundraising  kickstart  zefrank  advice 
march 2012 by tysone
Give it five minutes - (37signals)
There are two things in this world that take no skill: 1. Spending other people’s money and 2. Dismissing an idea.
advice  management 
march 2012 by tysone
10 New Year’s Resolutions for Designers
We did pretty good last year. This year? This year’s gonna be a goddamned golden age. Last year we trained. This year we fight.  
design  advice  forsnd 
january 2012 by tysone
thoughtbot playbook
Based on the experience and study of <br />
thoughtbot and our clients.
thoughtbot  advice  startup  strategy  from delicious
august 2011 by tysone
Designed with SCIENCE! A Bit About Mule Design's Research Methods
You know how the most challenging part of design isn’t thinking of the right solution, but convincing the decision-makers? Well, now you do
forsnd  design  process  advice  favorite  from delicious
march 2011 by tysone
Should user interface designers be able to build what they design? - Quora
Interface design is only about content and construction and design and everything else if you are looking to make something remarkable.
toteach  advice  webdesign  from delicious
march 2011 by tysone
What methods can be used to describe a designer's ideal range of knowledge and skills? - Quora
T-shaped individuals is one. Is this a useful term? How else can designers' ideal profiles be described?
design  hiring  advice  from delicious
march 2011 by tysone
90WPM | On Finding an Apartment in New York City
What follows is the collective wisdom of my two and a half months in the dark, poisonous swamp that is the New York City housing market.
nyc  advice  apartments  from delicious
february 2011 by tysone
1.0 Is the Loneliest Number — Matt Mullenweg
Usage is like oxygen for ideas. You can never fully anticipate how an audience is going to react to something you’ve created until it’s out there.
process  advice 
november 2010 by tysone
Poynter Online - Top Stories
Longtime feature writer Hank Stuever, now a TV critic at The Washington Post, has a list of 13 questions he often asks himself when determining whether he has spent enough time with a source. He shared these questions during his recent keynote speech at the American Association of Sunday Feature Editors conference at Poynter. Here they are
writing  washingtonpost  advice 
october 2010 by tysone
Good Fucking Design Advice
Because sometimes, being your own worst critic is not enough.
forsnd  design  advice 
september 2010 by tysone
Frank Chimero's Advice to Design Students
If you can’t draw as well as someone, or use the software as well, or if you do not have as much money to buy supplies, or if you do not have access to the tools they have, beat them by being more thoughtful. Thoughtfulness is free and burns on time and empathy.
forsnd  design  advice 
august 2010 by tysone
35 Lessons in 35 Years - Ryan Freitas
"Debates over terminology and semantics are for archivists and academics. If you’re interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them."
quotes  advice 
august 2010 by tysone
Tips On Buying Design
And while we’re talking about things not to be weird about: don’t talk professional designers down by telling them “this will look good in your portfolio.” Designers work for a living. You don’t tell your doctor your colonoscopy will look great on his office wall. This is no different.
advice  design  business  clients  forsnd 
august 2010 by tysone
What Happened to Yahoo
In technology, once you have bad programmers, you're doomed. I can't think of an instance where a company has sunk into technical mediocrity and recovered. Good programmers want to work with other good programmers. So once the quality of programmers at your company starts to drop, you enter a death spiral from which there is no recovery.
yahoo  history  internet  startup  advice 
august 2010 by tysone
YouTube - Kurt Vonnegut - How To Get A Job Like Mine
"Don't use semicolons. They stand for absolutely nothing. They are transvestite hermaphrodites. They are just a way of showing off. To show that you have been to college."
vonnegut  writing  advice  language 
august 2010 by tysone
Inside Pixar’s Leadership « Scott Berkun
"It’s better to fix problems than to prevent them. And the natural tendency for managers is to try and prevent error and overplan things."
management  advice  quotes  leadership  pixar 
july 2010 by tysone
Businessing: The Kama Sutra of Success
The Entrepeneur's Handbook for Success and Life Success in Running your Business Life
hilarious  parody  advice  business  businesstime 
june 2010 by tysone
76 Powerful Thoughts from Paul Graham
Hackers are makers, like painters or architects or writers. ... Argue with idiots, and you become an idiot. ... The people you can say heretical things to without getting jumped on are also the most interesting to know. ... Research has to be original. Design has to be good.
