The hottest Professional development Substack posts right now

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Sensible Medicine • 2063 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Today's medical residents have impressive qualifications on paper but may not be better than previous generations.
  2. Increased competition in medical education may result in a selection process that does not lead to better residents.
  3. Consider alternative selection processes, such as random selection or structured interviews, to potentially improve the quality of young doctors.
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Reality's Last Stand • 1965 implied HN points • 16 Feb 23
  1. The author expresses concerns about DEI initiatives impacting academic freedom and professional standing in universities.
  2. The author discusses the pressure to conform to diversity requirements in academic curricula, leading to challenges in maintaining academic integrity.
  3. The author highlights instances of intolerant behavior and ideological conflict in academia related to DEI measures.
Trying to Understand the World • 5 implied HN points • 10 Jan 24
  1. Indirect approaches can often be more effective than direct attacks in problem-solving.
  2. Designing and running organizations where people are happy is simple: prioritize simplicity, transparency, fairness, and teamwork.
  3. Having some degree of control over your job and work schedule can make work more bearable and fulfilling, even in difficult circumstances.
The Data Score • 79 implied HN points • 25 Jul 23
  1. Underemployment is a concerning trend among laid-off professionals, impacting both individuals and institutions.
  2. New job growth is rebounding, particularly in marketing roles, after recent hiring freezes and layoffs.
  3. Tech workers who were laid-off are showing resilience in securing new roles, with some exploring freelancing and higher education.
Lessons • 157 implied HN points • 19 Mar 23
  1. The Club for the Glue People is a community that brings joy and learning through experiments and discussions.
  2. Key topics discussed include alignment, org design, letting go, and culture.
  3. The community is launching its second cohort and an annual membership, inviting like-minded individuals to join.
Finding Joy • 98 implied HN points • 11 Mar 23
  1. Burnout is a serious issue that has negative consequences for individuals, businesses, and the public.
  2. Burnout manifests through emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and diminished sense of personal accomplishment.
  3. To address burnout, individuals can set boundaries, prioritize sleep, pause, say no, make friends outside of work, delegate, and disconnect; while organizations can engage with empathy, set an example, connect people to purpose, provide autonomy, avoid recreating pain, support employee wellbeing practically, and invest in good leadership.
Askwhy: UX Research, Product Management, Design & Careers • 50 implied HN points • 11 Apr 23
  1. Your 1:1 with your manager is crucial for building trust and working on your relationship.
  2. Set clear goals for your 1:1 meetings, including understanding priorities, receiving feedback, and discussing career development.
  3. Organize your agenda, prepare in advance, and follow up effectively to make the most out of your 1:1 meetings.
Building Rome(s) • 11 implied HN points • 18 Jul 23
  1. Feeling overwhelmed by information is common for Technical Program Managers, so it's important to focus on what truly matters and develop a system for rapid recall.
  2. TPMs are not just program runners; they are world builders who can shape engineering organizations by influencing decision-making processes, strategy, and more.
  3. Adding the right amount of slack in project plans is crucial for TPMs to build flexibility and account for uncertainties, especially in testing phases.
The Skip • 1 implied HN point • 19 Nov 23
  1. Finding a mentor goes beyond just relying on your manager and company for guidance in your career.
  2. Networking to find mentors involves connecting with former managers, dotted-line managers, peers, and professional friends.
  3. Consider investing in paid resources like executive coaching or therapy to guide your career, especially for senior leaders.
Building Rome(s) • 9 implied HN points • 21 Mar 23
  1. The course is designed for people in technical program manager roles looking to advance their career.
  2. The seminar will cover lessons learned, frameworks, and strategies to excel as a TPM.
  3. The course details include a planned schedule, pricing, limited class size, and virtual platform.