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Yashar's Newsletter • 2201 implied HN points • 15 Sep 23
  1. Ashton Kutcher resigned as board chairman of an anti-child sexual abuse organization he co-founded.
  2. Kutcher admitted writing a character letter for a convicted rapist was an error in judgment, but he did not apologize directly to the victims.
  3. The character letters from Kutcher and his wife portrayed the rapist in a positive light, which hurt and infuriated survivors.
The Geek Way • 99 implied HN points • 18 Mar 24
  1. Reid Hoffman is regarded as a brilliant entrepreneur and investor who has made significant impacts in Silicon Valley and the tech sector.
  2. Understanding first principles for running an organization can be linked to evolutionary principles, providing insights into human organizational behavior.
  3. The balancing act between being ultrasocial and self-interested is a fundamental principle in human nature and can explain various challenges in the business world.
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Think Future • 19 implied HN points • 28 Mar 24
  1. Swedish Death Cleaning is a practice of decluttering before you die to make things easier for loved ones
  2. Thinking about what items are truly sentimental can help in decluttering and passing down meaningful belongings
  3. Preparing for your next phase of life involves decluttering, setting goals, and clearing the decks for new experiences
Dan Davies - "Back of Mind" • 216 implied HN points • 31 May 23
  1. Assembling a folding bicycle involves over a thousand components and skilled bike builders for final assembly.
  2. Piecework payment system led to highly skilled assemblers who could work at incredible speeds.
  3. Transitioning to a production line system from piecework can be culturally disruptive and challenging, impacting the identity and skills of employees.
Lessons • 196 implied HN points • 05 Apr 23
  1. Building a team after finding success is like patching holes in a leaky bucket.
  2. Prioritize hiring anchor leaders based on long-term importance and areas where duct tape won't suffice.
  3. Use duct tape solutions like interim leaders to fill temporary gaps while focusing on key leadership searches.
Earthly Fortunes • 176 implied HN points • 20 May 23
  1. In the past, power shifted from the church to civil services during the Industrial and French Revolutions.
  2. Napoleon revolutionized modern warfare and governance by implementing structured hierarchies, rules, and specialist roles.
  3. Software companies today mirror bureaucratic structures with defined hierarchies, rules, and organizational processes.
Dominic Cummings substack • 12 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. RV Jones's memoir 'The Wizard War' from World War II offers lessons on technology, intelligence, and organization that are relevant today.
  2. The story highlights the importance of duty and public service in leadership roles, emphasizing the need for purpose and service over self-seeking easement.
  3. The blog post discusses significant issues like rot in nuclear weapon infrastructure, failures in Westminster over Ukraine, and the importance of security in technology, urging for better collaboration and regulation.
Life in the 21st Century • 19 implied HN points • 25 Jan 24
  1. Historically, the Civil Rights Movement was a pinnacle of democracy, revealing the power of collective democratic thinking and action.
  2. The Movement's essence goes beyond one charismatic figure, emphasizing the crucial role of democratic organization for any meaningful movement.
  3. Ella Baker's organizational insight and advocacy for personal and political transformation highlight the importance of education, organizing, and egalitarian dialogue in true democratic politics.
The Radar • 39 implied HN points • 02 Sep 23
  1. Fast Communication Loops: In complex operations, keep communication channels direct and rapid to maintain agility and outpace competition.
  2. Don't Compound Mistakes: Avoid making a bad situation worse by questioning decisions and empowering individuals to prevent wasteful actions.
  3. Never Take Advantage of Your People: Ensure that organizational values are upheld to prevent disillusionment and maintain intrinsic motivation among team members.
My Home Office Hacks • 5 implied HN points • 19 Feb 24
  1. Professional organizer tip: Spend a few minutes daily organizing your desk and workspace for better efficiency.
  2. Consider top-of-the-line headphones like Sony WH-1000XM5 for quality and features, or more budget-friendly options like Soundcore Space One Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones.
  3. Inspirational quote: 'The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.' - Plutarch
Developing Leadership • 39 implied HN points • 25 Apr 23
  1. Engineering leaders have two main responsibilities: improving developer experience and delivering impact to end-users.
  2. The Engineering Leader's Process for Continuous Improvement involves identifying, discussing, deciding, aligning, acting, and measuring.
  3. It is important for engineering leaders to continuously loop through the improvement process, not just during times of issue.
The Leadership Lab • 39 implied HN points • 22 Jan 23
  1. Having a conscious, connected, and effective leadership team is crucial for success. It's like having a stable stool with three legs - missing one means imbalance and struggle.
  2. Identifying the state of your leadership team is key - from disintegration when all aspects are missing, to different scenarios like codependence and friction with one missing aspect, or specific challenges with two missing aspects.
  3. The ideal is a complete team with all three aspects in place - conscious, connected, and effective. This requires dedication and commitment from all team members to maintain the standard.
nonamevc • 8 implied HN points • 08 Dec 23
  1. Consider different stages in pricing strategy based on company revenue: early stage, growth stage, and scaling stage.
  2. Placement of pricing function within a B2B SaaS organization can vary in sales, product, or finance/operations departments.
  3. Testing pricing changes, preventing price anchoring, and understanding rational buyer behavior are crucial in B2B SaaS pricing.
The Engineering Manager • 2 HN points • 29 Feb 24
  1. Setting challenging deadlines can lead to better results by manipulating scope, resources, and time.
  2. Deadlines are crucial for productivity and help create a sense of urgency that leads to tangible progress.
  3. Utilizing weekly reporting cadences and communicating clear deadlines can reshape how people approach their work and drive productivity.
High Growth Engineer • 1 HN point • 25 Feb 24
  1. Meetings can be a pain due to unclear objectives, wrong attendees, and lack of follow-through.
  2. To lead successful meetings, focus on inviting the right people, ensuring they know their role, and what they need to prepare.
  3. Document important points, highlight action items, and ensure active participation to drive meeting success.
Tools for Thought • 3 HN points • 16 Feb 23
  1. Chaos and disorganization harm productivity by draining energy, focus, and causing cognitive taxes
  2. Meaningful structures are essential for productivity and should simplify choice, perception, and computation
  3. To create an effective structure, start with first principles, maintain universality, build a Minimal Viable Structure, simplify, keep it lean and antifragile, and automate
Software Design: Tidy First? • 1 HN point • 20 Feb 23
  1. Extreme Programming focuses on reducing irreversibility and promoting reversibility in projects.
  2. Scaling Extreme Programming to large organizations requires addressing inter-connections between teams and dependencies.
  3. To manage dependencies in organizations, consider strategies like awareness, team improvement, slack, waiting, prioritizing, and self-service.
Joseph Gefroh • 0 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Product managers must know how to synthesize information for effective communication and alignment.
  2. Adding structure to your narrative, such as Problem-Solution-Value or Situation-Action-Result, can enhance the clarity of your communication.
  3. Synthesizing various sources of information is important for product managers to construct a cohesive storyline and convey a clear message.