paul_graham  advice  quotes  culture 
june 2010 by tysone
Watching the Corners: On Future-Proofing Your Passion | 43 Folders
Be the curious one who soaks in all that “irrelevant” stuff.
may 2010 by tysone
Errol Morris Salutes New Graduates At 2010 Commencement
Journalism may be the first draft of history, but sometimes it’s the only draft. It is often the journalist who collects evidence before it is lost. ... There is a world in which things happen and the journalist’s job is to figure out what those things are. Anything less, is giving up on the most important task around – separating truth from illusion, truth from fantasy, truth from wishful thinking.
errol_morris  journalism  nytimes  advice  speech 
may 2010 by tysone
Robert Fabricant on Creating Social Impact — School of Visual Arts — MFA in Interaction Design
Robert Fabricant, who recently gave a talk at Dot Dot Dot “Entrepreneurs” on challenges designers face as social innovators and entrepreneurs, sums up eight lessons to take away for those who work in this area. Below is a brief outline of the lessons:
advice  impact 
may 2010 by tysone
What they don’t teach you about identity design in design schools… « Identity Forum
"Mostly, designers get paid to negotiate the difficult terrain of individual egos, expectations, tastes, and aspirations of various individuals in an organization or corporation, against business needs, and constraints of the marketplace…Getting a large, diverse group of people to agree ... means the designer has to be a strategist, psychiatrist, diplomat, showman, and even a Svengali. The complicated process is worth money. That’s what clients pay for."
paula_scher  design  strategy  advice  forsnd 
april 2010 by tysone
Frank Chimero has a blog. (One final paragraph of advice: do not burn...)
"One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast… a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure."
advice  quotes 
april 2010 by tysone
Driven to Distraction
"Though we've all heard about the good things that come from ambition, laziness gets a bad rap. That's unfortunate. I can attribute a healthy chunk of my success to the positive returns of laziness. Laziness has the best ROI in the business. ... Truth is, things are pretty easy and straightforward -- until you make them hard and complicated."
jason_fried  strategy  productivity  wisdom  advice 
april 2010 by tysone
"I am Jason Fried. I say amazing and thoughtful things that are real. Get real by reading what I say while I'm getting real."
jason_fried  37signals  parody  advice 
march 2010 by tysone
Brian Boyer — Hacker Journalist : NICAR 2010 talk: Good habits
We’re here to talk about some boring stuff. Get-more-fiber-in-your-diet kind of stuff. It’s titled “Development Techniques” on the schedule, but this talk might be better to call it “Best Practices in Software Engineering”, or “Good Habits When Making Software”, or “Ass-saving Shit That Some Other Smart People Figured Out, Because Your Problems Aren’t New.”
development  advice  chicago_tribune 
march 2010 by tysone
Andrew Zuckerman: Wisdom
"You can't get to wonderful without passing through alright." — Bill Withers ... "I always thought inspiration was for amateurs." — Chuck Close
wisdom  quotes  advice  book  inspiration 
march 2010 by tysone
Stop saying ‘innovation’
Scott Berkun writes, "Einstein, Ford, Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, and Edison rarely said the word and neither should you. Every crowd I’ve said this to laughed and agreed. The I-word is killing us."
innovation  process  advice  language  forsnd 
march 2010 by tysone
Scott Adams Blog: Knowledge That Matters 02/08/2010
"The two opinions about your abilities that you should never trust are your own opinions, and the majority's opinions. But if a handful of people who have a good track record of identifying talent think you have something, you just might."
advice  quotes  career 
february 2010 by tysone
Overcoming Creative Block
"Often referred to as “writer’s block”, the concept of an inspiration rut is unfortunately very familiar to every creative in any field. Sometimes ideas just don’t show up to work." Alex Cornell rounds up 25 strategies.
forsnd  creativity  strategy  process  advice 
february 2010 by tysone
Free advice: show up early – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report
"If 80% of success is just showing up, 90% is showing up early. ... Love means never having to say you’re sorry, but client services means apologizing every five minutes. Give yourself one less thing to be sorry for. Take some free advice. Show up often, and show up early."
