The Hagakure

The Hagakure offers insights for tech leaders to navigate complexities in work life and personal growth. It emphasizes trust, compassion, embracing uncertainty, and systems thinking. The content spans from handling managerial challenges, personal development, to organizational culture, advocating for a blend of personal well-being with professional efficiency.

Leadership and Management Personal Development Organizational Culture Systems Thinking Trust and Compassion in Workplaces Efficiency and Innovation Hiring and Team Building Mental Health and Burnout Feedback and Communication Career Growth

The hottest Substack posts of The Hagakure

And their main takeaways
17 implied HN points β€’ 06 Mar 24
  1. Many companies mistakenly prefer seniors when dealing with software development, not realizing that complexity requires learning and teamwork
  2. Technical complexity and lack of disciplined leadership can lead to more focus on maintaining infrastructure, reducing room for junior developers
  3. Fast-paced startup environments often prioritize execution over learning, making it challenging for junior developers to gain experience and be hired
113 HN points β€’ 24 Aug 23
  1. W. Edwards Deming emphasized the importance of systems thinking and statistical process control in achieving quality and quantity in production.
  2. Deming's heart and compassion played a significant role in inspiring hope and confidence in the people of Japan, contributing to their rapid post-war recovery.
  3. Leading with compassion, embracing interconnectedness, and nurturing living systems over optimizing machines are key lessons from Deming's story.
115 implied HN points β€’ 13 Aug 23
  1. Improve performance by leading with trust and compassion, engaging in conversations, reducing fear, and providing guidance instead of advice.
  2. Enhance hiring effectiveness by building a system, partnering with recruitment experts, being authentic with candidates, aligning values, and focusing on potential over experience.
  3. Scale yourself by allowing for high-quality decisions, sharing mental models, communicating processes, setting boundaries, and seeking diverse perspectives for better outcomes.
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119 implied HN points β€’ 16 Mar 23
  1. Our brains seek simple explanations for complex phenomena due to our evolutionary history.
  2. Predictability and control in knowledge work are often illusory, leading to eroded trust and inefficiencies.
  3. Embracing uncertainty and complexity in work requires shifting mindset towards experimentation and adaptation.
53 implied HN points β€’ 02 Mar 23
  1. OKRs are commonly used in startups but often fail to work effectively due to misuse and lack of context.
  2. Senior leaders typically use OKRs for control and predictability, focusing on execution rather than learning and exploration.
  3. The VC-backed startup model emphasizes predictability and control over complex systems, which can hinder innovation and adaptive learning.
48 implied HN points β€’ 09 Feb 23
  1. Clarify your goals to help determine how to spend your time wisely.
  2. Conduct an Energy Audit to see where your time and energy are being spent.
  3. Design your ideal week to focus on what truly matters and improve weekly.
26 implied HN points β€’ 09 Mar 23
  1. Trust is crucial in organizations, and lack of trust leads to reduced collaboration and worse results.
  2. Many organizations get stuck in the cycle of doing the same things over and over, expecting different results.
  3. High work in progress (WIP) leads to negative effects like stress, burnout, and underperformance, and reducing WIP is crucial for better outcomes.
61 implied HN points β€’ 14 Apr 22
  1. Self-awareness is crucial; don't fool yourself.
  2. Prioritize taking care of yourself first before helping others.
  3. Focus on what you can control and accept what you can't.
17 implied HN points β€’ 29 Apr 23
  1. Experiment with deliberate patterns instead of trying to change habits.
  2. Focus on making small adaptive moves for big results instead of big changes.
  3. Understand the neurochemicals of productivity and procrastination to be kinder to yourself when struggling.
53 implied HN points β€’ 21 Apr 22
  1. Start with the end in mind: Know your goal and what your team needs to become to achieve it.
  2. Your role as a leader: Focus on creating shared context with CEO, peers, and team to prioritize effectively.
  3. Learn, adapt, improve: Emphasize continuous learning, rely on feedback loops, and prioritize team success.
17 implied HN points β€’ 05 Feb 23
  1. Small engineering teams can achieve big results by keeping things simple, having generalists, and finding problems early.
  2. Soft skills like empathy and trust are as important as hard skills like coding in the workplace.
  3. Using a structured framework can help prioritize and address technical debt effectively.
44 implied HN points β€’ 17 Mar 22
  1. Leadership elicits commitment, not just compliance.
  2. Efficiency in work does not always lead to creativity and innovation.
  3. Inspiring leaders ensure their team feels seen, have a worthy mission, and align concerns.