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How to be a Manager
The step-by-step guide for leading a new team.
leadership  management 
june 2018 by tysone
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
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
How Steve Jobs Infused Passion Into a Commodity
“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design."
forsnd  design  stevejobs  quotes  inspiration  management  from delicious
october 2011 by tysone
Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders | Video on TED.com
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.
women  diversity  management  facebook  sandberg  technology  from delicious
july 2011 by tysone
Define the Ratio of People to Cake by Giles Turnbull - The Morning News
When the world’s oddest job-interview questions were recently revealed, GILES TURNBULL decided to take all of them, to prove he’s hirable anywhere.
interviewing  management  hilarious  from delicious
june 2011 by tysone
Marketing to your own team - (37signals)
It’s a good lesson: You’re not just sending out a message externally, you’re sending one out internally too. If your employees don’t believe it, the whole plan falls apart.
management  startup  business  from delicious
june 2011 by tysone
Varsity Bookmarking My Job Pt.1 — I have no idea what I’m doing
I am the CEO of Svpply, Inc., a social shopping S-Corp operating out of New York City. My company has been the recipient of over half-a-million in investor dollars, for the stated purpose of building an unknown, 3,000-member web service into a cultural phenomenon, and I truly have very little understanding of what I am doing.
startup  management  from delicious
may 2011 by tysone
It just doesn't matter - Signal vs. Noise (by 37signals)
The best designers and the best programmers aren’t the ones with the best skills, or the nimblest fingers, or the ones who can rock and roll with photoshop or vim, they are the ones that can determine what just doesn’t matter. That’s where the real gains are made.
strategy  process  management  startup  quotes  from delicious
may 2011 by tysone
Stop Seeking Out the Ninjas, Hackers, and Rockstars: How to Write Better Developer Job Descriptions » Enlight Solutions » Dan Pickett's Blog
Think about it from your own perspective for a moment. Can you picture yourself applying for a “CEO Rockstar”, “Recruitment Chef”, or “CTO Samurai” position? So, stop using silly titles. It only distinguishes you as someone who doesn’t regard software development as the art and science that it is.
hiring  management  language  development  programming 
august 2010 by tysone
Goings On: Shouts & Murmurs: Christopher Nolan’s “Implementation” : The New Yorker
Ellen Page walks a few steps behind DiCaprio onto a roof. He turns to her. “You have three minutes to make a PowerPoint presentation that will take me three hours to click through.”
newyorker  hilarious  management 
july 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
Never Read Another Resume
Hiring people is like making friends. Pick good ones, and they'll enrich your life. Make bad choices, and they'll bring you down. Who you work with is even more important than who you hang out with, because you spend a lot more time with your workmates than your friends.
hiring  leadership  management  37signals 
june 2010 by tysone
Peter Principle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Peter Principle is the principle that "In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence.
principles  management 
april 2010 by tysone
Alex Payne — Don't Be A Hero
Here’s the thing: the hero is the most damaging person on a team, particularly on a team that’s supposed to be writing high-availability or otherwise mission-critical software.
process  strategy  management 
january 2010 by tysone
Control in its wider sense - (37signals)
Imagine an employee handbook that just said: “We trust you. Be mischievous.”
37signals  management 
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
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
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
Netflix Presentation on Freedom & Responsibility Culture
'If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.'
management  leadership  netflix  strategy  culture  hiring 
august 2009 by tysone
You Don't Say: The patron and the protege
[Newsroom] Stars exist because they have patrons, often the editor or managing editor. "Incompetent employees, the other protected class, lack patrons but benefit from the laziness and cowardice of managers," writes John McIntyre.
newsroom  journalism  management 
august 2009 by tysone
Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule
"When you're operating on the maker's schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in. Plus you have to remember to go to the meeting. That's no problem for someone on the manager's schedule."
meetings  productivity  management 
july 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
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
scottberkun.com » Top ten reasons managers become great
As a positive counterpoint to my list of why managers become assholes, and as a counterbalance to my tendency to write cynically, here’s a list of why people become great at managing others, trying as much as possible not to just do the stupid thing and invert my other list.
management  leadership  strategy 
april 2009 by tysone
The Long Tail: A passionate amateur almost always beats a bored professional
Amateurs self-select for the job. Professionals are selected. For most jobs, volunteers beat draftees.
culture  motivation  longtail  business  management 
september 2008 by tysone
FT.com / Companies / Retailing & leisure - Nintendo makes more profit per employee than Goldman
For an electronics company to make more per employee than a high-powered investment bank is exceptional, and the figures highlight how profitable Nintendo, a company with less than 3,000 permanent employees, has become after the success of its Wii and DS consoles.
economics  nintendo  management  scale 
september 2008 by tysone
Big Contrarian → Divide.
The idea of design divorced from engineering is laudable, but the way it so often plays out makes it implausible. ... The two disciplines have to play off each other. One has to influence, guide, and challenge the other. The gulf between what technology is capable of and what we see in the interactive marketplace has to be shortened.
design  engineering  creativity  process  productivity  management 
august 2008 by tysone
ideas are just a multiplier of execution - O'Reilly ONLamp Blog
To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions. That’s why I don’t want to hear people’s ideas. I’m not interested until I see their execution.
quotes  management  process 
august 2008 by tysone
Reinventing Invention: Online Only Video: The New Yorker
Malcolm Gladwell on the challenge of hiring in the modern world. From “Stories from the Near Future,” the 2008 New Yorker Conference.
management  gladwell  hiring  business  economics 
july 2008 by tysone
You don't create a culture - (37signals)
You don’t create a culture. Culture happens. It’s the by-product of consistent behavior.
culture  innovation  business  management 
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
Pixar’s Brad Bird on Fostering Innovation - GigaOM
If you have low morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about 25 cents of value. If you have high morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about $3 of value. Companies should pay much more attention to morale.
creativity  innovation  management  morale 
may 2008 by tysone
Up or Out: Solving the IT Turnover Crisis - The Daily WTF
In short: embrace turnover, encourage separation, and don’t even think about saying “careers, not jobs.” Oh yes, it’s Employment 2.0.
leadership  management  productivity 
april 2008 by tysone
Hire family people - (37signals)
A room full of young-guns is merely a crutch for shoddy management, lousy execution, and heroic myths. And you certainly need the latter if you’re trying to give turds wings, but how about just not trying to make crap fly in the first place?
startup  management  strategy 
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
Top 5 reasons why “The Customer Is Always Right” is wrong
So put your people first. And watch them put the customers first.
strategy  management  business 
march 2008 by tysone
Yvon Chouinard, | Outside Online
Can you take a company to the top when you can't stand nearly everything about traditional business and what it represents? You can if you're Yvon Chouinard.
books  business  management  strategy  economics  leadership 
december 2007 by tysone

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