advice  zeldman  career  success 
february 2010 by tysone
Terribly Happy by Todd Levin - The Morning News
"Another great trick for keeping one foot in the job market, while maintaining some piece of mind: talk long, wistful walks through the aisles of a Office Depot. Just take in the sights and sounds of the latest innovations in office supplies. Run your hands through a stack of padded mailers. Inhale the heady scent of a toner cartridge."
advice  hilarious 
january 2010 by tysone
Thoughts on tour « Hoehn’s Musings
"And therein lies the best career advice I could possibly dispense: just DO things. Chase after the things that interest you and make you happy. Stop acting like you have a set path, because you don’t. No one does. You shouldn’t be trying to check off the boxes of life; they aren’t real and they were created by other people, not you. There is no explicit path I’m following, and I’m not walking in anyone else’s footsteps. I’m making it up as I go."
advice  career 
december 2009 by tysone
The Benefits of Pissing People Off
"Pissing people off is both inevitable and necessary. This doesn’t mean that the goal is pissing people off. Pissing people off doesn’t mean you’re doing the right things, but doing the right things will almost inevitably piss people off."
criticism  leadership  advice 
december 2009 by tysone
How I Hire Programmers (Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought)
"I think it’s pretty easy to tell whether someone’s smart in casual conversation. I constantly make judgments about whether people I meet are smart, just like I constantly make judgments about whether people I see are attractive."
hiring  management  advice  interview 
december 2009 by tysone
Azure :: Michael Bierut -- The Lazy Designer’s Guide to Success
Bierut explains that if commissioned in the morning, a designer should have an executable idea by 5 p.m. the same day. Otherwise, turn down the job.
design  advice  bierut  pentagram 
november 2009 by tysone
The Tao of Don: A Complete Collection of Don Draper's Words of Wisdom - compilations - Gawker.TV
Since Mad Men finished its third season, our Sunday nights have felt barren. Until the AMC advertising drama returns, we'll be meditating on Don Draper's philosophical lessons, such as: "Change is neither good or bad. It simply is."
madmen  advice  quotes 
november 2009 by tysone
A Design Apart: Q&A with Jeffrey Zeldman | Sparksheet
"Those who don’t believe in eternity have never eaten with old people."
zeldman  webdesign  advice 
november 2009 by tysone
On (the undying topic of) copying ~ Authentic Boredom
‘Until you’ve got a better answer, you copy.’
design  theory  advice 
october 2009 by tysone
What Startups Are Really Like
Why do people take too long on the first version? Pride, mostly. They hate to release something that could be better. They worry what people will say about them. But you have to overcome this: Doing something "simple" at first glance does not mean you aren't doing something meaningful, defensible, or valuable.
startup  strategy  advice  management  toread 
october 2009 by tysone
Author Malcolm Gladwell on New Book 'What the Dog Saw' - TIME
The issue is not writing. ... The role of the generalist is diminishing. Journalism has to get smarter.
gladwell  journalism  advice 
october 2009 by tysone
A design and usability blog: Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals)
"The best way to graduate from beginner is to get in way over your head. Nothing makes you better faster."
advice  quotes  37signals 
september 2009 by tysone
Caterina.net: Working hard is overrated
"So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard."
productivity  advice  management 
september 2009 by tysone
it takes a train – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report
When asked why there’s so much pain
Jesus and Buddha will tell me the same:
“Shit happens, and people change.” -- zen and the art of jeffrey zeldman
zeldman  zen  advice 
august 2009 by tysone
Three Rivers Institute » Blog Archive » Approaching a Minimum Viable Product
"By far the dominant reason for not releasing sooner was a reluctance to trade the dream of success for the reality of feedback."
strategy  development  agile  productivity  advice 
august 2009 by tysone
The 7 vices of highly creative people
1. Be a drinker; 2. Begin with a Smoke; 3. Put Gambling First; 4. Think Oysters; 5. Seek Fashion First, Then seek to be Understood; 6. Sex; 7. Abuse the Card
creativity  inspiration  psychology  advice 
august 2009 by tysone
Abakas: Be Nice
I don't care how good you are at programming, finding bugs, whatever. If you're rude, or if you speak poorly to people who don't understand your... quirks.... you will wind up being shunted to the side.
