Super-inspiring video of Carl, a 25-year old entrepreneur doing some big stuff:
One of the job functions and responsibilities of any good leader is to remove obstacles in the path of their staff and employees.
The hardest truth is that sometimes the leader is the obstacle and is in the direct path of progress.
via George Patton:
A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week.
Especially important in startups. Expanding on this via First Round:
via Seth Godin:
Start your first business this way: Begin with the smallest possible project in which someone will pay you money to solve a problem they know they have. Charge less than it’s worth and more than it costs you.
I absolutely love that. He goes on to add…
via First Round:
There is, however, one big reason employees may leave on account of their manager: Loss of confidence — in them or the company. “Let’s say you’ve had a couple of pivots and you just don’t believe in the company or concept anymore. You lose confidence in the marketability or leadership,” says Guthrie.
A company’s leadership needs to be aware of these potential undercurrents in their organization, and should deal with them head on. Otherwise, your best and brightest will be on the lookout for opportunities to jump ship.
The longer I work in technology the more I realize that the hackers of tomorrow simply do not look like the hackers of today.
In other words, I’m getting old.
A good friend of mine and mentor recently mentioned that he felt like I had done a decent job of creating an “integrated life,” one that included comprehensively the different aspects of one’s life, which might include the physical, mental, psychological, spiritual, professional, relational (family and beyond), recreational, etc.
I paused for a moment, namely because it was a great compliment but also because I’m not entirely sure how it happened (if it were, indeed true) and how I could also ensure that I could continue to do just that (because I believe this integration is important.
We’re all looking for the best people to hire and those that are looking are typically looking for the best places to work (although it seems that many of us settle far too easily…).
This looks super-useful with Slack.