communication  management  culture  leadership  career  advice 
june 2009 by tysone
what consumes me, bud caddell » how to be happy in business - venn diagram
I doodled this little venn diagram in my notepad the other day when we were talking about our own kung-fu and I realized it’s basically the conversation I’ve had for the last 12 years.
venn  strategy  business  career  advice 
june 2009 by tysone
Forget the resume, kill on the cover letter - (37signals)
A great resume will get you not-rejected, a great cover letter will get you hired.
jobs  37signals  advice 
june 2009 by tysone
Rands In Repose: A Deep Breath
Communication in a group of people is an endless exercise in alignment. No matter how well you know your team, you can never predict where the internal dialogue of your team is going to wander.
management  strategy  process  advice 
june 2009 by tysone
Welcome to a dying industry, journalism grads
How do you think it feels to be an autoworker right now? And I've spent time with plenty of laidoff paper mill workers, construction workers and miners. They've got skills; they've got experience. They just don't have jobs. So let me be the first to say this to you: Welcome to the American working class.
journalism  advice  sppech 
june 2009 by tysone
Op-Ed Columnist - Cum Laude in Evading Bandits - NYTimes.com
15 tips for traveling to even the roughest of countries — and back:
kristof  nytimes  travel  advice  tips 
june 2009 by tysone
25 And Over « Tomato Nation
"Be interested so that you can be interesting."
quotes  advice  youth  etiquette 
may 2009 by tysone
Larry Page's University of Michigan Commencement Address
"You are probably on the right track if you feel like a sidewalk worm during a rainstorm! ... What is the one sentence summary of how you change the world? Always work hard on something uncomfortably exciting!"
google  speech  advice  quotes 
may 2009 by tysone
Poynter Online - Romenesko
"The New York Times is a daily miracle of fresh, smart, crucially important content. And it is worth saving not only because it is so important but because saving it can become a model for saving other quality journalism."
journalism  prediction  nytimes  advertising  advice 
february 2009 by tysone
Derek Powazek - Don’t Work for Assholes
"Nine times out of ten, the first impression someone gives you is exactly who they are. We choose not to see it because we need the money, or we want the situation to be different. But if someone rubs you the wrong way at the first meeting, chances are, it’s only going to get worse."
strategy  programming  ethics  advice  career 
february 2009 by tysone
How to Write With Style by Kurt Vonnegut
The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not.
advice  creativity  fiction  writing  vonnegut 
july 2008 by tysone
Shneiderman's Eight Golden Rules of Interface Design
Obtained from the text Designing the User Interface by Ben Shneiderman -- he proposed these principles that are derived heuristically from experience and applicable in most interactive systems after being properly refined, extended, and interpreted.
advice  design  ui  usability 
july 2008 by tysone
32 of the best real world career and life tips for new journalism graduates entering the newspaper industry | Will Sullivan's Journerdism
For all of you students out there (and anyone else looking for advice), let me save you some bumps and give you some of my career advice that they didn’t really tell me in journalism school.
advice  journalism  newspapers 
may 2008 by tysone
Workaholics fixate on inconsequential details - (37signals)
"Most companies think that they are benefiting from a workaholic’s long hours, even if it is at the worker’s expense. In fact, workaholism can harm the company as well as the worker…"
productivity  management  advice  37signals 
may 2008 by tysone
Commencement advice you're unlikely to hear elsewhere. - Los Angeles Times
the problem isn't politicians -- it's politics. Politics won't allow for the truth. And we can't blame the politicians for that. Imagine what even a little truth would sound like on today's campaign trail.
advice  speech  america 
may 2008 by tysone
Be Good
Be good it because it works. It will work not just as a statement of corporate "values," but as a guide to corporate strategy, and even a design spec for software. Don't just not be evil. Be good.
advice  culture  ethics  startup 
april 2008 by tysone
Tips on how to work smarter from Ricardo Semler - (37signals)
Concision is worth the investment. The longer the message, the greater the chance of misinterpretation.
advice  communication  management  productivity 
april 2008 by tysone
Contest season leaves an impression « Mastering Multimedia
Be as creative with your video camera as you are with a still camera, and other good tips.
multimedia  video  advice  journalism 
april 2008 by tysone
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